Tonga urged to abolish death penalty

No-one has been executed in the Kingdom since 1982, and a de facto moratorium has been maintained since then.

But it still remains an option for convictions of murder and treason.

At an event in Nuku'alofa this week, high commissioners of New Zealand and Australia as well as several NGO representatives urged abolition.


Tonga Tax Week 2019 officially launched

A World Bank Report ‘Using Taxation to Address Non – Communicable Diseases Lessons from Tonga’ was also launched at the event.

Fa’otusia in his keynote address said Tonga is among the Pacific Island Countries that “probably has the most obese people in the world” and hopefully the newly launched report will assist Tonga.

“The Ministry of Custom and Revenue has been very instrumental in the fight against NCD using tariffs to raise cost of unhealthy food product and tobacco while simultaneously lowering the cost of healthy alternatives.’’

Tonga overcome United States 31-19

With both teams already eliminated, Tonga bowed out on a winning note by scoring four tries to USA's three in Higashiosaka.

Tonga trailed USA 12-7 at half-time after substitute Mike Te'o had grabbed a brace shortly after coming on.

But Tonga rallied to snap a run of five consecutive losses, which was their joint-worst streak at a World Cup.

Tonga favourites to win battle of winless teams

The last match in Pool C may only decide fourth and fifth spots, but the standings belie these teams' performances.

Both gave France a fight. USA trailed 12-9 in Fukuoka with under 15 minutes to play, but fell away to a 33-9 defeat.

Tonga threatened to repeat their 2011 victory over Les Bleus. Though they went 17-0 behind, they were finally edged out by just two points, 23-21.

The Sea Eagles are perhaps therefore slight favourites.

New mapping will open Tonga's Ha'apai to cruise ships

Land Information New Zealand's Stuart Caie said the work means large cruise ships will soon be able to visit.

He said it will be combined with other recent data to provide electronic maps of Tonga's three main groups.

Mr Caie said the data for Ha'apai will allow updated charts and data needed for modern navigation systems.

Australia welcomes Pacific security leaders

The conference, hosted by the Chief of the Defence Force General Angus Campbell AO DSC, Australian Federal Police Commissioner Reece P Kershaw APM, and Australian Border Force Commissioner Michael Outram APM, facilitated strategic-level dialogue and demonstrated capabilities relevant to security agencies across the region.

The themes for the event focused on transnational, organised and serious crime; border security, and humanitarian assistance and disaster relief.

Environment Department engages Tongans in science programme training

The weeklong training led by Marine Team rep, Penikoni Aleaaamotua ended at the Kolomotu’a Free Wesleyan Church today.

Participants were taken through the basics over three days, involving both theory and practical learning.

Aleaamotua said the training was a way of building capacities within communities and helping them understand what they can do to help themselves.

“These are basics on how to survey, collect and monitor samples of water and the sea water or marine environment,” he said.

Pacific nations call on World Rugby to do more

Fiji were the last Pacific side to reach the quarter finals in 2007 and bowed out of contention at the current tournament with a narrow defeat by Japan on Wednesday.

Between the end of the 2015 Rugby World Cup and the start of the current tournament Fiji played eight tests against so-called tier one nations, winning three and losing five.

That included victory over France in Paris last year which lifted the Flying Fijians to a best ever eighth place in the world rankings.

World Cup highlights strong bond between Tonga and Japan

The day after their 23-21 loss to France, the Tongan players hit the swimming pool to recover from a match that saw scores of Japanese spectators at Kumamoto Stadium cheering on a dramatic late comeback attempt by the Pacific islanders.

While Alatini attributed some of the crowd support to solidarity among Tier 2 nations, he said it also spoke to a bond built over many years between the two countries' rugby communities.

Tatakamotonga driver given suspended sentence for causing death of child

Simi Moala, 28, was driving a light open van at speed of between 50 and 60 mph before he overtook two motor vehicles in front of him before fatally hitting the boy last year.

According to Kaniva News, Moala admitted causing death by careless driving at earlier hearing.

Supreme Court Judge Laki Niu heard that the van experienced mechanical failure and Moala was speeding.