Fifita wants Tonga's shot at Kangaroos

Fifita helped kickstart a revolution of the global game last year when he walked away from Australia to play for Tonga, creating unprecedented interest in the Pacific nations with the help of Jason Taumalolo.

Tonga are desperate for a maiden Test against the Kangaroos at the end of this year and did their chances no harm in Saturday night's 38-22 defeat of Samoa in front of almost 18,000 people at Sydney's Campbelltown Stadium.

Rivalry and friendship on show as Tonga beat Fiji

The contest between Fiji and Tonga on the pitch at Churchill Park in Lautoka had been fierce in high temperatures – not only were players’ shirts sopping from the heat but so were there shorts – yet once the final whistle blew there was a show of togetherness. The islanders may be huge rugby rivals, but they also share a common bond in faith.

Fiji were crowned Pacific Nations Cup champions the previous week, but it was Tonga who came out on top in this one-off Test, securing their first win over the Fijians since 2011.

Tonga's Budget finally passed

The Minister of Finance tabled the Budget on May 31 but debate got off a sluggish start, not only because the Budget was incomplete when it was tabled, but there was also a petition for the House to defer its debate, while seven Cabinet Ministers and the accounts of their ministries were audited.

Matangi Tonga reported Pohiva Tu'ionetoa introduced his budget under the theme, "Rehabilitating to a more secure situation".

It is financed from various sources, including a $US131m Government Fund, $US81m in donations and $US19.3m in budget support from aid donors.

Japan’s Grant Aid for Tonga’s Early Warning System and Strengthening Disaster Communication Project

Prime Minister of Tonga and Minister for Foreign Affairs Hon. Samuela ‘Akilisi Pohiva signed on behalf of the Government and Resident Representative, JICA Tonga Office Shinji Yoshiura signed on behalf of the Government of Japan.

'I'm Tonga for life' - Andrew Fifita turns back on Kangaroos, NSW

The often controversial and always forthright Cronulla prop said he would play out the rest of his representative career for Mate Ma'a, forgoing hundreds of thousands of dollars in the process.

Fifita did not close the door on playing State of Origin for NSW again one day, however the likelihood of that occurring seems slim after slipping down Blues coach Brad Fittler's pecking order.


Fiji and Tonga to contest unofficial Pacific final

Despite Fiji retaining the Pacific Nations Cup this month in a four team tournament that included Tonga, Samoa and Georgia, the competition only featured two rounds.

The Flying Fijians beat Samoa 22-24 and Georgia 37-15 but did not meet Tonga. The 'Ikale Tahi lost to Georgia 15-16 but overcame Samoa 28-18.

Tonga coach Toutai Kefu said the unofficial Pacific crown was up for for grabs.

"I think whoever wins this game can call themselves the kings of the Pacific," Kefu said.

Tonga’s cyclone Gita recovery receives significant boost

The Second Development Policy Operation was approved in April 2017, and supported reforms to strengthen the government’s finances and foster a more dynamic economy.  The severe impact of Category 4 Tropical Cyclone Gita, the strongest cyclone to impact Tonga since 1982, has prompted a need for additional support for the government’s recovery efforts and to advance its longer-term economic reform agenda.

King Tupou VI and Queen Nanasipau’u arrive in Ha’apai

Hundreds of students lined up the main road from the airport to the palace to welcome them.

King Tupou VI will open Ha’apai’s Agricultural Show tomorrow at Lea ‘a e Tohi field.

The Free Wesleyan Church Annual Conference will begin on 27 June followed by the King’s Birthday Celebration on 4 July.

Their Majesties will return to Tongatapu after the birthday.


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Tonga Foreign Reserves declined in April

The National Reserve Bank of Tonga said the current Foreign Reserves is equivalent to 7.9 months of import cover which is still above the minimum range of three to four months.

The impacts of Tropical Cyclone Gita weighed on domestic inflation particularly on food items in March, bringing the annual headline inflation rate to 9.8 per cent.

Pacific Nations teams push for more home Tests

The success of last year's tournament across Australia, Papua New Guinea and New Zealand has opened the door for international games to be showcased in a similar way to the NRL taking clashes to regional areas in Australia throughout 2018.

The annual mid-season Pacific Tests, which have been played since 2013, have been based in Sydney's west for the last five years – an agreement that will continue next season.