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  1. News - World - DIPLOMACY

    US$20m China aircraft gift has unintended repercussions on Tonga

    Posted Jun 25th 2014, 09:01pm by AP

    ... headache for tiny Tonga Beijing's US$20 million donation of an aircraft to Tonga's domestic airline has triggered an inadvertent slump in the country's tourist industry, with flights to the outer islands down by a third since last year. That is because the gift last year caused a rival New Zealand airline, that brought many of its nation's visitors to Tonga, to pack up ...

  2. The buck stops here

    Posted Apr 08th 2005, 12:00am by Nick Squires

    ... to music on a street corner in an outlying Sydney suburb is not from the US, but Tonga, one of the dozen or more South Pacific nations scattered to Australia's east. There are as many Tongans ... met. It is a big worry for Tonga in particular, because it relies on remittances for 60 per cent of its national revenue. 'Remittances are about to dry up because the second generation ...

  3. News - World - WEATHER

    Tonga begins search of island groups for victims of massive Cyclone Ian

    Posted Jan 12th 2014, 11:29pm by AP

    ... Associated Press in Nukualofa Tonga begins search for victims of super cyclone The grim search began yesterday for cyclone survivors after the most powerful storm to hit Tonga in decades ... of Tonga's three island groups between the main island of Tongatapu in the south and the Vava'u islands to the north, the nation's director of emergencies Leveni Aho said. Cyclone Ian hit ...

  4. News - Asia - AVIATION

    New Zealand suspends Tonga aid over plans to use China-made planes

    Posted Jul 10th 2013, 10:07am by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Wellington New Zealand said on Wednesday it had suspended a multi-million dollar aid programme in Tonga over safety concerns stemming from the Pacific nation’s ... intends to lease it to a new airline called Real Tonga, set up to service popular tourist destinations in the outer islands after New Zealand-based operator Chathams Pacific withdrew earlier ...

  5. Sport - Rugby

    Ex-Tonga rugby manager jailed in drug case

    Posted Nov 23rd 2012, 02:24pm

    ... Agence France-Presse in Wellington The former manager of Tonga’s rugby union team was jailed in Auckland on Friday for plotting to import methamphetamine into New Zealand, reports said. Angus Naupoto, 36, Tonga team manager at the 2007 World Cup, was sentenced to two years and four months after pleading guilty to conspiring to import 20 kilograms of the drug, the New Zealand ...

  6. News - World - DRUG SMUGGLING

    Yacht found off Tonga held HK$930m cocaine haul and a body

    Posted Nov 17th 2012, 12:00am by Agence France-Presse in Sydney

    ... when it left South America until they lost contact with it last month. Two divers discovered the boat earlier this month off Tonga's Vava'u island group and made the grim discovery ... million), was now part of an ongoing operation involving police in Tonga, the Cook Islands, Australia and the US Drug Enforcement Administration. Tonga's coroner was conducting an inquiry ...

  7. Sport - Rugby

    IRB Junior World Rugby Trophy results

    Posted Apr 05th 2014, 08:54pm

    ... SCMP Staff Monday, April 7 Group Time Home Score Away B 13:00 Japan 28-33 Uruguay B 15:00 Canada 25-37 Namibia A 17:00 Tonga 10-34 Georgia A 19:00 USA 37-0 Hong Kong Friday, April 11 Group Time Home Score Away B 13:00 Japan 34-28 Namibia A 15:00 USA 13-12 Georgia A 17:00 Tonga 39-16 Hong Kong B 19:00 Canada 18-18 Uruguay Tuesday, April 15 Group Time Home Score Away A 13:00 ...

  8. Island joy as Tonga swoop at the death to snatch Plate

    Posted Mar 30th 2009, 12:00am by John Carney

    ... John Carney Tonga left it late to join the Sevens party but they timed their entrance to perfection by beating Canada 14-12 at the death in the Plate final. Canada looked in control all the way, thanks to tries from Sean Duke and D.T.H. van der Merwe, and a conversion from Philip Mack, but Peasipa Moimoi scored a try and swung over a conversion for Tonga to keep them within ...

  9. Court jester settles in passports case, but Tonga is not laughing

    Posted Feb 20th 2004, 12:00am by Nick Squires

    ... Carolina who was appointed the official court jester to Tonga, was ordered by a San Francisco court to pay back US$1 million. The meagre amount will be of little comfort to the Tongan government, ... were then living in exile. Mr Chen put the money into a Bank of America account after the Tongan king refused to invest it in Tonga, saying his ministers would only spend it on roads. ...

  10. US$1b gift too good to be true? Not if you're the king of Tonga

    Posted Nov 07th 2005, 12:00am by Nick Squires

    ... Nick Squires in Sydney The financial judgment of the ailing king of Tonga has again been called into question, five years after his tiny South Pacific nation lost millions of dollars ... to fund development. During a speech to Tonga's rubber-stamp Legislative Assembly, the 87-year-old monarch said talks were under way 'to bring a billion dollars to invest in Tonga ...




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