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A Dargaville family spent two anxious days trying to make contact with relatives in cyclone torn Tonga. Sadly when they did, they learned one member of their family had died, though not directly as a result of the cyclone. Reverend Kuli Fisi'iahi and his wife Luseana originate from Tongatapu both have ...
Immigration New Zealand said today there were no imminent planned deportations to Tonga, and it would take a pragmatic and compassionate approach to the issue. "INZ always takes into account all the circumstances in an individual case before going ahead with any deportations, including the effects of ...

So much has happened since the Olympics began last Friday, but Pita Taufatofua, Tonga's notoriously shirtless flag bearer, is arguably still the Winter Games' greatest sensation. While he turned heads at the Opening Ceremony when he marched, bare-chested, waving his country's flag in subzero ...
Thousands of Tonga residents are facing a long wait for power and other services to be restored after cyclone Gita tore through the Pacific nation. More details emerged on Wednesday about the damage caused by the cyclone after it hit the main island on Monday night just south of the capital, Nuku'alofa.
Spark and Vodafone are both offering free calls to cyclone Gita-hit Samoa and Tonga. Spark says the cost of all landline and mobile calls, and texts, to the islands will be automatically credited back to customers' accounts for the period 9am Tuesday, February 13, to 9am Thursday, February 15. Vodafone is ...

New Zealand Defence Force takes off on special mission to Tonga. 13/02/2018. Anna Bracewell-Worrall ... Two New Zealand military aircraft, stocked with emergency relief supplies, took off for Tonga on Tuesday afternoon. A C130 Hercules plane is carrying family hygiene kits, shelter kits, jerry cans and tarpaulins, which ...
The parliament building in the Pacific country of Tonga has been destroyed by the worst storm to hit the country in more than 60 years. cyclone Gita, a category four storm, battered the island overnight and caused widespread damage. Electricity lines were downed and roofs were torn off houses by the high ...
Pita Taufatofua, the oiled-up and shirtless Tongan athlete who held his country's flag aloft two years ago in Brazil -- and damn near broke the internet because of it -- just marched again during the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. He will compete in the Games as a cross-country skier.
What was a routine safety awareness campaign by the police changed the lives of the learners when one of them was spotted walking bare footed in school by the police. 7 hours ago. Primary school learners at another school. Walking bare foot to school is now a thing of the past for three needy learners from Mphoti ...
A young man with kidney failure is pleading to stay in New Zealand, knowing he'll face a painful death if deported to Tonga. Tamahanga Tukunga is among a growing number of Tongans requesting help because dialysis is not available in their home country. "I don't want to die," the 24-year-old said.
Tonga's emphatic World Cup campaign has Wests Tigers fullback Tuimoaloa Lolohea feeling like a different man and he is likely to continue his international career with the Mate Ma'a. Lolohea returned to Concord in the new year feeling refreshed despite having less than a fortnight's break after the entire ...
Three years after Tonga's Ministry of education reformed Tonga's examination marking system, and replaced its Standardized Marks System with a "National Raw Marks - Outcome Based System" there is still confusion and reaction against the new system in Tonga. As parents are getting ready for a new ...
The Dux of Tonga high school, Maletino Mafi, also received the 2018 King Tupou VI Coronation Scholarship, which is offered annually to the top student of the school. At a reception hosted by the Acting New Zealand High Commissioner to Tonga, Nick Hurley, said scholarship winners were encouraged to ...
"I have just qualified Tonga for the Winter Olympics," he declared in a facebook live interview from near the Arctic Circle. "This was the last day of the qualification process, this was my last race possible and we did it. We have done it," beamed the Australian-based athlete, wrapped up warmly against the ...
Jason Taumalolo's immediate - and powerful - impact upon rugby league in Tonga has resulted in the Pacific Island nation renaming its national competition after the North Queensland Cowboys superstar. NRL.com can reveal ''The Jason Taumalolo Cup'' will kick off on February 17 and the man himself is ...
Tonga's Prime Minister has been discharged from hospital and "is in good health", according to his office. 'Akilisi Pohiva returned to Parliament to be sworn in Photo: Tonga Parliament. 'Akilisi Pohiva had been in the local Intensive Care Unit since the 5th of January and was unable to attend the opening of ...

The Minister for Internal Affairs in Tonga has released a first 100-day plan which she says will address issues affecting communities at the grassroots. Tonga MP Akosita Havili Lavulavu in Wellington for a mentoring programme by the Commonwealth women Parliamentarians. 'Akosita Lavulavu Photo: VNP ...
The public is hereby notified that the Electricity Commission has approved the new power tariff of 85.14 seniti per unit to be effective from 1st February 2018. The new tariff rate is an increase of 3.94 seniti from the current power tariff of 81.20 seniti per unit, which became effective on 1st July 2017.
Forty-five foreign governments, including Tonga's primary aid donors, delivered their reviews and recommendations to the Government of Tonga at the United Nation's 29th Session of Universal Periodic Review in Geneva, Switzerland this week. Most countries called on Tonga to ratify conventions and to ...
Pita Taufatofua, the martial artist who made waves as Tonga's oiled-up flag bearer at the Rio 2016 Summer Games, is officially set to compete at the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea. Only this time, he'll be cross country skiing. After losing his opening round taekwondo match in Rio to ...
... the Newcastle Knights in the NRL Premiership. He played for the Melbourne rebels in the Super Rugby competition for three seasons (2011 - 2013) before moving to Japan. He was signed by the Worcester Warriors in 2015. Vuna captained the Mate Ma'a Tonga in the 2008 Rugby League World Cup.
Over recent years, Tonga has enjoyed robust growth and macroeconomic stability. Growth continued to be strong at 2.7 percent in FY2017 following 3.4 percent in FY2016, supported by construction, agriculture, tourism, strong remittances, and strong private credit growth. Inflation spiked in FY2017 because of a ...
Foreign currency exchange operations by unauthorized dealers has become a major concern for the National Reserve Bank of Tonga (NRBT), who want to shut down the involvement of retail shops in Tonga offering the services illegally to their customers. On 9 January, the Reserve Bank appealed to the ...
Tonga's human rights record is under scrutiny as part of the UN Human Rights Council's Universal Periodic Review process. Several countries on the council called for Tonga to upscale efforts to ratify the Convention for the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against women, known as CEDAW. Tonga ...
Tonga was commended for bringing in new laws since its last review five years ago to boost child protection and literacy rates. Many countries at the review session singled out the Family Protection Act of 2013 as a welcome step forward. They also praised Tonga for policies towards gender equality.
For retail, petrol increased by 0.32 seniti per litre to 268.18, diesel by 3.69 to 268.29 and a 2.59 increase to 188.08 for kerosene, including consumption tax. Tonga's Competent Authority stated crude oil prices (Dated Brent) had continued to increase in December breaking through USD65/bbl. However, part ...
Retired Tongan NFL star, Vai Sikahema, performed a Maori Haka for fans of the Philadelphia Eagles at a supporters rally in Philadelphia. Vai Sikahema played for the Eagles between 1992 and 1993, as a running back. The rally was held ahead of the Eagles matchup against the Atlanta Falcons in the ...
Tonga, which has dropped over ten places in the World Press Freedom Index over the last year, has not met UN reporting obligations for some core human rights treaties, or cooperated with international human rights mechanisms, according to the Joint Submission of the UN Country Team for Tonga for the ...
Tonga's newly elected government remains an unofficially confirmed list of names, despite the fact that the 2018 session was officially opened on 11 January with an "in-house session". The swearing of new Members of Parliament and selected Cabinet Ministers is now scheduled to take place on Thursday ...
Matangi Tonga reported the aluminium catamaran would be used from Tongatapu to the outer groups of Ha'apai and Vava'u and may also be pushed into service along routes to Samoa and Fiji. The nearly 33 metre long vessel, is fully air-conditioned, and can carry up to 200 passengers in a luxury seating.
The Gold Coast Titans have signed 18 -year-old Moeaki Fotuaika on a 4-year deal. The deal extends Fotuaika's current 2-year contract. The Titans announced the extension in a statement yesterday, saying that Fotuaika would participate as a development player in this year's season. Fotuaika said "The ...
The $8.3 million pa'anga aluminium catamaran will offer high speed service throughout Tonga's groups of islands and also to Samoa and Fiji. The catamaran (kalia) 32.7m long, is fully air-conditioned, carrying up to 200 passengers in comfortable seating. Stephen Edwards, the Chairman of the Friendly ...
Vaiomounga, who played for Tonga at the 2011 World Cup, signed a contract with the Romanian club Baia Mare in 2014. After suffering kidney failure, Sione now needs regular dialysis treatment. With no dialysis machines in his native Tonga, he's described a return home as a death sentence. money to help them has been ...
Rev Dr 'Ahio is the new chairman of a Committee on Tongan Traditions formed in November last year. Th position became effective from November 23, 2017 and notified in a Tonga government Gazette Supplement. Members of the committe include Lord Vaea, Dowager Lady Fusitu'a, Takapu, and Rev.
In 1958, a Latter-day Saint chapel was constructed at Kolofo'ou, one of several major subdivisions or district areas of Nuku'alofa, Tongatapu, the capital of Tonga. It served the local members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for 24 years. Because Tonga is a kingdom, land for such facilities ...
Although Tonga's Cabinet was reported to be in a meeting, without the Prime Minister, throughout the morning no one at the Prime Minister's Office is able to say right now who those members of the Cabinet are. The Press Office of the PMO said at lunchtime today that they still know nothing about the new ...
The King took the historic move following concerns about the government acting unconstitutionally and gathering power for itself. However in the snap election that followed Prime Minister 'Akilisi Pohiva was re-elected along with a number of his Democratic party. On Thursday Parliament will be opened by ...
The spinnaker is up, the sun is out and the temperature is even a bit chilly -- it is, after all, winter in the South Pacific. Instead of napping or sunbathing on deck, though, I'm counting whales. In one of the longest migratory behaviors for mammals, humpback whales have come more than 3,000 miles from the ...
Tonga's prime minister 'Akilisi Pohiva is in the Intensive Care Unit at Nuku'alofa's Vaiola hospital. Tongan Prime Minister 'Akilisi Pohiva. Photo: RNZI/Alex Perrottet. While no statement has been issued by the Prime Minister's Office, hospital staff have confirmed to RNZ Pacific that the 76-year-old Mr Pohiva ...
Few of them had set foot on 'Eua. The island is only twenty kilometres from Tongatapu, and can be reached by a three-hour ferry ride or an eight-minute flight, but it feels like one of the Kingdom of Tonga's remoter outliers. Where Tongatapu is flat, copiously cultivated and adorned by scores of villages, 'Eua ...
SUVA, Jan. 4 (Xinhua) -- Tonga's King Tupou VI has officially appointed Akilisi Pohiva as the South Pacific island state's prime minister. Radio New Zealand reported on Thursday the Tongan king's appointment of the 76-year-old Pohiva as the prime minister, but did not say when the appointment took place ...
Demand for vehicles in Tonga is continuing to increase, while traffic jams and traffic queues grow longer every month in the capital Nuku'alofa. Vehicle registrations increased by 600 for the year ended September 2017, the National Reserve Bank of Tonga reported. This 18.6% increase in registrations on ...
... Polytechnic where she set up the first tertiary Pacific Advisory Committee and established links with education providers in Pacific Island countries to provide New Zealand accredited programmes. She also set up the Tupou Tertiary Institute in Tonga to teach full time New Zealand accredited programmes.
King Tupou VI's second son is the lawful successor to the hereditary noble title and estate of Ata, it has been announced in the kingdom of Tonga Gazette. It said Viliami 'Unuaki-'o-Tonga Mumui Lalaka-mo e-'Eiki Tuku'aho was entitled to the hereditary estate belonging "to the title to which he has ...
As for Ha'apai and the Niuas, Matangi Tonga could not get in touch with anyone at the hospitals on those islands. Interestingly, last week UNICEF estimated that in the Pacific islands, around 770 babies would be born on New Year's Day. This estimate included seven babies born in Tonga on New Year's ...
The king who attended the Mata Ma'a Tonga semi-final match against England in Auckland in November, has recently returned from overseas. Another Tongan star at the reception was 2018 Grammy nominee Josh Tatofi, who sang several festive songs accompanied by HMAF brass band. A Hawaiian ...
A 15-member darts team will represent Tonga at the first South Pacific Darts Championships, to be held from 15-20 January 2018 in Vanuatu. The Tonga Darts Association held their final fundraising event for the year lon Friday, 29 December at the Tanoa International Dateline Hotel. Team manager, Tony ...
Held in Pyeongchang, the games kicked off Feb. 9 with the opening ceremony. Athletes from across the globe entered the Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium in order of the Korean alphabet, each team proudly carrying their country's flag and sporting their country's colors. The ceremony was certainly a ...
In what's being pitched as a Pacific version of the hit 1993 film Cool Runnings, Tongan Pita Taufatofua has qualified for the cross country skiing event at the Winter Olympics. Making the feat even more remarkable, Taufatofua is already a summer Olympian having competed at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro ...


 

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