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Nuku'alofa, TONGA — There is a political upheaval in Tonga with the ousting of three MPs after they were found guilty of attempting to bribe voters during the run-up to the 2021 general elections. Each was found guilty in separate rulings made by Tonga's Supreme Court in the space of a week....
Dr Saia Piukala
Nuku'alofa, TONGA — The Tonga Government has reported three COVID deaths and a total of 2,620 active cases in the Kingdom. Health Minister Saia Piukala announced the new figures in a media update. Mr Piukala said six people who had recently died had been tested positive for covid, but they consider...
Nuku'alofa, TONGA — Tonga Cable Ltd says the country's domestic telecommunications cable may take up to a year to fix. The cable was ripped apart by January's devastating volcanic eruption and tsunami. Tonga Cable chief executive James Panuve says up to 110km of a special cable may have to be...
Digicel Tonga’s technical team working on satellite link equipment
Nuku'alofa, TONGA — Poor weather conditions are preventing a team of engineers from repairing a damaged microwave link on the uninhabited island of Kao in Tonga. The microwave link would restore telecommunications in the Vava'u and Ha'apai group of islands, which have been cut-off from the outside...
 King Tupou VI comforts the family of the late Lord Ma'afu
Nuku'alofa, TONGA — A traditional funeral with military honours was held for Tonga's former deputy prime minister Lord Ma'afu Tukui'aulahi on Monday at the Huelo 'o Hangai Tomb, Tokomololo in Tongatapu. Hundreds of people attended the burial ceremony at the tombs, where marquees were erected for...
King Tupou VI and new PM  Siaosi Sovaleni
Nuku'alofa, TONGA —Tonga's King Tupou VI has presented Tonga's newly elected Prime Minister, Siaosi Sovaleni with a Royal Warrant of Appointment in Nuku'alofa. Mr Sovaleni was elected as Designate Prime Minister by 16 members of the 26-members parliament in a secret ballot on 15 December 2021,...
Samoa celebrates a try against Tonga.
Hamilton, NEW ZEALAND — Samoa has qualified for the 2023 Rugby World Cup after beating Tonga 37-15 in Kirikiriroa Hamilton yesterday (Saturday Samoa time). The Manu led by 20 points early in the second half but withstood a determined 'Ikale Tahi comeback to prevail 79-28 on aggregate over two legs...
Chief executive of Tonga's Ministry of health Dr Siale Akauola
Nuku'alofa, TONGA — Tonga's Ministry of Health says it plans to vaccinate up to 70 percent of the population by the end of the year. The COVAX facility, an initiative set up to provide equitable access to vaccines, has put Tonga on the tentative list to receive the AstraZeneca vaccine, which was...
Omelette with Baby Pele and a side of fruit
Nuku'alofa, TONGA — Team Tonga, Tuiohu Mafi and ‘Amelia Asi were recognized this week for placing second in the regional Pacific Island Food Revolution (PIFR) cooking show competition. New Zealand High Commissioner HE Tiffany Babington and Australian High Commissioner HE Adrian Morrison presented...
'Ave Pa'anga Pau
Canberra, AUSTRALIA — The International Finance Corporation says Australian-based Tongans can now access a digital product that significantly cuts the costs of remitting money. 'Ave Pa'anga Pau cuts the fees that international agencies apply to money transfers and the IFC says Tongans have been...

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