Vava’u welcomes futsal for the first time

On Saturday, the first-ever tournament-based futsal festival got underway at Vava’u High School hall with an impressive 32 teams signed up to participate in the eight-week event.

Vava’u Football Association Officer in Charge, Manatu Liava’a said the local community is excited to be learning more about futsal and developing skills in a game which suits the smaller island group communities.

“Introducing futsal in Vava’u is a new era for football here in the island and we are excited and motivated to join in an promote the game,” Liava’a said.

New Zealand High Commission pays courtesy visit to Vava’u tourism Office

The tourism sites are funded by New Zealand.

Muliaga also visited the Tourism Authority building which was funded by the New Zealand Government under the Tonga-NZ Tourism Partnership at Neiafu.

He met with CEO Sione Finau Moala-Mafi, OIC Sandy Tu’ipulotu and staff for an update on the directional signs also funded under the TNZTP programme.

Diplomatic relations between Tonga and New Zealand were formally established 50 years ago.

Japanese Ambassador pays courtesy visit to Vava’u tourism sites

The ambassador who was accompanied by his wife was greeted at the Ministry of Tourism Office at Neiafu, Vava’u by the CEO, Sione Finau Moala-Mafi and Vava’u Office OIC, Sandy Tu’ipulotu.

There was also a visit to Japanese-funded projects, a meeting with Japanese residents and a courtesy call on the Governor of Vava’u, Lord Fakatulolo.

Diplomatic relations between Japan and Tonga were established 50 years ago.

Tonga Met Service conducts community consultations around disaster warning system

Consultations by Tonga Meteorological Service are underway in Vava'u on a policy about early warning and preparedness for natural disasters.

Community input for the Multi-Hazard Early Warning System have already taken place in Tongatapu, 'Eua, Ha'apai, Niuatoputapu and Tafahi.

Director of Meteorology 'Ofa Fa'anunu told local media it's crucial for the policy to capture everyone's view on how to be better prepared for natural disasters.

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.


Santa visits Vava’u before Christmas

The sales team accompanied by Digicel’s very own Santa are in Vava’u till Christmas eve sharing the spirit of Christmas through its special offers and rewards that is affordable and attractive. 

With more than a share of $50,000 pa’anga in prizes this Christmas, the team also visited ‘Eua and Ha’apai and have been out in communities for the past four weeks. 

With the current Covid-19 conditions and border restrictions still in place, Digicel has made available offers and specials that are tailored to keep families and friends connected this Christmas. Better Together.

Tonga hit by Cyclone Zazu as second system strengthens

The category one storm is passing by the islands of Vava'u bringing destructive storm force winds, thunderstorms and high seas.

Cyclone Zazu is moving south-southeast and is expected to lie around 60 kilometres south of Neiafu, Vava'u at 3pm this afternoon

The storm is expected to strengthen into a category two system as it moves away from Tonga.


Photo Tonga Meteorological Services  


Tonga’s Culture and Heritage Division to begin cleanup campaign in Vava’u

This ongoing program is part of the Ministry’s “Beautify Tonga” campaign, which started at ‘Eua then Ha’apai and now Vava’u in lieu of the usual festivities held during the year.

With the borders closed to visitors and tourists, the Honourable Minister, Mrs. ‘Akosita Havili Lavulavu, CEO, Mr. Sione Finau Moala-Mafi and Tourism staff have taken the initiative to organise events and programs to encourage sustainable activities that promote Tourism in Tonga and be reminiscent that Tourism is everybody’s business.

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.

Vava’u residents baffled by accident involving road roller

Kaniva News reported that the road roller overturned and fell into the sea at Vaipua Bridge in Neiafu Wednesday morning.

The driver was unharmed.

Questions have emerged about whether the driver, who was sent from Tongatapu by the Ministry to operate the road roller, was familiar with the area’s steep roads.

Neiafu Town Officer Vāvā Lapota said there were also allegations the roller’s brakes were unsafe.

He said about nine Ministry employees, including the driver, arrived from Tongatapu on Tuesday.