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News | Brother’s do a powerful job, to Tonga’s delight


Long-standing power problems in Tonga have been eased in part thanks to the work of Bacchus Marsh-raised Nicholas Guys and his older brother, Shane Kennedy.

The brothers, who live and work in Brisbane, recently completed a seven-month contract to build a 500-kilowatt hybrid solar farm on the island of Vava’u.

via News | Brother’s do a powerful job, to Tonga’s delight.

Bus strike in Tonga impacting on many | Radio New Zealand News


James Manu says he has not been able to go to work because he did not have a ride from his home in Veitongo to his work place in town.

The journey is normally a thirty minute bus ride.

via Bus strike in Tonga impacting on many | Radio New Zealand News.

Tongatapu bus drivers go on strike – New Zealand Kaniva Pacific | New Zealand Kaniva Pacific


Thousands of Tongatapu bus users could still be disrupted by strike action if the government of Lord Tu’ivakano would not make a positive response to a formal request launched in February 2014 by the ‘Otu Motu Anga’ofa Bus Association asking to remove taxes charged on diesel and spare parts.

via Tongatapu bus drivers go on strike – New Zealand Kaniva Pacific | New Zealand Kaniva Pacific.

King opens new commercial bank


The Pacific International Commercial Bank (PICB), Tonga’s newest bank, was opened by HM King Tupou VI this afternoon, April 7, at Loumaile Lodge, Nuku’alofa.

The Chinese-Tongan bank venture is a partnership between a Chinese businessman and majority shareholder Mr Jianhua Hu who was present at the event with Princess Pilolevu Tuita. The other shareholder is Mr Zhang Xueyan.

via King opens new commercial bank | Matangi Tonga.

Tongasat: Court of Appeal agrees to hear ‘Akilisi’s appeal


An appeal over a magistrate ruling that handed down in favour of Princess Pilolevu and her co-accused at a magistrate court in May will be heard on November 27, at the Supreme Court in Nuku’alofa.

via Tongasat: Court of Appeal agrees to hear ‘Akilisi’s appeal – New Zealand Kaniva Pacific | New Zealand Kaniva Pacific.

IFC ranks Tonga highly for ease of doing business


Tonga has been ranked among the Pacific region’s top performers for implementing business reforms over the last year, according to a World Bank Group annual report, however, the reason for the ranking is being questioned by those who look at business performance in Tonga.

Tonga along with Palau and Vanuatu had improved borrower’s access to finance, according to a report that measures the ease of doing business in 189 economies worldwide.

via IFC ranks Tonga highly for ease of doing business | Matangi Tonga.

Palau, Tonga, and Vanuatu Lead Business Performs in the Pacific in 2012/2013


Palau, Tonga, and Vanuatu are among the Pacific region’s top performers when it comes to implementing business reforms over the last year, according to the World Bank Group’s annual report measuring the ease of doing business in 189 economies across the globe.

via Palau, Tonga, and Vanuatu Lead Business Performs in the Pacific in 2012/2013 – Australia – News – Islands Business magazine.

WISE market night showcases women’s enterprises


Women’s businesses were showcased tonight at the annual pre-Christmas Market Night, held by WISE Tonga Inc. in central Nuku’alofa. Stall-holders attracted a crowd who were entertained by local musicians as they browsed the food, handicrafts, jewellery and other products with many locally-made products on display and for sale.

via WISE market night showcases women’s enterprises | Matangi Tonga.

Tonga prepares for more cruise liners


Tonga’s tourism and transport industry not only got its first taste of what a cruise luxury liner can bring to its shores but more importantly how to reap the benefits from the thousands of tourists disembarking on the kingdom.

When cruise boat Sea Princess, bringing with it 1950 passengers from Australia, berthed at the newly upgraded Vuna Wharf in Tonga’s capital Nuku’alofa last month, the industry was focused on ensuring the visit was memorable for the visitors and worthwhile for the hosts.

via Tonga prepares for more cruise liners – Business Intelligence – October 2013 – Islands Business magazine.

Tonga’s new call centre industry takes on the world


Tonga’s fledgling information and communications technology industry has taken another step forward with the country’s first call centre launching itself on the international stage.

via Tonga’s new call centre industry takes on the world | Pacific Beat | ABC Radio Australia.