Tonga

Fatal hit and run suspect charged

According to Police, the suspect was travelling heading to Tatakamotonga on Taupi Road last Friday night when he hit the deceased who was riding his bicycle on his way home from his bush allotment.

The suspect failed to stop and ascertain injury or death.

Police arrested him later that night.

When the deceased failed to return home, his family went to check on his whereabouts and found him lying on the roadside of Taupi Road along with his bicycle.

This latest fatal death brings the total number of deaths on the road this year to 15.

Tonga v Samoa preview

Trailing 20-0 with seven minutes remaining of the semi-final against England, Mate Ma'a charged home with three converted tries and were on the attack again when Andrew Fifita appeared to be stripped of possession by England back-rower Elliott Whitehead before regathering and diving over for what would've been a match-winning try.

With Fifita ruled to have knocked the ball on several Tongan players were left in tears as a dream World Cup campaign came to an end.

The Tongan team culture that wouldn't suit any other sporting team

Spearheaded by known-larrikins Andrew Fifita and Konrad Hurrell, the pair were already launching a plan on how to initiate Rabbitohs debutants Robert Jennings and Junior Tatola into the squad, only hours after greeting them in camp.

As NRL.com spent the day with the Tongan side in the lead-up to their clash with Samoa on Saturday, the pranks were in full swing – capped off by Sio Taukeiaho's late arrival into camp.

The Roosters forward delayed the team photo following the birth of his second child.

New safe and secure Tongan scheme for remittances

Remittances make up a significant and growing part of the economies of some Pacific countries, including Tonga, but sending the money back can be costly and time consuming.

The bank's Silia Tupou said the Ave Pa' Anga Pau or Send Money Home voucher brings a lot of benefits.

Milford chooses Samoa over Origin as four players defect to NZ

The 23 year old played in Queensland's Game One State of Origin defeat against New South Wales earlier this month but will be unavailable for Game Two on Sunday after opting to represent Samoa.

Milford played in Samoa's Pacific Test defeat by England last May but missed the World Cup due to a shoulder injury.

Manly winger Jorge Taufua is set to make his debut for Samoa, having previously represented Tonga, however four former Toa Samoa internationals have switched allegiance to New Zealand ahead of the Kiwis controversial test against England in Denver this weekend.

5.6 quake off Tonga says USGS

There were no immediate reports of damages or casualties from the quake, which hit at a depth of 10 km, about 100 km off Hihifo which is on Niuatoputapu.   

The earthquake was also recorded south-southeast off the coast of Sigave in the French territory of Wallis and Futuna.

No tsunami warning was issued by the Hawaii-based Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre.   

Tongan Marines join Australian Forces in amphibious exercise

The exercise was coordinated aboard HMAS Adelaide, which is in Nuku’alofa with HMAS Melbourne for Indo-Pacific Endeavour 2018, a major regional engagement activity between the Australian Defence Force.

VIPs, including Australian High Commissioner Andrew Ford and Deputy Prime Minister Semisi Sika, observed personnel from both forces launching via landing craft and helicopters.

The exercise tested the ADF and HMAF’s ability to safely load troops and vehicles aboard the landing craft in HMAS Adelaide’s dock and project them ashore on the beach.

Manu Samoa ring changes as Tonga, Fiji add firepower

Jordan Lay, Seilala Lam and Viliamu Afatia form a brand new front row combination, with Logovii Mulipola out injured, while Joe Tekori joins captain Chris Vui in the second row.

TJ Ioane starts on the openside flank with Jack Lam shifting to number eight.

Dwayne Polataivao gets the nod at halfback, with Alofa Alofa replacing the injured Rey Lee-Lo at centre, in his first test appearance for three years, while veteran Paul Perez comes onto the right wing.

The 'Ikale Tahi have brought in four new faces with one positional change to the run-on team.

Petition calling for investigation into Tongan PM tabled

The prime minister 'Akilisi Pohiva had urged parliament to defer the petition, which alleges he and his cabinet colleagues breached the constitution, so that the budget could be debated.

The petition asks that an audit be carried out on some government department's budgets from 2015 until now.

It also proposes the impeachment of seven Cabinet Ministers including Mr Pohiva.

Mr Pohiva wants parliament to debate the proposed budget because there's only five or six days left to do so.

Mahe Tupouniua is new Tonga Secretary of Foreign Affairs

Tupouniua, who is from Kolomotu’a, Tongatapu, takes up his appointment from 14 June, 2018 for a period of four years.

He holds a Master of Arts in Foreign Affairs and Trade from the University of Monash, Australia, a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix, United States of America and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Auckland, New Zealand.