Upgraded slipway to reopen at Tonga’s Queen Salote Wharf

Ports Authority Tonga, Acting CEO, ‘Alo Maileseni said, “It has been over a year since the last vessel was slipped on the slipway. A significant investment in upgrading the slipway was made in order to meet the Authority’s objective to facilitate key infrastructure for servicing fishing boats, yachts and the interisland domestic vessels”. 

Mr Maileseni said, “This is part of the Authority’s effort to address growth, improve customer services and enhance operational efficiency and compliance”. 

Samoa and Tonga set to play Women's RWC playoff in NZ

Tonga defeated Papua New Guinea in March to set up a showdown against the Manusina for a berth in the final World Cup repechage tournament.

The match was meant to take place in Apia in April but was postponed indefinitely because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

With global borders still shut, the teams were discussing the prospect of playing the game in Auckland in November, with both squads to be selected from players already based in New Zealand.

Samoa assistant coach, Cynthia Ta'ala-Timaloa, said it was probably their best option.

Canterbury students tackle Tongan water challenges

That’s the real-life challenge facing a group of University of Canterbury (UC) final-year Chemical and Process Engineering (CAPE) students for their team design project.

The team of four needs to create an economically viable plan for a small-scale plant to desalinate and sterilise drinking water. It should be powered by renewable resources since the village – a real place called Felemea – only has electricity for two hours each day and diesel is expensive.

Noble MP regains seat in Tonga

Lord Fusitu'a was re-elected as the Niuas' Noble Representative this week.

Last month the noble's seat for the Niuas was declared vacant because of the extended absence of Fusitu'a due to ill-health.

The seat is one of nine set aside and voted for by 33 hereditary nobles.

However as nobles could only vote in constituencies where their estates are attached there were usually a maximum of four votes cast by local nobility in the Niuas.

Tonga’s Vava’u Blue Water School receives fleet of sailboats from NZ

The Vava’u community is now fundraising to ship the boats from New Zealand for their youth to learn how to sail.

The boats were originally gifted to OBA from the Kerikeri Cruising Club after upgrading their 'learn to sail' boats. 

The container that will bring in the sailboats was purchased by fundraising activities at the annual Blue Water Festival in Vava’u.

More fundraising events are expected to be held to help pay for the container.

New Zealander expat, Greg Just runs the Blue Water School and teaches water safety and skills at no cost. 


Solomon Airlines plans repatriation charter flights to Vanuatu, Tonga and Australia

A statement said the airline has sought the approval of the Solomon Islands Government and the relevant foreign governments.

The airline’s Airbus A320 aircraft, currently based in Brisbane, will first operate Flight IE614 from Honiara to Port Vila and Tongatapu departing at 8.00am from Henderson International Airport and arriving in Port Vila at 10.00am local time. Flight IE614 will then re-depart at 11.00am landing in Tongatapu at 3.25pm local time.

Tonga extends State of Emergency

The extension by Prime Minister Pohiva Tu'i'onetoa was announced yesterday (Monday) before the declaration was due to expire at 8pm.

According to the declaration, COVID-19 is a continuous public health emergency in Tonga and it is still necessary for emergency powers to be exercised in order to prevent or minimize risk and the loss of human life to COVID-19.

Tonga has remained COVID-19 free since the pandemic was announced in March.


Photo file Caption: Prime Minister Pohiva Tu'i'onetoa


NZ Defence Adviser takes up appointment in Tonga

Defence Minister Ron Mark announced in June this year New Zealand is deepening its defence relationships in the Pacific through establishing a resident Defence Adviser in the Kingdom of Tonga.

“New Zealand has a longstanding defence relationship with Tonga, dating back to World War I, when Tongan citizens served in the Māori and Regular Battalions in the New Zealand Army,” said Minister Mark.

Repatriation flight from Fiji delayed

The notice was issued based on an advice from the Ministry of Health.

The repatriated passengers from Fiji are required to undertake their COVID-19 testing for the results to be received negative.

Experts and consultants to assist the Ministry of Health response team and various projects currently implemented are allowed to return, provided that they meet the requirements.

In the meantime, all repatriated passengers must agree and follow the quarantine terms and conditions upon arrival in Tonga.


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IROEGT empowers technicians to maintain renewable energy resources in Tonga

The trainings were conducted by the Department of Energy under the Ministry of MEIDECC in collaboration with the Government of France as part of the Increase Renewable Energy in Overall Electricity Generation in Tonga (IREOEGT) project.

They were aimed at enhancing participants skills and knowledge on how to provide maintenance for available renewable energy technologies in Vava’u.