New Zealand High Commission Nuku'alofa, Tonga


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.


NZHC staff joined the national clean up Tonga campaign on Friday 26th September, volunteering to tackle areas along the foreshore in Nuku’alofa. The clean up crew eagerly hopped into their cars and took off with their trash bags and gloves for a very good cause.

Leading the pack was the High Commissioner Jonathan Austin wearing bright red along with the others to show support for the ‘Ikale Tahi Tongan rugby team (plus some black for the All Blacks and Office Manager Tapu Fisi'ihoi betraying her Samoan roots with a spot of blue).


The Governments of Tonga and New Zealand endorsed a Joint Commitment for Development today in Nuku'alofa, outlining shared strategies for reaching development goals in Tonga, including the Millennium Development Goals.

The Acting Prime Minister of Tonga Hon. Samiu Vaipulu and New Zealand Foreign Minister Hon. Murray McCully signed the agreement, which targets several priority sectors for long-term assistance to Tonga.

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