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Tongan project hopes to create young female entrepreneurs

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Tongan project hopes to create young female entrepreneurs

- The Talitha Project is working with over 50 young women on financial literacy and creative entrepreneurship. Director Vanessa Heleta said the Bank of the South Pacific is providing financial advice and an account and her organisation was helping the women come up with ideas on how to create wealth. Ms Heleta said Digicel had also allowed them space in their town square which would be used to access potential customers

Categories: Life & Style |  Business | 
Tags: Entrepreneurs |  Women |  Finance |  Enterprises | 
Places: Tonga |  Polynesia |  Pacific Islands |  Oceania | 

Aussie PM mocks Trump in audio leak

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Aussie PM mocks Trump in audio leak

- The Australian Prime Minister mocked his US counterpart in a speech Wednesday night to a gathered crowd of journalists and politicians, during the Australian Parliament's boozy annual Midwinter Ball. In leaked audio aired by Australia's Channel Nine, Turnbull poked fun at his own efforts to ingratiate himself with the new US President during their meeting in New York. "It was beautiful

Categories: Politics & Government | 
Tags: Donald John Trump |  Politicians | 
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Second Tonga policeman arrested for armed robbery

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Second Tonga policeman arrested for armed robbery

- The 23-year-old man has been charged with conspiracy to commit robbery, and will appear in court next Tuesday. Last month, another officer and an accomplice were charged with the armed robbery of a shopkeeper at Ma'ufanga. At the time of the first arrests, the police commissioner, Stephen Caldwell, said the allegations were extremely concerning but the arrests showed that no one was above the law

Categories: Law & Crime | 
Places: Tonga |  Polynesia |  Pacific Islands |  Oceania | 

Tongan traditional garments turn contemporary in New Zealand

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Tongan traditional garments turn contemporary in New Zealand

- The Kanumez Fashion Show will display different kinds of 'kiekie', a waist garment worn by Tongan women. The 'kiekie' is traditionally made out of fibres typically from the hibiscus and the coconut. Auckland based Fashion designer Mele Tamanilo said it is aimed at encouraging the younger generation to stay with traditional Tongan wear. "The modern one uses different material such as like fabric and we use different kinds of emblishments like rhinestone and studs and spikes, chains, anything bling bling just to make it more appealing and encourages the younger generation who are always trying to keep up with the fashion, to encourage them to continue to wear the kiekie

Categories: Life & Style | 
Tags: Fashion | 
Places: New Zealand |  Zealandia |  Australasia |  Oceania |  Tonga |  Polynesia |  Pacific Islands | 

Robot police officer goes on duty in Dubai

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Robot police officer goes on duty in Dubai

- People will be able to use it to report crimes, pay fines and get information by tapping a touchscreen on its chest. Data collected by the robot will also be shared with the transport and traffic authorities. The government said the aim was for 25% of the force to be robotic by 2030 but they would not replace humans. "We are not going to replace our police officers with this tool," said Brig Khalid Al Razooqi, director general of smart services at Dubai Police

Categories: Law & Crime |  Technology | 
Places: United Arab Emirates |  Mideast |  Asia |  Tonga | 

Sport: Tonga Olympic Committee calls for Pacific Games rethink

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Sport: Tonga Olympic Committee calls for Pacific Games rethink

- The Tongan Olympic Committee says the government's decision to withdraw its support for hosting the 2019 Pacific Games doesn't add up. More than 40 delegates, representing 17 national sporting federations, discussed the matter at a Special General Meeting earlier this week. The Secretary General of TASANOC, Takitoa Taumoepeau, said they have analysed the figures and the government's argument that they pulled their support for financial reasons made no sense

Categories: Sports | 
Tags: Olympic Games | 
Places: New Zealand |  Tonga |  Polynesia |  Pacific Islands |  Oceania | 

Drinking kava becoming popular with Tongan women

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Drinking kava becoming popular with Tongan women

- For Tongan women drinking kava with others is becoming more popular, but does requires them to break with tradition. For one Tongan, that is exactly what she has been doing for almost two decades. Ikanamoe Ma'u proudly calls herself a heavy kava drinker. "I can drink kava all night and drink more cups than men," she says proudly. Now living in Aotearoa, it was a pleasant surprise to notice a shift in female kava consumption on a recent trip back to Tonga, she said

Categories: Life & Style | 
Tags: Women | 
Places: Oceania |  Australasia |  Zealandia |  New Zealand |  Pacific Islands |  Polynesia |  Tonga | 

The most Mormon country in the world? It's Tonga

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The most Mormon country in the world? It's Tonga

- There are a lot of Tongans in Utah. After all, one in every four U.S. Tongans resides in the Beehive State, which features several all-Tongan Mormon stakes, including more than 30 all-Tongan LDS congregations. But did you know that the multi-island Pacific nation has the highest number of Latter-day Saints per capita — in the world? Of Tonga's 106,513 inhabitants, 64,156 are members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, according to the Salt Lake City-based faith's official statistics

Places: United States |  Utah |  Mountain |  West |  Tonga | 

Tongan found guilty of drive-by shooting in Australia

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Tongan found guilty of drive-by shooting in Australia

- Lihai Vimahi, 24, and Daniel Grech, 27, were found guilty of discharging a firearm but cleared of the more serious charge of causing the Rebel member grievous bodily harm. Prosecutors told the court they believed the shooting was part of a dispute between the rival gangs, with one witness telling the court that Vimahi told her the Rebel deserved to be shot

Categories: Law & Crime | 
Tags: Conviction |  Trials |  Rebels |  Wars |  Civil Actions |  Judiciary |  Law Courts |  Prosecution | 
Places: Tonga |  Polynesia |  Pacific Islands |  Oceania | 

Guam protests Trump's stance on climate change

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Guam protests Trump's stance on climate change

- The Earth Day event on the United States' Pacific island territory also served as an opportunity to protest against President Donald Trump's position on climate change. One of the organisers of the Guam march, the wildlife biologist, Isha Alexander, said Mr Trump is defunding the scientists who demonstrate the climate is changing. "There are enough statistics out there about green energies and the jobs they create, just like you can create some jobs with oil," Ms Alexander said

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Tonga hopes to become Oceania judo capital

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Tonga hopes to become Oceania judo capital

- 130 athletes from 12 countries will compete for world rankings points with up to 200 overseas visitors to attend the two-day event, which gets underway tomorrow. The President of the Tonga and Oceania Judo Unions, Lennie Nitt, said there are plans to host an international judo event annually in Tonga from 2018. He said the Oceania Championships are an important opportunity for Pacific lifters

Places: Tonga |  Oceania | 

Turkey referendum: Erdogan wins vote to expand powers

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Turkey referendum: Erdogan wins vote to expand powers

- About 55 million people were eligible to vote across 167,000 polling stations, and turnout is said to have been high. Just over 51 percent of voters have opted for a constitutional change to grant sweeping powers to the president. The president said the "Yes" camp had secured 25 million votes in the referendum, 1.3 million ahead of "No" votes. Erdogan supporters say replacing the parliamentary system with an executive presidency would modernise the country

Categories: Politics & Government | 
Tags: Referendum |  Votes |  Elections | 
Places: Tonga |  Polynesia |  Pacific Islands |  Oceania | 

Easter egg calculator: How guilty should you feel about your binge?

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Easter egg calculator: How guilty should you feel about your binge?

- This happens another five times and it isn't even lunchtime on Good Friday yet. Before you know it, you've eaten more than 20 teaspoons of sugar, and that's on top of your regular diet. It's a common story in the holiday period — especially one increasingly wedded to particular snack foods. So how guilty should you actually feel about it? First, the scary part about sugar

Categories: Society & Culture | 
Tags: Easter Holidays |  Holidays | 
Places: Tonga |  Polynesia |  Pacific Islands |  Oceania | 

South Africa hard to catch - Fiji 7s coach | Loop Tonga

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South Africa hard to catch - Fiji 7s coach | Loop Tonga

- Fiji head into the Singapore sevens this weekend fresh off a comprehensive Hong Kong tournament victory. Fiji is currently second on the series ladder with 122 points, with the Blitz Bokke 23 points ahead. Teams receive 22 points a tournament win, the runner-up gets 19 and the third place team is awarded 17 points. Gareth Baber said this means South Africa will have to drop their standards signifcantly for Fiji to have a chance

Categories: Sports | 
Tags: Sevens |  Rugby Football | 
Places: Tonga |  Polynesia |  Pacific Islands |  Oceania | 

Combined total of 65 years jail for Tahiti drug dealers

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Combined total of 65 years jail for Tahiti drug dealers

- They were found guilty of growing the drug on Tahiti Iti for sale across the Society Islands through a network of dealers from 2010 to 2014. The head of the organisation Marvin Ah-Min was given a seven-year prison sentence and a $US90,000 fine. He had already been in detention as part of an investigation into the distribution of methamphetamine. The other defendants were given shorter prison sentences which combined add up to a total of 65 years

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Places: Tonga |  Polynesia |  Pacific Islands |  Oceania | 

A beacon of hope for humpbacks

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A beacon of hope for humpbacks

- The Cook Islands is a beacon of hope at the “Whales in a Changing Ocean Conference”, now underway in the Kingdom of Tonga, highlighting its strong stance on raising standards on ocean stewardship and management of its natural resources. Just days after announcing all water within 50 nautical miles of the island nation is now under protection from commercial fishing, the Cook Islands has now moved to reduce interaction between the commercial fishing sector and whales within its waters

Places: Cook Islands |  Tonga | 

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  • Tonga to finalise its first Trade Policy Framework soon
    Tonga to finalise its first Trade Policy Framework soon

    , looptonga.com

    than 30 participants from line ministries, private sectors and public sectors participated in a two-day consultation that was hosted and funded by the Ministry of Commerce, Consumer, Trade, Innovation & Labour. Commonwealth Secretariat’s National Trade Advisor Isaac Ndung’u has been in Tonga for the past 12 months to assist with the drafting of the framework. “The purpose of this workshop is to consult with everyone and to validate the Draft Trade Policy Framework which has been developed over quite a period of time,” he said

    Categories: Business | 
    Tags: Sectors |  Trade | 
    Places: Oceania |  Pacific Islands |  Polynesia |  Tonga | 

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Sports

  • Sport: Tonga Olympic Committee calls for Pacific Games rethink
    Sport: Tonga Olympic Committee calls for Pacific Games rethink

    , radionz.co.nz

    The Tongan Olympic Committee says the government's decision to withdraw its support for hosting the 2019 Pacific Games doesn't add up. More than 40 delegates, representing 17 national sporting federations, discussed the matter at a Special General Meeting earlier this week. The Secretary General of TASANOC, Takitoa Taumoepeau, said they have analysed the figures and the government's argument that they pulled their support for financial reasons made no sense

    Categories: Sports | 
    Tags: Olympic Games | 
    Places: New Zealand |  Tonga |  Polynesia |  Pacific Islands |  Oceania | 

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  • Tonga shows high statistics for teen marriages
    Tonga shows high statistics for teen marriages

    , looptonga.com

    Vanessa Heleta runs the Talitha Project which is trying to get a change in the marriage laws with its "Let Girls be Girls!" initiative. Tonga currently allows people between the ages of 15 and 17 to get married if they have their parents' consent. Ms Heleta said in 2015 there were 56 child marriages, as they are known in Tonga, and in 2016 there were 52

    Categories: Family & Parenting | 
    Tags: Children |  Teenagers |  Marriage | 
    Places: Oceania |  Pacific Islands |  Polynesia |  Tonga | 

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  • Tongan teacher arrested for beating student
    Tongan teacher arrested for beating student

    , looptonga.com

    RNZ reports the teacher was arrested and charged with assault after a call to a local radio station by the child's grandmother triggered an investigation. Acting Chief Superintendent Tevita Vailea said the student was treated at the hospital and there were signs he had been beaten on the back. Mr Vailea said the child was threatened with further violence if he reported the incident

    Categories: Education | 
    Tags: Students |  Teachers | 
    Places: Oceania |  Pacific Islands |  Polynesia |  Tonga | 

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  • PIMA wants to discuss media freedom with Tongan PM
    PIMA wants to discuss media freedom with Tongan PM

    , radionz.co.nz

    The Pacific Islands Media Association has offered to initiate mediation discussions with Tonga's Prime Minister 'Akilisi Pohiva, who recently threatened the state owned broadcaster with closure. Last month Mr Pohiva said he was not happy with how the Tonga Broadcasting Commission operated and the services may be better carried out by a different provider. The New Zealand based PIMA said the government needed to step back and take a hands-off approach to news media

    Categories: Media & Information | 
    Tags: Broadcasting | 
    Places: Oceania |  Australasia |  Zealandia |  New Zealand |  Tonga | 

Life & Style

  • Tongan traditional garments turn contemporary in New Zealand
    Tongan traditional garments turn contemporary in New Zealand

    , looptonga.com

    The Kanumez Fashion Show will display different kinds of 'kiekie', a waist garment worn by Tongan women. The 'kiekie' is traditionally made out of fibres typically from the hibiscus and the coconut. Auckland based Fashion designer Mele Tamanilo said it is aimed at encouraging the younger generation to stay with traditional Tongan wear. "The modern one uses different material such as like fabric and we use different kinds of emblishments like rhinestone and studs and spikes, chains, anything bling bling just to make it more appealing and encourages the younger generation who are always trying to keep up with the fashion, to encourage them to continue to wear the kiekie

    Categories: Life & Style | 
    Tags: Fashion | 
    Places: New Zealand |  Zealandia |  Australasia |  Oceania |  Tonga |  Polynesia |  Pacific Islands | 

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