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Thursday 1 September 2011
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The New Zealand Government has committed TOP$4.2 million pa'anga grant to upgrade Kaufana Airport in 'Eua during a grant agreement ceremony signed in Nuku'alofa on Thursday, September 1.
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Monday 29 August 2011
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga needs a US$17.6 million grant from the World Bank as part its $US32.8 million fast internet connection project, which will allow Tonga to join the rest of the world and take full advantage of what digital technology has to offer at lower prices.
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Thursday 18 August 2011
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Multi-million pa'anga projects to improve public roads throughout Tonga over the next two years have started while others are on the drawing board to be financed under three different programs funded by Chinese loans and a grant from the Asian Development Bank.
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Thursday 21 July 2011
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
An under-water telecommunication fiber optical cable network to connect Tonga to the rest of the world should be in operation before the end of 2012, according to Paula Ma'u, the Chief Executive Officer for Tonga's Ministry of Communication and Information.
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Wednesday 20 July 2011
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
New Zealand has committed TOP$3 million pa'anga to assist community development programs in Tonga's remote outer island communities through MORDI Tonga Trust whose target is to fight against poverty through provision of skills training and community projects.
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Friday 24 June 2011
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The completion of the $118 million pa'anga reconstruction of central Nuku'alofa funded by a loan from the EXIM Bank of China is now hanging on a knife-edge. An investigative report leaked to the public this week reveals that high level political manoeuvring to take over the operation could derail the reconstruction by undermining its legally contracted project management. The sensitive report goes to Cabinet today, June 24.
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Tuesday 17 May 2011
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
THE Government of Australia has increased its Official Development Assistance to Tonga by AUD$4.2 million and will also inject funds for teachers and nurses salaries, the Australian Parliamentary Secretary for Pacific Islands Affairs, Hon Richard Marles announced in Nuku'alofa this morning, May 17.
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Thursday 12 May 2011
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga is one of the Pacific countries that has successfully engaged with New Zealand's seasonal employment scheme, now generating huge benefits for Pacific families and attracting the support of donor agencies.
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Friday 15 April 2011
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The South Pacific's first Sustainable Energy Expo held in Nuku'alofa on April 12-13 showcased a range of energy efficient and renewable energy products and services for Tongan businesses and consumers and increased awareness of renewable energy products, services and opportunities.
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Monday 28 March 2011
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
New Zealand has committed NZD$5.8 million dollars to fund a major upgrade of electricity distribution networks in 17 rural villages in Tongatapu that would improve the lives of some 10,000 people by providing a safe and reliable electricity supply.
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Monday 28 March 2011
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A grant assistance of USD$365,810 was committed by the Japanese Ambassador HE Mr Yasuo Takase on March 25, to fund five community projects in Tonga.
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Sunday 20 March 2011
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A grant assistance of over half a million pa'anga was signed by the Japanese Ambassador to Tonga, HE Mr Yasuo Takase, and representatives from three Technical Institutes in Nuku'alofa on March 17.
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Monday 14 March 2011
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Land leases at the Fua'amotu International Airport on Tongatapu and the Lupepau'u International Airport at Vava'u, are being renewed for 99 years by estate oweners.
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Friday 4 March 2011
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
TOP$5.6 million in aid has been promised to Tonga under a new agreement between the Tonga Government and the Government of the People's Republic of China that was signed in Nuku'alofa today, March 4. Under the agreement for Economic and Technical Cooperation the aid funds amounting to RMB 20 million may be used for projects that are yet to be agreed upon by both governments. The Prime Minister, Lord Tu'ivakano, and the Ambassador of the People's Republic of China to Tonga, H.E Mr. Wang Donghua, signed the Agreement of Economic and Technical Cooperation on behalf of their respective governments this morning. H.E. Mr Wang Donghua said that his country valued the friendship with Tonga and that, "China has provided Tonga with a grant and hopes it will benefit the Tongan people". Lord Tu'ivakano thanked the Ambassdor and said that the grants were given to Tonga due to a journey of King George Tupou V to Beijing, and were offered for economic development. "There are projects which this grant can be used for and it is needed," he said. However, they had not yet decided which projects would receive funding under the agreement. A statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs today said that Tonga's Ministry of Finance and National Planning and the China Development Bank would handle the disbursement procedures.
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Tuesday 1 March 2011
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The 50th anniversary of the United States Peace Corps was commemorated in Tonga today, March 1, with the unveiling of a plaque on the central Nuku'alofa waterfront.
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Saturday 29 January 2011
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
New Zealand has committed $5.2 million pa'anga over three years to support the development of tourism in Tonga by funding the development of marketing activities and heritage sites to supporting community-based tourism association projects.
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Friday 21 January 2011
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga needs to step up its efforts in combating basic-needs poverty, and to provide employment, in particular for youth, the Deputy Prime Minister Hon. Samiu Vaipulu said this week in launching a report on Tonga's progress towards the Milliennium Development Goals.
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Friday 17 December 2010
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The $30 million reconstruction of Vuna Wharf in Nuku'alofa is on track to be completed in a year's time by January 2012, according to Charles Nepia the Project Engineer for the Nuku'alofa Reconstruction Project. Photos by Charles Nepia
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Tuesday 23 November 2010
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Four years ago on 16 November 2006 the heart of the Nuku'alofa Central Business District was destroyed by protesters but on November 19 the keys to three new multi storey buildings were handed over to their owners by the Prime Minister Dr Feleti Sevele in a ceremony at the International Dateline Hotel.
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Monday 25 October 2010
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Eight volunteers from Japan began a two year working experience in Tonga on Monday, October 25 and share their knowledge in fields such as early childhood education, electronic engineering and fine arts.
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