The Prime Minister announced at the end of a Government Retreat held in Vava’u from January 21-24 that an agreement in principle was reached with the Commonwealth Secretariat to provide training to improve the effectiveness of government officials and Members of Parliament.
The Tonga Cabinet led by Prime Minister Lord Tu’ivakano is currently holding a retreat at Puataukanave Hotel in Neiafu, from January 21-24.
A male customs officer in Vava’u has been charged with attempted fraudulent conversion in relation to using a credit card belonging to Milan Rindzak (35), whose remains were found on the wreckage of the drugs yacht ‘JeReVe’ on Luatafito Atoll in November last year.
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.
HRH Crown Prince Tupouto’a ‘Ulukalala opened a new Vaipua Bridge in Vava’u on Friday 14 December. The bridge was reconstructed with a T$10 million grant from China.
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.
The unidentified European man whose remains were found on a yacht ‘JeReVe’ together with over 200kgs of cocaine has been identified as Milan Rindzak (35) of Slovakian nationality.
An unidentified body of a European man was found on November 7 by divers who were investigating a yacht that went aground on a reef, in the southern part of the Vava’u Island Group. Tonga Police said they are investigating the unexplained death of the man who appeared to have been dead for quite some time.
More than 150 women in Vava’u underwent free testing for breast cancer and one woman who was detected with a lump was referred to hospital, during the first Breast Cancer Awareness program launched on October 26-27, in Tonga’s outer islands.
Heavy swells and uncertainties over fuel has kept search vessels in port today, but a search for two missing sailors in Vava’u is expected to resume tomorrow, Tuesday. Photos by Bonny Stansel.