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Young man challenges uncle for Fielakepa title
From the Courts
Tuesday 17 November 2015 11:04pm

Nuku'alofa, Tonga : A young man, whose family believes is the rightful heir to the Fielakepa title and estate, began his legal challenge in the Nuku’alofa Supreme Court today, against his uncle – the head of Tonga’s armed forces - who was given the Fielakepa title by King Tupou VI in April this year.
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Sateki lands 160kg marlin in club contest
Photo News
Monday 16 November 2015 7:32pm

Nuku'alofa, Tonga : A 160kg Blue Marlin landed by Sateki Ika, of the ANZ fishing team, won the top prize of the Nuku’alofa Fishing Club’s first fishing competition for the season on Saturday, 14 November.
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Taniela Faletau laid to rest
People
Monday 16 November 2015 6:28pm

Nuku'alofa, Tonga : Former Deputy Police Commissioner (Community Policing) Taniela Faletau (58) was laid to rest today Monday, 16 November at Takaunove Cemetery in Nuku’alofa.
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Petroleum prices drop
Energy
Monday 16 November 2015 5:14pm

Nuku'alofa, Tonga : The price of petrol, diesel and kerosene for Tonga will decrease for November-December starting today, Monday 16 November.
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Man charged with rape at Fangaloto
From the Courts
Monday 16 November 2015 5:11pm

Nuku'alofa, Tonga : A 20-year-old man has been charged with the rape of a 26-year-old woman, which allegedly occured on Friday, 13 November at Fangaloto in Tongatapu.
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Fire on Late Island, causes concern
Natural events
Friday 13 November 2015 10:21pm

Nuku'alofa, Tonga : A major fire on Late Island, believed to have started on Thursday, has continued to rage throughout Friday night on the island - an important nature reserve. “I can see the red glow of a raging fire on Late now at 20:23… it is heartbreaking,” said biologist Nadya Zvyagina on Friday night from Fangasito, Vava’u. There is a lot of dead wood on the island after Cyclone Ian.
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Business Facility helps Tongan businesses raise finance
Business
Friday 13 November 2015 9:38pm

Nuku'alofa, Tonga : A team of Australian business consultants supported by the Australian Government is helping small to medium enterprises in the Pacific to raise finance to take their businesses forward.
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White plume over Late Is.
Natural events
Friday 13 November 2015 3:18pm

Fangasito Island, Vava'u : A white plume coming from the peak of Late Island this morning may be a rare sighting of volcanic activity - but the volcanic activity has yet to be confirmed by Tongan authorities. The last known eruption of the island was in 1854, and the last steam venting was seen in the 1970s. Photos by Nadya Zvyagina.
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Pacific Islands look to capitalize on Global and Regional trade
Trade
Thursday 12 November 2015 10:33pm

Nuku'alofa, Tonga : A two-days workshop on Emerging Global and Regional Trade Issues for the Commonwealth Pacific Region began at the Scenic Hotel, Pelehake, Tongatapu this morning 12 November.
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Grand farewell as Ratu Epeli Nailatikau retires as Fiji President
Pacific Islands
Thursday 12 November 2015 10:26pm

Nuku'alofa, Tonga : Ratu Epeli Nailatikau (74) has retired as Fiji’s President after six-years in office. His successor Jioji Konrote, of Rotuman descent, was sworn in today, 12 November at Government House in Suva.
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Taniela Faletau laid to rest - 1 comment
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Folau a Taniela. Kuo ke lava'i 'a e tau lelei. Ngaue faingata'a, ngaue lelei mo e ngaue 'ofa ki he kakai 'o Tonga. Read more...
New U.S. Peace Corps volunteers sworn-in - 1 comment
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The Rotary Club of Nuku'alofa wishes the Group of 80 a successful time in Tonga and looks forward to an ongoing and further strengthening partnership between the Club and Peace Corps in Tonga, Read more...

OPINION

Hon. Fusitu’a missed “corruption” exposition
Letters
Thursday 12 November 2015 4:36am

Nuku'alofa, Tonga : Hon. Lord Fusitu’a squandered a great opportunity this week to make history for Tonga on the world stage. He took center stage yesterday (5 November) at the Conference of State Parties (CoSP) in St. Petersburg, Russian Federation.
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Levy seems like a huge tax
Letters
Wednesday 11 November 2015 1:29pm

Nuku'alofa, Tonga : With the current exchange rate…of banks onNZD, this levy would reduce their margin on foreign exchange transactions by 60%. …This seems like a huge tax so one would expect that the banks would simply reduce the TOP paid out or increase the TOP to be paid by 1c for every unit of foreign currency received or paid out. - Peter Goldstern
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Hosting Pacific Games, a big mistake
Letters
Monday 2 November 2015 2:17pm

Nuku'alofa, Tonga : One cannot imagine the ignorance of a government that is bankrupt bidding to host games that will cost the government $80,000,000 and produce zero benefit to the people of Tonga. It is déjà vu of the $100,000,000 that China lent us to rebuild Nuku’alofa. The money was never accounted for and spent mostly on the rich and wealthy leaders who controlled the money. - Peni Katoa.
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SPORTS

Tonga aims for a seat in World Rugby Council
Rugby
Tuesday 17 November 2015 10:43pm

Nuku'alofa, Tonga : The Tonga Rugby Union “without a shadow of a doubt” will take its seat in the World Rugby Council, said ‘Epeli Taione, the president of the Tonga Rugby Union.
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Tonga beats Samoa in Oceania Sevens
Rugby
Monday 16 November 2015 5:22pm

Nuku'alofa, Tonga : Tonga Rugby 7s Men’s surprise semi-final victory over former champion Samoa 41-5 at the Oceania Sevens Tournament has given the Tongans one final chance to qualify for the 2016 Olympics, in Rio de Janeiro.
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PACIFIC ISLANDS

Bank South Pacific expands to Solomon Islands
Pacific Islands
Thursday 5 November 2015 4:04pm

Nuku'alofa, Tonga : The Bank South Pacific BSP officially took over the Westpac Banking Corporation (Westpac) operation in the Solomon Islands on 30 October, further expanding its operations in the Pacific Islands.
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Australia to fund intellectual property program for Indo-Pacific
Pacific Islands
Tuesday 27 October 2015 1:41pm

Geneva, Switzerland : A three-year funding commitment of $3 million has been made by Australia to support intellectual property (IP) programs in needy countries, particularly in the Indo-Pacific region.
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