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The Ark Peace, a Naval Hospital Ship from China arrived this morning at Vuna Wharf on a one-week visit to provide medical services to the people of Tonga.
Wednesday 13 August 2014
A 22 year-old Tongan USP student, Sione Tufui, was killed in an alleged brawl outside a Suva nightclub last Friday night.
Monday 23 June 2014
Immigration New Zealand will announce the results of those who registered in a ballot for immigration to New Zealand, next Monday, 16 June.
Wednesday 11 June 2014
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.
Wednesday 4 June 2014 - 1 comment
Lord Tu’ivakano as the Chairman of the Tonga Cable Ltd (TCL) and Professor Rajesh Chandra, the Vice chancellor of the University of the South Pacific USP signed a contract agreement in Nuku’alofa on 12 May for USP to be an Internet Access Provider.
Thursday 15 May 2014
Putting fresh products onto supermarket shelves in other countries is a major challenge and a lot of things have to come together before Pacific Islands growers can successfully get a particular product over the market access line, said Annalize Struwig, visiting the PHAMA program in Tonga.
Wednesday 7 May 2014
A regional cold storage facility for vaccines has been established in Nadi, Fiji, donated by the New Zealand Government.
Monday 5 May 2014
The price of petroleum for Tonga for April-May has dropped by a few seniti, effective from 16 April 2014, according to the Tonga Competent Authority.
Friday 18 April 2014

Tonga’s army has entered a formal partnership program with the National Guard of Nevada that will strengthen their military cooperation in a new working relationship. The partnership declaration was signed in Nuku'alofa on April 11, by Brigadier General Tau'aika 'Uta'atu of His Majesty's Armed Forces and Brigadier General William Burks of the National Guard of the State of Nevada, USA.

Monday 14 April 2014
A major earthquake that struck off the coast of northern Chile this afternoon has generated a significant tsunami for Chile, with tsunami warnings issued for the Pacific coasts of South America, including Easter Island. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Hawaii has now determined that no tsunami threat exists for other coastal areas although some may experience small sea level changes. For all areas covered by this center the tsunami warning and watch are now cancelled (6:00pm Tonga time).
Wednesday 2 April 2014
‘Amelia Fa’otusia (18), a Tongan Student studying at the University of Waikato, has been awarded the New Zealand Development Pacific Scholarship for Highest Academic Achiever in 2013.
Tuesday 1 April 2014
New Zealand immigration is encouraging Tongan citizens who wish to immigrate to New Zealand, to register in a ballet next month so that they will be considered for a grant of residence.
Thursday 20 March 2014
Tonga remains at high risk for dengue fever after two cases were reported in Tongatapu last month, said the Director of Health. He advised the public to become more vigilant in prevention efforts, while the weather is warm. Tonga’s near neighbour, Fiji, is currently facing its worst outbreak of dengue in 16-years with eight reported to have died there since February 28.
Monday 10 March 2014
A Honorary Consulate of the Republic of Finland was opened by Crown Prince Tupouto’a ‘Ulukalala at the Loumaile Building, Nuku’alofa this morning, 5 March.
Wednesday 5 March 2014
The MS Queen Elizabeth cruise ship, docked at Vuna Wharf in Nuku’alofa today, bringing over 2900 passengers and crew, the biggest cruise liner to have visited Tonga this year.
Friday 21 February 2014
An important review of Tonga’s trade policy by the WTO in Geneva, Switzerland, from February 11-13, found that the Pacific island nation faces a backlog of reforms that are required to modernize and streamline its legal and regulatory frameworks for economic development. Tonga’s imports continue to outstrip its exports by a factor of at least 10:1 annually and over 50% of its imports are for fuel and food.
Sunday 16 February 2014
Stuart Perry from New Zealand is the first General Manager of the newly established Tonga Tourism Authority.
Thursday 6 February 2014
The Sea Mercy charity – a floating health care service that routinely visits remote islands throughout the Pacific will visit Tonga’s Ha’apai Group to offer medical support earlier than usual this year.
Tuesday 4 February 2014
Tonga’s third solar farm is being constructed at Vaini on Tongatapu, at a cost of $14 million (USD) under Japanese aid funding. The project will introduce a special micro-grid system to coordinate electricity generated from a variety of renewable sources in the future.
Tuesday 4 February 2014
Vanilla promises to be a major source of revenue for Vava’u growers and their families, who are being encouraged to recover neglected plantations and plant new vines.
Friday 31 January 2014