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Tuesday 27 November 2012
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The people of Houma were overjoyed today, as a new Water Supply System funded by the Government of Japan was turned on and handed over for their daily use.
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Friday 23 November 2012
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A Tonga Micro Finance Program that would give direct support to low income earners through the provision of micro loans to be administered by the Tonga Development Bank, is to start in early February 2013, for two years.
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Friday 21 September 2012
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga'a Prime Minister Lord Tu'ivakano today in launching the government's new Social Benefits Scheme for the Elderly, handed out the first envelope containing $65 pa'anga to be paid out monthly to each person who is over 75-years old in Tonga. Photos by Linny Folau.
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Thursday 20 September 2012
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
In committing just over TOP$1 million pa'anga from the Government of Japan to fund community projects including the upgrade of water supply systems in four villages in Tongatapu and the construction of new classrooms for Vava'u Side School, the Ambassador of Japan to Tonga urged the recipients "to manage the facilities and equipment properly so they can last as long as our long-standing friendship."
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Friday 17 August 2012
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Although the Nuku'alofa Central Business District project has been handed over to the Government of Tonga, a 12-months period binds the contractor to fix any fault identified by landholders.
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Friday 17 August 2012
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Assigning caregivers to visit homes of the most vulnerable elderly people in Tongatapu and Lifuka in Ha'apai, and to care for them for a few hours each day, is an essential service that will be provided under Tonga's first Social Services Pilot program for the elderly.
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Tuesday 14 August 2012
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Six years ago on November 16, 2006 the heart of Nuku'alofa's Central Business District was destroyed by rioters but today a new town of commercial buildings, a wharf and roads was handed over to the Government of Tonga.
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Tuesday 14 August 2012
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Vuna Wharf reconstructed at a cost of TOP$30 million is ready to be handed over to the Government of Tonga today, August 14, but no date has been set for when it will open for business.
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Tuesday 14 August 2012
Pangai, Ha'apai
A Pangai Community Police Station in Ha'apai, renovated at a cost of over half a million pa'anga was officially opened by the Governor of Ha'apai, Lord Tu'iha'angana, on August 2.
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Monday 6 August 2012
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
China will this month officially handover the Nuku'alofa Central Business District Project, financed with a TOP$118 million loan to the Government of Tonga.
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Wednesday 27 June 2012
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The new $16.5 million Tungi Colonnade building was officially opened by HM the Queen Mother Halaevalu Mata'aho yesterday afternoon, June 28.
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Friday 25 May 2012
Rome, Italy
The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) will provide a US$3 million grant to Tonga to improve sustainable livelihoods in 29 communities in the “outer islands” (outside the main islands of Tongatapu, Vava'u and Ha’apai) and 31 communities in the “main islands” of Tongatapu, Vava'u, Ha'api the Niua’s and ‘Eua. Approximately 16,900 poor households will be targeted, with special attention to poor rural women who are particularly vulnerable to poverty.
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Thursday 24 May 2012
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A car windscreen was smashed with a shovel in a confrontation between a road-worker and a tourism operator after tensions rose last week during one of many long closures of the main road to Kanokupolu.
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Tuesday 3 April 2012
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A plan to launch the newly reconstructed Vuna Wharf by the late King George Tupou V on 18 April to coincide with the arrival at the new wharf of its first cruise ship has been postponed to June, according to Mosese Lavemai, the Chief Executive Officer of the Nuku'alofa Port Authority.
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Monday 2 April 2012
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The TOP$118 million reconstruction of the Nuku'alofa Central Business District CBD was completed on Friday 30 March, according to Mr Yang, the manager of the China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation CCECC, the main contractor for the whole reconstruction project.
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Thursday 1 March 2012
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
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.
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Wednesday 29 February 2012
Molisi City Central, Nuku'alofa

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Nuku'alofa Central Business District CBD is like a town that is getting ready for a party, new buildings, new roads, new car park, and even a new wharf, and all that we are waiting for now are for the guests to arrive. Six years after riots destroyed the heart of Nuku'alofa on November 16, 2006, the reconstruction work funded by an TOP$118 million loan from China is expected to be completed by March 31 this year.
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Saturday 25 February 2012
Tongan dancers at Nukunuku, Tongatapu

Nukunuku, Tongatapu
A 4.5kw solar-panel to power a water pump for Nukunuku village, was donated by the German government, and launched by Dr Christian Ruck, on February 23. Dr Ruck is the first German Member of Parliament to visit Tonga, and as the Deputy Chairman of the caucus of the ruling party of the German parliament, he is in charge of overseas development, environment and energy.
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Friday 24 February 2012
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The multi million pa'anga project to improve public roads and civil works in the Nuku'alofa Central Business District is on track to be completed by March 31.
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Sunday 19 February 2012
Nuku'‘alofa, Tonga
Japan has provided $298,376 pa'anga assistance to upgrade classrooms and toilet facilities at three Government Primary Schools in Tongatapu and 'Eua.
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