UC academic publishes new complete history of Tonga

Canterbury University Press (CUP) has published the third edition of Dr Ian Campbell’s Island Kingdom: Tonga Ancient and Modern. This book has been Tonga’s only comprehensive history since it was first published in 1992.

Doctors need to know their roles as Medical and Dental Act is reviewed

Speaking at a workshop to review the Medical and Dental Practice Act 2001 at the Tonga Family Health Association Building in Nuku’alofa this week, Dr. ‘Ulufonua said it is important for a doctor to know his or her role and the legal implications linked to that.

“This workshop is about raising the awareness of how a dental and a medical doctor works here in Tonga,” Dr ‘Ulufonua said. 

“The committee that looked after this whole program hopes to review the Medical and Dental Practice Act 2001 and see how best that can be tailored for the work that we do here in Tonga.

Tongan business woman nominated for Commonwealth Women Entrepreneur of the Year Award


Sullivan operates many businesses in the Kingdom of Tonga.

On the list is the well-known and popular bar and restaurant called Billfish.

She also owns a catering business, liquor store and conference room for meetings and events in Nuku’alofa.

The 2nd Commonwealth Businesswomen Awards in 2015 on the eve of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) and 1st Women’s Forum will be held in Malta next week.

Tonga rugby president resigns

Speaking exclusively to One News Epi Taione said he had resigned Friday but will still remain involved at some level.

Tonga lost every game but one at the World Cup in England, including a 47-9 loss to the All Blacks.


Young Sydney siblings fear parents will be deported to Tonga

Siofilisi and Ilisapesi Misinale arrived in Australia almost 25 years ago and subsequently overstayed their tourist and student visas.

Since then, the Immigration Department has refused the couple's requests to obtain permanent visas and the family claims the department has threatened to send them back to Tonga.

Tonga to remember Lomu

Former All Black Lomu, whose parents are Tongan, died this week in Auckland as a result of cardiac-arrest related to his long-running battle with kidney disease.

Sports Minister Fe'ao Vakata says the government will be represented at a memorial service for Lomu in Auckland.

UNDP and Tonga Government sign MOU

The MOU was signed between Dr. ‘Aisake Eke on behalf of the Government of Tonga and Osnat Lubrani, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative.

Dr Eke said the inauguration of the United Nations Joint Presence Office marks another milestone in the Government of Tonga’s partnership with the United Nations over the past 16 years.  He thanked the United Nations Resident Coordinator for the UN assistance and support towards the development of Tonga and their patience.


Tonga hosts keeper course

The course, which took place between 9-13 November, was attended by 23 local coaches who are involved in both men’s and women’s football.

Tongans in Auckland to remember Lomu

Lomu died unexpectedly on Wednesday at his Auckland home. He had suffered from a serious kidney disease for several years.

His family has yet to announce funeral plans but a Tongan community leader Salote Heleta Lilo says one will be held on Sunday at the Mangere church his family attended.

Tonga Police Development Programme receives assistance from Australian Government

The Tongan Government will receive AUD $725,728.30 as the Australian Government’s contribution for the 2015- 16 financial year to the Tonga Police Deve