A $600,000 (USD) cash grant was handed over to the Prime Minister Lord Tu’ivakano from the Government of the People’s Republic of China on 12 February, to assist relief efforts in Ha’apai.
The Pacific International Commercial Bank is expected to open its doors in March as the fifth bank in Tonga. The Chinese-Tongan bank venture is aiming to offer interest rate at six-percent.
‘Ata’ata Finau (61) the driver charged with reckless driving in relation to the death of a 62-year-old man in Hoi last week was released on bail on February 12.
‘Ikale Tahi Captain, Nili Latu has been voted Pacific Rugby Player of the year by the Pacific Islands Players Association (PIPA) for his achievements during 2013.
Australia may have won the Rugby League World Cup but Tonga has a faster Luger. Tonga’s first winter Olympian, Bruno Banani beat Australia’s Alexander Ferlazzo to 32nd place in the Luge Men’s Singles at the Sochi Winter Olympic Games and was ahead of Ferlazzo by only less than half a second.
The Tonga Communications Corporation (TCC) is offering 50% internet connection discount to all primary and secondary schools in Tonga, and to the Vaiola Hospital, effective from 1 January, under a special offer supported by the government and Tonga Cable Ltd.
Essential food items were distributed to the people on ‘Uiha Island in Ha’apai on February 5 by the Tonga Red Cross Society. The food was donated by the ‘Uiha Community in Nuku’alofa.
Tonga has come out empty handed in this year’s Wellington Sevens, losing all of its five games.
Police seized 98 cannabis plants and seven .22 bullets in a raid on a Kolomotu’a tax allotment last week. A 51-year-old Kolomotu’a man has been charged with possession of cannabis and bullets.
The Futa Helu Library at the ‘Atenisi Institute, Kolomotu’a was officially opened by Princess Pilolevu on February 7.