Tonga

Tana Umaga names experienced Moana Pasifika squad

The Fiji, Samoa and Tonga combined team will play the Māori All Blacks in Hamilton next month.

Moana Pasifika is one of the preferred partners to join Super Rugby in 2022.

The inaugural squad includes nine players with Test experience and another three who have played international sevens.

One-test All Black Josh Ioane will lead the backline that also includes Super Rugby players Leicester Fainga'anuku from Tasman and the Hurricanes winger Salesi Rayasi, who has been one oif the star players for Auckland this season.

Tonga on track to submit its second Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) by 2020

The workshop brings Tonga’s NDC one step closer to submission to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), meeting Tonga’s obligation as a Party to the Paris Agreement, to submit a new and enhanced or more ambitious NDC by 2020.

Tonga Police arrest 10 people for possession of illicit drugs

The arrests took place between the 25 October and 13 November 2020 in five different locations in Tongatapu as part of an ongoing operation targeting drug dealers and suppliers.

Police also seized 5.86 grams of methamphetamine, 2.92 grams of cannabis, 3 $50 pa’anga counterfeit money, over $1,900 in cash and drug utensils.

The ten accused, nine men and one woman between the ages of 23 and 52 will appear at the Magistrate Court later this week.

Man dies in loader accident in Tonga

The deceased was reportedly driving the loader on a steep road between Taoa and Vaipua when the  incident occurred.

It was unclear whether the loader was doing roadworks in the area or not before the incident happened.

The deceased has been named as Kalei Fonua of Leimatu’a, Vava’u, according to reports by relatives and family members on Facebook.

Neiafu Town Officer Vāvā Lapota has confirmed the incident to Kaniva News.

Reports on social media said the deceased was working for the Veisiale Construction.

Former Tonga PM acquitted of passport-related charges

The conviction was quashed by the court but Matangi Tonga reported the former prime minister's appeal against conviction on one count of possessing gun ammunition, without a licence, failed.

In July 2015, the then prime minister had written a letter of support for two Chinese people trying to obtain passports.

But the Appeal Court found there was no evidence that Tu'ivakano intended to deceive.

Tu'ivakano had been found guilty on 9 March at the Nuku'alofa Supreme Court and given a suspended two-year sentence.

Tonga prepares for repatriation flights from New Zealand and Australia

The flight from New Zealand is scheduled for 19 November and the one from Australia is due to arrive on 24 November.

According to a travel advisory only Tongan citizens and permanent residents can enter Tonga at this time.

Most international flights have been cancelled, and options to leave are extremely limited.

A state of emergency is in force and activities are restricted to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

Meanwhile 251 repatriated passengers that arrived from Australia and New Zealand last week have tested negative for Covid-19.

Eastern district win Tonga’s National Soroban competition

Central district’s Vahe Kolo came in second and third place was awarded to the Soroban team from Vava’u.

The competition held last week was in written, oral and flash categories at the class 3, 4 and 5 levels.

Around 125 students competed from throughout Tonga, including the outer islands of Ha'apai, Vava'u and 'Eua.

     

Tongans get access to new financial lifeline with launch of remittances service

Developed by IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, and the Tonga Development Bank with support from the governments of Australia and New Zealand, ‘Ave Pa’anga Pau enables Tongans to send money home in a quick and secure way, and at a significantly lower cost than other services.

The launch of ‘Ave Pa’anga Pau comes at a crucial time with remittances a key source of income for Tongan families, and now even more vital amid the devastating economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Tonga too strong for Niue in women's league test

It only took four minutes for the kingdom to show they meant business, making the most of their powerful forward pack, with Alice Vailea diving over for the opening try of the match.

Shortly afterwards they scored again, with centre Mele Hufunga proving hard to contain, no matter how many defenders were attempting to grab her.

She converted her own try for an early 10-0 lead.

Confidence started to rise, with another two quick tries on the left edge.

Tonga proceeds with national infrastructure investment plan

The new Plan will not only establish a priority infrastructure project pipeline but will also help improve government infrastructure planning procedures and integration into budget and aid management systems.