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Wednesday 19 October 2022
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
This week South Pacific Defence Ministers and senior military leaders came together in Tonga for what was a vital meeting. Australia will be there as a partner and a friend, as together we confront common threats to our collective security, including climate change, transnational crime, cyber-attacks and natural disasters. I’ll be working with the Defence Ministers right across the region to boost our defence cooperation, to find more opportunities for our servicemen and women to work alongside each other in a spirit of partnership, so that our forces become more capable and more interoperable. - The Hon Richard Marles MP, Deputy Prime Minister of Australia.
Tuesday 18 October 2022
Tsunami damage

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Humanitarian Cash Transfers of $1.5 million pa'anga funding is expected to be distributed to support 3,000 beneficiaries from affected areas in Tongatapu, 'Eua and Ha'apai, to recover from the impacts of the recent natural disasters.
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Tuesday 18 October 2022
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's Prime Minister Hon. Hu’akavameiliku, this morning welcomed Defence Ministers and senior delegates from the region to discuss Pacific security challenges and build collective Pacific responses, at the seventh South Pacific Defence Ministers’ Meeting, to be held 18-19 October in Nuku'alofa, Tonga.
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Tuesday 18 October 2022

Queensland, Australia
Tonga’s National Netball Team, the Tala, has won two of its games at the PacificAus Sports Netball Series currently being held at the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia.
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Tuesday 18 October 2022

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Mate Ma'a Tonga playing squad has been announced for their first match in the Rugby League World Cup against Papua New Guinea on 18 October in England, (Wednesday 7:30am Tonga time).
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Monday 17 October 2022

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Two fishermen whose fibre boat suffered engine failure at sea were rescued by Tonga Police at Ha’aluma Beach in ‘Eua on Saturday, 15 October, a few hours after they failed to return home. The boat had no communications, no life jackets and beacon. Tonga Police urged the public and sea farers to make sure their boats are appropriately equipped with means of communication, life jackets, a beacon and enough food supplies.
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Monday 17 October 2022

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
One Girl’s Let’s Tok' program was held for the first time in Nuku'alofa by Talitha Project, with the aim to increase digital literacy and promote interconnectedness among young people, on 15 October.
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Monday 17 October 2022

Suva, Fiji
At 57-years-old, Sunia Fili received his law degree, LLB, from the University of the South Pacific earlier this month. The former Finance Minister and 'Eua MP encouraged youths to find their niche and pursue their education, as it will shape their future.
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Monday 17 October 2022

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Forty laptops were handed over to the Ministry of Education from the Universal Peace Federation [Oceania] in Nuku'alofa on 13 October.
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Monday 17 October 2022

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Francis Iohasi Tu’amoheloa (22) of Vaini, died from drowning, an inquest has found. His body was found floating at Vaipua Harbour, Vava’u on 11 October.
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Monday 17 October 2022

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
In Tonga, the price for petroleum will slightly increase staring from tomorrow, 18 October, 2022. The Competent Authority (TCA) approved the new retail petroleum prices for October – November. The Government’s subsidy of 20 seniti has ceased after it had been extended for the past three and a half months.
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Monday 17 October 2022
Penny Wong

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Australia’s Foreign Minister, the Hon. Senator Penny Wong, addressed the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York on 23 September 2022. She said: “Australians want to enhance our defence, maritime and economic cooperation with Pacific Island Countries. And we want to be the Pacific’s partner of choice for development and security. We are increasing our development assistance to the Pacific by over half a billion dollars....“And we want to bridge our cooperation across the Pacific and Southeast Asia, to address shared challenges, and to build the region we want.”
Friday 14 October 2022

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga is looking for ways to increase its agricultural trade of fresh produce to overseas markets. The availability and cost of shipping has long plagued the trade. Irregular shipping intervals is one of the problems, says Tonga Market Access Working Group chairperson, Pousima Afeaki
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Friday 14 October 2022

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Legislative Assembly’s meeting that was scheduled for 17 October is deferred to 24 October.
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Nuku'alofa, Tonga
With only a few days left until Mate Ma'a Tonga embarks on its Rugby League World Cup campaign with its first match on 18 October, Head Coach Kristian Woolf is confident that the squad is going to do very well and make the Kingdom of Tonga proud.
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Friday 14 October 2022

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga Meteorological Services plans to improve early warnings and early responses to hazards and threats, by expanding the use of mobile phones to receive early warning alerts. The development is supported by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).
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Thursday 13 October 2022

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Appeal Court dismissed an appeal by Lord Fohe who was trying to evict Ve'etutu Mahe from a piece of land on his estate at Puke, Tongatapu.
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Thursday 13 October 2022

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga Police are working to identify the body of a man that was found floating in Vaipua Harbour, Vava’u, on 11 October.
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Thursday 13 October 2022

Wellington, New Zealand
The New Zealand Government has announced the re-opening of two more visa categories for migrants to become residents there starting this November.
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Thursday 13 October 2022

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Digicel Tonga has invested TOP$500,000 in new telecommunications equipment for the outer islands, Digicel Tonga CEO, Anthony Seuseu announced on 12 October.
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