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Friday 31 January 2014
Noumea, New Caledonia
Dr Colin Tukuitonga is the new Director-General of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) based in Noumea, New Caledonia effective on January 23.
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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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Friday 13 December 2013
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Pacific Islands fisheries development projects have received USD$45 million in allocations from the European Union over the last four years to help promote sustainable management of fisheries resources and with the aim of ensuring maximum economic returns for the region from the resources. However, the countries in the region are mainly responsible for their own development - based on national strategies, the European Union reported.
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Thursday 5 December 2013
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
During its first year of operation Tonga's new National Retirement Benefits Fund collected over $6.15 million pa‘anga from its membership of 4,304 employees and 308 employers, and may expect to double its membership in the future as more businesses join the statutory fund, whose administration has been supported by donor funding.
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Friday 29 November 2013
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Tonga Development Bank (TDB) opened a new Hihifo district branch at Nukunuku on 27 November, its eighth branch in Tonga.
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Tuesday 26 November 2013
Sydney, Australia
The Japan International Cooperation Agency JICA has become a new partner to the Pacific Region Infrastructure Facility PRIF, the Asian Development Bank ADB announced today, 26 November.
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Thursday 31 October 2013
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga and China will celebrate the 15th anniversary of their diplomatic relations on November 2, while looking forward to continuing development assistance along with opportunities for Chinese enterprises to invest in Tonga. China has also expressed an interest in closer coordination and cooperation with Tonga in international and regional affairs, according to a statement from the Chinese Ambassador to Tonga, HE Mr Wang Donghua.
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Friday 25 October 2013
Seoul, South Korea
A more targeted and mutually accountable Regional Partnership that clearly sets out the specific areas of the Republic of Korea's assistance was agreed upon during a 2nd Korea-Pacific Islands Senior Officials Meeting held in Seoul this week.
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Saturday 5 October 2013
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Kolovai Health Centre on the western district of Tongatapu has re-opened its doors on October 4 after being refurbished with over $20,000 pa’anga by the Australian Government, supporting the fight against Non-Communicable Diseases such as diabetes and heart disease, which are reaching epidemic levels in Tonga.
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Tuesday 24 September 2013
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A one million pa'anga grant fund for tourism and manufacturing business development was launched by the Tonga government in Neiafu, Vava‘u on 20 September, and again in Nuku‘alofa on 23 September 2013.
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Tuesday 13 August 2013
Neiafu, Vava‘u
Three new classrooms have been constructed for Vava’u Side School, under a T$209,000 construction project was funded by the Government of Japan as part of its Grant Assistance for grassroots human security projects around the world.
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Wednesday 7 August 2013
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A Tongan social services provider, the Ma‘a Fafine mo e Famili, has won funding support to continue its caregiving to the elderly and disabled children for another year.
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Wednesday 24 July 2013
Suva, Fiji
Samoa, Tonga, and Tuvalu have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to establish a Pacific Regional Trade and Development Facility, an initiative to improve the delivery of aid to Pacific Island countries.
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Monday 15 July 2013
Nuku'alofa
While Tonga's sovereignty and its right to make its own decisions is undeniable, but the wisdom of those decisions, surely, must be in harmony with our neighbours and the rest of the Western world that we are a part of. Editor's Comment by Pesi Fonua.
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Monday 8 July 2013
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's government celebrated the gift of a new MA60 aircraft from China at a handover ceremony attended by King Tupou VI at the Fua'amotu Domestic Airport on Saturday July 6. Deputy Prime Minister Samiu Vaipulu, who sought the aircraft from China, said in an emotional speech that it was the first of its type in the region, but it was sad that it had not been accepted by the United States and New Zealand.
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Tuesday 18 June 2013
Noumea, New Caledonia
Scientific and public health experts including Tonga's Chief Surgeon and former Minister of Health Lord (Dr) Viliami Tangi is part of a new Scientific and Technical Expert Group of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community's Public Health Division that met in Noumea on June 17-18.
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Wednesday 22 May 2013
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
China is on track to achieve its Millennium Development Goals by 2015, and to establish a moderately prosperous society by 2020, Shi Guohui, the Vice-Governor of Binxian County, in central China told a Pacific Islands delegation on May 10. By Pesi Fonua.
Friday 10 May 2013
Apia, Samoa
Development of community-based milkfish farming in Tonga will be given a boost through a project under the FAO Technical Cooperation Programme.
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Saturday 13 April 2013

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
FROM OUR ARCHIVES: Domestic violence statistics in Tonga are disturbing, women have died, and the high rate of physical, sexual and emotional abuse impacts the whole community. It is shocking to see Tonga, a Christian country, bashing its daughters as soon as they become women, community leaders said in Nuku'alofa on April 12, 2013.
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Thursday 11 April 2013
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Australia is granting AUD$18 million to the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC). The grant is part of Australia’s commitment to its partnership with the Secretariat and the development of South Pacific Island Nations.
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