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Friday 7 October 2022

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Competent Authority has approved a decrease in the regulated price of diesel effective 19 September 2022. This has contributed to a decrease of 13.73 seniti per litre from last regulated price of diesel in July 2022.
Friday 7 October 2022

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The aviation alert level for Tonga's Home Reef volcanic activity, was elevated to orange on October 5 and 6 as progressive volcanic activity continued into its 25th day, with one ash eruption.
Thursday 6 October 2022

Washington D.C,USA
Tonga was among Pacific Island countries who signed on to a new partnership with the United States of America, strengthening and renewing ties at the conclusion of the first U.S. Pacific Island Country Summit in Washington D.C. on 28-29 September.
Thursday 6 October 2022

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A former police officer, Pita Vakalahi (28), was sentenced to two-years and six-months' imprisonment for demanding $640 pa'anga from a driver in a traffic offence case he worked on in 2019. The public need to see that condign punishment will be visited on police officers who betray the trust reposed in them, said the sentencing judge who also suspended 12 months of the sentence.
Wednesday 5 October 2022

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Ngahau Siliva, His Majesty’s Armed Forces (HMAF) Women’s Rugby Team will be competing in the first International Defence Rugby Competition on 7 October in Auckland, New Zealand.
Wednesday 5 October 2022

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Paul Gauguin arrived in Nuku'alofa on the morning of 3 October, the first cruise ship welcomed onto our shores in two and a half-years, since the border closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Wednesday 5 October 2022

London, England
A 24-man Mate Ma'a Tonga squad has been announced ahead of Tonga's Rugby League World Cup campaign in England this month.
Wednesday 5 October 2022

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A full-scale emergency exercise named "Hunga Airways 2022" was held at Fua‘amotu International Airport on 30 September, in response to a scenario that imagined the aftermath of an aircraft emergency.
Saturday 1 October 2022

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
After losing their factory to a fire in June at the Small Industries Centre in Ma’ufanga, Rotomould (Pacific) Ltd has resumed manufacturing water tanks operations in Nuku’alofa, as they reopened for business on, 19 September, 2022.
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Saturday 1 October 2022

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Siaosi Brown (31) was found guilty of possession of illicit drugs, namely 222.69 grams of cannabis seized during a police search at a residence at Fanga. He will be sentenced on 11 November. In delivering his verdict Mr Justice Cooper was critical of the Crown prosecution's attempts to to call a convicted drug user to attempt to undermine the evidence of two police officers. “That sort of error needs to be properly understood so it is not repeated,” he warned.
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Saturday 1 October 2022

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Negligence of animals in Tonga is contributing to many community problems, and has even caused loss of life, says Deputy Police Commissioner [Operations Command] Tevita Vailea, who urges owners to be more aware of properly controlling their animals.
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Thursday 29 September 2022

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The local tourism industry that was hit hard with the closure of Tonga's international borders in 2020 is looking for revival. The first cruise ship Paul Gauguin, is scheduled to arrive on 3 October in Nuku'alofa, with a total of eight cruise ships listed for the rest of the year.
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Thursday 29 September 2022

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Domestic violence is a pattern of behaviour on the rise in our communities, says Inspector Sipiliano Tapueluelu, the newly-appointed manager of the Tonga Police Domestic Violence Unit. “We know the negative effects domestic violence has on the victim, the perpetrator, the children, the family, and our community, and we want to decrease its recurrence before the worst happens.”
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Thursday 29 September 2022

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Illegal drugs being smuggled into Tonga will be easier to detect with new spectrometer equipment. USD$3 million funding has been committed by Japan for the equipment, to assist the Tonga government's efforts to detect and prevent illicit drugs from entering its borders.
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Thursday 29 September 2022

London, United Kingdom
Pacific Island countries, including Tonga, are being offered 12 fully-funded scholarships under an Ocean Country Partnership Programme (OCPP) that opened mid-September. Hosted by the University of the South Pacific (USP), this first set of scholarships will focus on tackling marine pollution.
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Thursday 29 September 2022

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Women of the Church of Tonga were dressed in their finest outfits on 28 September for their annual 'Faka-Sepitema' roll call.
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Thursday 29 September 2022

Wellington, New Zealand
The New Zealand Government has announced additional 3000 places for the Recognised Seasonal Employer Scheme (RSE).
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Thursday 29 September 2022

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
After two-years and six-months, Tonga has lifted most of its COVID-19 health restrictions, including that for international travel and the national curfew, effective from 27 September. The border has now fully re-opened, with a requirement for foreign adults to provide proof of vaccination before arrival.
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Wednesday 28 September 2022

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A new studio building for Tonga Broadcasting Commission was commissioned by Crown Prince Tupouto'a 'Ulukalala, on the completion of a Nationwide Early Warning System Project (NEWS) on Tuesday, at Fasi-moe-Afi. The NEWS project, worth about USD30 million in total, funded by Japan, will strengthen Tonga’s capacity for risk management and its resilience against disasters through the improvement of three systems: Emergency Radio Communication System, Early Warning Sound Alert System and Medium Wave Radio Broadcasting System.
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Wednesday 28 September 2022

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A new island is forming in Tonga's western volcanic chain, during 17 days of the Home Reef effusive lava flow eruption, since Saturday 10 September. The Aviation Alert level was lowered to from Orange to Yellow on 27 September, while monitoring continues.
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