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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...
Quake Map
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A magnitude 6.1 earthquake was felt overnight in Samoa near the village of Hihifo. The earthquake hit late at night on Saturday 7 November 2020 at 10.27 pm local Samoa time at a shallow depth of 10 km.  The exact magnitude, epicenter, and depth of the quake might be...
Tanoa Hotel
Auckland, NEW ZEALAND — Air New Zealand’s first flight to Tonga since the Covid-19 lockdown has taken off on Tuesday morning. Flight NZ970 was due to land at Fua’amotu International Airport at 1.30pm local time. It is the first Air NZ repatriation flight of Tongans since border restrictions were...
Honolulu, HAWAII — A 6.1 magnatude earthquake hit 89.9 miles east of Hihifo, Tonga and at a depth of 14 km. This was Saturday morning at approximately 4:30a.m. American Samoa time. This is in the far north of the Tongan islands about 375 miles WSW of Tutuila. There are no immediate reports of...
Ministry of Health CEO Dr Siale ‘Akau’ola
Nuku'alofa, TONGA — Tonga is looking at more repatriation flights to bring nationals home from low risk countries, but the cost of quarantine for repatriated passengers over a three-month period is estimated to be around $1 million pa’anga, the Ministry of Health CEO Dr Siale ‘Akau’ola conjected...
Nuku'alofa, TONGA — An American sailing yacht that was denied entry to Tonga is heading to Tongan territory anyway, expecting to anchor at Minerva Reef (Tele ki Tonga and Tele ki Tokelau). Tonga's patrol boat VOEA Neiafu is currently at Minerva Reef, the HMAF Navy confirmed today. The ‘Sailing...
An anchorage in Tonga
Nuku'alofa, TONGA — More than 7000 Tongans are thought to be stranded overseas by Covid-19 restrictions. The chief executive of Tonga's Ministry of Information, Paula Ma'u, said a thousand have registered for repatriation, while a thousand stranded seasonal workers are being registered by the...

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