New Zealand High Commission Nuku'alofa, Tonga


In memory of His Majesty King George Tupou V of Tonga, two condolence books have been made available for members of the public to sign in either Auckland or Wellington.


New Zealand Prime Minister John Key says his thoughts are with the people of Tonga following the news that King Tupou V died in Hong Kong last night.


330 Tongans have been granted scholarships by New Zealand for study at approved tertiary institutions in Tonga.


The New Zealand High Commissioner HE Dr Jonathan Austin today presented two cheques, each for the amount of TOP$3215, for the installation of 10,000 Ltr tanks in Fua’amotu and the Fe’ofo’ofani Hall at the Ma’ufanga Parish of the Roman Catholic Church.


26 January 2012
A Ground breaking ceremony attended by the Prime Minister, Lord Tu'ivakano to mark the commencement of the work for the Tonga Village Network Upgrade project was held at the village of Puke this morning.


19 January 2012

All New Zealand funds provided to Tonga's Constitutional and Electoral Reform programme have been accounted for.

An independent audit late last year found no evidence of fraud in the programme but identified poor record-keeping leading to some money being inadvertently used for other Government purposes. The balance of New Zealand funds were returned to New Zealand on 18 January.


‘Eua Island’s Kaufana airport runway and terminal was opened today by the Deputy Prime Minister Hon. Samiu Vaipulu and His Excellency Dr Jonathan Austin. The New Zealand Government provided $3.2 million (TOP$4.2 million) of assistance for the upgrade of the ‘Eua airport, which was completed in a record 57 days.


A ground-breaking ceremony to mark the beginning of construction of the Popua Solar Farm was held on 10 November in Nuku’alofa, and attended by Deputy Prime Minister Hon. Samiu Vaipulu.


On 20th October 2011, Malia Tupuimakulata Kindergarten received assistance for the establishment of a new water tank thanks to the support of the New Zealand Government. 

The assistance was granted under the New Zealand High Commission’s Head of Mission Fund. 


Preparations are under way for the 2011 General Election and Referendum on the voting system. Election day in New Zealand is Saturday, 26 November 2011.

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