Tonga commemorates International Day of Persons with Disabilities

The celebration programme falls within the marking of the 16 Days of Activism, a worldwide campaign to oppose violence against Women and Children in the society commencing from the 25th November to 10th December every year.

Speaking to more than 50 participants and guests, the Deputy High Commissioner for Australia, Rhona Mcphee said the theme for this year is calling for a very united front in ensuring that there are opportunities for advancement in all sphere of life with Persons with Disabilities.

Pōle‘o family hit by double tragedy in less than a week

Vakaolafehi Pōle’o, who was also known as Vaka Pōle’o, died Saturday.

The family have yet to officially reveal the cause of his death.

His works of computer and print designs as well as music were popular with Tongan community and businesses.

Vaka was one of the few Tongans who had graduated with a BA qualification in visual designs and art from Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand.

His nephew Li’ekina He Vahafolau Fīnau died three days earlier.

Tonga to trial 24 hour helpline for victims of violence

The helpline trial, which is funded by UN Women, will be launched on the 5th of December and will run until February.

Crisis centre director Ofa Guttenbeil-Likiliki said if successful funding is available to support the service for three years from March 2018.

She said the initiative is in line with the theme of the 16 Day campaign this year which is "leave no one behind."

Tonga suffers at hands of Solomons

The Solomon Islands team was too strong for Tonga.

The first goal came from Jerry Tonga.

Tonga’s Team Manager, Fetuu Vea says they will try their best in the next game against New Caledonia.

Vea said football is still a new discipline in Polynesian countries and that explains why there was a big score line against them today.

Head Coach for Solomon Islands, Filipe Vera Arango said he is happy with the performance of the players and their next match will be very difficult because they will play against Fiji.

Tonga fire kills teacher

The fire at ‘Eua High School broke out in the early hours of Thursday morning.

Kaniva News reports a close family member of the deceased alleged the victim is thought to have been trapped in his house before he could be able to escape the fire.

He was rushed to hospital where he died, she said.

It is understood the victim went by the name of Kalisolaite ‘Eti on Facebook.

Viliami Tu’ihalamaka from Tonga Fire and Emergency Service in Tongatapu said he had received report from ‘Eua a man was injured in a house fire at the school and was taken to hospital.

Tonga's northern Niuas gets new boat link

Last week the 50 foot trimaran was commissioned by King Tupou VI.

Sitiveni Halapua, who led the project, said the 'Utuma'atu was about two weeks away from its maiden voyage.

He said the boat would take about 48 hours to sail the 600 kilometres to the Niuas in the northern part of Tonga, and would be able to carry 12 people and two tonnes of cargo.

Dr Halapua said people in the Niuas would now have greater and cheaper access to goods and supplies.

Tongan RLWC heroes receive special awards from king

The team were presented with special awards by King Tupou VI at the palace after their sensational dream run at this year's Rugby League World Cup tournament.

Taumalolo spoke to 1 NEWS before the award ceremony and said he was eager to meet the Tongan king.

"Pretty excited," said Taumalolo.

The 24-year-old admitted he was still hurting after his side's RLWC exit but was happy with his team's efforts.

Man dies after jumping out of moving Police vehicle

The deceased, Li’ekina He Vahafolau Fīnau, 22 of Takatamotonga was identified by his sister.

According to Kaniva News, the incident occurred on Tuesday night.

Acting Police Chief Superintendent Tēvita Vailea said Police arrested Fīnau after a complaint was filed against him.

Vailea alleged that Fīnau was drunk and he was at the back of the pick-up van with a Police officer while they were heading to the Police station.


Ex-All Black Charles Piutau wants to play for Tonga

The 26-year-old earned 17 test caps for New Zealand between 2013 and 2015, but was overlooked for the last World Cup squad after signing for Ulster.

He is set to become world rugby's highest-paid player when he switches to English club Bristol next season, where older brother and 'Ikale Tahi captain Siale Piutau is already on the books.

Tonga coach Toutai Kefu said the former Tonga Under 20s representative was keen and would add real quality.

Fiji keep Tonga at bay In Round One of Oceania Rugby U20s Trophy

Nautu’a Masima was again successful with a second to extend the lead in the 22nd minute 0-6.
With loose carries and frustrating turnovers during the first half, the Vodafone Fiji U20 team finally scored two quick tries through Apisalome Boginidrau and Poniani Batiniu to take the lead. At the stroke of half time, Fiji conceded another soft penalty which saw Masima add another three to his tally and bring his team within range. Fiji went into the half time break with a 3 point lead of 12-9.