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Supreme Court denies hearing extension for Tonga’s political power couple

Nuku’alofa, Tonga – Nepituno news outlet reported today, 29 January, Supreme Court Chief Justice Michael Whitten has denied an extension to the controversial court...

Chiefly title Hu’akavameiliku bestowed on Hon. Siaosi Sovaleni

By Kalafi Moala   Nuku'alofa, Tonga - The chiefly title of Hu’akavameiliku has been bestowed on Hon. Siaosi Sovaleni, aged 50, Minister of Education and Training,...

The urgent need for dialysis treatment in Tonga to save lives

By Kalafi Moala   Nuku'alofa, Tonga - It is a life and death story that could have gone the other way, and Saia Moehau at 55...

An 80th birthday tribute to Henilieta Suliana Afeaki, founder of Suliana Dance Academy

By Kalafi Moala   21 January 2021 - It was a night that could not be easily forgotten. It was Henilieta Suliana Wolfgramm Afeaki’s 80th birthday....

What a week – Covid-19 free but morally crippled

By Kalafi Moala   Nuku’alofa, Tonga - In a matter of just several days last week, it seems by what was happening in the kingdom that...

Touliki Swimming Pool getting an upgrade

By Kalafi Moala   Nuku’alofa, Tonga - It is commonly known as the Touliki Swimming Pool, the only public swimming pool in the island kingdom. Built...

Increase in crime still a major concern

By Kalafi Moala   Nuku'alofa: Increase in crime over the Christmas and New Year period, from 21 December 2020 to 4 January 2021, has been alarming...

Vava’u residents blame Gov’t road projects for heavy flooding of their property

By Kalafi Moala    Ha'alaufuli, Vava'u - The word ‘tanuhala’ in Tongan is for any work associated with public road projects. It is a positive term...

Interview with China’s ambassador: Does China’s values clash with Tonga’s Christian faith?

An interview with Chinese Ambassador Cao Xiaolin – First Part  By Kalafi Moala   This is the final of a three-part series of articles on Tonga/China...

News Briefs: Two young male dies in separate incidents over Christmas

2 January 2021 - News briefs from Tonga over the Christmas week includes two 19-year-old youths who died in separate incidents. Police have issued a...

News briefs from the Kingdom of Tonga

By Kalafi Moala   Tonga safe from Zazu and Yasa 20 December 2020 - Zazu was only a Category 1 Cyclone coming so close to Tonga, bringing...

News Briefs from the Kingdom of Tonga

Watermelon trial shipments from Tonga was to resume, Friday 4 December was the date set for the first ship to leave for New Zealand. But the hopes of growers and exporters were soon dashed as there was a failure for the organizing of trucks to transport the watermelon consignments to the wharf.

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A murder and suicide shock the Tongan community in New Zealand

By Kalafi Moala   The youngest child of a murdered mother, Toakase Finau, 29, was left with her grandmother, 'Alilia Teu Kata to care for. Kata...

“Say no to drugs” campaign, is this the beginning of a solution?

By Kalafi Moala   Nuku’alofa, Tonga - A significant march took place in Nuku'alofa on Saturday 13 March, with the declared theme of “Say No to...

Tohi kihe ‘Etita: Faka’ilonga ‘o e faihala

‘Etita, ‘Oku tatala ma’u pe e pulonga ‘o e fifili he taimi ‘oku fasitanunu e ngaahi kaupeau he halafononga ‘o e tangata ha vaaita ‘o...

Will the PTOA Party survive the latest crisis in leadership?

By Kalafi Moala Nuku’alofa, Tonga - It is the most well-known political party in the Kingdom of Tonga. And for many years, it was the...