5 Vava’u projects receive climate change funds

Four of the projects are water tanks for Vava’u High School and Feletoa, Tefisi and Pagaimotu villages.

The other project involves renovation of an evacuation centre at Holeva.

Fifteen water tanks will be presented to each of the village.

Members of the villages committees received training about the processes and procedures in regards to the fund and the maintaining and monitoring of the project.

Vava’u fans breach airport regulations during rugby league stars visit

They ignored warnings from Police who were there to make sure everyone was safe.

Police appeared happy before moving aside to watch.

Some Mate Ma’a Tonga players including Konrad Hurrell and Peni Terepo flew from Tongatapu to Vava’u after they were welcomed to the kingdom on Tuesday with a national celebration which featured public floats, royal ceremony and a block party.

Women in Vava’u surrounded the aircraft’s stairway and carried the MMT stars.

Terepo and Hurrell appeared elated while they were carried by the fans.

Rooftop solar panels to help save on power bills

The completion of the project was officially inaugurated on July 3rd in Vava’u by the Crown Prince, Tupouto’a ‘Ulukalala.

The project was funded by the Federal Republic of Germany through a grant of 100,000 EURO which is approximately T$250,000 pa’anga.

The solar panel is expected to reduce the hospital’s electricity consumption which in return will increase savings that can be allocated to benefit the hospital.

Real Tonga assures flights will resume from Vava’u

Tevita Palu, director of Real Tonga told Radio Tonga News assured the flights are likely to resume later today. 

Spare parts for the two aircraft are expected to arrive tonight or tomorrow to help ease the situation.

Palu said the MA60 will resume operation on Saturday after several training flights were conducted. 

Tongan Police struggle to apprehend escaped US murder accused

54 year old Dean Jay Fletcher escaped from police custody at Vavaʻu Police Station at approximately 3.30am yesterday, 29 September 2016, a Police statement said.

Police confirmed Fletcher has used his own yacht to enable his escape.

“At 06.00am Police on board the Police Boat “Kapakau ‘O Tafahi” located the escaped prisoner and his yacht at approximately 6 – 10 miles Northwest of Vavaʻu and are attempting to apprehend him”, the statement said.

Digicel Launches Microwave Connectivity to Ha’apai and Vava’u

The islands will now enjoy 5 times faster internet speeds as a result of moving from satellite to microwave connectivity providing superior and unmatched mobile and home broadband experience the same as fibre.

Canadian wife buried at ‘Ahomatafolau

Kaniva News reports Tongan authority allowed the funeral services to proceed after a post mortem examination was completed in Nuku’alofa.

Two sisters of the deceased and their husbands arrived in Tonga from Canada and attended the services, Vava’u Police Superintendent Netane Falakiseni said.

The deceased’s husband from Florida, United States has been charged with the manslaughter of his wife and remains in Police custody.



Fiji Airways new flight to Vavaʻu lands at Lupepauʻu International Airport

But according to Kaniva News, the airline made a change after it considered the low record of passengers coming to Vava’u at this time of the year so it included Nukuʻalofa in its Vava’u’s flightpath.

Hundreds turned up to the Lupepau’u Airport to welcome the arrival of the aircraft yesterday.

NZ Tongan community rallies relief for cyclone-hit Vava'u

The Pacific Leadership Forum met with members of the Fijian and Tongan community on Sunday night to determine what assistance is needed to help those affected by tropical cyclone Winston.

Tongan community leader Letele Tui Afitu-Tiseli, says while Fiji is the priority, people in Vava'u also need help.

She says about 200 families were badly hit by the cyclone, and the main priority is providing them with water and food.

Vava'u residents in Tonga grateful Winston veered away

The storm came close to Vava'u twice last week before increasing in intensity and hitting Fiji.

Masina Talakai said teams were out compiling a full report on the damage to homes and crops.

Earlier assessments said 10 houses had been destroyed with 200 more left damaged.