Tonga’s new bill countering internet abuse becomes law

King Tupou VI assented to the bill known as the Electronic Communication Abuse Offences Act on 25 February.

In December, the Attorney General, Linda Folaumoetu'i, went on radio and TV at that time to explain that the law aims to address the use of any communication platform to abuse, harass or otherwise harm another.

In the Act the abuse can be by the person who creates, makes or originates an electronic communication as well as anyone who shares, reposts or distributes the material so that it can be seen or heard by the public in Tonga.    

Tonga schedules more repatriation flights

Authorities expect 255 passengers to arrive from Auckland and Brisbane.

The Latter Day Saints Church has chartered a Lulutai Airlines flight to Fiji on 1 April to bring church members and some of the Tongans stranded there.

MEIDECC CEO Paula Mau said 102 passengers will come on the flight from NZ.

Ninety of those passengers were supposed to have returned on an earlier flight on 3 March but did not due to the recent lockdown in NZ.

Twenty-five passengers will arrive from Fiji and 128 from Australia.

Tonga’s Nishi Trading facilitates soil and leaf analysis

Managing Director, Minoru Nishi Jnr said soil samples were collected from farmers for testing and where a recommendations report was also made available to each farmer on nutrient requirements for each of their crop types.

“Follow up leaf tests was also carried out to determine any further nutrient deficiencies with immediate corrective actions.”

Minoru Nishi Jnr said 27 leaf tests were conducted for Nishi Trading’s registered growers. He said growers are now familiar with the process of collecting samples for testing and can now provide samples directly to Nishi Trading.

ANZ extends fee waiver for money transfers to Pacific

Latest figures show the value and volume of transfers made by ANZ customers to the Pacific has increased substantially on the same period last year.

In February 2021 ANZ Australia and New Zealand customers sent a combined volume of 8,761 International Money Transfers worth AUD$12m (US$9.2 million) – a 95 percent increase in volume and 33 percent increase in value compared with the same period last year.

Money sent back to the Pacific from overseas, known as remittances, can make up a large part of a Pacific household's disposable income - up to 25 percent.

Tonga’s Communication Department completes Radio Operator training

Chief Executive Officer, Paula Ma’u opened the training that was attended by participants from government Ministries, Public Enterprises, Community and Tour Operators.

Ma’u reminded the participants of the importance of being certified as an Operator to operate VHF and HF Radio communication equipment.

King Tupou VI opens Emergency Coordination Centre in Vava’u

The centre at Neiafu was opened by King Tupou VI.

Prime Minister Pohiva Tuíónetoa said Vava’u, like the rest of Tonga, is vulnerable to hazards that have caused serious destruction such as tropical cyclones, earthquakes and tsunamis.

He said they can cause damage to people, their livelihoods, environment and the development of Vava’u.

New centre in Vava'u hopes to improve Tongan disaster response

King Tupou VI and Queen Nanasipau'u opened the over 800-thousand dollar facility on Wednesday.

Matangi Tonga reported the centre aimed to strengthen resilience to disasters and climate change, by improving forecasting and response capacity.

Prime Minister Pohiva Tu'i'onetoa said as the country was highly vulnerable to natural disasters it was important to be prepared.

The two-storey centre was also equipped with four 25,000-litre water tanks and a generator for use during such events.


Tonga Competent Authority increases petrol, kerosene and LPG prices

The new wholesale price for petrol will increase by 14.17 seniti per litre.

Kerosene will cost 12.96 seniti per litre and the price of diesel will increase by 14.42 seniti per litre.

The new retail prices for petrol, kerosene, and diesel on Tongatapu will be 279.52, 178.27, and 277.29 seniti/litre respectively.

The new prices were authorized by Tonga Competent Authority.

Man arrested over attack on King’s noble Lord Dalgety

The accused has been charged with attempted robbery and bodily harm.

He has been remanded in police custody to appear at the Magistrate Court later this week.

Lord Dalgety was reportedly injured during a home invasion at his residence at Haáteiho on 8 February.


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Tonga extends Covid-19 State of Emergency to 12 April

Prime Minister Dr Pohiva Tu’i’onetoa signed the renewal of the declaration commencing 8pm, 15 March until 8pm, 12 April 2021.

The declaration states that Covid-19 remains a continuous public health emergency in Tonga.

Tonga is one of few remaining countries yet to report a Covid-19 case since the World Health Organisation announced the global pandemic in March last year.


Photo file RNZ Pacific Caption:  Prime Minister Dr Pohiva Tu’i’onetoa