Tonga

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.

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.