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Tonga’s new political party


Nuku’alofa, Tonga: A new political party in Tonga, the People’s National Party – Paati Tufunga Fonua ‘a e Kakai was launched at the Tanoa Hotel, Nuku’alofa on Saturday, 9 June 2018.

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Big royal events heading to Ha‘apai – Kaniva Tonga | Largest New Zealand-based Tongan news service


A line-up of royal and church events are heading to Ha’apai after next week. The royal palace office has announced His Majesty King Tupou VI’s 59th birthday will be celebrated in Ha’apai on July 4. The king was born on July 12. The king will open the Royal Agriculture, Fisheries and Tonga-Made Show in Lifuka, Ha’apai […]

Source: Big royal events heading to Ha‘apai – Kaniva Tonga | Largest New Zealand-based Tongan news service

Official Opening of the New Ha’apai Court House to be commenced 15th June, 2018


12th June, 2018 Ha’apai’s new Court House will be officially opened by the Prime Minister of Tonga, Hon. Samuela ‘Akilisi Pohiva on Friday, 15th June 2018 at 11:00am in Pangai, Ha’apai.

Source: Official Opening of the New Ha’apai Court House to be commenced 15th June, 2018

Illegal dumping of rubbish overwhelms Tongan authorities after Gita


Nuku’alofa, Tonga: Tonga is finding it difficult to manage illegal dumping of rubbish, including plastic bags, in Nuku’alofa, as it celebrated World Environment Day on 5 June with the worldwide theme “Beat Plastic Pollution”. Filimone Lapao’o, the Tonga goverment’s Senior Environmentalist, said after Cyclone Gita, the amount of rubbish at Sopu increased so much that his department cannot manage it properly. By Eleanor Gee.

Source: Illegal dumping of rubbish overwhelms Tongan authorities after Gita

Tongan Health Society lends helping hand to cyclone-damaged Kingdom


Two container loads of aid to help cyclone-affected communities in Tonga have been sent by the Auckland-based Tongan Health Society in addition to its outreach programme

Source: Tongan Health Society lends helping hand to cyclone-damaged Kingdom

Miss Galaxy Pageant to mark its Silver Jubilee next month – TBC


The Miss Galaxy Pageant will mark its 25th anniversary in Tonga next month.The executive director of the Tonga Leiti Association and the director of the Miss Galaxy pageant – Joey Mataele says, it is important for the public to accept people for who they are without any discrimination.

Source: Miss Galaxy Pageant to mark its Silver Jubilee next month – TBC

Cannabis cultivator and teen assistants jailed | Matangitonga


Four men were sentenced to prison for the cultivation and possession of 3894 cannabis plants at a substantial plantation in Matahau on May 4, 2017. Firearms, including a .22 semi automatic rifle, .22 calibre long rifle and six ammunitions, were also seized from the plantation during the police operation.

Source: Cannabis cultivator and teen assistants jailed | Matangitonga

Prison for two men in Fo’ui drug bust | Matangitonga


Two men received imprisonment sentences on May 29 at the Supreme Court, after pleading guilty to possession of cannabis that included seeds found to have been germinating, possibly for cultivation.

Source: Prison for two men in Fo’ui drug bust | Matangitonga

Murder charge after Tongan death in Hawai‘i – Kaniva Tonga | Largest New Zealand-based Tongan news service


A man is facing second-degree murder charge in relation to the death of a Tongan man in Hawai’i. 46-year-old Sione Telua Koloi died in Lanai Community Hospital on May 11 as a result of his injuries. His body was laid to rest on June 2. Travis Morita, 35, was charged with murder following an autopsy of […]

Source: Murder charge after Tongan death in Hawai‘i – Kaniva Tonga | Largest New Zealand-based Tongan news service

Gang associate to appear in Manukau court following fifth arrest over $6m meth seizure – Kaniva Tonga | Largest New Zealand-based Tongan news service


An associate of Australian gang the Comanchero is expected to appear in the Manukau District Court tomorrow morning. He was arrested after a significant National Organised Crime Group (NOCG) operation in the Far North this morning. The arrest was in relation to Operation Gegenees, which was the seizure of 13.5 kilograms of methamphetamine at Auckland International Airport […]

Source: Gang associate to appear in Manukau court following fifth arrest over $6m meth seizure – Kaniva Tonga | Largest New Zealand-based Tongan news service