Tongan man in Auckland dies at sea, a girl and two men survive

Hiva Lavaka, 24, described on Facebook by family members as the son of Vaine Taulanga Foʻou Lavaka, died at Hot Water Beach near Whitianga in the Coromandel at about 5.30 pm Sunday 24.

Vaine described herself in her Facebook account as she comes from Mataika, Vavaʻu in Tonga.

Domestic travellers, business operators on Vava’u infuriated with excessive airfares

Tongovua Appleton who operates a business on Vava’u said it costs 310 pa’anga for a person to fly from Tongatapu to Vava’u.

“That is beyond most of our people’s pay limits and if there are emergencies and we don’t have 310 pa’anga for that fare, how are we going to get to Tongatapu because we all know that taking the ferries will take longer than the planes.”

Vika Bull talks about her Tongan upbringing, her art and channelling Etta James

But when you belt out a song the vocal cords hit each other and can form a callus. Then the air can't get through and you can't sing."

Pardon? Can't sing? What if you are due on stage at the time? "It has happened," Vika says. "You lose your top end and have to sing low. You have to think on your feet. It's a very unpleasant experience."

Multi-million Fāua wharf construction starts February

The new wharf complex will cater for all domestic vessels and will share with Queen Salote Wharf the harbouring of international vessels.

It will have a new domesticate passenger terminal which could accommodate about 700 people and provide an extension docking site to the western seaside area.

New body enforces Tonga’s food safety, fights against importation of unsafe food

The Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (MAFF) Hon Semisi Fakahau told guests on Thursday that the national body would address food safety in Tonga and also at the international level.

New multi-purpose pack house for ‘Eua farmers

“When complete, the Pack House will be used by communities to process and pack agricultural produce for export”, a comment on the Australian High Commission Tonga Facebook page read.

Pastor Tavake Tupou laid to rest, Tonga’s PM attends service

Hundreds of mourners also attended his funeral service before he was escorted to his final resting place at the Manukau Memorial Garden in South Auckland.

PNG to assist with the reconstruction of Teufaiva Stadium in Tonga

PNG will also assist Tonga with its High Performance Center where elite sportsmanship will be prepared to represent Tonga in the Pacific Games and other international sporting events.

Prime Minister Pohiva was in Port Moresby earlier this week for a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Peter O'Neill. He was accompanied by the Minister and CEO for Internal Affairs also responsible for Sports.

The main purpose of the Prime Minister’s visit to PNG was to further strengthen the economic and social cooperation between the two countries in the sports arena. 

17 cruise liners to visit Tonga in 2016

The first cruise ship to arrive in Tonga is the Pacific Princess arriving on Thursday, February 4 followed by three ships - MS Artania on February 6, Pacific Pearl February 11 and onwards to Vava’u with the Black Watch on February 24.

Since the establishment of the Vuna wharf in 2012, the cruise market has seen developments over the past few years from an increase in frequency of visits throughout the year to welcoming three ships within a day – a gold star for Tonga’s cruise market.

Severe injuries at Foa causeway after car hit by waves fell into the sea

Police and emergency services in Pangai, Ha’apai were at the scene to pull out a car from the sea at Foa causeway while a man was rushed to hospital with serious injuries.

Kaniva News understands the car was hit by waves while it attempted to cross over to the other side of the causeway.