The opening date for the new Vuna Wharf, reconstructed at a cost of $30 million and scheduled for early 2012, remains uncertain, with work still to be done around the wharf site before it can open for business. Mosese Lavemai, the CEO of the Nuku’alofa Port Authority, said on February 1, that although the reconstruction of the actual wharf was completed ahead of schedule in December 2011, additional work needed to be completed around the wharf before a date is set for an opening.
Three days after a motion to dismiss the auditor general was tabled into the Tongan Parliament by the Prime Minister, Lord Tu’ivakano and the Minister of Finance, Hon. Sunia Fili, the House still could not figure out how to deal with the motion. From January 31 to February 2 the House appeared to have made one step forward to make a decision, and then two steps backward to where it ended up. From the House, by Pesi Fonua
Tonga’s King George Tupou V joined a crowd of 2000 at a Christmas celebration “Carols by the Sea” at Pangai Lahi on Saturday evening, December 11.
Tropical Cyclone Wilma hit Tonga’s Ha’apai group yesterday morning, January 25, tearing off dozens of rooftops, with reports of houses collapsing and power poles falling, as the centre of the Category 3 cyclone passed over central and southern Ha’apai, moving toward the south west.With photos by Uikelotu Paletu’a.
An abandoned fishing boat that is leaking oil at Faua Harbour on the Nuku’alofa waterfront, after sinking at its berth well over a week ago, is one of several that are a concern for harbour users, while authorities are writing letters trying to force the owner to remove it.
Mangoes are slowly ripening-up on trees under the hot December sun, but despite what appears to be an abundant mango season, fewer mangoes will be left for humans after the C.g. fungus spoils flowers and premature fruit, and the flying foxes or fruit bats (pekas) take their share of what is left. Agricultural expert, Semisi Pone, reveals why the season of fruitfulness in Tonga is not what it used to be, and the serious threat posed by a fruit fungus.
The 78th birthday of HM the Emperor of Japan was celebrated in Tonga with a reception hosted by the Japanese Ambassador to Tonga, HE Mr Yasuo Takase on the evening of December 15 at his residence in ‘Anana.
The Okinawa Traditional Performing Arts Tour from Japan visited Tonga on the last leg of a South Pacific Tour, presenting a free performance at the Queen Salote Memorial Hall in Nuku’alofa on November 23.
New ownership of the Royal International Hotel near Tonga’s Fua’amotu International Airport was announced by the Managing Director of the Scenic Hotel Group, Brendan Taylor in Tonga on 8 August.
A six-member delegation from the French Senate visited Tonga for the first time this week to learn first hand about Tonga’s political, economic social and cultural life.