Isolated Tongan island gets solar lights

The lights are among more than a thousand given to the Ministry of Environment by China for distribution to isolated islands in the country.

At a commissioning ceremony this week, the Chinese Ambassador Huang Huaguang said the new lights would provide security and convenience for the people on the island in the Ha'apai group.



Tonga's foreign reserves rise

The Reserve Bank says the amount in the foreign reserve rose by more than USD 23 million compared to the same period last year.

Radio Tonga says the amount is equivalent to nine months’ worth of total imports, which is the highest so far when compared to previous years.



Tonga attends Second World Internet Conference in Wuzhen, China

“Solutions discussed should take into account these challenges. Three key issues that will be discussed in the Conference are innovation, governance and cyber security”.

Sovaleni made the comments as he led a government delegation to the Second World Internet Conference in Wuzhen, Zhejiang China.

At the opening of the conference, Chinese President Xi Jinping called for Internet access to be expanded worldwide and for more international cooperation to manage content and ensure legality online.


Long wait for new Tonga Rugby CEO 'frustrating'

Former 'Ikale Tahi international Talanoa Fuka Kitekei'aho was appointed on an interim basis in June 2013 and is expected to remain in charge for the next few months at least.

Prior to that, 'Emeline Tuita lasted less than six months of her year-long contract.


Confirmation Tonga MP has lost seat

The clerk of the house, Gloria Pole'o, says the letter from the Speaker, Lord Tu'ivakano, states that the Tongatapu constituency No 4 seat is now vacant and a by-election is pending.

Radio Tonga says this comes after a court ruling that Tapueluelu, because of an outstanding debt, was not eligible to stand in the poll last year.

It was  Tapueluelu's first election and he became a part of the country's first popularly elected government.

He is understood to be planning an appeal.



Nomuka Community Police Station opened

The ceremony was attended by Crown Prince Tupouto'a 'Ulukalala, Australian High Commissioner Brett Adlam, New Zealand High Commissioner Sarah Walsh, and Tonga Police Commissioner Stephen Caldwell.


We Met In Vegas, Going Strong

With the limelight constantly on the players themselves, very little is known about their private lives and loved ones who have sacrificed a lot to support them in their career.

Kolinisau and girlfriend Tavu Fa, who is from Ha’ano Island in Tonga, have been together for a year and a half since meeting at that Las Vegas 7s.

Former TBC board members launch action vs Tonga govt

Matangi Tonga reports that Lady 'Eseta Fusitu'a and Lady Tuna Fielakepa have started civil action in the Supreme Court against the Minister of Public Enterprises Poasi Tei.

The court action follows a cabinet decision calling on directors of the government's 15 public enterprises to voluntarily relinquish their appointments.


Niuafo‘ou Day at USP’s Tonga Campus

The grand final of the Niuafo‘ou language Poetry Competition was the main event of the Niuafo‘ou Day earlier this month.

LMMA training for team from Tonga

The team also gained understanding on how communities are engaged into conservation, their government structure and lessons learn for better planning and implementation for Tonga R2R project Special Management Areas program.