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.

Drought conditions in Tonga islands

The island did not receive the expected rain during the wet season and Tonga Met Services has issued a drought warning.

Rainfall in Niuafo’ou in the past six months have been below average.

According to Tonga Met Services, these conditions are expected to continue until at least July.

A drought alert has been issued for Niautoputapu, Vava’u and Ha’apai.

The Tonga Met Services said rainfall has been somewhat chaotic fluctuating between below average and above average in the past three months.

Authorities in Tonga’s Vava’u seize and destroy expired frozen meat products

Neiafu Town Officer Vāvā Lapota claimed some cartons of meat arrived in Vava’u in what he described as “repacked” boxes.

He also claimed some of these frozen meat were expired according to their expiry dates recorded on the boxes but the business owners who purchased the meat insisted the dates showed the meat were still in good condition for consumption.

5 Vava’u projects receive climate change funds

Four of the projects are water tanks for Vava’u High School and Feletoa, Tefisi and Pagaimotu villages.

The other project involves renovation of an evacuation centre at Holeva.

Fifteen water tanks will be presented to each of the village.

Members of the villages committees received training about the processes and procedures in regards to the fund and the maintaining and monitoring of the project.

Vava’u fans breach airport regulations during rugby league stars visit

They ignored warnings from Police who were there to make sure everyone was safe.

Police appeared happy before moving aside to watch.

Some Mate Ma’a Tonga players including Konrad Hurrell and Peni Terepo flew from Tongatapu to Vava’u after they were welcomed to the kingdom on Tuesday with a national celebration which featured public floats, royal ceremony and a block party.

Women in Vava’u surrounded the aircraft’s stairway and carried the MMT stars.

Terepo and Hurrell appeared elated while they were carried by the fans.

Rooftop solar panels to help save on power bills

The completion of the project was officially inaugurated on July 3rd in Vava’u by the Crown Prince, Tupouto’a ‘Ulukalala.

The project was funded by the Federal Republic of Germany through a grant of 100,000 EURO which is approximately T$250,000 pa’anga.

The solar panel is expected to reduce the hospital’s electricity consumption which in return will increase savings that can be allocated to benefit the hospital.