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Monday 13 January 2014

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The first flight landed at Lifuka’s Salote Pilolevu Airport shortly after dawn this morning (13 January 2014). Digicel-Tonga’s charter flight was carrying technicians on an urgent mission to restore communications and power. We found the Ha‘apai people emerging from the shelter of their churches and schools to clean-up after the most powerful cyclone ever known to cross Tongan waters. Photos by Pesi Fonua.
Monday 13 January 2014
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Kalolaine Paongo (51) of Pangai was killed when Tropical Cyclone Ian (Cat 5) hit the main island of Lifuka in Ha’apai on Saturday, January 11, and was the only death reported so far from the Cyclone Ian.
Monday 13 January 2014
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Digicel Tonga’s mobile communication network in Pangai, Ha’apai has been restored at 10:0am this morning January 13 since it went down on the afternoon of Saturday January 11 when Tropical Cyclone Ian (Cat 5) hit the Lifuka Island. “I have not seen such devastating damages from a cyclone,” said Tupou ‘Ahome‘e Faupula, who went to Ha‘apai with the Digicel crew.
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Monday 13 January 2014
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
While communications are down in Tonga’s Ha'apai Islands, concerns are held by families for the well being of the communities that live on low lying outer islands, as aerial pictures continue to come in showing extensive damage to homes and villages. The organisers of the recovery effort, hampered by communications problems, are finding it hard to assess the needs priorities. Flights to Ha‘apai are expected to resume on Monday.
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Sunday 12 January 2014

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
An RNZAF Orion has completed an aerial survey of the Ha‘apai Islands this afternoon to assist the Tonga Government assess the damage after Category 5 Cyclone Ian ripped into the low-lying central group of Tonga yesterday afternoon. Photos courtesy RNZAF.
Sunday 12 January 2014
Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
One person died on LIfuka as Tropical Cyclone Ian Category 5 ripped through the Ha‘apai Islands yesterday afternoon, causing extensive devastation, although the full extent of the impact on the low lying islands is unknown in Tonga's first recorded Category 5 cyclone. In Lifuka most houses were flattened or damaged and people sheltered in the churches and other community buildings.
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Monday 6 January 2014
Neiafu, Vava‘u
Fire gutted a three level building at Fungamisi, Neiafu, on Saturday evening. Photos by LIsa Molloy.
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Friday 20 December 2013
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
King Tupou VI opened Foa's upgraded causeway linking Foa island to the main island of Lifuka in Ha’apai yesterday December 19.
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Thursday 15 August 2013
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
King Tupou VI opened the fourth Royal Agricultural Show in Pangai, Ha’apai on Wednesday, August 14, where an abundance of local food and products was displayed at the one-day event.
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Tuesday 13 August 2013
Neiafu, Vava‘u
A 42-feet aluminium yacht was towed into Neiafu port last week after it was caught on a reef about four miles off Hunga Island, Vava‘u. A Canadian couple on board were rescued.
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Monday 12 August 2013
Neiafu, Vava‘u
King Tupou VI opened the third Royal Agricultural Show in Neiafu, Vava‘u on Saturday, August 10. A Tu‘anekivale business, ‘Ene’io Enterprises Co. Ltd. won the Best Overall Booth and five other categories.
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Thursday 8 August 2013
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
HM King Tupou VI opened the first Royal Agricultural Show 2013 at the Matangimalie Grounds at Hihifo, Niuatoputapu on Wednesday, August 7, followed by the Niuafo’ou Agricultural Show today, and will continue to tour all of Tonga’s outer islands. Photos courtesy Niuatoputapu High School
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Thursday 1 August 2013
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Royal Agricultural Shows for Tonga’s two northern outer islands of Niuatoputapu and Niuafo’ou will be held this month after an eight-year lapse. King Tupou VI will be the guest of honour starting in Niuatoputapu on August 7 and Niuafo’ou on August 8, and continuing throughout all of Tonga island groups.
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Thursday 11 July 2013
Neiafu, Vava'u
Free medical services are being provided this week to some of Tonga’s isolated islands through a floating health care clinic, under the Sea Mercy programme .
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Friday 31 May 2013
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Three of six fishermen who went diving off Hakaufasi Reef in Vava'u have been missing since Wednesday, May 29 after they failed to return to their boat after their dive.
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Tuesday 14 May 2013
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A beautiful picture of Tonga's 'Eua Island seen from space on a clear day was posted by astronaut Chris Hadfield in his twitter account recently.
Monday 28 January 2013
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Construction of a $180,000 terminal facility for the MV 'Otuanga'ofa at the Halaevalu Wharf, Neiafu, Vava'u was begun by the Prime Minister, Lord Tu'ivakano with a ground-breaking ceremony on 24 January.
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Tuesday 22 January 2013
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
In a shock email sent from his iPad yesterday, Tonga's Deputy Prime Minister, Samiu Vaipulu, has told the Vava'u Business Chamber he would like to see their members' tax returns for the last five years, before he will talk about their serious concerns over the withdrawal of Chathams Pacific domestic airline service.
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Thursday 13 December 2012
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
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.
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Tuesday 4 December 2012
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
In Niuatoputapu on Saturday December 1, Prime Minister of Tonga, Lord Tu'ivakano handed over 34 new houses for the people of Niuatoputapu who lost their homes during the tsunami that followed the Great Samoa-Tonga Earthquakes of 29-30 September 2009. Supported by the World Bank, a total of 73 new houses were constructed as part of the Post-Tsunami Reconstruction Project,
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