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MV Niuvākai hits reef in Vavaʻu

MV Niuvākai hits reef in Vavaʻu



The MV Niuvākai has run aground off the Vavaʻu Islands near Tuʻanuku this morning, but there are no reports of any injuries. The Minister of Infrastructure Hon ʻEtuate Lavulavu reportedly said the ship had been leaving Taufaʻāhau Wharf, Haʻapai on Thursday with cargoes heading to Vavaʻu before it rammed into a rocky shoal at about […]

Tonga defend pacific games hosting amid criticisms

Tonga defend pacific games hosting amid criticisms



PNG, Pacific Games Venue, Sir John Guise stadium set for magnificent Opening. Photo credit: Hon. Justin Tkatchenko The Prime Minister ‘Akilisi Pohiva is defending the kingdom’s hosting the 2019 Pacific Games saying his Minister of Finance is optimistic about Tonga’s capability to host the games and a cabinet decision has confirmed it this week. Tonga […]

Editor and publisher of Keleʻa Newspaper fined for contempt of court

Editor and publisher of Keleʻa Newspaper fined for contempt of court



The Editor of Keleʻa Newspaper ‘Ofa Vatikani has been fined TP$1,250.00 and Publisher Lautala Pōhiva Tapueluelu TP$750.00  for breaching contempt of court laws with their coverage of the magistrate court ruling against the  Chinese nationals Meilin Liu and Fe Kaifeng Tian. Lord Chief Justice Owen Paulsen  ordered the duo to pay their fines within 2 […]

Foreigner injured and robbed leaves kingdom

Foreigner injured and robbed leaves kingdom



An unnamed European foreigner who has left Tonga yesterday after being held hostage, injured and robbed in Tongatapu on Sunday asked if Tonga was really a Christian country or not, local media report said. The man who is in his 70s was allegedly attacked in his residence by three men at about 10 – 11 […]

NZ Labour leader impressed by coronation,  but asks: Where was Key?

NZ Labour leader impressed by  coronation,  but asks: Where was Key?



In the picture: Labour Party Leader Hon. Andrew Little surrounded by friends and colleague during His Majesty’s King Tupou VI’s coronation in Tonga. Photo/MP Sua William Sio (Facebook). New Zealand Labour leader Andrew Little said he was impressed by this month’s coronation in Tonga, but asked why Prime Minister John Key did not attend. Little was […]

Hihifo two different speed limit signs confuse drivers

Hihifo two different speed limit signs confuse drivers



In the picture: Two different road signs at the village of Masilamea confused drivers. Photo/by courtesy of Yvette Gutteinbeil Paea Two signs on the same stretch of road displaying different speed limits have been causing confusion in Hihifo, Tongatapu. Some drivers on eastbound Hihifo road are confused by the speed limit signage erected at the […]

Apifoʻou college wins secondary schools rugby grand final

Apifoʻou college wins secondary schools rugby grand final



Apifo‘ou College won the Secondary Schools 1st XV rugby grand-final for 2015  against Tupou College Toloa today July 24 with scores 39-36. The match was described as “tau mālie”, excellent. In last year’s 1st XV competition the two rival colleges faced each other in the final and ʻApifoʻou won.       Kaniva recommends that you read […]

Tongan man’s body recovered from water in Sacramento

Tongan man’s body recovered from water in Sacramento



In the picture: Paul Liu is wearing a ta’ovala during his dad’s funeral three years ago. Photo/Kalo Mailangi Latu (Facebook) A 23-year-old Tongan manʻs body was recovered from water by the State park workers Tuesday morning. He was identified by the Sacramento County Coroner’s Office as Paul Liu. His body was recovered at 9 a.m. […]

Acting Attorney General considers legal action against Tongatapu 4 MP Tapueluelu

Acting Attorney General considers legal action against Tongatapu 4 MP Tapueluelu



The Office of the Acting Attorney General and Director of Public Prosecutions is considering taking legal action against Tongatapu 4 MP Mateni Tapueluelu. Kaniva News understands Acting Attorney General ‘Aminiasi Kefu has received evidence from the Supreme Court Registry about claims that Hon. Tapueluelu had breached the kingdom’s electoral laws. According to a report in […]

Miss Heilala 2015 and Princess Angelika work on project to beautify Tonga

Miss Heilala 2015 and Princess Angelika  work on project to beautify Tonga



In the picture: Miss Heilala 2015 at the University of Auckland during NZT Business Investment Forum. Photo/NZKanivaPacificNews Tonga’s Miss Heilala 2015/2016, Brittne Mahelani Tupou Vakataupule Fuimaono, said she was working with Princess Angelika Latufuipeka in a project to promote the preservation of Tongan historical sites and beautifying the kingdom. The 21-year-old beauty queen did not go into […]

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