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Will a weakening regionalism in the Pacific affect Tonga?

Will a weakening regionalism affect Tonga? By Kalafi Moala Tonga - Murmurings have already been going on about a possible Micronesian boycott of the Pacific Islands...

Deportation of USP’s Vice Chancellor puts future of school in question

Deportation of USP's Vice Chancellor put doubt on the future of the university By Kalafi Moala Suva, Fiji - The mishandling, unjustified arrest, and deportation of...

King confirms key government appointments

Nuku'alofa, Tonga - New government appointments in key positions were announced today by the Prime Minister's office, including new Cabinet Minister for the Ministry...

Airfreight shipment of watermelons a Christmas success story

By Kalafi Moala    Nuku'alofa, Tonga - The Air New Zealand freight shipment of watermelons from Tonga arrived in Auckland last Thursday, inspected on Friday morning,...

Family central to surveying graduate’s success

By Guy Frederick Via Otago News The Latu family: Peter, Salome, Piula (9) Laumeesi (6) and Savae (4). After three years in Dunedin, Peter Latu is the...

Chinese impact on the ground in Tonga: Part II

Nuku'alofa, Tonga - ‘Isileli Hopoi Naitoko, aka ‘Isi Pofele, age 64, is a businessman who returned from the United States with his family to live in Tonga. He started a business in 2007 with a falekoloa (convenient store). His store is located on upper Wellington Road, close to the Taufa’ahau Road intersection in downtown Nuku’alofa.

Tali kihe tukuaki’i fkfinematu’a ‘a Hon. Rev Dr. PM Tui’onetoa

27 Novema 2020 Tali ki he Palemia Mahalo ‘oku ‘ikai tonu ke fai hano toe tali ‘a e tohi ‘ohofi fakafo’ituitui mo ‘afungi kuo fai ‘e...

Costly watermelon ban Tonga’s fault

Nuku’alofa Tonga - It is now confirmed that the fruit fly larvae found in a shipment of Tonga watermelons at the Port of Auckland in New Zealand is the result of poor and inadequate fumigation conducted by Tonga Quarantine Services.

ADB delivers $1.3 million worth of medical equipment to Tonga

Nuku'alofa, Tonga - Prime Minister Pohiva Tu’i’onetoa thanked the UN partners for their continued support throughout the pandemic, noting that while Tonga remains free...

Fruit fly larvae found in watermelons imported from Tonga

New Zealand  - Shipment of watermelons from Tonga to New Zealand are now suspended after a live fruit fly larvae was found during an...

Pacific Trade and development agreement a reality

The New Zealand government on 15 October, 2020, announced that the Pacific regional trade and development agreement PACER Plus will enter into force in...

Solomon Islands first case of COVID-19

4 October, 2020 - The Solomon Islands is the latest in the South Pacific to succumb to the global spread of the coronavirus. A...

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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...