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New graduates to strengthen Tonga Met Services


Nuku’alofa, Tonga: The return of seven graduates, including Tonga’s first woman Meteorologist, will boost the Meteorology Department, said ‘Ofa Fa’anunu, Tonga’s Director of Meteorology.

Source: New graduates to strengthen Tonga Met Services

Checkpoint leads to five arrested with illicit drugs and firearms in Tongatapu


A Police traffic checkpoint in Tongatapu led to arrest of five people after illicit drugs and firearms were found in a vehicle.During the checkpoint on Hihifo Road on Thursday 15 November, Police found methamphetamine, cannabis and a pistol with live bullets inside the vehicle with two men.

Source: Checkpoint leads to five arrested with illicit drugs and firearms in Tongatapu | Kaniva Tonga | Largest New Zealand-based Tongan news service

‘Ikale Tahi team to play Wales


Nuku’alofa, Tonga: The ‘Ikale Tahi team to play Wales at the Principality Stadium, Cardiff at 14.30 on Saturday 17 November was announced this morning during a Skype Press Conference with Coach, Toutai Kefu, Scrum Half Sonatane Takulua and the Manager Lano Fonua.

Source: ‘Ikale Tahi team to play Wales

Gov’t saves millions on Popua Park golf course building project, independent report says | Kaniva Tonga | Largest New Zealand-based Tongan news service


The government has saved more than TP$2 million on the current work it did at the Popua Park and Golf Course project.The project to redevelop the 10-acre swampy site was initiated by the Prime Minister ‘Akilisi Pohiva in 2015.

Source: Gov’t saves millions on Popua Park golf course building project, independent report says | Kaniva Tonga | Largest New Zealand-based Tongan news service

Acting Prime Minister marked the commencement of the Nuku’alofa Network Upgrade Project – TBC


The Acting Prime Minister – Hon. Semisi Sika was the guest of honour at the groundbreaking ceremony of the Nuku’alofa Network Upgrade project at the St. Mathias Anglican Church, Pahu.

Source: Acting Prime Minister marked the commencement of the Nuku’alofa Network Upgrade Project – TBC

$460,000 worth of meth seized in Kanokupolu


Nuku’alofa, Tonga: A 41-year-old man was arrested after being found in possession of methamphetamine with an estimated street value of $460,000 pa’anga at a home in Kanokupolu on western Tongatapu.

Source: $460,000 worth of meth seized in Kanokupolu

8-year-old died by suicide in Tongatapu


An 8-year-old Fasi girl took her own life, an inquest has confirmed.She was the youngest known person to commit suicide in Tonga, according to Police

Source: 8-year-old died by suicide in Tongatapu | Kaniva Tonga | Largest New Zealand-based Tongan news service

El Nino Alert, drought watch in place for Tonga


Nuku’alofa, Tonga: With an El Nino Alert in force, and a drought watch in place, Tonga Meteorology Services is urging residents to use water wisely and collect as much water as possible when it rains.

Source: El Nino Alert, drought watch in place for Tonga

Miss Pacific Islands Pageant in Tonga Nov 29-30


Nuku’alofa, Tonga: Seven contestants will compete for the crown in the Miss Pacific Islands Pageant to be held in Tonga on November 29-30.

Source: Miss Pacific Islands Pageant in Tonga Nov 29-30

Tribunal orders Immigration Dept to re-assess Tongan man’s religious worker application


The New Zealand Immigration Tribunal has ordered the Immigration Department to re-assess an application for residence by a Tongan man who had previously held a religious workers visa.

Source: Tribunal orders Immigration Dept to re-assess Tongan man’s religious worker application | Kaniva Tonga | Largest New Zealand-based Tongan news service