Tonga

Digicel SMS game winner named

Tu’akalau took home $1200TOP in prizes.

She said it was tough game compared to previous ones as she was ranked 2nd in the last five days of the game in August.

She added that it was a struggle to reach number 1.

Tu’akalau thanked Digicel for creating such platforms for its customers to entertain themselves.

Digicel has launched the September SMS Game which is League Finale.

 

     

Royal couple on two-day visit to Tonga in Oct

The newlyweds will head to Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and Tonga in October.

The trip, lasting just over two weeks, will centre around the Invictus Games Sydney 2018, the Paralympics-style sports event for wounded, sick and injured service personnel.

More than 500 veterans from 18 nations will compete in 11 sports from October 20 to 27 and the couple will attend several of the events.

Harry and Meghan have only briefly visited Dublin since they married in May with the rest of their engagements all in the UK. 

     

Tonga still wants Forum Leaders to champion Pacific war on junk food

He's told the Forum partners dialogue with business leaders that participating Forum Leaders can be weighed on a regular basis, with the winner being the person who loses the most weight and those leaders who have not lost or have gained weight also being awarded a prize - they will get bicycles.

Samoa's Prime Minister Tuilaepa responded in kind to the weight loss challenge from Tonga's Prime Minister, welcoming it but noting his colleague would win it all the time - and that the challenge needed to consider those like Nauru's President who were made of muscle.

Norway supports renewable energy research in Tonga

Norway's International Development Minister, Nikolai Astrup, made the announcement at the Pacific Islands Forum leaders' summit in Nauru.

Mr Astrup said the money will go to the Pacific Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency and the goal of 10 percent renewable energy in the Pacific.

The centre was established last year in Nuku'alofa to promote policy and investment in renewable energy.

Four arrests following two Tonga petrol station robberies

In the first robbery in Fanga, a masked armed man fired a shot before demanding cash and fleeing in a stolen car.

In the second case in Veitongo, the attendant resisted the gunman but was then shot four times.

Police say the gunman left his disguise and firearm at the scene.

The attendant is in a stable condition in hospital.

 

     

Tonga vs Australia league test finally confirmed

Mate Ma'a Tonga will take on the Kangaroos at Auckland's Mount Smart Stadium on October 20th, almost 11 months after a sold out crowd watched the Kingdom pipped by England at the same venue in the World Cup semifinals.

Tonga coach Kristian Woolf and Australia's Mal Meninga have both been supportive of the fixture but confirmation was delayed after New Zealand Rugby League officials expressed concerns the test could overshadow or affect ticket sales for the Kiwis vs Kangaroos clash at the same venue a week earlier.

Fiji celebrates 48 years of Independence in the Kingdom

The Grand Ball is expected to attract over 300 guests.

Tickets are $100 pa’anga per person for buffet dinner, drinks all night and entertainment by popular Fijian band, Makare.

This year’s theme is ‘Fiji’s Essence’ which encapsulates the true significance of Fiji to individuals through the uniqueness of its people, the diverse culture and the geographical spread of its 333 islands.

All proceeds from the Ball will go to Autism Tonga.   

RLPA concerned over Tonga Test pay cut

However, the RLPA will push for greater player input on international scheduling to ensure such a sacrifice is not needed in future.

The Kangaroos have agreed in principle to the significant pay cut in which they will sacrifice the lion's share of their standard $20,000 match payments for Tests.

The Mate Ma'a will likely receive the same payment - expected to be less than $5000 per player - when the two nations meet for the first time at international level.

Digicel launches new Music App

Digicel Tonga Chief Executive Officer, Francis Thomsen said, “The d’Music app was designed to give our customers access to music right at their fingertips, whenever they want it, wherever they want it. Currently, we have over 30 million songs for our customers to choose from. Once they have an active plan, they can listen to music they choose anywhere, once they’re connected to our extensive 4G+ mobile network."

CoConeck aspires to empower Tongan women in ICT

Seven women attended the group’s first meeting recently.

The woman are currently working as computer programmers and network engineers in line ministries and the private sector.

The name CoConeck was agreed upon by the group after the first meeting; ‘CoCo’ stands for coconuts which represent islanders and ‘neck’ stands for its connection to the world wide web of Technology.