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

Spike in suspected measles cases in Tonga

Mon 24 Mar 2014 -

NUKU'ALOFA, Tonga -- The Tongan Ministry of Health says the country is experiencing a spike in suspected measles, with 400 cases recorded in Nuku'alofa last week.

New flights from Fiji to Tonga to boost tourism

Mon 24 Mar 2014 -

NUKU'ALOFA, Tonga ----- Tonga Airports Limited says there will be a boost in tourism once international flights between Fiji and Vava'u island are resumed.

National Human Rights Consultation a first for Tonga

Wed 12 Mar 2014 -

NUKU'ALOFA, Tonga --- A first ever, two week long national human rights consultation programme commenced Monday in the Kingdom of Tonga for both government officials and non-government participants.

Legal expert to help with Tonga's Freedom of Information policies

Tue 11 Mar 2014 -

NUKU'ALOFA, Tonga ---- A legal expert will be visiting Tonga this month to review the country's Freedom of Information policy before it's drafted into a bill for parliament later this year.

300 families in Tonga's Ha'apai still living in tents after cyclone

Thu 06 Mar 2014 -

NUKU'ALOFA, Tonga ---- The Tongan government says up to 300 Ha'apai families are still living in tents or evacuation centres following Cyclone Ian almost two months ago.

Tonga government awards 5% salary rise to civil servants

Wed 05 Mar 2014 -

NUKU'ALOFA, Tonga ----- Tonga's public servants were awarded a 5% pay rise in mid-February, back-dated to January, said Tufui Faletau, the acting CEO for the Ministry of Finance and National Planning (MFNP).

A reformist old warrior’s political agenda

Kalafi Moala in Nuku’alofa
Tue 04 Mar 2014 -

NUKU'ALOFA, Tonga --- An old political veteran is about to make this year’s parliamentary election in Tonga a final staging for perhaps the most radical challenge to the powers that be concerning power sharing and democracy.

World Bank Announces funding for Ha'apai

Wed 19 Feb 2014 -

NUKU'ALOFA, Tonga --- The World Bank has announced that it will fund repairs to damaged port, airport and roads in Ha’apai.

Tonga's International Dateline Hotel has a new owner

Wed 19 Feb 2014 -

NUKU'ALOFA, Tonga --- Tonga's International Dateline Hotel, will be temporary closed down on 28 February, to enable a major renovation work of the hotel to take place by its new owner, the Tanoa Hotel Group of Fiji.

Tonga Speaker deplores lack of women in parliament

Tue 18 Feb 2014 -

NUKU'ALOFA, Tonga --- Tonga's Speaker of Parliament says while it is shocking that women are so underrepresented in parliament, the government is working to remedy that imbalance.

Tonga waits to welcome back Olympic hero

Fri 14 Feb 2014 -

NUKU'ALOFA, Tonga ---The Kingdom of Tonga is hoping to welcome home their first ever Winter Olympian, luger Fuahea Semi known as Bruno Banani.

‘Ikale Tahi captain named Pacific Player of the Year

Fri 14 Feb 2014 -

NUKU'ALOFA, TONGA ---‘Ikale Tahi Captain, Nili Latu has been voted Pacific Rugby Player of the year by the Pacific Islands Players Association (PIPA) for his achievements during 2013.

Tonga's new commercial bank to open in March

Fri 14 Feb 2014 -

NUKU'ALOFA, Tonga ----The Pacific International Commercial Bank is expected to open its doors in March as the fifth bank in Tonga.

February 2014

Cyclone Ian a blessing: Fonua

Robert Matau

Cyclone Ian could be a blessing in disguise for Ha’apai Island, which has been neglected over the years in terms of development.

View from the Industry - Pacific Islands Tuna Industry Association (PITIA)

Wed 05 Feb 2014 -

NUKU’ALOFA, Tonga --- The ability of the domestic industry to compete in the southern long-line albacore fishery has hit the point of no return. Tying-up vessels and sending employees home is now the reality that is faced by the Pacific Islands Tuna Industry Association members that have an interest in ...

Tonga government wants more on seasonal work schemes

Tue 04 Feb 2014 -

NUKU'ALOFA, Tonga --- The Tonga government is hoping to signficantly increase the numbers of workers travelling to New Zealand and Australia under the temporary seasonal employment schemes.

Tongan government to formalise Cyclone Ian response plan

Tue 28 Jan 2014 -

NUKU'ALOFA, Tonga --- Non-government organisations working with the Tongan government have formulated a Cyclone Ian response plan, which is expected to be made official today.

Tongan opposition critical of government cyclone response

Fri 24 Jan 2014 -

NUKU'ALOFA, Tonga --- Tonga's opposition People's Democratic Party has criticised the government for being ineffective and inefficient in responding to the people's needs following Cyclone Ian.

Tongan Royal kumete “Tuku‘aho” to be sold in Europe

Thu 23 Jan 2014 -

NUKU'ALOFA, Tonga ---- Five significant Tongan patrimonial artifacts are expected to fetch around Euro 19,000 ($50,000 pa'anga) when they are auctioned in Brussels, Europe, on Friday January 24 for a private owner.

Japan provides emergency relief goods to Ha‘apai

Tue 21 Jan 2014 -

NUKU'ALOFA, Tonga --- The Government of Japan will provide emergency relief goods including water tanks to assist relief efforts in Ha’apai following Tropical Cyclone Ian's destruction.