Tonga’s former Prime Minister Lord Sevele is calling for a judicial review of the report of a parliamentary select committee, in an application to the Nuku’alofa Supreme Court that will be heard on 23 January 2013.
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.
A 400 metre fishing net left abandoned in the Kanokupolu Lagoon last week was a recipe for disaster. What was, not so many years back, a sustaining pristine lagoon environment, live with corals and teeming with tropical marine life has been broken up, over-fished and depleted. Fishing laws and their enforcement need to be reviewed. Shane Egan.
A strong wind warning remains in force for Vava’u, Ha’apai and Tongatapu coastal waters this morning, 17 December, as Severe Tropical Cyclone Evan (cat. 4) located near Fiji moves to the southwest.
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. .
A tropical cyclone gale warning remains in force for Niuafo’ou, as Severe Tropical Cyclone Evan moves north of the Niuas tonight, on southwest track toward the Fiji Islands. Tropical Cyclone Advisory Number 10 for Tonga, issued from Fua’amotu, 10:00pm, 15 December 2012.
A tropical cyclone alert remains in force for Niuafo’ou. Tropical Cyclone Advisory Number 8 for Tonga on severe Tropical Cyclone Evan issued from Fua’amotu Tropical Cyclone Warning Center at 12:45pm 15 December 2012.
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.
As the ‘Ikale Tahi prepares for its final test match against Scotland at Pittodrie in Aberdeen, on Saturday 24 November, the Head Coach Mana ‘Otai today selected the players.
A short, strong earthquake rattled wooden buildings in Nuku’alofa, Tonga at 12:24pm today, November 14. Officers at the Tonga Met. office, confirmed that they also felt the shake at Fua’amotu Airport at 12:24 pm. Meanwhile, the USGS website reports that a 5.4m earthquake was centred 75km west of Havelu, Tonga at 21.049S and 175.932 W at a depth of 34.1 km at UTC 23:23:50.