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Tuesday 20 April 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A 5,000kg shipment of some exceptionally large and healthy taro from smallholder farmers at Feletoa, Vava’u, has arrived in Nuku'alofa for export to New Zealand.
Friday 19 March 2021

Neiafu, Vava'u
King Tupou VI and Queen Nanasipau’u launched the ‘Api-ko-Fatai cluster farming initiative for the communities of Feletoa and Mataika in Vava’u on March 18.
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Friday 19 March 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Local businesses affected by the negative impacts of the pandemic can now apply for various components under a COVID-19 Business Support Fund. The deadline for applications is April 9 with the assistance to be announced at the end of the same month.
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Tuesday 16 March 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Further increases in the price of petrol, kerosene, diesel and LPG have been approved by the Tonga Competent Authority (TCA) starting on 18 March.
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Wednesday 10 March 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga‘s CoViD-19 travel restrictions have disrupted national renewable energy targets for the next two years. Getting technical experts into the country to design and commission urgent work is a major problem. It is critical for Tongatapu’s Stablising Battery to be commissioned this month, says a key administrator.
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Friday 26 February 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The completion of major electricity grid upgrades in two out of five areas under the Nuku'alofa Network Upgrade Project, were marked with an official celebration at the FWC Saione field at Kolomotu’a yesterday, 25 February. The project aims to provide Tongans with safer, reliable, and more resilient power.
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Monday 22 February 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Tongan Pa’anga fell to its lowest exchange rate against the New Zealand Dollar since 2014, with one pa'anga buying less than .58 cents today, and possibly its lowest rate ever against the NZD.
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Monday 22 February 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
An environmental study on seabed mining for “polymetallic nodules” - rocks that contain metals needed to build batteries, is underway in the Clarion Clipperton Zone (CCZ) of the Pacific between Hawaii and Mexico. The aim is to use the metals to power electric cars. The study is being undertaken by DeepGreen Metals Inc., a Canadian-based seafloor mining developer, which acquired Tonga Offshore Mining Limited (TOML) last year, and has sponsorship from the Tonga government for seabed exploration. By Eleanor Gee.
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Wednesday 17 February 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga’s $15.2 million pa'anga loan repayment due to the EXIM Bank of China, during the 2020-21 financial year, has been deferred to 2021-22, the Minister of Finance, Hon. Tevita Lavemaau, confirmed yesterday 16 February.
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Tuesday 16 February 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Petrol, kerosene, and diesel prices have increased for February-March starting today, 16 February, as approved by the Tonga Competent Authority.
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Thursday 4 February 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga’s first Labour Mobility Policy was launched by Prime Minister Hon Dr Tu’i’onetoa today, 4 February. Thousands of Tongans are employed in labour mobility schemes in New Zealand and Australia in horticulture, meat processing, construction, tourism and hospitality. The policy, which was endorsed by cabinet in 2020, aims to maximize the development impact of circular labour mobility in Tonga.
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Monday 1 February 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's National Reserve Bank is moving to enforce the Moneylenders Act by registering all businesses who are conducting lending services in Tonga. The deadline for registration closed on Friday, January 29 and the NRBT said moneylenders who had not registered in time may face legal action.
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Saturday 30 January 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A new five years Electricity Concession Contract, to secure the supply of electricity to Tonga’s main island groups of Tongatapu, ‘Eua, Ha’apai and Vava’u was signed in Nuku’alofa on 12 January 2021.
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Tuesday 26 January 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The IMF has approved US$9.95 million under its Rapid Credit Facility, to help meet Tonga’s “urgent balance of payments and fiscal needs arising due to the COVID-19 pandemic and Cyclone Harold.” Tonga's early closure of external borders had helped avoid a worse economic outcome. “Nevertheless, an economic contraction is expected in FY2021.”
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Tuesday 19 January 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The petroleum prices for January-February continue to increase effective January 18, as approved by Tonga's Competent Authority.
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Friday 8 January 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tenants at the Small Industries Centre (SIC) who were hit with commercial rent and lease increases before Christmas, sent a petition to the Prime Minister yesterday afternoon, January 7, protesting the massive increases, which they say range from about 70% to over 200%.
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Thursday 7 January 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Fourteen people completed a bee-keeping course at the end of last year under a project aimed at addressing the declining number of bees in Tonga, which are vital to food security. By Eleanor Gee.
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Wednesday 30 December 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga’s aim to reach 50% renewable energy by the end of 2021 may be delayed further as border restrictions due to CoViD-19 continues to hinder projects.
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Friday 18 December 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The first shipment of 16.6 metric tonnes of Tongan watermelons was exported to Auckland, New Zealand on December 17, after the October ban was lifted. It is a new milestone for Tonga's agricultural sector, said local farmer and exporter, Minoru Nishi Jr today.
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Wednesday 16 December 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Petroleum and LP gas prices have increased starting today, 16 December, as approved by the Tonga Competent Authority.
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