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Teenager stands trial for murder of Chinese couple


Nuku’alofa, Tonga: Sitiveni ‘Esi Muli (17) today pleaded not guilty to multiple charges, including murder in relation to the death of a Chinese couple, Mr Feng Sheng Pei and Mrs Su Jie Wen who were found dead with multiple stab wounds at a bush allotment last year. A co-accused Sami Kaho Jr. (15) will now become a witness for the Crown, after charges against him were dismissed.

Source: Teenager stands trial for murder of Chinese couple

Four soldiers charged after attack on Vainī civilian


Four soldiers from His Majesty’s Armed Forces are now facing charges after being caught on camera apparently assaulting a man in a road at Vainī.

Source: Four soldiers charged after attack on Vainī civilian | Kaniva Tonga | Largest New Zealand-based Tongan news service

Chance of heavy rain, flash floods, remains, but Mona unlikely to affect Tonga in next 24 hrs


Tropical Cyclone Mona is unlikely to affect Tonga, but weather warnings remain in force.A heavy rain warning and flash flood advisory remains for the Niuas and Vava’u land areas.

Source: Chance of heavy rain, flash floods, remains, but Mona unlikely to affect Tonga in next 24 hrs | Kaniva Tonga | Largest New Zealand-based Tongan news service

Four soldiers charged in Vaini assault case


Nuku’alofa, Tonga: Four soldiers have been charged in relation to an alleged assault of a man in Vaini in November last year.

Source: Four soldiers charged in Vaini assault case

Met Office to confirm impact from Cyclone Mona – TBC


Tonga’s MET office says it is not yet confirmed whether TC Cyclone Mona will reach Tonga.The Director of Tonga’s MET office says they are uncertain at the moment whether TC Mona will reach Tonga, although it is possible.‘Ofa Fa’anunu says TC Mona was formed from tropical depression 04F.

Source: Met Office to confirm impact from Cyclone Mona – TBC

Free press important pillar of democratic society


Nuku’alofa, Tonga: We can all agree that a free press reporting the news without political control is one of the important pillars of a democratic society. Take this away and democracy will erode into dictatorship. It is also the first line of defense against government corruption and tyranny. – ‘Ana Tausinga.

Source: Free press important pillar of democratic society

Close to 50 percent pass rate for Form 6 Exams – TBC


Almost 50 percent of form 6 students who sat the Tonga Form Six Certificate exams last year passed, as announced by the Examination Unit of the Ministry of Education and Training on Radio Tonga 1 & 2 yesterday.

Source: Close to 50 percent pass rate for Form 6 Exams – TBC

Fiji airline chases Tonga Rugby League after it issues worthless cheque for TP$38,488.60


Tonga’s National Rugby League is in trouble again after issuing a bad cheque of TP$38,488.60 to Fiji Airways to pay for a bill.It is understood the airline had been chasing TNRL Board former members for the bad cheque since August 2018.

Source: Fiji airline chases Tonga Rugby League after it issues worthless cheque for TP$38,488.60 | Kaniva Tonga | Largest New Zealand-based Tongan news service

Police searching for man missing at sea on Christmas – TBC


Police and local divers in Fatumu are currently searching for a 24-year-old man Viliami Vaka’uta from Kolomotu’a, who went missing at sea on Christmas.

Source: Police searching for man missing at sea on Christmas – TBC

Noble Niukapu appointed


Nuku’alofa, Tonga: Mr Kanitesi Mahe (60) has been appointed as Noble Niukapu of Fangale’ounga on 19 December by King Tupou VI.

Source: Noble Niukapu appointed