Tonga’s Tupou College receives visit from Australia’s Newington College

The two institutions have the same founding Headmaster, Dr James Egan Moulton.

The visiting group from the Australian based college consisted of 27 boys and five staff members.

This is the first time Tupou College had received such visits since post Covid-19.

A statement said “The group were introduced to the Tongan culture, toured the school, helped the students in the class and farm work.”

“Newington College has a long-standing partnership with Tupou College with the late Dr James Egan Moulton starting Newington College in 1863 and Tupou College in 1866.”

Tonga under El Nino alert

The Pacific region is forecast to experience an El Niño event, while some scientists have already said it has started.

Tonga's meteorology service said the likely El Nino impacts for Tonga include cooler temperatures at night, less rainfall over the next six to 12 months, and more tropical cyclones next season.

The next tropical cyclone season runs from November this year to April 2024.

The meteorology service has made recommendations for the next several months, including using rainwater wisely and the agriculture sector preparing for drought.


Tonga’s new Ministry of Health’s CEO appointed

He will serve in the position for four-years, from 6 July when he signed his contract with Government.

Dr ‘Ofanoa now takes over from Dr. Siale 'Akau'ola who completed his employment contract in May this year.

Dr. 'Ofanoa's career in public service began in January 1999 as a Medical Officer with the Ministry of Health. He then took up the position of Acting Chief Medical Officer at Niu'ui Hospital in Ha'apai from June 2001 to July 2002, before being promoted as Medical Officer Special Grade of the Public Health Division in 2004.

Three yachties en route to Tonga rescued off Poor Knights Islands

The drama unfolded northeast of the Poor Knights Islands on Sunday morning. A beacon was activated at 6.27am and the Rescue Co-ordination Centre in Wellington alerted the Northland Rescue Helicopter and the Westpac Rescue Helicopter in Auckland.

A centre spokesperson said the initial alert was received by maritime and Coastguard radios. The yachties did not respond to broadcasts and subsequently activated their Emergency Position-Indicating Radio Beacon (Epirb).

Australia A named for Tonga clash

Foley was a surprise omission from the Rugby Championship squad, having returned from Japan to join the group in Sydney.

The Japan Rugby League One’s leading scorer will potentially reunite with former Waratahs teammate Jake Gordon in the halves.

They are two of 13 with Wallaby experience in the squad as players look to press their case for September’s World Cup.

This is especially evident in the forward pack, which includes the likes of Brumbies lock Cadeyrn Neville, returning Rebel Lukhan Salakaia-Loto and Reds number eight Harry Wilson.

No tsunami alert issued for Tonga

The US Geological Survey recorded the quake was a magnitude 6.9, just before 11:30pm Tongan time, 134km north-west of Neiafu.     

Tonga bows out of the OFC Under-19 Women’s Championship 2023

This is after they were defeated by New Caledonia 5-0 in their final Group A match in Lautoka.

Defeat for Tonga means that their journey comes to an end, despite another spirited display and some more great saves from goalkeeper Madison Tenifa.

Just 6 minutes were on the clock when New Caledonia took the lead when Alofa Hmaen was played through on the right-hand side of the box via an excellent pass from Maria Binet, drawing goalkeeper Madison Tenifa before calmly rolling the ball into the far corner.

Mahoni and Lotu Sika are the youngest contestants at the Miss Heilala Pageant 2023

They are both 19-years-old.

Mahoni is competing as Miss Malo E Lelei Travel while Lotu Sika is Miss Ha’apai Masani at the biggest pageant in Tonga.

A total of 12 contestants will be vying for this year’s crown.

The contestants will be taking part in an orientation and photo-shoot that will be held tomorrow morning at the Tanoa International Hotel.

 The first judging event will be a pre-pageant interview on Monday 3 July, at the Fa’onelua Convention Center.


Tonga’s Miss Heilala Pageant 2023 opens today

This year’s theme will be “Tonga my Kingdom”.

Contestants will take part in an Orientation and photoshoot to be held on Wednesday morning 28 June, at the Tanoa International Hotel.

The first judging event will be a pre-pageant interview on Monday 3 July, at Fa’onelua Convention Center.

Followed by the second judging event: Kiekie Creation; and the third judging event: Sarong Wear, at the Heilala Village.

The fourth judging event will be a Talent competition on Tuesday 4 July, at Heilala Village.

Tonga PM pleased with University of the South Pacific’s progress

PM Sovaleni said ““As future leaders of our Blue Pacific, it is very important that you stay united and work together to build mutual trust.”

 “USPSA has done a good job in starting the Pacific Youth Movement on Good Governance in the Pacific since 2021.”

He made the following remarks when he officially opened the 26th USP student council meeting at the Tonga campus.