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For more information, contact Digicel Customer Care on 123 or visit the Digicel Tonga Facebook page.Super Rugby Australia kicks-off with a blockbuster double-header on Friday, 19 February with 2020 Australia Super Rugby Player of the Year, Taniela Tupou and his Reds taking on the Waratahs at 9.45pm and the Force are at home in Perth against the Brumbies at 11.55pm.

Super Rugby AU will run for 10 rounds plus semi-finals and final. Super Rugby Aotearoa 2021 starts a week after and has one major change from last year's successful tournament - a final.

New classrooms for GPS Holonga in Tongatapu

The new school building was opened by Australian High Commissioner to Tonga, Adrian Morrison this week.

Two classrooms are partitioned with a wondoor, which can be drawn to form one big room.

The value of the construction was TOP$434,945.00.

This construction is under the Pacific Resilience Program (PREP) project led by the Ministry of Meteorology, Energy, Information, Disaster Management, Environment Climate Change and Communications (MEIDECC) and co-funded by the World Bank and the Australian Government.

Tonga and Australia Police sign MOU

The new bilateral agreement replaces the tripartite agreement between Tonga, Australia and New Zealand that was known as the Tonga Police Development Programme (TPDP) that commenced in 2008 and ended in June 2020.

At the signing ceremony yesterday (Thursday) Minister of Police, Lord Nuku said he was very grateful for the support given by the Australian Government through the Australia Federal Police and was thankful for Australia’s future commitment working together with Tonga Police.

 

 

Tonga education project launched

In December 2019, a Statement of Partnership was signed by both countries, which laid out the principles and priorities under which they will work together.

A key priority was Tonga's education policy framework.

It aims to find what areas and issues should be targeted in the education sector, better use of resources and an education sector that has greater impact.

It also wants more cohesion across the sector and enabling Tonga to be in a better position to attract development partner investment and support.

Tonga’s Nuku’alofa Government Primary School opens new classroom buildings

The classrooms were funded by the Pacific Resilience Programme, a project managed under MEIDECC.

There are 12 classrooms which will provide over 350 students with a more comfortable learning environment.

The total cost of the construction was TOP 1, 275, 380.00.

Ministry of Education and Training CEO, Dr Tangikina Moimoi Steen expressed her sincere gratitude to all working partners in ensuring the successful completion of the renovation.

Tonga repatriation flight today

Other flights scheduled for 25 February have been postponed to arrive in Tonga on 3 March from Fiji, New Zealand and Australia.

MEIDECC CEO, Paula Ma’u said the reason was due to passengers now staying in quarantine for three weeks [with no home quarantine]. “We must give workers one week to rest and to have quarantine facilities cleaned before the arrival of the next repatriation flights.”

Currently, the 114 passengers who arrived on 04 February remain in quarantine at the Tanoa Hotel in Nuku'alofa.

Tonga hopes to receive Covid-19 vaccines

However the acting Chief Executive Officer Dr Reynold 'Ofanoa told local media that there has been no set date confirmed on the arrival of vaccines to Tonga.

Last week, the global COVAX facility announced that it's expected to release the first doses of Pfizer/BioNtec vaccine and the AstraZeneca/Oxford vaccine during the first half of 2021.

Tonga has been listed to receive 43,200 indicative doses of the Astra Zeneca vaccine from a manufacturing source known as AZ/SKBio

The number of doses is a guide only for the country to prepare for vaccine rollout.

Tropical Cyclone 09f slowly exits Tonga waters

The system is moving South Southwest at a speed of 36km per hour.

The maximum winds near its center is about 70-80km per hour, with momentary gusts up to 100km per hour.

Tropical Cyclone 09F is expected to lie at about 655km South Southwest of Nuku’alofa at 6pn this evening.

Associated strong to damaging gale force winds, cloudy conditions and periods of heavy rain will continue to affect the group today.

     

Tonga’s MTED to host Trade Week

The purpose of the event is to increase awareness of the ministry’s services and provide an accessible platform for the public and private sector.

MTED also launched a video, poem and song competition where interested applicants can win huge cash prizes.

The first prize in the Video Advertisement competition, is $1,500. Second prize is $1,200 and third prize is $1,000.

For the Poem competition, the first prize is $500 and second prize is $300, while third prize is $200.

Severe weather associated with tropical depression near Tonga

TD09F is moving at a speed of 15knots (30km/hr) and is expected to lie at about 380km West Northwest of Nuku'alofa at 4pm today.

According to Tonga Met, associated strong to gale force winds, cloudy conditions and periods of heavy rain and thunderstorms will continue to affect the group by today and tomorrow.

Heavy rain could cause flooding in low lying areas.  

Residents in coastal areas can expect very rough seas and damaging swells up to five metres.

 

Photo source Tonga Met Services