New Zealand High Commission Nuku'alofa, Tonga


‘Aloma Johansson, the President of the Chamber of Commerce, has returned from a week as New Zealand Prime Minister’s Fellow 2014.  Whilst in Wellington, Ms Johansson met New Zealand’s Prime Minister, John Key, in the Beehive.  They discussed PM Key’s upcoming visit to Tonga, 3 - 5 June.


Anzac Day 2014 will be observed on Friday 25 April to commemorate servicemen and women from Tonga, Australia and New Zealand who fought and died in the interests of world peace.


Prime Minister John Key will lead a delegation to Samoa, Tonga and Niue on Sunday for the 2014 Pacific Mission.

Mr Key will meet with Pacific leaders and visit New Zealand Aid Programme projects during the five day visit.


Chairman of the Pacific Development and Conservation (PADEVCON) Trust Peter Kiely is encouraging groups and individuals with an interest in sustainable development and conservation projects to consider applying for grant funding from the Trust.

PADEVCON distributes about $250,000 each year to communities, organisations and individuals in the South Pacific for a range of development and conservation projects.


On behalf of Dunedin business Leslie Rugby, New Zealand High Commissioner, Mark Talbot, today handed hundreds of rugby balls, more than a thousand pairs of shorts, and other rugby kit to Tongatapu Secondary Schools.  Over a hundred rugby balls are also being given to school children in Ha’apai.


An online toolkit is now available for New Zealand exporters to help tell the New Zealand story overseas.


Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully and Tonga’s Prime Minister Lord Tu’ivakano today agreed to reaffirm the strategic direction of the development partnership following talks late last week and early this week.


On Saturday 11th January, the northern part of Tonga’s Ha’apai island group was devastated by Tropical Cyclone Ian.  TC Ian passed over Ha’apai as a category 4 cyclone.  On some islands, over 70 percent of buildings were damaged or destroyed. Relief efforts are under way. 


Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully will visit Tonga for two days this week.

Mr McCully will hold bilateral discussions with Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Lord Tu’ivakano, as well as other cabinet ministers.


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.

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