U.S. Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus is making an official visit to Tonga May 9-10.
Medical equipment and supplies worth $2.9 million pa’anga was handed over by Japan’s Ambassador to Tonga HE Dr Kazuchika Hamuro at Vaiola Hospital today.
The new High Commissioner for New Zealand, HE Mr Mark Talbot presented his letter of credence to King Tupou VI on Friday January 18.
HE Ms Tania Tupou Tonga’s first resident Ambassador to Japan presented her credentials to Japan’s Emperor Akihito at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo on 11 December, after starting in her new post at the Government of Tonga’s new embassy located at Minato-ku in Tokyo, on 1 October. .
Claims in Tonga’s parliament that there was an illegal transference of government money to Tongasat have been denied by two Prime Ministers, in a row over how a USD$75 million grant from China to Tonga was used.
Tonga’s Minister of Education in parliament is calling for ‘Akilisi Pohiva to apologise to the New Zealand Government, to herself and to the Tongan people for making misleading and unfounded allegations about the donor funding received by the Ministry of Education. From the House by Pesi Fonua.
In committing just over TOP$1 million pa’anga from the Government of Japan to fund community projects including the upgrade of water supply systems in four villages in Tongatapu and the construction of new classrooms for Vava’u Side School, the Ambassador of Japan to Tonga urged the recipients “to manage the facilities and equipment properly so they can last as long as our long-standing friendship.”
New Zealand’s High Commissioner to Tonga, HE Dr Jonathan Austin, will return to Wellington on Monday, September 24 at the end of a two-years term, to head the Middle East and Africa Division at their Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
Japan’s first resident Ambassador to Tonga HE Mr Yasuo Takase will leave Tonga in mid-October at the end of a three and a half years term, during which he saw the completion of the new Vaiola Hospital funded by Japan, as well as the implementation of solar power projects, and the strengthening of relations between the two countries and their royal families.
The Zheng He, a training ship of the Navy of China’s People’s Liberation Army arrived in Nuku’alofa on August 11 on a four day friendly visit, on its second trip to Nuku’alofa.