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Japan Royals attend King Tupou VI coronation

Japan Royals attend King Tupou VI coronation

Princess Masako of Japan and his husband Crown Prince Naruhito will attend the coronation of King Tupou VI on July 4. While Princess Masako has health condition with adjustment disorder for 11 years, her trip was uncertain to proceed. However, some decisions were made and she was given permission from her doctor to travel. The […]

New Constructed Solar facility for Tongatapu

New Constructed Solar facility for Tongatapu

A new one megawatt solar facility commissioned by His Majesty King Tupou VI this week was aimed at providing cheaper electricity in the main island of Tongatapu. His Majesty King Tupou VI named the USD$15 million (TOP$26.9 million) project funded by the Government of Japan as Mata-‘O e-Laʻā or Face of the Sun. Tonga Power Ltd  contributed $1 […]

Fu'amotu village has new water supply

Fu'amotu village has new water supply

The Japanese new funded water supply system for the Fuaʻamotu community was launched on June 3. The TP$206,958 new water system replaced the village’s old water supply which regularly failed to consistently provide water for the villagers. Japanese Ambassador, HE Mr Yukio Numata said Japan understands the problem human faced with water supply and wanted to […]

'Ovava tree where captain cook rested in 1777 replaced to mark world environment week

'Ovava tree where captain cook rested in 1777 replaced to mark world environment week

A National Tree Planting Program launched in Nuku’alofa yesterday to mark the World Environment Awareness Week involved replacing the ‘Ovava tree in a place at ‘Alaki where Captain Cook rested in 1777. The original ‘ovava (Banyan tree) was no longer existed and it was regularly replaced by new ‘ovava trees. The CEO of the Disaster Management, Environment, […]

Tonga receives TP$3.6 million equipment from Japan

Tonga receives TP$3.6 million equipment from Japan

Japan’s Ambassador, HE Mr Yukio Numata officially handed over equipment worth of 3.6 million pa’anga to assist Tonga’s development efforts and improve disaster awareness. The equipment was presented to Acting Prime Minister, Hon Siaosi Sovaleni at the National Emergency Management Office (NEMO) warehouse. Mr Yukio Numata hoped that this arrangement would assist Tonga’s economic and […]

Tonga's Tourism GM resigns

Tonga's Tourism GM resigns

Tongan General Manager of Tourism, Stuart Perry has resigned from his job as head of Tonga’s Ministry of Tourism. Matangi Tonga news website has reported that Mr perry will take up a new employment in a Tourism Organisation in New Zealand. Mr Perry was the first General Manager of the Tongan Tourism Organisation which started […]

Prime Minister’s injuries caused by accident, not an attack, Pohiva’s office says  

Prime Minister’s injuries caused by accident,  not an attack, Pohiva’s office says   

PHOTO: Elder O. Vincent Haleck of the Pacific Area Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (right)  presented Prime Minister Pohiva with a letter from the Church’s First Presidency congratulating him on his election on 29 December. Photo/Sione Langi Folau and Siniva Fotu Tongan Prime Minister ‘Akilisi Pohiva has not been attacked, his […]

Tongan government will ban sea cucumber harvesting amid claims expert advice ignored

Tongan government will ban sea cucumber harvesting amid claims expert advice ignored

The Tongan government will ban harvesting and processing sea cucumbers for three to five years. Tonga’s Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Hon. Semisi Fakahau, has  told Parliament a bill will be submitted to the House soon to alter the current law governing the harvesting of sea cucumbers. Hon. Fakahau’s comments come after the previous […]

Bloomfield new ceo ministry of revenue and customs

Bloomfield new ceo ministry of revenue and customs

Tonga’s Ministry of Revenue and Cutoms has appointed Mr. Kulufeinga ‘Anisi Bloomfield of Neiafu, as its new Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Statement from Prime Minister’s office said “Mr. Bloomfield shall be employed by the Government for a period of three (3) years with effect from 30 March, 2015. “Mr. Bloomfield holds a Post Graduate Diploma […]

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