Consultations on Tonga’s Employment Relations Bill 2013 have been extended to 31 May 2013, and a revised bill is expected to go to parliament in August.
Development of community-based milkfish farming in Tonga will be given a boost through a project under the FAO Technical Cooperation Programme.
A new donor-funded programme aims to develop the skills of parliamentarians in order to improve law-making processes in Tonga and to strengthen the ability of the government to build democracy.
Combating human trafficking in the Pacific islands was the focus of a three day regional workshop held from April 23-25 in Nadi, Fiji. The workshop was organised by the United States Embassy based in Suva who invited the participation of 27 legal officials, prosecutors, customs and immigration officers from Tonga, the Cook Islands, Kiribati, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu.
Tonga’s first small wind turbine project is expected to start operation in mid-May at Nakolo village, in a Tonga Power Ltd project that aims to collect data and prove experience in wind generation.
Dr Vili Fuavao will take up a new appointment as the Deputy Regional Representative for Asia and Pacific at the FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific in Bangkok, on13 March 2013.
Tonga could have its first Winter Olympian next year at the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia. This according to Mathias Ilhe, promoter of Tonga’s first ever luge athlete, “Bruno Banani”
Matson Inc., a leading US carrier in the Pacific will take over the services that Reef Shipping has been providing for Tonga and other Pacific islands nations in the New Year.
In Niuatoputapu on Saturday December 1, Prime Minister of Tonga, Lord Tu’ivakano handed over 34 new houses for the people of Niuatoputapu who lost their homes during the tsunami that followed the Great Samoa-Tonga Earthquakes of 29-30 September 2009. Supported by the World Bank, a total of 73 new houses were constructed as part of the Post-Tsunami Reconstruction Project,
The villages of Ha’asini and Hamula on Tongatapu now have access to new banking services with the launching today of in-store banking in their community by the Westpac Bank of Tonga.