Tongan News

Rotary Club donates Emergency Response Kits to Tonga

Rotary Club donates Emergency Response Kits to Tonga

Rotary Club Nuku’alofa has placed a container with 298 Emergency Response Kits at the Scenic Hotel. The kits, valued at total of NZ$178,000, were obtained through the Emergency Response Kit initiative and supported by Rotary Clubs New Zealand. Two containers are currently under the management of Tonga’s National Emergency Management Office (NEMO) where they will […]

Fire engulf vacant house in Kolofoʻou

Fire engulf vacant house in Kolofoʻou

Tonga fire crews responded to a vacant house fire in Kolofoʻou this morning at around 11am. Tonga Fire Commander said the building was fully engulfed in flames and eventually collapsed in upon itself. The blaze was also reported on social media with many saying “it was an old house”.

Large fire burning on Tapuhia landfill in Hahake contained

Large fire burning on Tapuhia landfill in Hahake contained

The fire on Tapuhia landfill in Hahake has been “significantly contained”, but firefighters are continuing to fight the blaze. Kalisitiane Tukuafu from from Waste Authority Ltd said “they will continue to monitor the situation to ensure that such incident will not re-occur”. “The likely impact to the environment and human health through the emission of […]

Heartbreaking images of drowned Tongan boy emerge online

Heartbreaking images of drowned Tongan boy emerge online

WARNING: This article contains a graphic image. You have been warned. Heartbreaking images of a young boy’s lifeless body on a Tongan beach have been widely shared online this morning. Apparently, the boy died yesterday Wednesday 14 according to reports on social media. Tongan Police told Kaniva News they will be releasing a statement on […]

Quake 5.2 felt in Tonga, no tsunami threat

Quake 5.2 felt in Tonga, no tsunami threat

An earthquake with preliminary  magnitude of 5.2 was felt in ‘Eua and Tongatapu in Tonga on Tuesday, but no tsunami warning was issued and there were no immediate reports of damage. The quake occurred on Wednesday, 74 kilometers (46 miles) from `Ohonua, east of Tongatapu, the mainland of Tonga. A tsunami warning has not been […]

NZ aircraft joins search for ʻEua fishermen

NZ aircraft joins search for ʻEua fishermen

The New Zealand Defence Force is helping search for two fishermen who have been missing at sea off the island of Faiʻana in Eua islands on Saturday. Tonga’s Police Commissioner Steve Caldwell said this afternoon he has requested assistance from the RCCNZ (Rescue Co-Ordination Centre New Zealand) for consideration of an RNZAF (Royal New Zealand […]

Father and son missing off ʻEua since Saturday

Father and son missing off ʻEua since Saturday

Two men who were aboard a fishing boat which went missing in ʻEua islands have been identified as a local 40-year-old father and his 14-year-old son. It was believed the duo were heading towards Faiʻana island near ʻOhonua when their boat suffered a mechanical failure on Saturday, December 10. Police said the father contacted his […]

5 days of searching, no sign of boy lost at sea in Ha’afeva

5 days of searching, no sign of boy lost at sea in Ha’afeva

A fifth night of searches for the 3-year-old boy missing at sea in Ha’apai has passed with no major break. The Police search and rescue boat Amoula was still scouring waters around Ha’afeva harbour  over the weekend but hadn’t turned up any new clues in the boy’s disappearance. The boy and his 5-year-old sister were […]

Solar-powered, Wi-Fi-ready digital library devices for Tonga

Solar-powered, Wi-Fi-ready digital library devices for Tonga

“It is wonderful to partner with ASU Libraries to help deliver high-quality and specifically curated digital educational resources to teachers and students in areas with severely limited electricity, connectivity and even textbooks,” said Hosman.

McAllister said she is looking forward to engaging with students, educators and librarians in Tonga’s capital city of Nukuʻalofa to help understand their local context and greatest opportunities and challenges.

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