SPC supports agroforestry in Tonga

Wed 06 Aug 2014 -

NUKU'ALOFA, TONGA ----‘I’m totally convinced by the concept of agroforestry and I want similar training for all extension officers in my ministry.’

McCully singled out over MA60 saga

Wed 06 Aug 2014 -

NUKU'ALOFA, Tonga ---The Deputy Prime Minister of Tonga has singled out New Zealand's Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully over New Zealand's travel advisory for Tonga.

Calls to stop sale of Tonga's satellite orbital slots

Tue 22 Jul 2014 -

NUKU'ALOFA, Tonga --- Tonga's Public Service Association (PSA) is calling on the government to stop the sale of the country's two orbital slots.

Tongan independent MP focuses on development

Fri 18 Jul 2014 -

NUKU'ALOFA, Tonga --- The Tongan MP Sitiveni Halapua says he wants to focus more on development issues as he campaigns as an independent for this year's election.

Australia's women's envoy tours Pacific to boost political participation

Fri 18 Jul 2014 -

NUKU'ALOFA, Tonga --- Australia's Ambassador for Women and Girls says Australia can help Pacific nations improve poor levels of female leadership.

Tongan pro-democracy leader Pohiva applauds Fiji PM Bainimarama

Thu 03 Jul 2014 -

NUKU'ALOFA, Tonga ----Veteran Tongan politician and a founding member of the Tonga Pro-Democracy Movement Akilisi Pohiva says he respects Fijian Prime Minister, Rear Admiral (Retired) Voreqe Bainimarama for having the political will to make things happen.

'Give up Lau': Tongan Minister

Thu 03 Jul 2014 -

NUKU'ALOFA, Tonga --- Tonga's Lands Minister Lord Ma'afu has revealed a proposal for the island kingdom to give up the disputed Minerva Reef to Fiji in exchange for the Lau Group.

Tonga commits US$1.5 million to join the regional fight on invasive species

Tue 24 Jun 2014 -

NUKU'ALOFA, Tonga --- Serious about battling invasive species, the Kingdom of Tonga has confirmed their financial commitment of US$1.5 million in the regional fight against invasive species.

Former Tongan finance minister welcomes performance benchmarks for Australian foreign aid

Fri 20 Jun 2014 -

NUKU'ALOFA, Tonga --- Tonga's former Finance Minister Siosiua Utoikamanu has welcomed the Australian government's new approach to aid announced yesterday by Foreign Minister Julie Bishop.

Tonga to put Dateline Hotel to tender again

Mon 16 Jun 2014 -

NUKU'ALOFA, Tonga --- The Tongan Government says it will put the iconic Dateline Hotel out to tender again so it can be redeveloped and hopefully boost tourism.

Tongan MP says NZ PM should attend Pacific Islands Forum

Tue 10 Jun 2014 -

NUKU'ALOFA, Tonga ---- A Tongan MP and academic, Sitiveni Halapua, says New Zealand's Prime Minister should not be skipping an upcoming leaders summit.

Tonga's Democrats in disarray

Mon 09 Jun 2014 -

NUKU'ALOFA, Tonga --- There are reports in Tonga of a split in the opposition Democratic Party with suggestions four MPs will be dropped from the Party's line up for the November election.

NZ helps deepwater fisheries development in Tonga

Thu 05 Jun 2014 -

NUKU’ALOFA, Tonga --- A New Zealand government-funded project has been launched to help Tonga maximise the economic benefits of commercial fishing.

Local Chinese business growth in Tonga raising concern

Thu 05 Jun 2014 -

NUKU'ALOFA, Tonga --- In Tonga, and in fact most other islands in the Pacific, the employment sector is limited, meaning many people struggle to find work.

Shane Jones launches his new Pacific career, NZ PM to wrap up tour in Niue

Thu 05 Jun 2014 -

NUKU'ALOFA, Tonga ---- New Zealand's new Pacific Economic Ambassador wants to help small Pacific Island countries make money from foreign fishing ventures.

Tonga keeps MA60 despite NZ warning

Thu 05 Jun 2014 -

NUKU'ALOFA, Tonga --- Tonga will continue to fly its new Chinese-made MA60 aircraft as a New Zealand inspector's report says the plane was correctly validated.

Tonga travel advisory stays - NZ PM Key

Wed 04 Jun 2014 -

NUKU'ALOFA, Tonga ---- New Zealand’s Prime Minister says the controversial travel advisory on travel to Tonga will stay, despite a report released on Monday that says Tonga properly validated the MA60 plane.

Tonga's provisional electoral roll out this week

Mon 12 May 2014 -

NUKU'ALOFA, Tonga--- Voters in Tonga will have access to the provisional electoral rolls from Thursday this week as the country prepares for elections on 27 November.

Real Tonga suspends pilot

Tue 06 May 2014 -

NUKU'ALOFA, Tonga --- The pilot of a Real Tonga Queen Air that made an emergency belly-landing at the ‘Eua airstrip last week has been suspended.

Tongan marines return from Afghanistan

Tue 06 May 2014 -

NUKU'ALOFA, Tonga --- The 7th Contingent of His Majesty’s Armed Forces (Royal Tongan Marines) returned from Afghanistan last Thursday after completing their six-months of duty at Camp Bastion and Leatherneck in Afghanistan.

Outbreak of chikungunya virus affects 10,000 people in Tonga

Wed 16 Apr 2014 -

NUKU'ALOFA, Tonga ---- Tongan health authorities say there's been an outbreak of the mosquito-borne chikungunya virus affecting more than 10,000 people across the country.

European Union contributes towards rehabilitation work in Tonga

Tue 08 Apr 2014 -

NUKU'ALOFA, Tonga -----The European Union (EU) is channeling 50,000 Tongan Pa’anga to the Government of Tonga. This is to contribute to the relief efforts in the parts of the country devastated by Cyclone Ian.

ADB forecasts 1.5% economic growth for Tonga in 2014

Fri 04 Apr 2014 -

NUKU'ALOFA, Tonga ----The Tongan economy is expected to rebound during the 2014 Financial Year, according to the Asian Development Bank Economic Outlook for 2014.

King reminds Tongans of their vulnerability to climate change

Fri 04 Apr 2014 -

NUKU'ALOFA, Tonga ----King Tupou VI reminded Tongans of their islands’ vulnerabiity to the effects of climate change, in his message for the closing of the 2013 Session of Tonga Legislative Assembly, Thursday.

Tanoa Group pulls out of planned Tonga hotel investment

Wed 02 Apr 2014 -

NUKU'ALOFA, Tonga ----The Tanoa Hotel Group of Fiji has pulled out from its proposed take over of the International Dateline Hotel, Moeaki Tatafu, the CEO for the Ministry of Finance and National Planning told the Tonga Chamber of Commerce this week