Third political party for Tonga

The new group is just the third political party to have been officially launched in the kingdom.

The party, which was launched over the weekend, will be headed by retired colonel and diplomat Siamelie Latu and his deputy Sione Tu'itavake Fonua, who is a lawyer.

In his inaugural speech Colonel Latu stressed the party would abide by political reform principles introduced in 2010.

He said the party's desire was for the country to be under competent leadership, to be transparent and to ensure there is law and order for people to live peacefully.

With 'Vai', a Tongan filmmaker's dream comes true

Eight Pacific women have been selected to write and direct the story of Vai.

Vai's producers say the movie will give voice to the largely under-represented perspectives of Pacific women. 

The other women writing and directing Vai hail from or have ancestral connections with the Cook Islands, Fiji, Niue, New Zealand, Samoa and Solomon Islands, and the film will be shot in those countries along with Tonga.

'Ofa-ki-Levuka Guttenbeil Likiliki says she has always had her heart set on film-making.



Georgia beat Tonga

Georgia won 16-15.

Georgia scored a converted try and three penalties against Tonga’s two tries (one converted) and a penalty.


Photo Twitter/ Oceania Rugby 


Free chicks to help Tongans recover from cyclone

Kaniva News reported the government was giving 10 free chicks to each family signed up to the programme.

The scheme was providing the baby chickens in an effort to encourage good nutrition and reduce Tongans' reliance on unhealthy imported foods.

The Ministry handed out 1,890 chicks last week and hopes to issue 40,000 infant poultry by the end of the year.


Tonga’s Tailulu College commemorates golden jubilee

Their Majesties King Tupou VI and Queen Nanasipau’u Tuku’aho were the guests of honour at the celebrations.

Ex-scholars, current students and teachers joined invited guests on 24 May for the anniversary.

King Tupou named a new school hall ‘Fale Masiva’ in remembrance of the 50t h birthday.

In his address, he noted the orange colour of the school uniform and compared it to gold saying it was hard and unbreakable.

Guests were treated to a feast prepared by Siasi ‘o Tonga Tau’ataina and celebrations went well into the day.

Tonga’s Mua Saints take home Polynesia Cup

The team arrived at Fua’amotu International Airport Monday to a crowd of families and fans.

The Polynesia Cup is contested between Samoa and Tonga to commemorate Samoa’s Independence Day on 1 June.

The closely contested game was held on Saturday.

Digicel Tonga provided the Mua Saints with branded polo shirts, caps, water, fruits and other essential items.


Photo by Digicel Tonga 


Tonga flag bearer guarantees medal if he makes 2020 Olympics in new sport

“I can guarantee you … whatever that next sport is, if I qualify for the Olympics in that sport, I will medal in that sport,” he said while visiting the UN last Wednesday for the Youth Dialogue event.

Taufatofua, who became a viral hit at the Rio Opening Ceremony and then competed in taekwondo and cross-country skiing in back-to-back Olympics, has known his new sport for at least two months. He traveled extensively since the Winter Games ended three months ago but found the time to tailor training for it.

Digicel Tonga announces Diaspora Promotion winners


Each winner is awarded $400TOP every week.

The purpose of the promotion is to award local winners in Tonga based on the month of May which is designated to acknowledge and celebrate family.

The theme for the promotion is "More for your family."

Winners are selected once they receive a top up of more than $20TOP in the local currency.

The final draw will take place on 13 July, 2018.     


Photos by Digicel Tonga 


Tonga target Georgia

Tongan manager Inoke Afeaki said that this is one of their aims as they prepare for next year’s Rugby World Cup in Japan.

“This is one of our campaigns and that is to beat Georgia as we build-up for the World Cup next year,” Afeaki told SUNsports.

“We’ve set our goals despite the fact that we are still grooming our team to be competitive against the top teams.

“We had a good preparation we started with the management group where we held a workshop in Auckland for four days.

Tonga Police officer charged with reckless driving causing death

The accused, who was off duty at the time, was driving a UT Ford van heading North on Vaha’akolo Road when he allegedly failed to give way at the roundabout and crashed into the driver’s door of a car driven by the victim.

The 37-year-old victim of Fangaloto was rushed to Vaiola hospital where he died two hours later.

The accident occurred about 11.15pm last Friday night.

Police say the suspect was allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol.