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.
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Sunday 29 May 2022
Thursday 19 May 2022
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
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
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.
Friday 6 May 2022
The interns of the Pacific Catastrophe Risk Insurance Company (PCRIC) were all smiles as they proudly received their certificates of completion and awards from the CEO, Mr Aholotu Palu.
Thursday 5 May 2022
After the challenges we have experienced to connectivity as a result of COVID-19, I am delighted the physical links between Australia and Tonga are building back. We are looking forward to greater flight connectivity between Tonga and Australia beginning this June, and I thank the Government of Tonga for taking the initiative to increase the frequency of passenger flights between our countries. While our physical links were temporarily less frequent, the link of friendship has always been strong. As members of the Pacific family, Australia and Tonga share a close relationship, built over more than fifty years of diplomatic relations. - Rachael Moore, Australian High Commissioner to Tonga
Monday 4 April 2022
An Electricity Tariff increase came into effect from 1 April 2022. The Competent Authority has approved an increase in the regulated price of diesel effective 18 March 2022. This has contributed to an increase of 32.3 seniti per litre. Hiki 'a e totongi 'uhila 'o kamata 'i he 'aho 1 'Epeleli 2022. Kuo tali ‘e he Pule Fē’unga ke hiki ‘a e totongi ‘o e lolo tisolo ‘a ia ke kamata ngāue’aki ‘i he ‘aho 18 Ma’asi 2022. ‘Oku tokoni ‘eni ki hono hiki ‘a e totongi lolo ‘aki ‘a e seniti ‘e 32.3 ki he lita mei Sanuali 2022 ki Ma’asi 2022.
Friday 18 February 2022
The prompt reaction of the People’s Republic of China to first donate Emergency Disaster Relief Aid to Tonga on 19 January is sincerely appreciated. The two Y20 military aircrafts, which have flown more than 10,000 kilometres to Tonga, strongly indicated that China cares about Tonga - Furthermore, in the past month, China has donated US $1,300,000 in cash and relief and restoration assistance worth over RMB ¥30 million (about TOP $10.65 million) in total since the volcanic eruption and tsunami disasters happened. By Col. (Ret’d) Siamelie Latu.
Wednesday 16 February 2022
Tonga is experiencing a triple blow in the wake of the volcanic eruption with the tsunami and the first outbreak of Covid-19 pandemic. It is a challenging time and a time of need for Tonga. At this difficult time for Tonga, China’s prompt humanitarian relief assistance together with the grant aid of 119 pieces of heavy plant machinery valued at RMB¥73 million (TOP$26 million) arrived at a right time and will be critical for the national reconstruction in the wake of the natural disasters. By H.E. Cao Xiaolin, Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China.
Tuesday 2 November 2021
Talateu – Konga Hono Ua. Fa‘u ‘e H.E. Cao Xiaolin. IV. Ko e fuofua Fakataha ‘a e Kau Minisitā ki Muli ‘a Siainá mo e Ngaahi Fonua e Pasifikí; V. Ko e ngāue fakataha ‘i he ngaahi tafa‘aki kehe; mo e VI. Vakai ki he Kaha‘u e Fetauhi‘aki ‘o e Vā Fakakaume‘a.
Monday 1 November 2021
Ko e fefolofōlai telefoni ‘a Palesiteni Xi Jinping mo ‘Ene ‘Afio Tupou VI. Fa‘u ‘e H.E. Cao Xiaolin.
Friday 1 October 2021
The Electricity Commission has approved the new electricity tariff for the power consumption and with Government “Lifeline Contribution to Tariff” at TPL effective on 1st October 2021. Kuo tali ‘e he Komisoni ‘Uhila ke hiki ‘a e totongi ‘uhila ‘i hono fo’u ke ngāue’aki ‘o kamata lau mei he ‘aho 1 ‘Okatopa 2021.
Friday 24 September 2021
I am very happy to attend the handover ceremony of the 500 water tanks donated by Dongguan City, Guangdong Province, People’s Republic of China to the Government of the Kingdom of Tonga. ...I want to assure you that China will provide more water tanks to Tonga this year. Actions speak louder than words. Let’s work with concrete actions to deepen our friendship for a better future of China-Tonga friendly relations and cooperation. - Speech by H.E. Mr. Cao Xiaolin at the handover ceremony of the water tanks donated by China to Tonga.
Friday 10 September 2021
Port Vila, Vanuatu
The newly formed WanTok Pacific Corporation (WPC) is launching a dynamic mobile, broadband, and money transfer service for the people of Tonga and Vanuatu. The new company launched its new brand identity and new broadband plans for consumers and businesses in both countries on September 3, 2021. WanTok Tonga is based at the PTH Building in Nuku'alofa.
Friday 3 September 2021
The inaugural Tourism Leaders’ Summit was held on Monday 23 August, at the Fa’onelua Convention Centre, with a theme “Leadership Refocus for Tourism's Survival” to discuss the best ways forward for securing the tourism sector’s survival in Tonga. The summit will continue on a quarterly basis, leading up to the National Tourism Forum in early 2022.
Tuesday 24 August 2021
The novel coronavirus is still going viral around the world, and vaccines matter so much to the fight against the virus. As long as there are infections in a country, it is impossible for humans to completely defeat the virus. However, globally, there are still outstanding problems such as insufficient vaccine production capacity, inequitable distribution and uneven vaccination. The international society need to work together to fill in the immunization gap between countries. by H.E. CAO Xiaolin, Chinese Ambassador to Tonga
Friday 20 August 2021
Apia, Western Samoa
The SPBD Microfinance Network achieved another impressive milestone today, surpassing US$ 200 million in “micro loans” disbursed to tens of thousands of hard working women entrepreneurs since its founding in 2000.
Saturday 7 August 2021
Bank of South Pacific Tonga Limited (BSP) will reduce interest rates across a number of lending and deposit products, effective 6 September 2021. New rates will apply for Unsecured Personal Loans - now 13% (reduction of 5.50%), Secured Personal Loan – now 12.3% (reduction of 1.70%). Rate changes will also apply across some Demand Deposit and Term Deposit accounts – as follows:
Friday 9 July 2021
The Electricity Commission has approved the government's 'Lifeline Tariff Discount Scheme' effective for the power consumption from 1 July 2021. The discounted tariff of 7.67 seniti/kWh is to apply to the regulated tariff of 80.71 seniti/kWh, only to the power customers consumed between 0-100 kWh/month, to maintain the electricity tariff at 73.04 seniti/kWh. Koia ai kuo tali 'e he Komisoni 'Uhila 'a e holo ko 'eni 'o kamata ngaue'aki 'i he 'aho 1 Siulai 2021. - Electricity Commission
Friday 7 May 2021
Tonga Communications Corporation, a public enterprise, paid a total dividend of over $2.59 million pa'anga to the shareholder this year, the Information, Communication and Technology Sector Shared Board announced today, following TCC's annual general meeting.