Ha’apai

New Project to Rebuild Cyclone-Affected Homes in Ha’apai

New Project to Rebuild Cyclone-Affected Homes in Ha’apai

WASHINGTON D.C., May 29, 2014 –Today the World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors approved US$12 million in grants and low-interest credits from the International Development Association’s (IDA) Crisis Response Window to support the Cyclone Ian Reconstruction and Climate Resilience Project. This project will help rebuild and repair hundreds of homes in Tonga and restore critical […]

Lawyer seeks reprieve for Ha'apai deportees

Lawyer seeks reprieve for Ha'apai deportees

An immigration lawyer believed the New Zealand government should hold deporting Tongan overstayers because of the consequences after cyclone Ian struck the islands in January 11. Almost 100% of houses and buildings in the central Ha'apai Islands group, which is home to about 8000 people and which bore the brunt of Cyclone Ian, were damaged […]

$20m to build new hospital in Ha’apai

$20m to build new hospital in Ha’apai

The Tongan government has revealed an estimate of TP$20 million funded project by the Australian government to build a new hospital in Ha’apai. Health minister Lord Tu’i’afitu told an audience in Nuku'alofa yesterday the cabinet has approved the project and his ministry is working on the conceptual plan. The new hospital is expected to be […]

Ha'apai school fees waived and subsidised

Ha'apai school fees waived and subsidised

The Tonga Government officially approved on Friday, 31st January 2014, to waive the school fees for Haʻapai High School and to subsidise, through NEMO, the school fees for all Non-Government schools for all levels (ECE, primary, and secondary) in 2014. Further, NEMO will undertake, also, a survey to identify all students whose parents or guardians […]

Ha’apai: no need to fear water scarcity

Ha’apai: no need to fear water scarcity

Nuku'alofa, TO – Tonga Water Board said there is no need to concern about water supply in Ha’apai after it installed a water distillation plant in Pangai this week.  This will provide thousands of Ha'apai residents with enough water to survive up to July. It says this was part of the work done by the […]

NZ pledges extra $370,000 for Tonga

NZ pledges extra $370,000 for Tonga

Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully today announced an additional $370,000 for cyclone recovery efforts in Tonga, including the provision of six technicians to help repair the electricity network. New Zealand will provide a frontend loader and tractors to clear debris-covered land on the islands of Ha’apai, hand tools for the less assessable islands, and assist […]

Diarrhea hits Ha'apai but 'under-controlled'

Diarrhea hits Ha'apai but 'under-controlled'

[lastupdated] Health experts are battling to prevent widespread illness after reports this week that diarrhea and skin diseases surfaced in areas of Ha’apai which were hardest hit by the Cyclone Ian. So far hospital record shows 40-50 cases reported and the health officer -in-charge of Ha'apai's Niu'ui Hospital said they need more medical supplies. Ha'apai […]