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January, 2018


PM Pohiva in hospital

PM Pohiva admitted at Vaiola Hospital

NUKU’ALOFA-January 9, 2018: 4.05pm (Nuku’alofa Times): Prime Minister Hon. ‘Akilisi Pohiva is still  admitted at the Intensive Care Unit of Vaiola Hospital.

New catamaran to service inter-island route

The new catamaran arriving in Nuku'alofa this morning. Photo: TANYA EDWARD

NUKU’ALOFA-January 9, 2018: 3.55pm (Nuku’alofa Times): Locals will get the chance to travel fast on inter-island ferry the MV Tongiaki, a fast aluminium catamaran built in Indonesia, when the new ship makes its maiden voyage to Vava’u on Friday.

PM Pohiva’s proposed Cabinet lineup

PM Pohiva with his new Deputy Semisi Sika

NUKU’ALOFA-January 8, 2018: 4.10pm (Nuku’alofa Times): Prime Minister ‘Akilisi Pohiva will also take up the Foreign Affairs, Public Service Commission and Defense portfolios, according to the proposed Cabinet lineup sent to His Majesty King Tupou VI.

Sika Manu hailed by his Hull Club

LEADER: Tonga captain and Hull FC back rower Sika Manu. (Image: Bruce Lim/SWpix)

HULL, England – January 8, 2018: 3.50pm (Hull Daily Mail): Sika Manu has returned to full Hull FC training this week after a tremendous World Cup which saw him lead Tonga to the semi-finals and inspire a nation, including new team-mate Mickey Paea.

Tongan man becomes 14th death while working on Seasonal Worker Program

Tongan Paulo Kivalu died on the Seasonal Worker Program in September 2016.

By Vanessa Marsh QUEENSLAND, Australia – January 8, 2018: 3.35pm (Courier Mail): A TONGAN man in Queensland with the government-run Seasonal Worker Program has become the 14th person to die while working on the controversial scheme.

Government failed to pay up but athletes still did well

Lord Sevele (right) with Sakapo Lolohea (left) and boxing's golden boy John Moleni who won gold medal at the Mini Games in December at the awards day. Photo: NUKU'ALOFA TIMES

NUKU’ALOFA – January 3, 2018: 10.42am (Nuku’alofa Times): Government failed to live up to their promise to pay all airfares for Team Tonga to the Pacific Mini Games in Vanuatu in December 2017.

No Cabinet lineup yet

PM Pohiva has been discharged from hospital

NUKU’ALOFA-January 3, 2018: 10.30am (Nuku’alofa Times): There is still no indication of who Prime Minister ‘Akilisi Pohiva has named in his Cabinet lineup.