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Thursday 11 March 2010
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The reconstruction of Niuatoputapu following the September 30 tsunami that devastated the island of Niuatoputapu in northern Tonga is set to begin this year.
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Wednesday 3 March 2010
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Tonga government is still negotiating a temporary inter-island ferry charter with the help of NZAID and Australia in order to restart the national inter-island service in April.
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Thursday 4 February 2010
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Charter flights to get stranded students and teachers from Tonga's outer islands back to school, are being funded by the Australian and New Zealand governments after Tonga's ferry services have collapsed.
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Friday 8 January 2010
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Pursuing a dream to develop a private space port in Tonga, a couple of space entrepreneurs have the blessing of Tonga's king to build a small rocket launch site on the king's estate on the southern tip of 'Eua this year, with the aim of launching a rocket before the end of 2010.
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Friday 4 December 2009
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Hopes for an interim inter-island ferry to replace the sunken MV Princess Ashika before Christmas are fading, as negotiations continue with prospective donors.
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Monday 16 November 2009
Neiafu, Vava'u
The Tonga government has set a target to supply 50% of Tonga's electricity generation from renewable sources within three years, according to an interim report presented to a Tonga Energy Roadmap Meeting in Vava'u this week.
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Monday 16 November 2009
Taunga, Vava'u
Delegates to the Tongan Energy Roadmap Meeting in Vava'u this week were welcomed by Tongan Prime Minister Hon. Dr Feleti Sevele at Taunga Island on November 15, for Sunday lunch.
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Monday 2 November 2009
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon Feleti Vaka'uta Sevele, spent the weekend in Niuatoputapu, in order to review the status of the emergency relief work on the island since it was declared nationally as a disaster zone on 30 October.
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Tuesday 27 October 2009
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
After the tsunami of September 30, it is possible there will be a drought in Niuatputapu, during the coming months, said Sione Talifolau Lihau, a Tonga Red Cross volunteer, who returned to Nuku'aofa last Friday, 23 October, after spending three weeks on the island.
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Monday 26 October 2009
Canberra, Australia
The Australian Government has provided a $1 million package of support to assist in the relief and recovery efforts on the island of Niuatoputapu after it was severely damaged by Tsunami waves on 30 September 2009.
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Thursday 22 October 2009
Niuatoputapu,Tonga
Food is in short supply on Niuatoputapu following last month's tsunami that devastated the coastal areas, destroying many homes and fishing boats and nets, along with the pandanus trees which were the source of the islanders weaving income.
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Tuesday 20 October 2009
Niuatoputapu,Tonga
The first part of Niuatoptapu relief operation isnearing completion, according to Paula Ma‘u, Deput Secretary at the Prime Minister's Office, who is visiting the area.
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Monday 19 October 2009
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Niuatoputapu flights will resume in November, the Chatham Pacific Airline, Tonga's sole domestic carrier, told Matangi Tonga on October 16.
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Friday 16 October 2009
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A bank vault that was swept into the sea by the September 30 tsunami at Niuatoputapu has been recovered intact with cash, wet, but fully accounted for.
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Thursday 15 October 2009
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Four tons of liquid petroleum gas (LPG) will be arriving in Pangai, Ha‘apai on Tuesday 20 October, on board the MV Southern Tiare, the CEO of Homegas Ltd, Frank Schaper told Matangi Tonga this morning.
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Thursday 15 October 2009
Niuatoputapu,Tonga
The relief effort in Niuatoputapu stepped up a gear yesterday with the arrival of the New Zealand navy's multi-purpose vessel, HMNZS Canterbury. The helicoptering in of supplies began straight away and continued on Wednesday, though there has been some delay in the bringing ashore of vehicles and heavy clearing equipment due to heavy seas and the difficulty of loading onto the landing craft.
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Thursday 15 October 2009
Niuatoputapu,Tonga
The HMNZS Canterbury anchored west of the tsunami-affected Tongan Island of Niuatoputapu, and on October 14, 2009, was operating the embarked No 6 SQN Seasprite helicopter and the ship's Zodiac Rigid Hulled Inflatable Boat (RHIB) to move aid and supplies to the shore.
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Wednesday 14 October 2009
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Gas supplies to the Ha'apai Group of islands have ceased for the past two weeks after Uata Shipping Company the owner of the sole inter island ferry MV Pulupaki restricted the shipment of hazardous goods onboard its passenger vessel; the lack of gas leaving tourism operators, businesses and home frustrated as they return to cooking on open fires.
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Sunday 11 October 2009
Hunganga, Niuatoputapu
Three waves actually hit Niuatoputapu, each successively bigger than the last - the final one higher than the coconut trees.
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Thursday 8 October 2009
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The REVI, a French Navy Ship departed Nuku'alofa on its second trip to Niuatoputapu this afternoon with 30 tonnes of cargo of food, diesel, medical supplies and tyres donated by the Tongan Government, local churches and other organisations.
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