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 Tonga's prime minister 'Akilisi Pohiva
Nuku'alofa, TONGA — Tonga's Prime Minister 'Akilisi Pohiva has urged unmarried senior civil servants to find a husband in 2019. Mr Pohiva hosted a meeting and prayer service for staff this week to kick off the new work year. According to a government press release, Mr Pohiva closed the event with...
Pictured l-r: Miss Cook Islands, Lydia Simonis; Miss Tuvalu Emeli Pelesa Panapa; Miss Pacific Islands 2017-2018 Matau'aina Gwendolyn Toomalatai; newly crowned Miss Pacific Islands 2018-2019 Miss Papua New Guinea Leishina Mercy Kariha; Miss Tonga Kalolaine Talia Fanganitau; Miss American Samoa Magalita Philomena Johnson; and Miss Samoa Sonia Piva.
Nuku'alofa, TONGA — Winner of the 2018-2019 Miss Pacific Islands title is Miss Papua New Guinea (center). The official announcement was made during the second and final night of competition in the Kingdom of Tonga on Friday, Nov. 30 (Tonga Time). At 18-year-old, Leishina Mercy Kariha, was the...
No Pelestiki fabric bags and 'oa baskets.
Nuku'alofa, TONGA — A new community group in Tonga is encouraging people to say no to plastic and use fabric bags and baskets woven from coconut fibres as an alternative. The group has launched the 'No Pelesitiki' campaign and says it has received support from the Royal household, nobles,...
Miss American Samoa Magalita Johnson (left) and Miss Pacific Islands Matauaina Toomalatai (right)
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA —  Yesterday, Miss Pacific Islands Matauaina Toomalatai and Miss American Samoa Magalita Johnson were enroute to Tonga, where a new Miss Pacific Islands will be crowned later this week, Nov. 30th (Tonga time), at 'Atele Stadium.. The two local beauty queens received...
Paul Harman in handcuffs with Homeland Security officers
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A Tongan national with an arrest warrant issued by the Washington State Court for raping an underage girl back in 2005 was arrested by armed Special Agents of the Department of Homeland Security (DHLS) last Friday here in American Samoa. Paul Harman appeared in High...
Miss Samoa Sonia Piva
Apia, SAMOA — Miss Samoa Sonia Piva has begun preparations for the 2018 Miss Pacific Islands Pageant which is scheduled for November 23 in Tonga.  The reigning Miss Samoa leaves Samoa for Tonga three days before the regional pageant, which will see her coming up against peers from throughout the...
District Court Judge, Fiti Sunia
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A young woman told the court last week that the reason why she missed two court hearings was because she traveled to Tonga to visit her sick mother. In return, District Court Judge Fiti Sunia informed the young woman that she’s not allowed to leave the territory while...
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...

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