Tonga

Tongan Government reviewing needs of outer islands

Wed 28 Jan 2015 -

NUKU'ALOFA, Tonga -----The deputy Prime Minister of Tonga says people in Vava'u will see improvements to their roads very soon and boosts to agriculture are being looked at.

Vava'u recorded an increase in the new dengue fever cases

Wed 28 Jan 2015 -

VAVAU, Tonga ---- Tonga's Prince Wellington Ngu Hospital in Vava'u has recorded an increase in the new dengue fever cases.

Volcanic eruption ends, leaving tiny ash island

Tue 27 Jan 2015 -

NUKU'ALOFA, Tonga ---- The volcanic eruption between the islands of Hunga-Ha’apai and Hunga-Tonga appears to be over, leaving behind a tiny island of volcanic ash.

Noble's sentencing adjourned to 05 February

Mon 26 Jan 2015 -

NUKU'ALOFA, Tonga ---- The sentencing of Lord Tu’ilakepa on firearm and ammunition charges was adjourned to Thursday 05 February, at the Nuku’alofa Supreme Court.

Tongan Speaker surrenders right to appoint chairman of Parliamentary committees

Mon 26 Jan 2015 -

NUKU'ALOFA, Tonga ---- The surrender by the Speaker, Lord Tu’ivakano of his right to appoint the chairman of the eight Parliamentary Standing Committees, and the approval by the House of Semisi Sika to be the Chairman of the Whole House Committee, were two controversial decisions that parliament approved in its ...

Young Tongans lack motivation at home, says youth leader

Finau Fonua
Thu 22 Jan 2015 -

NUKU'ALOFA, Tonga --- A lack of motivation and attention provided at home was one of the main reasons for school failure and widespread laziness among Tongan youth, believes a prominent youth leader and community social worker, Vanessa Heleta.

Tonga upbeat on proposed air freight option

Thu 22 Jan 2015 -

NUKU'ALOFA, Tonga --- Tonga's Chamber of Commerce says it's interested in new proposed air freight services to New Zealand.

Speculation over changes in Fiji and the Pacific’s banking sector

Dennis Rounds and Samisoni Pareti
Mon 19 Jan 2015 -

Fiji’s business sector is abuzz with speculations about possible major changes on the local and Pacific regional banking scenes.

Pacific Sport: The best of 2014

Peter Rees
Tue 09 Dec 2014 -

It was a remarkable year for athletes of Pacific heritage in the international arena.

Lord Vaea set to be nominated as Tongan Prime Minister

Fri 05 Dec 2014 -

NUKU'ALOFA, Tonga --- A potential candidate for Prime Minister of Tonga is Lord Vaea. He is the preferred choice of the Nobles.

New MPs first meeting 9 December

Wed 03 Dec 2014 -

NUKU'ALOFA, Tonga --- Tonga's 26 newly elected Members of Parliament will meet for the first time at 10:00am. Tuesday, 9 December at the Fa’onelua Convention Center.

Twenty Fourth Council of Ministers of Tourism Meeting - Communique

Fri 31 Oct 2014 -

NUKU'ALOFA, Tonga ----The twenty fourth Council of Ministers of Tourism meeting was held in Nukualofa, Tonga, on October 30th, 2014, to deliberate on regional priority issues for the sustainable development of tourism in Pacific Island countries.

SPTO to empower Pacific islanders to take their tourism products up another level

Fri 31 Oct 2014 -

NUKU'ALOFA, Tonga ---Expect tourism projects that focus on the development of human resources and empower Pacific islanders to take their tourism products up another level to increase.

Tonga societal attitude holds women back

Tue 28 Oct 2014 -

NUKU'ALOFA, Tonga ---A campaigner for women's rights in Tonga says despite more women standing for Parliament in next month's election she is sceptical of their chances of success.

Tonga may still need reserved seats - women's advocate

Mon 27 Oct 2014 -

NUKU'ALOFA, Tonga ---A women's advocate in Tonga says she is full of praise for the increased number of women contesting next month's election but says dramatic steps may still be needed.

106 candidates for Tonga's General Election 2014

Mon 27 Oct 2014 -

NUKU'ALOFA, Tonga --- After the final day of nomination Friday, a total of 106 candidates including 16 women, will contest 17 People’s Representative seats in parliament, in Tonga’s upcoming General Election on 27 November .

Lord Tu’ivakano leads attempt to right civil aviation issues

Mon 29 Sep 2014 -

NUKU'ALOFA, Tonga ---- Tongan Prime Minister Lord Tu’ivakano has taken over the lead role in ensuring that Tonga’s civil aviation rules are on par with New Zealand and the rest of the world, following concerns raised by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).

El Nino may bring drought to Tonga

Mon 15 Sep 2014 -

NUKU'ALOFA, Tonga --- Cool nights and low rainfall for August indicates that Tonga may be affected by a climatic conditions known as “El Nino” with the potential of droughts occurring in the coming months.

Six members of the Democratic Party will stand as independents

Tue 02 Sep 2014 -

NUKU'ALOFA, Tonga ---- Six members of the Friendly Islands Democratic Party, kicked out by party leader Akilisi Pohiva, will campaign independently for the upcoming 27 November general election.

Tonga pension extension welcomed

Wed 27 Aug 2014 -

NUKU'ALOFA, Tonga ----A spokesperson for a Tonga group that cares for families says the extension in the availability of pensions for the elderly is widely welcomed.

Call for Tongan MPs to work together

Wed 27 Aug 2014 -

NUKU'ALOFA, Tonga -----Tongan MP and academic Sitiveni Halapua says it is important parliamentarians do not preclude the possibility of working with others.

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.