Tonga

Taufatofua to make waves at third Olympics

The 34-year-old first made global headlines with a shirtless entrance as Tonga's flagbearer at the 2016 Summer Games, a feat he repeated at the Winter Games in South Korea earlier this year.

Pictures of the half-naked athlete went viral, prompting his claim to have broken the internet.

After representing his country in taekwondo and cross-country skiing, Pita Taufatofua said he planned to take up another sport in time for Tokyo 2020.

"One of the biggest things I do is I set dreams which are impossible and then find a way to get there," he said.

Tongan double Olympian becomes child advocate

In a ceremony in Tonga on Tuesday, Mr Taufatofua was signed up as Pacific Ambassador by the UN Children's agency, UNICEF.

The former youth counsellor and qualified engineer represented Tonga at the 2016 Olympics and then the winter Olympics earlier this year.

Mr Taufatofua said he would promote three main things as ambassador.

Miss Vaheloto, Kaina Henderson crowned Tonga’s Miss Galaxy

Henderson was one of the 12 contestants for the annual pageant which celebrates creativity and diversity amongst Tonga’s LGBT fakaleiti community.

During the week-long event, contestants participated in a public judging, paid courtesy calls at various institutions and luncheons.

On the final night, they were judged on 3 final categories including galaxy wear, own talent and evening gown.

Early last week, children admitted at the Vaiola Hospital were treated to a special day with the contestants who donated $1000 TOP to the ward.

Tonga coach gives pass mark to draft calendar

The proposal from the NRL includes a new Oceania Cup to be played next year between New Zealand, Tonga, Samoa and Fiji.

Two separate Four Nations tournaments could also be played in 2020, with Australia, New Zealand, Tonga and Samoa in one and England, France, Fiji and Papua New Guinea in the other.

Kristian Woolf said he was encouraged by last week's announcement, even though he only found out via the media.

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Tonga asks Pacific countries to soften up on bio-security and import tariffs

They asked the Australian officials to reconsider their import restrictions on kava.

Tonga also discussed certain bio-security problems including African snails, fruit flies, mould and fumigation requirements which caused long-term delays in clearing containers at Australian, Fijian, Samoan and New Zealand ports.

The long delays often caused Tongan produce to be damaged before they reached Pacific markets, it has been claimed.

Festivities to commemorate Tonga’s Miss Galaxy Pageant 25th anniversary

Celebrations hosted by Tonga Leiti’s Association were held at Queen Salote Memorial Hall on Tuesday.

The chief guests were Princess Salote Pilolevu Tuita, Lord Tuita and Honorable Frederica Tuita Filipe.

There was a cake cutting ceremony by Hon. Frederica Tuita Filipe in presence of invited guests and sponsors of the pageant.

Former winners of the Miss Galaxy title including Ms Felisha & Ms Coco Chandelier attended the event and mingled with guests and current contestants.

Other activities over the week include public judging and crowning of Miss Galaxy.

Tonga's Ane Jensen among leaders in recurve ranking rounds at World Archery Oceania Championships

Jensen topped the bill in the men's recurve event with a score of 853 points across the 90, 70 and 50 metres targets.

Archers from New Zealand occupied the next three places in the standings.

Chayse Martin-Roberts was second with 835 while Caleb Russ was third with 805.

Adam Kaluzny was fourth with 782 points.

Australia's Ella Byrne holds the lead in the corresponding women's recurve event with 907 points.

Sarah Fuller of New Zealand was second with 863 points and fellow countrywoman Emily Cavell third with 849.

3 suspected drug dealers arrested in Tongatapu

Acting Chief Superintendent, Sisi Tonga said Mu’a Police station received a report from a member of the public of suspicious illegal activity relating to drugs being sold from a van parked in an area between Fatumu and Lavengatonga on 25 June.

Police responded to the site and arrested the men who were allegedly in possession of a plastic bag of methamphetamine, a .22 rifle and ammunition.

"Investigation continues to determine the amount seized but we want to thank the public for reporting suspicious illegal activities to police," he said.

PIFS congratulates Tonga’s Dr Manu on her appointment

Speaking from the Cook Islands, Secretary General Dame Meg Taylor said “I am very proud that a daughter of the Blue Pacific has been appointed Director General. The Forum Fisheries Agency plays an extremely important leadership role for our fisheries, one of the most important resources for our people.”

Tongan woman tipped to become FFA head

The Tongan national is one of four candidates shortlisted for the position which will be decided at the FFA's Ministers Meeting in the Cook Islands this week.

The Cook Islands News reports the three-day meeting will farewell current director general, James Movick, who will conclude his six-year term at the end of the year.