Tongan youth lack awareness of the dangers of meth

Elizabeth Kite is head of the NGO, Tonga Youth Leaders, and Pacific representative on the Commonwealth Youth Council.

Ms Kite acknowledges use of the illegal drug is a problem among youth and says it is one community leaders are taking seriously.

Her comments follow an appeal by a women and children's advocate for the country's leaders to meet and discuss the growing problem.

She said her organisation has gone out into the villages and met with drug dealers, consumers and other youth to discuss the matter.

Impeachment in Tonga is just talk - Fakafanua

In June a 3,000 strong signature petition to impeach the prime minister and seven of his cabinet ministers was submitted to parliament.

The petition also called for an urgent audit of specific expenditure over the last three years regarding the ministers and the Prime Minister 'Akilisi Pohiva.

Numerous reports have suggested parliament has struggled to deal with the issue over the past few months.

However, Fakafanua said there is currently nothing for him to deal with because no impeachment proceedings have been launched.

A Target Reference Point – the first step to a solution for high costs of tuna fishing in Tonga

That challenge, as well as the lack of proper educated fishing crews, the limited amount of tuna stock as an impact of Climate Change and other related issues was raised by Chief Executive Officer of Tonga’s Ministry of Fisheries Dr Tu’ikolongahau Halafihi during an interview with Radio Tonga at the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission’s 15th (WCPFC) Convention in Honolulu this week.

‘The albacore fishery is a lifeline for our people,’ Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) Director General Dr. Manumatavai Tupou-Roosen told Pacific Editors in Honolulu.

Plea for Tonga's leaders to discuss meth problem

'Ofa Guttenbeil-Likiliki said the use of meth or ice is rampant in the country and the impact can be seen among the people that come to the centre for help.

She said children have been referred because of addiction, meth-related suicides have occurred and numerous domestic violence cases involving users have been seen.

Ms Guttenbeil-Likiliki called on the leaders of the country to step up.

Tonga car search results in arrest for drugs

During a targeted patrol in the early hours of Tuesday morning, Police Drug Enforcement Taskforce officers came across a car with no registration number plate, which was parked in front of the Ocean of Light School at Hofoa.

While searching the car, Police found 10 packs of methamphetamine (3.48 grams), 1 pack of cannabis (0.87 grams), drugs paraphernalia and cash.

The suspect is in police custody while an investigation continues.

Tuna nations bid to climate-proof EEZs and other initiatives likely to help Tonga

'This is one of the most important things the PNA is going to start looking at,' PNA CEO Ludwig Kumoru said when briefing Pacific Editors on issues which may arise at the 15th Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission in Honolulu.

‘We want to make sure that even if their land disappears that they don’t lose their EEZ,’ he said


Deep sea mining a possibility, but could harm Tonga’s tourism industry, warns ministry CEO

However, there have been warnings that mining the seabed could cause environmental problems and could harm Tonga’s whale watching industry.

Paula Ma’u, CEO of the Ministry of Meteorology, Energy, Information, Disaster Management, Environment, Climate Change and Communications, said eight ministries were developing a plan to sustain the ocean around the kingdom.

“We are still at the exploration stage only now as far as deep sea mining is concerned,” Ma’u said.

Tonga forklift operator’s death leads to safety training and awards

The events came after the New Zealand’s A Safe Work Environment For All (ASWEFA), an Auckland based forklift training company carried out the training for 30 operators at the Taufa’ahau Tupou IV Domestic Wharf.

The Friendly Island shipping Agency (FISA) CEO Viliami Takau said the company wanted to take the lead on this campaign as forklift operators worked in “an environment where safety of people is vital.”

Japan Government hands over Upgraded Water Supply System to Tonga’s Holonga Village

Mr. Yasuhiko Kamada, Acting Ambassador of Japan congratulated the completion of the project at a handover ceremony attended by Penisimani Fifta, Minister for Education and Training, Members of the Holonga Village Council, Town Officer and the people of Holonga.

Common Utility Board presents TOP$6,976,799 dividend to Tonga Government

The Government of Tonga, being the sole shareholder of power, water and waste utilities and the subsidiary companies Tonga Gas/Home Gas, is the sole beneficiary of this dividend.

This dividend declaration was presented during the Common Utility Board’s Annual General Meeting on the 4 of December 2018.

A statement said it comes off a successful financial performance by Tonga Power Ltd, Tonga Water Board, Waste Authority Ltd and Tonga Gas Ltd/Home Gas Ltd for the year ended 30 June 2018 where the utility companies posted a combine Dividend of $6,976,799 pa’anga.