Tongan star Michael Jennings to stay in the NRL through until 2021

The 31-year-old looks set to end his NRL career at the Eels after inking a new deal that will keep him at the club until the end of 2021.

The Tongan international's signing is another boost for Parramatta, who have added Reagan Campbell-Gillard and Ryan Matterson to their already impressive 2020 roster.

Last year's wooden spooners Parramatta were one of the big movers in 2019, finishing fifth in the regular season before bowing out in the semi-finals while thrashing Brisbane 58-0 along the way.

Digicel Team continues to light up the Community this week

The team visited the home with groceries, sanitary items, linen and other necessities as a gesture of ‘giving’ this Christmas. 

The Home of the Loving Heart of Good Samaritan has eight residents who are all senior citizens. 

Digicel’s Christmas theme ‘Light It Up’ is about reconnecting as a family this Christmas and in doing that Digicel is giving MORE of everything to reward its customers this year.


Tonga's capital marks completion of water system upgrade

The Mataki'eua system was refurbished with $US16.6 million funding from the Asian Development Bank, Tonga and Australia, to deliver sustainable water supply and sanitation services in Nuku'alofa.

The ceremony led by the King of Tonga, Tupou VI, was attended by the bank's James Lynch, who said residents in the project area would now receive a more reliable 24-hour water supply service.

Mr Lynch said the upgraded system would ensure that water production and water storage were more resistant to Tonga's high incidence of natural disasters.


ADB, World Bank expand presence in Tonga

The new office marks a significant increase in the development institutions’ presence in Tonga and the Pacific region.

“ADB and World Bank financing has helped Tonga achieve real development results,” said Prime Minister Tuʻiʻonetoa.

“The new shared field presence of the two institutions will allow us to collectively better respond to the development needs of the people of Tonga.”

UNICEF delivers vaccines and medical supplies to fight measles outbreaks in Tonga

As of 28 November, almost 300,000 vaccines and medical supplies have been delivered to reach those populations most at-risk in Samoa, Fiji, the Kingdom of Tonga, Vanuatu, Cook Islands, Nauru, Niue, Tokelau and Tuvalu.  

UNICEF is responding to the outbreak together with the World Health Organisation (WHO) and other partners. UNICEF’s response is being conducted with the support of the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and New Zealand’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT).

Hefty jail term for attempting to smuggle meth from Tonga to NZ

The methamphetamine was estimated to have a street value of $TP2 million.

Kaniva News reports Mangisi,59, was found guilty of trying to export the drugs through Fua‘amotu International Airport in May 2018.

He was originally charged with three counts of possession of Class A drugs, the attempted export of illicit drugs and failure to make declaration to Customs Officer.

Tonga represented at Biodiversity COP meet in Canada

The Kingdom participated in the first week on the Ad Hoc Open-ended Inter-Sessional Working Group on Article 8(j) in Montreal, Canada, last week.

Tonga will also attend the second meeting, called the Twenty-third meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice which will run until the 29 November.

The other Pacific countries represented are Cook Islands, Palau and Solomon Islands.

Tonga's delegation includes Environment Department Director Atelaite Lupe Matoto and Principal Biodiversity Officer Tahirih Fitita Hokafonu.


Tongan-owned Agribusiness joins Australia’s Business Partnerships Platform

The BPP is the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s (DFAT) principal programme contributing directly to accelerating Australia’s collaboration with businesses to address development challenges in the Pacific region.

Nishi Trading and DFAT are working together to increase the productivity of existing root crop exports. Australia is assisting Nishi Trading to build a cool storage facility, benefiting farmers through decreased product waste and increased income.

The partnership will assist Tonga in improving farm-to-market logistics for the export of root crops.

Tonga Police arrest more people in on-going drug operation

A 32-year-old man from Tofoa was arrested by the Drug Taskforce on Thursday 14 November.

Officers seized 3.52g of methamphetamine, 3.14g of cannabis, drug utensils and over $1,000 pa’anga in cash from inside his vehicle.

Following the arrest on Friday 15 November the Taskforce arrested a 34-year-old man from Mataika who crashed into a police vehicle while attempting to escape.

Police seized 54.06g of methamphetamine, two live bullets, over $8,000 pa’anga cash and drug utensils from his residence at Mataika.

Tonga’s first diplomat to UAE presents credentials at Presidential Palace

Ambassador ‘Akau’ola’s credentials were received by Sheik Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai.

Ambassador ‘Akau’ola had the great honour being first of the 12 ambassadors to present credentials to Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

The establishment of a Tongan Embassy in the UAE is an incredible milestone for the Kingdom of Tonga and marks the fruition of new but on going relations between the small island Kingdom and the UAE.