News - Tonga

15

Jun '16

15 Jun 2016

Tonga

Tonga gets 250 more NZ residence visas

Another 250 Tongans are being given the chance to obtain New Zealand residence visas through an annual ballot. The Tongans have had their applications drawn from around 22,000 applications. ...

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14

Jun '16

14 Jun 2016

Tonga

Tonga hit by flooding and power cuts

Storms that battered Australia more than a week ago have brought widespread disruption to the Pacific islands. Tonga is now drying out after several days of torrential rain. In the middle of...

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08

Jun '16

8 Jun 2016

Tonga

Remittance benefits from the weaker Tongan Pa’anga

* TOP $m Mar 16 Feb 16 Jan 16 Dec 15 Remittance Receipts 19.40 18.55 17.30 27.09 Private Transfers 17.78 16.91 ...

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30

May '16

30 May 2016

Tonga

Remittances still vital for Tonga

An economist says remittances continue to form a pillar of the Tongan economy, despite their decline following the global financial crisis. An economist says remittances continue to form a...

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23

May '16

23 May 2016

Tonga

Tonga's foreign exchange tax from next month

Tonga will finally introduce its controversial foreign exchange tax next month in an effort to raise much needed funds to host the 2019 Pacific Games. New legislation means a half a seniti will...

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05

May '16

5 May 2016

Tonga

"Turn your scars into stars," says Talitha project

“Turn your scars into stars,” Vanessa Heleta tells abused women in Tonga. “Orange Day can be a day where we stand up and say enough is enough.” Vanessa's Talitha Project ran a special...

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05

May '16

5 May 2016

Tonga

Tonga sugar shortage goes sour

Sour consumers are complaining that sugar is selling in Tonga for up to $50 per kilo - far exceeding the regulated price of $4 per kilo, during an ongoing sugar shortage that has continued for...

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18

Apr '16

18 Apr 2016

Tonga

5.8-magnitude earthquake hits Tonga in Pacific

A 5.8-magnitude earthquake struck the Polynesiankingdom of Tonga Sunday, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The quake struck in the Pacific around 7:30 p.m. local time (3:30 a.m. EST),...

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02

Mar '16

2 Mar 2016

Tonga

Polynesia Line Goes Direct To Tonga

Polynesia Line has announced the addition of direct calls into Nuku’alofa, Tonga. This route was previously serviced via transhipment but MV Polynesia is going to start with its direct...

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21

Feb '16

21 Feb 2016

Tonga

NZ commits NZD60,000 for immediate Winston help

The New Zealand Government yesterday committed NZD60,000 to Tonga to immediately assist with Cyclone Winston response, NZ High Commissioner in Tonga, Sarah Walsh said today. The money is to pay...

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11

Feb '16

11 Feb 2016

Tonga

NZ considering aid boost to help Tonga contain Zika virus

New Zealand is considering boosting its aid contribution to Tonga, to help the island battle the rapid spread of the Zika virus. Prime Minister John Key confirmed the Ministry of Foreign Affairs...

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09

Feb '16

9 Feb 2016

Tonga

Australia pledges aid to help Tonga with Zika virus

Australia has pledged up to $500,000 in aid to Tonga to help combat the spread of the Zika virus after an outbreak was declared last week raised concerns in the region. Key points: ...

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