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Tongan fruit pickers awarded NZQA Horticulture Certificate


Twenty-three Tongan graduates, including current fruit pickers under the Recognised Seasonal Employer Scheme to New Zealand, received their National Certificate in Horticulture during an inaugural graduation ceremony held last week, at the Tonga Maritime Polytechnic Institute compound in ‘Anana, Tonga.

via Tongan fruit pickers awarded NZQA Horticulture Certificate | Matangi Tonga.

French navys La Moqueuse calls into Nukualofa


La Moqueuse, a French navy patrol vessel, called into Nukualofa on May 25-28, during a routine maritime surveillance operation of the Pacific Ocean.Tupou Pasikala Fiu, the French Consul in Tonga, said the vessel stopped over in Tonga as part of a Tautahi Operation, which is an International Maritime Surveillance Operation of the Pacific ocean.She said the vessel manned by 30 crew led by Lt Commander Xavier Medec, also conducted a joint military exercise with the Tonga Defence Services.

via French navys La Moqueuse calls into Nukualofa | Matangi Tonga.

Chinese visit prompts Tonga government to review business investment policy


Tonga government officials told a Chinese business delegation that they would review a policy that imposes 15% consumption tax on business investments in Tonga.

They also told the potential investors that tourism is “Tonga’s most vibrant industry” and that Tonga has fish to give for fishing boats and it will speed up its process of issuing licenses to fish in Tonga’s waters.

via Chinese visit prompts Tonga government to review business investment policy | Matangi Tonga.