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Handover of Three Buses to Tonga’s Ministry of Internal Affairs through Japan’s Non-Project Grant Aid


The Government of Japan through the Non-Project Grant Aid, NPGA, handed over three new buses to the Tonga’s Ministry of Internal Affairs on Thursday, 30 August 2018. Hon. ‘Akilisi Pohiva Prime Minister of Tonga was present at the handover ceremony along with His Excellency Mr. Tetsuya Ishii, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to Tonga. HE Mr. Andrew Ford, Australian High Commissioner to Tonga was also present at the event, with Hon. Losaline Ma’asi and Presidents and Representatives from Sports Federations in Tonga.

Source: Handover of Three Buses to Tonga’s Ministry of Internal Affairs through Japan’s Non-Project Grant Aid

Temalisi Fakahokotau wins player of the year award


Christchurch, New Zealand: ANZ Premiership netballer Temalisi Fakahokotau (23), was awarded team player of the year by her Christchurch based club, the Mainland Tactix.

Source: Temalisi Fakahokotau wins player of the year award

Termination reveals alleged misconduct, strife, following League World Cup | Kaniva Tonga | Largest New Zealand-based Tongan news service


The termination of CEO ‘Emeline Tuita’s contract has revealed allegations of misconduct, abuse of power and disobedience in the Ministry of Tourism.

Source: Termination reveals alleged misconduct, strife, following League World Cup | Kaniva Tonga | Largest New Zealand-based Tongan news service

Squash plantations are badly affected by the dry season – TBC


Squash plantations in Tongatapu are badly affected by the dry season and the amount to be exported this year is going to be small compared to the past years.

Source: Squash plantations are badly affected by the dry season – TBC

Japan donates new buses for sports


Nuku’alofa, Tonga: Three new buses were donated by the Government of Japan to the Ministry of Internal Affairs to promote sports and transport athletes to sports competitions and events. Present at the handover today was the Prime Minister Hon. ‘Akilisi Pohiva, sporting a big lump on his forehead, after he was injured in a fall at the weekend.

Source: Japan donates new buses for sports

Missing girl’s family “happy and relieved” | Kaniva Tonga | Largest New Zealand-based Tongan news service


Meliame Nai’s family are “very happy and relieved” their 16-year-old daughter has been found safe and well but they will not be reunited until today, at the earliest.

Source: Missing girl’s family “happy and relieved” | Kaniva Tonga | Largest New Zealand-based Tongan news service

Media Awareness on Tonga’s Obligations under the Kigali Amendment for Ozone Depleted Substance (ODS) – Gas


A half-day media awareness on Tonga’s Obligations under the Kigali Amendment was opened this morning by the Chief Executive Officer for MEIDECC, Mr. Paula Pouvalu Ma’u at Climate Change Conference Room.

Source: Media Awareness on Tonga’s Obligations under the Kigali Amendment for Ozone Depleted Substance (ODS) – Gas

Decision needed soon on Tonga-Australia match to keep clash viable says coach | Kaniva Tonga | Largest New Zealand-based Tongan news service


With the second half of the year well under way, a decision on whether Tonga will play Australia needs to be made sooner rather than later, according to Mate Ma’a coach Kristian Woolf.

Source: Decision needed soon on Tonga-Australia match to keep clash viable says coach | Kaniva Tonga | Largest New Zealand-based Tongan news service

Police Officer injured while responding to a call for assistance


A 36-year-old Senior Police Constable was rushed to Vaiola Hospital with a head injury sustained while responding to a call for assistance to remove a man who was trying to gain access to a house in Hofoa.

Source: Police Officer injured while responding to a call for assistance

Tonga PM calls on China to write-off Pacific debt


Tonga Prime Minister Akalisi Pohiva has called for China to write-off debts owed by Pacific island countries, warning that repayments impose a huge burden on the impoverished nations. Chinese aid in the Pacific has ballooned in recent years with much of the funds coming in the form of loans from Beijing

Source: Tonga PM calls on China to write-off Pacific debt