A number of Tonga rugby league players are having to make difficult decisions about their availablity because of a scheduling clash with Australia’s State of Origin. Tonga is set to play Samoa the same weekend as game two of the Origin series, meaning a handful of players must choose which jersey to don.
Source: Sport: Tonga league players forced to choose code or country
Tonga Power Limited announced on Thursday 15 March that it would not implement any tariff increases until June this year. The decision was made in consultation with Government to help relieve the energy costs in the wake of Cyclone Gita. According to Tonga Power, electricity tariffs were due to be increased this year in response to the rising costs of diesel. However, a post-Gita agreement between Government and Tonga Power enable Tonga Power to hold on to Government’s share of dividends in order to pay fo
Source: Tonga Power withholds tariff increases until June | Matangitonga
Remember Pita Taufatofua, the only athlete from Tonga at the Winter Olympics in February? He became famous as his country’s bare-chested, oiled-up flag bearer in Rio in 2016, then went from taekwondo to cross-country skiing. Taufatofua trained with help from sponsorships and crowdfunding, an idea that didn’t exist 20 years ago — at least not in Tonga, which didn’t get broadband until 2013. His goal in Pyeongchang was to avoid finishing last. He succeeded — and he isn’t done yet.
Source: The most dominant athletes of the past 20 years, by the numbers
Present at the ceremony held at the conference room of St. George Government Building were Hon. Dr. Pohiva Tuionetoa, Minister of Finance and National Planning, Hon. Penisimani Fifita, Minister of Education and Training, Hon. Poasi Tei, Minister of Meteorology, Energy, Information, Disaster Management, Environment, Communications and Climate Change and Fr. Mafi of the Catholic Church along with representatives of the project recipients from Hofoa Government Primary School, Takuilau College, St. Francis of Assisi Primary School and Kolonga village water committee.
Source: Grassroots Assistance, Japan formalized Three Educational and One Water Supply Projects
Cyclone Gita hit Tonga on the night of 12-13 February, destroying homes and severely damaging infrastructure on the most populated island of Tongatapu. About 80 percent of the population was affected and over 4500 houses being damaged or destroyed. Government and NGOs have been quick to mount a coordinated response.
Source: Being prepared helps Tonga recover from Cyclone Gita – Tonga | ReliefWeb
With four tries to his name from the opening couple of matches of the NRL season, New Zealand Warriors flyer David Fusitu’a has every reason to be smiling. The winger again bagged a athletic double as his team secured back to back triumphs, beating the Gold Coast Titans 20-8 at Mt Smart Stadium on Saturday.
Source: Fusitu’a is flying for Warriors – NRL
Court documents setting out charges against former Prime Minister and Speaker Lord Tu’ivakanō allege he was involved in illegal activities worth TP$416,391.84.The court documents were addressed to ‘Eiki Tu’ivakanō (aka) Siaosi Ngalumoetutulu Kaho (aka) Siale ‘Ataongo Kaho.They ordered Lord Tu’ivakanō to appear at the Fasi court on March 26 at 10am.
Source: Court documents allege Tu’ivakanō involved in illegal activity worth more than TP$400,000 – Kaniva Tonga | Largest New Zealand-based Tongan news service
Amid deepening political turmoil in the small Pacific island kingdom of Tonga, police announced on March 2 the arrest of former prime minister Lord Tu’ivakano in connection with a passport fraud scandal. It is the most high-profile arrest by the Passport Taskforce, set up in 2015 to investigate the alleged scams. More than a dozen people, including several politicians, have so far pleaded guilty to various charges.
Source: Former Tongan PM charged in passport inquiry – World Socialist Web Site
A 49-year-old man was arrested at his home, at the village of Fatai at 7:00pm on Wednesday, March 14, during an ongoing police operation against the sale and supply of cannabis.Acting Chief Superintendent Tevita Vailea said today that the police was tip-off, alleging that the accused was selling drugs at his home.Criminal Investigation Unit officers moved in quickly and arrested him, and recovered cannabis plant material, packaged in anticipation of sale and over $1,000 cash. He is in custody charged with possession of the illicit drug, he said.
Source: Police arrested a Fatai cannabis dealer | Matangi Tonga
A Tongan law firm has written to Police Commissioner Steven Caldwell claiming he has not acted fairly over charges and suspensions of 17 police officers.The firm says only five of the officers have been suspended.The letter, signed by Siosifa T. Tu’utafaiva, has been copied to the Minister of Police.“We do not understand the reasons for suspending those five police officers and not the others,” Tu’utafaiva wrote.
Source: Law firm claims charges against police not based on “clear and fair grounds” – Kaniva Tonga | Largest New Zealand-based Tongan news service