Government of Tonga Lead on Strengthening Coordination for Enhanced Water Security

Nuku’alofa, Tonga – The Government of Tonga and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Pacific Office in Fiji, have formalized their support for the Government’s efforts in aid coordination, in a

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Opinion: Tonga MP Piukaka’s rhetoric about the King hand picking Noble MPs is a serious threat to our half-cooked democracy

Member of Parliament Piveni Piukala’s proposal to revoke Tonga’s current nobility electoral system to allow the king to hand pick them for Parliament would be a fatal blow to Tonga’s fragile democracy. It flies in

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USP students with big dreams

Hundreds of students from around the region this week filled the Australia Pacific Lecture Theatre at the University of the South Pacific (USP) Laucala Campus, with much eagerness to further their studies. Every year,

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Fiji, Samoa and Tonga all options for future NSW Cup NRL

The NSW Rugby League has set their sights on fielding teams from Fiji, Samoa and Tonga in their main competition as part of the game’s push into the Pacific. The code’s Pacific expansion remains a key

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‘Ball is in PM’s court’: Tonga’s former attorney general says communication is key

A former Attorney General of Tonga says there’s still a chance to resolve matters between the two main authorities in Tonga.  ‘Aminiasi Kefu was the acting Attorney General of Tonga from 2014 to 2019.  His

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Penina Pasifika women’s rugby team arrives in Australia

The recently formed Penina Pasifika women’s rugby team has touched down in Australia and is gearing up for their inaugural match against the Queensland Reds in the Super Rugby Women pre-season tournament. Local

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ANT Bicycles Tonga: The first bicycle rental shop in the Kingdom

Visitors to Tonga have a new way of exploring Tongatapu thanks to Alamoni and Taniela Takeifanga. They are the proud owners of ANT Bicycles Tonga, the first family-owned bicycle rental business in the heart of

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Opinion: The standoff between Tonga’s King and government

Tonga: Early last week, the Secretary of Tonga’s Privy Council wrote to the Chief Secretary (Secretary to Cabinet and to the Prime Minister), saying: “I have the honour to inform you that His Majesty in Council’s

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Call for King to ‘urgently’ refine Tonga democracy

Tongan Democrats in New Zealand have called on the King to urgently refine what they describe as the country’s fragile democracy. They said the memorandum King Tupou VI sent withdrawing his consent to the appointment

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Senior Tonga Reserve Bank Official named in $15 million drug bust

A senior Tonga Reserve bank official, Tēvita Nonu Kolokihakaufisi appeared together with his sister, ‘Ana Longolongo Kolokihakaufisi at the Magistrate’s Court in Nuku’alofa Monday on charges related to a haul

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Tonga government to ‘talanoa’ with King about “unconstitutional” directive

Tonga’s Acting Prime Minister, Samiuela Vaipulu says the government will resolve its differences with the King “the Pacific Way”. This comes after the government rejected a directive from the Privy Council,

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Dr Piukala appointed WHO Regional Director for the Western Pacific

The World Health Organization (WHO) Executive Board today confirmed the appointment of Dr Saia Ma’u Piukala of Tonga as WHO Regional Director for the Western Pacific. Following his

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