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The aftermath of Cyclone Gita
Tonga's government says while shipments of food and clothing to Tonga will incur tax from the end of August, building materials will continue to be duty-free until February 2020. Kaniva Pacific reports an exemption was put in place on items sent home from Tongans overseas for six months after...
American Samoa’s starting 11 for the game against Samoa on Match Day 2 of the OFC U-16 Championship Qualifier at Loto-Tonga Soka Centre in Veitongo, Tonga on Tuesday, July 17, 2018. American Samoa lost to Samoa 10-3. Gabriel Taumua scored two goals for American Samoa, and Peter Lauvao scored the...
American Samoa’s captain Gabriel Taumua
Veitongo, TONGA — American Samoa lost to Samoa 10-3 in their second game of the OFC U-16 Championship Qualifier at Loto-Tonga Soka Centre in Veitongo, Tonga on Tuesday, July 17, 2018.   “This result was really unexpected,” said the team’s coach, Rupeni Luvu.  “I really didn’t expect the game to...
American Samoa will play Samoa on Match Day 2 of the OFC U16 Championship Qualifier, looking for its first win on the second day of the tournament at Loto-Tonga Soka Centre in Veitongo, Tonga. The game kicks off at 11 a.m. on July 17, 2018 (11 a.m., July 16, American Samoa time and date). American...
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Veitongo, TONGA —American Samoa drew 2-2 with Tonga in their first game of the OFC U16 Championship Qualifiers at Loto-Tonga Center in Veitongo, Tonga on Saturday, July 14, 2018. It was a disappointing draw for American Samoa as they led 2-0, only to have Tonga come back and tie it in the last 11...
Nuku'alofa, TONGA — Liamelie Latu is president of the People's National Party that was launched over the weekend in Tonga. Latu is a retired army colonel and diplomat, who said the party would focus on traditional Tongan values, aiming for "peace and prosperity". It was good to have another party...
Nukuʻalofa, TONGA — A group of Tongans is preparing a petition which calls for the resignation of Prime Minister 'Akilisi Pohiva. The group, understood to contain both foreign based and local Tongans, has launched an online fundraiser in an effort to raise capital so they can promote their cause....
 Jacinda Ardern visited Fasi Government Primary School to see the destruction caused by cyclone Gita. [Photo: Pool photo / Michael Craig / New Zealand Herald]
There has been outrage among Tongans over an official letter purporting to ban girls at the country's state school from playing rugby and boxing. The letter from the Ministry of Education informed staff at Tonga High School that the girls shouldn't be playing such sports because it goes against...
 The Pasifika Festival is back for another year, celebrating its 26th birthday. [Photo / Gareth Cooke Subzero via NZ Herald]
NEW ZEALAND — The Pasifika Festival may be later than usual this year, but organisers have big plans for the new time slot, in the hopes of attracting even bigger crowds. Next weekend's event will mark the 26th year since it started at Western Springs in 1992. Like always, Pacific culture will be...
 Cyclone Gita caused widespread damage in Tonga. [Photo: RNZ / Richard Tindiller]
Tongatapu, TONGA —  Authorities in Tonga are concerned about the quality of the food items in the shops since Cyclone Gita hit last month. Health officials have inspected 48 shops on the island of Tongatapu, and found more than 20 have food items no longer fit for human consumption. About two...