New Zealand High Commission Nuku'alofa, Tonga


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.


New Zealand to ramp up support for tourism and education in Tonga

Foreign Minister Murray McCully has announced New Zealand will make substantial contributions to the development of Tonga’s tourism and education sectors, as part of a Joint Commitment for Development agreed and signed with the Tongan Government today.


The Tonga Tourism Growth Fund (TGF) is part of the New Zealand funded Tonga Tourism Support Programme to be delivered in conjunction with the Ministry of Tourism. This is a three year programme to significantly increase the tourism sector’s contribution to Tonga’s economic growth.


The Pacific Development and Conservation Trust funds a range of conservation, cultural heritage, development and goodwill projects in the South Pacific. Projects must be based in the South Pacific and can also be in New Zealand. Projects must be charitable and benefit South Pacific countries.


At the memorial service held at the Centenary Church in Nuku’alofa on Sunday New Zealand High Commissioner Dr Jonathan Austin expressed thanks for the many messages of condolence received by the High Commission following the Christchurch Earthquake.


To mark Waitangi Day 2011, the New Zealand High Commission will be subsidising for resident New Zealanders the cost of boat transfers and a BBQ Buffet Lunch at Pangaimotu Island Resort.


Applications for the New Zealand Aid Programme In-Country Awards Scholarships for the 2011 academic year are now sought from interested applicants. Applications close at 4:30pm on Monday 31st January 2011. Late applications will not be accepted.

Application forms and guidelines are available from the In-Country Awards section of this website.



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