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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.
Tuesday 20 September 2022

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Through her long reign, Queen Elizabeth became a part of our lives. How many lives did she touch without realising? Every day since her sad passing, Tongan friends here have told me stories of meeting Queen Elizabeth or seeing her on visits to Tonga or New Zealand or Australia, and I have been struck again how much of a family we are in the Commonwealth, with so much shared history and so much in common. - British High Commissioner in Tonga.
Saturday 17 September 2022

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Australian Government is delivering on our commitment to the Pacific family, that we will listen and act on an issue of fundamental importance to the future for all of us – climate change. On 8 September 2022, the Australian Parliament passed landmark climate laws, committing Australia to more ambitious targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. - Australian High Commission, Nuku'alofa.
Friday 2 September 2022

London, United Kingdom
Pakistani writer and translator Bilal Tanweer will chair an international panel of judges for the 2023 Commonwealth Short Story Prize. New Zealand’s former Poet Laureate, Dr. Selina Tusitala Marsh (Pacific) is a fellow judge in the Prize, which is accepting submissions now in 12 languages for the chance to win international recognition and prize money. The five regional winners receive £2,500 and the overall winner receives £5,000.
Tuesday 23 August 2022

Neiafu, Vava'u
A team of scientists is undertaking coastal marine surveys in Tongan waters to evaluate impacts to coral reefs and fisheries following the Hunga-Tonga Hunga-Ha'apai eruption in January 2022. Special Management Areas (SMAs) and aquaculture areas are of prime concern. With support from the Waitt Institute, the research vessel, “Plan b”, will arrive in Tongatapu today, 23 August, and conducting surveys until 5 September.
Wednesday 10 August 2022

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Ports Authority of Tonga (PAT) has signed a public- private partnership (PPP) contract for stevedoring services at the Port of Nuku’alofa, designed to improve operational efficiencies and reduce turnaround times for port users. PAT signed the 10-year stevedoring concession contract with Tongan-owned and operated firm Royco Port Services Limited after a competitive tender process involving four bidders.
Monday 8 August 2022
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
China is a country of action on climate change. In 2021, non-fossil fuel accounted for 16.6% of China’s energy consumption. China has made important contributions to the sustainable development of energy worldwide. China hopes that all parties will actively join hands to tackle the serious challenges caused by climate change through global cooperation. By the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in the Kingdom of Tonga.
Wednesday 3 August 2022

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Mr. ‘Alo-ki- hakau Maileseni was appointed to the position of Chief Executive Officer of the Ports Authority Tonga on 1 August 2022, for a term of four years. The Chairman of the Transport Sector Board of Directors, Dr. Sione Ngongo Kioa and Board of Directors approved the appointment, which was endorsed by the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Public Enterprises, Hon. Poasi Mataele Tei.
Thursday 28 July 2022
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Matatoa-Tofoa, Tonga
Tonga Power Ltd. is grateful for the emergency aid assets to support recovery of Tonga's distribution network, which were handed over by the Australian Government this week. This is in response to the requests for assistance after the electricity grid in the coastal areas of Tongatapu was heavily affected by the tsunami in January, during the eruption of the Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai volcano.
Monday 25 July 2022

Shanghai, China
A major platform for international procurement, investment promotion, cultural exchanges and open cooperation, the China International Import Expo (CIIE) has been held successfully for four consecutive years and is widely regarded as an international public good and the multilateral trading system, as well as a pivotal carrier for building an open world economy and a community with a shared future for mankind.
Thursday 14 July 2022
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Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Bank of South Pacific Tonga Limited celebrated seven years serving the Kingdom of Tonga, on Sunday 10 July 2022. To celebrate the occasion BSP presented Tonga Red Cross Society with a donation of $10,000 and other goods, while a donation of $2,500 was made to Community Leaders of Mango to support relocation to ‘Eua. This was in addition to the $50,000 donation made to the Government of Tonga earlier in the year to support tsunami reconstruction.
Wednesday 13 July 2022
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Canberra, Australia
The Pacific Islands Forum has long been an important dialogue for our region, and this week is an opportunity for leaders to continue our conversation about the sort of region we want to be. For more than half a century, this Forum has been gathering in the Pacific Way. Bringing many voices together from across our beautiful and diverse islands. And projecting a strong voice across the vast Pacific Ocean and around the world. - Prime Minister of Australia, the Hon. Anthony Albanese MP.
Monday 20 June 2022

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Ko e me’a fakafiefia ma’u pe kiate kimautolu ke kau fakataha ‘i he kātoanga foaki ‘oe ngaahi tokoni mei Siaina ki Tonga. Ko e tu’otolu ‘aki ‘eni he ta’u΄ ni ‘a e kau fakataha ‘a e ‘Ofisi Faka’amipasitoa Siaina mo e ‘Ofisi ‘o e Palēmia ke fakahoko e kātoanga foaki ‘o e ngaahi palau ‘a ia ko hono fakakātoa ko e palau ‘e 70 kuo foaki ki he Pule’anga Tonga. Ko e ngaahi palau koia ‘e 30, ko e taha ia ‘o e makatu’unga malohi ‘o e ‘a’ahi mai ki Tonga΄ ni ‘a e Fakafofonga ‘o e Kōsiliō Fakafonua moe ‘Eiki Ministā ki Muli ‘a Siaina he ‘aho 31 Me ki he 1 Sune. Fai ‘e he ‘Amipasitoa Cao Xiaolin ‘i he kātoanga foaki ‘o e ngaahi Palau mei Siaina ki Tonga ‘aho 10 Sune, 2022
Monday 20 June 2022

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Altogether, 70 farm tractors have been handed over to the Tongan Government this year. The latest batch of 30 farm tractors is one of the concrete outcomes of the visit by the Chinese State Councillor and Foreign Minister, H.E. Wang from 31 May to 1 June. Besides, there are more outcomes of the visit, and also cooperation in many fields. We are confident that all these assistance items will be helpful for the Tongan Government and the Tongan people in your recovery efforts for the economic and social development, and especially for food security. - Remarks by Ambassador Cao Xiaolin at the Handover Ceremony of the Farm Tractors from China to Tonga.
Thursday 2 June 2022

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
This year sees the 70th anniversary of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s accession to the throne and her Platinum Jubilee. We believe this is the first time this has happened in a Commonwealth country in recent history, and it is a very significant historical moment. But it is much more than that – it is a moment to celebrate Her Majesty’s lifetime of service and devotion to her realms and to the Commonwealth, to celebrate ‘both the institution of the Crown and the exceptional individual who wears it’, as British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said so well. In the UK this weekend there will be a four day celebration. It will begin on Thursday 2 June. I will plant a tree in my garden here in Tonga in the coming weeks, to mark the Platinum Jubilee as part of the Queen’s Green Canopy initiative. - Lucy Joyce, British High Commissioner to Tonga.
Monday 30 May 2022
Wang Yi

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
China and the Pacific Island Countries (PICs) have a long and time-honored history of friendship. Though far apart, China and PICs are closely connected by land and ocean, by similar cultures and mutual empathy, and by our businessmen and diplomatic envoys who have been traveling and exchanging products and ideas for centuries. From 1970s, China have established diplomatic relations with PICs on the basis of mutual respect and common development. - By H.E. Cao Xiaolin, Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to the Kingdom of Tonga.
Sunday 29 May 2022
Penny Wong

Canberra, Australia
I am pleased to share a speech by Australia’s new Foreign Minister Penny Wong to the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat delivered in Suva. In her speech Minister Wong commits to Australia listening to our Pacific partners as we work together to face our shared challenges and achieve our shared goals – including tackling climate change, pandemic recovery, economic development and regional security. - Rachael Moore, Australian High Commissioner.
Thursday 19 May 2022
ICT sector AGM

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A dividend of $782,048.69 for the financial year 2020-2021, for Tonga Communications Corporation, was declared by the public enterprises ICT Sector Shared Board, at its Annual General Meeting in Nuku’alofa on May 5.
Wednesday 11 May 2022

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Nine scholarships were awarded to young students with a passion for science, on May 4, by Tonga Offshore Mining Limited (TOML), a subsidiary of The Metals Company, under its 2022 Scholarship Program in Tonga. Winners were presented with their certificates of merit by the Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, Lord Tu'i'afitu and Ms Pele Pome'e.
Sunday 8 May 2022
PAT cheque

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Chairman of the Shared Board Transport Sector (PAT, TAL, FISA), Dr. Sione Ngongo Kioa presented a cheque of $1,642,689 million (75% of net profit after tax) to the representative of the shareholder, the Minister for Public Enterprises and Deputy Prime Minister, Hon. Poasi Mataele Tei, on May 4, as dividend of the Ports Authority Tonga (PAT) for the financial year 2020/21 during their 2022 Annual General Meeting, held at the Fa‘onelua Convention Centre, Nuku‘alofa.