1300 Tongans fitted with hearing aids

A team of 21 hearing care coordinators set up screening, hearing-aid fitting and counseling during the two day clinics.

The foundation's Megan Baiocchi said on the first day they saw 710 people and 450 of those were fitted with hearing aids.

This continued into the final day she said, with adults and elderly the majority who required the hearing aids but some children were also fitted.

Matangi Tonga reports the foundation will provide free ongoing maintenance for the hearing aids.

Pacific cricketers begin road to World T20

It's been four years since the last East Asia Pacific qualifier in the game's shortest format when Papua New Guinea went through undefeated.

Shane Deitz said the Vanuatu squad has been working hard in preparation since returning from World Cricket League Four in May.

Two teams will advance to the East Asia Pacific Regional Final and Deitz expects all four will fancy their chances.

Digicel launches new smartphone offer in Tonga

To mark the arrival on these new 4G smartphones the campaign is focused on giving ‘the best product/smartphone’ for money to all Digicel customers. 

The campaign concept is quite simple for customers, purchase a Huawei Y3 from Digicel’s Tongatapu store or Digicel Square from today until 31 August for only $99TOP and get a ‘free’ sim card plus ‘free’ 1GB data valid for 5days’.

The Huawei Y3 is also has many useful features such as 4G compatible, 8GB internal memory, screen size of 5.0” and operates on Android 8.0 Oreo.

West accused of trying to sow discord over Chinese aid

Yu Lei of the Beijing Foreign Studies University told the Global Times South Pacific nations were "bewitched" by Western countries including Australia and the US, who sought to gain political leverage in the region.

Western countries were trying to sow discord between China and South Pacific nations by inciting them to come up with the idea of writing off loans, the academic said.

Tonga's prime minister 'Akilisi Pohiva has suggested Pacific countries push for China to forgive their debts, although he has since backtracked on the idea.

Time ticking on Tonga vs Australia test

It's been nine months since Mate Ma'a Tonga's memorable run to the World Cup semi finals, which included a famous victory over New Zealand in Hamilton.

The Kingdom's request for a rematch against the Kiwis in October was rejected by New Zealand Rugby League, who also vetoed Tonga's desire to host the Kangaroos in Auckland.

Woolf said despite both sides wanting the match to go ahead roadblocks keep getting in the way.

"Our first option was that we wanted to play against New Zealand but it was very clear early on that that was not going to happen," he said.

Tonga Reserve Bank to maintain current monetary policy

The Governor of the Reserve Bank, Sione Ngongo Kioa, said the total export volume of agricultural products declined.

Kaniva News reports consumption also fell and the Consumption Tax collected over the month declined in line with a fall in total business sales.

Electricity consumption declined, which indicated a slowdown in economic activities.

Elsewhere, economic indicators of the tertiary sector were mixed over the month with prominent results from the banking sector reflected in the banking system’s improving profitability.

Tonga's Supreme Court rules in favour of PM in China space case

On Friday, the court found in favour of Prime Minister 'Akilisi Pohiva and Tonga's Public Service Association, in their five year battle against Tongasat.

The case concerns two payments totalling $US49.9 million which China made to Tonga after it was found to have placed a satellite in Tonga's orbital space in 2006.

Despite a revenue sharing agreement between Tonga's government and Tongasat, 93 percent of the funds were transferred to the privately owned company.

Magnitude 8.2 earthquake causes minor shake in Tonga

People in Tonga are reporting only minor damage, while the earthquake was widely felt in Fiji, but there are no reports of damage.

The epicentre was 270km east of Levuka in Fiji and 443km west of Neiafu in Tonga and hit just before 1pm.

It didn't trigger a tsunami as it was too deep at 580 kilometres.

Ta Lita Kefu from Nukuʻalofa said she was outside when the earthquake began.

Students inspire with recycled items

The Environment Department held several programmes including tree planting to encourage the public to plant more trees at the same time raise awareness and urge action to the impacts faced by the devastation of climate change. 

Tonga holds awareness training on Methamphetamine and Clandestine Lab

The training is part of an ongoing awareness by Tonga Police set in motion to combat the war on illicit drugs.

“The fight against illicit drugs is not just a police problem, it is a social problem that requires social solutions and an increased collective effort in working together and greater sharing of information amongst government agencies, non-government agencies and communities,” said Acting Police Commissioner Vaisuai.