The New Zealand Prime Minister John Key visited the Nuku’alofa Government Primary School and the Tonga Village Network Upgrade Project site at Ha’avakatolo this afternoon.
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Visiting Tonga, New Zealand’s Prime Minister John Key this morning pledged around $2 million assistance to upgrade Tonga’s Teufaiva Stadium for the 2019 Pacific Games. New Zealand has also committed another $5 million towards the reconstruction of schools in Ha’apai that were destroyed by Tropical Cyclone Ian.
Dr Lesieli Pelesikoti Tongati‘o of Palmerston North, has been awarded the New Zealand Order of Merit in recognition of her contributions to the education of Pacific Islanders in New Zealand, in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours list.
A regional cold storage facility for vaccines has been established in Nadi, Fiji, donated by the New Zealand Government.
Hundreds of rugby balls and more than a thousand pairs of rugby shorts, and other rugby kit has been donated to Tongatapu Secondary Schools and over a hundred rugby balls were given to school children in Ha’apai by a Dunedin business Leslie Rugby last week.
New Zealand will contribute $13.89 million (NZD) in funding to the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) from 2014 to 2016.
Tonga is seeking an estimated $56 million for reconstructing homes in Ha‘apai after Cyclone Ian, Tonga’s Deputy Prime Minister Samiu Vaipulu said on Friday at a press conference, held jointly with the visiting New Zealand Foreign Minister. Hon. Murray McCully said there was an enormous challenge ahead for Tonga’s government and the figures given by the Deputy Prime Minister were “frightening”.
New Zealand is providing an extra $370,000 to assist relief efforts in Ha’apai including sending over technicians to help repair the electricity network. The announcement brings New Zealand’s support for the cyclone response to $2.27 million.
Ten line staff from the Tonga Power Ltd have won employment contracts with New Zealand’s Northpower Ltd. after completing a two-weeks recruitment boot camp. The group, including one woman, who are expected to migrate with their families in November this year have been called “professionals” and “great ambassadors for Tonga”.
The New Zealand Government stepped up its travel advisory for visitors to Tonga, as the MA-60 aircraft, operated by REAL Tonga started commercial passenger flights to Vava‘u on Saturday August 10.
Tonga has banned the sales and use of two Karicare Infant Formula products for newborns and for six-months babies and older after receiving information that the products may contain contaminated ingredients. The ban came into effective on Thursday, August 8, and will remain until further notice.
Tributes are flowing in for a Tongan rugby player in New Zealand who died on Tuesday July 23 in an Auckland hospital after suffering head injuries in a rugby match on Saturday.
Ten linesmen will leave Tonga at the end of this month after securing jobs with Northpower, a New Zealand based electricity distribution contracting company. The Tonga Power Ltd. workers, including one woman, have been trained to New Zealand qualifications and will fill skills shortages.
Tonga’s former Prime Minister Lord Dr Sevele ‘o Vailahi was awarded with a Honorary Doctorate degree, a Doctor of Letters, by the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, on Wednesday, 17 April, when he delivered the Graduation Address.
The Pacific Parliamentary and Political Leaders Forum ended yesterday in Wellington with calls for greater regional effort in dealing with common challenges faced by Pacific Island countries.
Tonga’s display at the 2013 Pasifika Festival in Auckland, New Zealand, will feature a 40 man brass band and cultural groups from Tonga.
The New Zealand Governor-General, Lt Gen The Rt Hon Sir Jerry Mateparae, and Lady Janine Mateparae hosted a State Welcome for the King of Tonga, HM King Tupou VI, and HM Queen Nanasipau’u at Government House in Wellington on 25 February 2013.
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.
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.
A week-long celebration of Tongan arts and culture will be launched on Monday 24 September at the Mangere Arts Centre - Nga Tohu o Uenuku, in New Zealand. The Matala festival will feature dance, theatre, poetry, music with traditional and contemporary faikava, and bring together Tongan artists and members of the Tongan community.