Buildings and crops were severely damaged on Tongatapu and 'Eua and hundreds have been left homeless.
But 'Akilisi Pohiva said locals had retained their good humour and had got on with the job of recovering from the category four storm.
"They feel sorry for what has happened but they still enjoy life. Remember, you know Pacific people, especially Tongans, are very simple. They are not complicated.
"Most people they know how to handle disasters."
Pohiva satisfied with disaster recovery