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Tonga's government says the country earns close to US$45 million every year from the seasonal workers programme in Australia and New Zealand. The Minister of Internal Affairs 'Akosita Lavulavu made the statement at the recent presentation for a programme for former seasonal workers who were ...
Tropical Cyclone JOSIE formed on 31 March close to Fiji and started moving south-east, strengthening. On 3 April at 0.00 UTC, its centre was located 570 km south-west of Tongatapu island (Tonga) and its maximum sustained winds reached 74 km/h. Over the next 24 hours, it is forecast to continue ...

Tonga's prime minister has denied that Tonga has withdrawn from the regional trade deal known as PACER Plus. The deal was signed in Nuku Alofa last June by 10 countries including Australia, New Zealand and Tonga. Last week, Matangi Tonga reported that 'Akilisi Pohiva admitted that the agreement ...
A stunning dressing-room promise from Tongan World Cup hero Jason Taumalolo has led to Cronulla Sharks enforcer Andrew Fifita turning his back on the Holden State of Origin arena and committing to the island nation. In a huge boost for international rugby league and Tonga's rapid development as a ...
The new high speed telecommunication service for Ha'apai went live on 27 March 2018, said Robert Bolouri, Project Manager for the Tonga Cable Limited. The service was launched by the Prime Minister Hon. 'Akilisi Pohiva in Ha'apai. Robert, a former Chief Executive Officer and now Project Manager for ...
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Tropical Cyclone Gita (TC Gita), a Category 4 system crossed Tonga between 12 and 13 February 2018 with average winds of 110 knots (285km/hour) close to the center, making it one of the worst cyclones to have ever hit the island nation in recorded history, has left a trail of damages to infrastructures ...
Former Tonga prime minister, Lord Tu'ivakano, who is facing charges of making a false statement for the purpose of obtaining a passport, perjury, acceptance of bribery and money laundering, is likely to face more charges. Lord Tu'ivakano Photo: Twitter. Kaniva Pacific reported he was also expected to ...
The withdrawal of Tonga has the potential to derail the agreement which had been in negotiations since 2009. It was envisioned as the centerpiece of a new regional trading and strategic framework. Tonga now joins the two largest Pacific economies (aside from Australia and New Zealand), Papua New ...
However, a spokesperson from Australia's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade says Australia has not received any formal advice from Tonga that it is not proceeding towards ratification of the Treaty. They said Australia's Foreign Minister, Julie Bishop, discussed PACER Plus and the joint interest in ...
Supervising Public Health Inspector, Sela Fa'u, said despite the numbers being on the rise, admissions to the health centres and the hospital were falling. The recorded cases were on the main island of Tongatapu and in Vava'u, Ha'apai and on 'Eua. Radio Tonga reported the youngest patient with dengue ...
Rotorua Vai Ko Latai Support has paid for its first container but is still fundraising to send another two to Tonga after Cyclone Gita wreaked havoc there. Vai Ko Latai Support is a subgroup of a wider organisation, Rotorua Tongan Community, which is also fundraising and sending a container. The container ...
The tropical cyclone hit Tonga in mid-February, damaging almost 4,000 houses and leaving 60,000 people without power. The assistance funding was jointly announced by Australia's Minister for Foreign Affairs, Julie Bishop, and Minister for International Development, Concetta Fierravanti-Wells. The two ...
The minister of international development and the Pacific, Concetta Fierravanti-Wells said she and the Foreign Minister Julie Bishop, who have travelled to Tonga, want to help the country to bolster its resilience to major climatic events. "At the moment we are still in the emergency response phase, but ...
Tropical Cyclone Gita, a Category 4 system reached 110 knots or 220 kilometers per hour passed directly over the Tongatapu and 'Eua Island group of islands between 12 to 13 February 2018. The cyclone caused extensive damage to personal property, and public infrastructure. The Government of Tonga ...
The Australian Defence Force has delivered 135 tonnes of relief items to Tonga including emergency shelters, hygiene and dignity kits, and water purification tablets. Earlier this week, Ms Bishop visited Port Moresby and announced Australia is chipping in an extra $3.4 million to help Papua New Guinean ...
An Australian ministerial visit to Tonga is aiming to see where else Canberra can help the country in the recovery from Cyclone Gita. Australia has already made a substantial contribution in aid following last month's devastating cyclone which caused widespread destruction across the main island of ...

Outrage in Tonga after an official letter banning girls from playing rugby and boxing at school. It's Ministry Of Education wrote to the state school saying girls shouldn't play those sport because "it goes against young women's dignity". Former Black Fern now Labour MP Louisa Wall told Mike Hosking she is ...
The Junior Wallabies will face New Zealand, Fiji and Tonga in April and May, with Bond University set to host the Oceania Rugby U20s Championship. The tournament will mimic the structure of the World Rugby U20s Championship to be held in France in May and June, with a five day gap between each ...
There's anger in rugby-mad Tonga over a government letter that apparently bans women from playing the sport in public schools. Tonga's Ministry of Education and Training confirmed to Matangi Tonga news website that it had issued the edict, in order to "preserve the dignity of Tongan women and hold on ...
Tonga's women's sevens coach Hoko Tuivai told Radio New Zealand “It's just closing doors, closing all opportunities for women especially leading up to the Pacific Games and Olympics, as we have set our path to work towards the 2020 Olympics and here in Tonga, women's rugby has a bigger chance to ...
Six local Tongan barristers received mediation training last week from Tonga's Lord Chief Justice Owen Paulsen and from one of New Zealand's leading mediators John Hardie. The barristers were trained to assist people in resolving disputes quickly and inexpensively, rather than having cases go ...
There's anger in rugby-mad Tonga over a government letter that apparently bans women from playing the sport in public schools. Tonga's Ministry of Education and Training confirmed to Matangi Tonga news website that it had issued the edict, in order to "preserve the dignity of Tongan women and hold on ...
Tonga's acting Attorney General has taken the Police Minister to task for claims he has made about the recent arrests of politicians. Minister of Police Hon Mateni Tapueluelu presenting Minister of Foreign Affairs Hon Gerry Brownlee with a. Mateni Tapueluelu Photo: NZ High Commission, Nuku'alofa Tonga.
Others feared it would be used to pay the debts Tonga owed to China. Mr Peters, who visited Tonga yesterday with Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, said it was impossible for the money to be spent inappropriately because there were checks and balances in place. He said the $10m could be broken down ...
New Zealand is to give Tonga $US7.9 million dollars so it can complete an upgrade of Nukualofa's electricity network. The big challenge is to restore power to Tonga again. Photo: RNZ / Richard Tindiller. Foreign Minister Winston Peters said this funding was for the first stage of a five-year project to improve ...
Today is International Women's Day and the director of Tonga's Women and Children Crisis Centre said it is a good time to take stock of the fact that less than seven percent of MP's are women. 'Ofa Guttenbeil-Likiliki said Tonga has agreed to the UN target of a minimum 30 percent. She said the theme of ...
More than half of the schools in Tonga were damaged by the cyclone and Ms Ardern has now pledged $7 million to help rebuild as well as provide items such as books. At Fasi school, Ms Ardern was visibly taken aback to see firsthand just how bad the damage was. "You can still see the pictures on the ...
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern arrived to a troubled Tonga on Tuesday night, still picking up the pieces after Cyclone Gita. Tonga is the third country on Ardern's itinerary after Samoa and Niue, where she spent Tuesday with her family, describing the tiny atoll as her "second home". This is her first time in ...
The director of the Pasifika Centre at New Zealand's Massey University, Malakai Koloamatangi, said what is happening is symptomatic of a lack of leadership. "So there is no clear sign of authority, if you like, in the government in Tonga," he said. "And you have the politicking going on behind the scenes and ...
The Rotorua community can help raise funds for cyclone-hit Tonga by coming together for cultural and arts performances this week. A Play On reading will be held at 6.30pm on Wednesday at The Arts Village, following a performance at 6pm by the Rotorua Vai Ko Latai Support Youth Group to raise funds.
COOK ISLANDS, February 20, 2018 – In the wake of Cyclone Gita, the government of Tonga received a US$3.5 million payout from the Pacific Catastrophe Risk Insurance Company (PCRIC) based on its insurance cover against tropical cyclones. Funds were transferred after seven days of the cyclone ...
Pita Taufatofua of Tonga stands on stage during the closing ceremony of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium ... AFP/Getty Images Tonga's Pita Taufatofua holds up his national flag after crossing the finish line during the men's 15km cross country freestyle at the ...
Born in Tonga and raised in Australia, 34-year-old Taufatofua is a taekwondo practitioner and skier. He was the official flag bearer for Tonga at the Winter Olympics 2018 in South Korea.
Everyone's favorite shiny Tongan was back—and shiny as ever—for the PyeongChang Olympics' Closing Ceremony on Sunday, posing for photos alongside his fellow Olympians, including America's Lindsey Vonn and International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach. Pita Taufatofua first made ...
The Tonga Men's Nines Rugby League team lost to Australia 14 – 8 in the final of the Rugby League 2018 Commonwealth Championship. The final became an 8-a-side match after a brawl in the opening minutes of the game led to two players from each team being sent-off. The Tonga women's rugby ...
ADRA South Pacific is on the ground in Tonga responding to the widespread and urgent need caused by Tropical Cyclone Gita. South Pacific emergency response coordinator Michael Peach has been assisting the Tongan Seventh-day Adventist Church in the massive clean-up effort. He has been working ...
The director-general of the ADB's Pacific Department said Gita was one of the most powerful cyclones in Tonga's recorded history and it had directly affected almost 80 percent of the population and damaged or destroyed around 2,000 homes. Carmela Locsin said the grant will go towards restoring critical ...
Nuku'alofa, February 22, 2018 – Following the severe impact of Tropical Cyclone Gita, the World Bank has now begun work to support the government of Tonga, which is leading a Rapid Damage Assessment to assist with recovery and reconstruction planning in the coming months. “Our work in mapping ...
After the men's 15km cross-country skiing race at the Winter Olympics, the three last-place finishers, from Mexico, Colombia, and Tonga, went out to celebrate. They got dinner with their teams and enjoyed a night filled with somaek, a Korean alcoholic drink, before partying at various Olympic houses, returning home at 5:00 ...
Tonga cleans up after devastating Cyclone Gita. Tongans embark on recovery efforts after getting slammed by Category 4 cyclone. by Gemma Snowdon. Wed Feb 21 2018 11:14:06 GMT+0000. Many houses on the main island of Tongatapu have been completely flattened by Tropical Cyclone Gita. Shelter kits and ...
The agency said about 14,000 children will now have the chance to continue their education after Cyclone Gita damaged their schools. UNICEF's Pacific director, Sheldon Yett, said the New Zealand Defence Force had flown the school materials to Tonga. Mr Yett said UNICEF was supporting Tonga's ...
CHRISTCHURCH and other districts on the South Island of New Zealand declared a state of emergency this week as Cyclone Gita tore through the country, leaving many without power. Last week, Gita reached wind speeds of 230 kilometres per hour and ripped through the Pacific island of Tonga.
A town officer on the Tongan island of 'Eua says up to 75 percent of houses in her communities have been damaged by Cyclone Gita. Children on 'Eua use debris as a playground. Photo: RNZ Pacific/ Koro Vaka'uta. Just over a week ago the then category four storm swept over 'Eua, which lies some 40 ...
Tropical Cyclone Gita passed through the Kingdom of Tonga just 40 km from the capital city of Nuku'alofa as a Category 4 cyclone, with winds up to 200 km per hour. The islands of Tongatapu and 'Eua were affected. The National Emergency Management Office of the Kingdom of Tonga has conducted an ...
“New Zealand's close ties with Samoa and Tonga are built on a deep bilateral partnership, and a shared commitment to Pacific regionalism. Niue and Cook Islands are constitutional partners for New Zealand and we share citizenship as well as a set of mutual obligations and responsibilities,” Peters said.
Tonga reverberated with song on Sunday morning as Tongans thanked God for taking their houses not their lives during Cyclone Gita. A group of young men from Talafo'ou village were late to church; there wasn't room for them to squeeze in, so the five Free Wesleyans sat outside facing the Pacific Ocean.
Tonga's flag-bearer @pitaTofua crosses the finish line in the men's 15km free, second from last, but with a loud reception. His legacy: "I won't medal on Friday, but in four years someone from Tonga might, in eight years someone from the Pacific might."https://t.co/CmYhL3rZqj pic.twitter.com/UnUIdGtMsW.
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 ...


 

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