On Australia Day we reflect on our nation’s history and celebrate its achievements and all its people, including the 33,000 Australians that identify as having Tongan ancestry. Australia’s identity is complex; in addition to our first nations heritage and our British and European history, laws and systems of government, we are a country of people from more than 270 ancestries. - Statement from the Australian High Commission in Tonga.
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Friday 27 January 2023
‘Oku faka‘ilonga‘i foki he mahiná ni ‘a e ta‘u e 24 ‘o e fokotu‘u e vā fakatipilōmētika ‘o Siaina mo Tonga. Ko e fakalakalaka ‘i he vā ‘o e ongo fonuá ni ‘i he ta‘u ‘e 24 kuo hili, na‘e fakatefito ia ‘i he fefaka‘apa‘apa‘aki, fefalala‘aki mo e feako‘aki. H. E. Cao Xiaolin
Monday 21 November 2022
This month marks the 24th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Tonga. Over the past 24 years, rapid progress has been made in the friendly relations and cooperation between China and Tonga based on mutual respect, mutual trust and mutual learning. By H.E. Cao Xiaolin, Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to the Kingdom of Tonga.
Tuesday 25 October 2022
A special event today marks the official opening of Tonga’s first ever large-scale Battery Energy Storage Systems (BESS) by the Prime Minister Hon. Hu'akavameiliku. The two Battery Energy Storage systems are deliverables of the Tonga Renewable Energy Project (TREP) located at the Popua Power Station and at Matatoa, Tofoa. The project, worth a total of $16.7 million USD, is jointly funded by the Asian Development Bank, Green Climate Fund, and the Government of Australia, and implemented by Tonga Power Limited with assistance from the Government of Tonga.
Wednesday 19 October 2022
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.
Monday 17 October 2022
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 7 October 2022
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.