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January, 2019


758 unlicensed drivers recorded in Tonga in 2018

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Nuku’alofa -January 17, 2018: 9.55pm (Radio/TV Tonga): Police recorded 758 cases of unlicensed drivers in Tonga last year, most of those charged while driving in the Nuku’alofa Area.

Police seize drugs in busts

Meth or Ice

Nuku’alofa – January 17, 2018: 9.45pm (Matangi Tonga): Drug busts by a Tonga Police Drugs Taskforce in December last year seized methamphetamine and cannabis packed ready for sale, after some arrests were made on the main street in the Nuku’alofa Central Business District of men allegedly attempting to sell the illicit drugs.

Marine resources make their return in Vava’u

Members of the Ovava community in Vava'u after their meeting with the Marine Spatial Planning team late last year. Photo: ENVIRO NEWS

By ILIESA TORA     NEIAFU, Vava’u – January 7, 2019: 9.55am (Nuku’alofa Times): Mullets were caught on the shorelines of islands around Vava’u around 50 years ago.

OPINION: Free press important pillar of democratic society

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We can all agree that a free press reporting the news without political control is one of the important pillars of a democratic society. Take this away and democracy will erode into dictatorship. It is also the first line of defense against government corruption and tyranny. By ANA TAUSINGA NUKU’ALOFA – January 7, 2019: 9.45am (Nuku’alofa Times) The new slogan of the influential U.S. newspaper, The Washington Post, “Democracy Dies In The Dark” caught my attention.

Mona on way out

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Cyclone poses no direct threat to Tonga NUKU’ALOFA – January 7, 2019: 9.27am (Nuku’alofa Times): Cyclone Mona, which changed directions almost at will in the last week on its way to Fiji, poses no real threat to Tonga on its current track.