Defensive-minded Japan blows away Tonga

Going up against a side that qualified for the 2019 Rugby World Cup as the second-ranked team from Oceania behind Fiji, the Brave Blossoms blew away the Pacific islanders. Japan displayed some scintillating 15-man rugby and a well-organized, robust defense in a 39-6 victory at Stade Ernest Wallon.

Japan came into the game as the more experienced side with its starting XV having won 392 caps to Tonga’s 157. It was more of the same among the reserves, with Japan’s replacements having played 58 tests to just six by Tongan backups.

Tonga fish and produce exports to NZ to begin next year

Labour and Commerce Chief Executive Officer, Edgar Cocker said the Ministry has secured about $1.5 million pa’anga to start the project.

Tonga had earlier this year made arrangements to export food, fish and handicrafts direct to New Zealand suppliers.

The agreement was reached after a team of government officials from Tonga met with J & P Turner Ltd, the parent company of importer Fresh Direct Ltd and other supplier officials in Auckland.

Will Hopoate declares pride, passion have driven Tonga to brink of World Cup final

Hopoate, who scored a try and made a line break, was one of Tonga's best in a scratchy 24-22 quarterfinal win in Christchurch on Saturday against a brave Lebanon team led by his NRL rivals Robbie Farah and Mitchell Moses.

The Tongans - who had newly-re-elected Prime Minister Akilisi Pohiva travel to the game on their team bus - were mobbed by their fans, who dominated the 8309-strong crowd, after the final whistle with colourful leis draped around players' necks.

Tonga hold on against gallant Lebanon

In Saturday's end-to-end affair, which will go down as one of the most-exciting tussles of the tournament, Tonga's first-half display was just enough to get them over the line.

Pōhiva rebuts claims that he wanted to take away commoners’ land, seize royal power

Pohiva told his supporters on Tuesday night he would have made himself Minister for Defence and Minister for Land in the last election if he wanted to carry out those changes.

He was rebutting claims by his political opponents that he had a secret agenda to take away people’s rights to their land and give it to the nobles.

Kaniva News reports it was unable to publish anything on his speech immediately because of Tonga’s electoral law which prohibited the publication of any material that could promote a candidate within 24 hours of Thursday’s elections.

Fiji bullish after Tonga upset

New Zealand take on Fiji in tomorrow night's Rugby League Cup quarter-final in Wellington, with the Bati hoping to replicate Tonga's efforts in upsetting the tournament co-hosts.

As RNZ sports reporter Joe Porter discovered, the Fijians are bullish, with Tonga's victory breathing life into the tier two nations.

All but two nobles re-elected in Tonga

The nine seats set aside for nobles are voted for by the hereditary nobles and five life peers.

Lord Fakafanua replaces Lord Tu'iha'ateiho as a Ha'apai representative while the Tongatapu nobles Vaea and Vaha'i were tied and their seat will be decided by coin toss this evening.

Over 59,000 people registered to vote for the other 17 People's Representatives, with provisional votes for those seats due later tonight.

The election comes a year earlier than scheduled after the King dissolved Parliament because of concerns over the government's conduct.

Tonga pleased with COP23

According to Chief Executive Officer, Ministry of Meteorology, Energy, Information, Disaster Management, Environment, Climate Change and Communications, Paula Ma’u, Tonga can go back home with a lot taken out of the COP23 in Bonn.

Despite the fact that ‘Loss and Damage’ talks seemed to have hit a hard wall during the week because the big nations and Australia had made things difficult, Ma’u said COP meeting has been successful for Tonga.


Pacific Tests confirmed for Origin period

Six nations will compete during a three-match festival at Campbelltown Stadium on June 23. Tonga, Samoa, Lebanon and Papua New Guinea will be joined by two further teams to be confirmed in the coming weeks.

Tongans head to the polls this morning

Some 59,000 people have registered to vote in the general election, including on the supplementary roll.

There are 86 candidates contesting the 17 People's Representatives seats in parliament. Nine nobles representatives will also be elected.