Development of community-based milkfish farming in Tonga will be given a boost through a project under the FAO Technical Cooperation Programme.
Domestic violence statistics in Tonga are disturbing, women have died, and the high rate of physical, sexual and emotional abuse impacts the whole community. It is shocking to see Tonga, a Christian country, bashing its daughters as soon as they become women, community leaders said in Nuku’alofa on April 12.
Australia is granting AUD$18 million to the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC). The grant is part of Australia’s commitment to its partnership with the Secretariat and the development of South Pacific Island Nations.
The Tongan economy is stuck in a “development trap”, according an International Monetary Fund (IMF) report on the current state of the Tongan economy that was released on Monday, March 25.
A new leadership program to assist and train promising young women in implementing community projects is in need of more applicants.
The flooding in parts of Nuku’alofa is a testimony to an ad-hoc decision-making process in the urban development of Nuku’alofa, Tukua Tonga, the director of the Urban Planning Unit of the Ministry of Land, said today. Flooding during this week’s heavy downfalls of rain, has closed some schools and businesses, made roads impassable, and caused community concern over the associated health risks.
Construction of a $180,000 terminal facility for the MV ‘Otuanga’ofa at the Halaevalu Wharf, Neiafu, Vava’u was begun by the Prime Minister, Lord Tu’ivakano with a ground-breaking ceremony on 24 January.
The construction of Vava’u’s first solar power plant to be built with a US$5 million grant from the Government of Abu Dhabi is on target for completion by October 2013. When the plant comes into operation it will provide 13 percent of the annual energy demands of Vava’u, while saving up to 180,000 litres of diesel fuel annually to reduce the cost of electricity.
HRH Crown Prince Tupouto’a ‘Ulukalala opened a new Vaipua Bridge in Vava’u on Friday 14 December. The bridge was reconstructed with a T$10 million grant from China.
Vaipua Bridge which provides a vital short cut to Neiafu for the people living in the western district of Vava’u will be opened on Friday 14 December by Crown Prince Tupouto’a ‘Ulukalala.