PM Pōhiva: We have to prove to His Majesty that we can work together to build Tonga

Revisited: Tonga’s Democratic supporters were celebrating the achievement of Tonga’s longest Democratic campaigner in history Samuela ‘Akilisi Pōhiva after he was popularly elected today as Tonga’s Prime Minister. Now 72 and facing his last terms in Parliament, Pohiva was the first commoner to be democratically elected to the premiership ending a long history of leadership […]

9 nobles vs 9 Democrats: 8 Independents decide which party to form government

Nine nobles were elected by only 33 nobles under the Tongan constitution while nine Democratic Party and eight independents were elected by 40,727 as Tonga’s election results were officially announced last night. Two independent MPs who became ministers in the former government of Lord Tuʻivakanō were returned to Parliament by their constituents. MP Sōsefo Feʻaomoeata Vakatā, […]

Princess ‘Elisiva Fusipala Vaha’i is laid to rest at Fo’ui

The ha’as  and royals throughout Tonga yesterday attended the burial of Princess ‘Elisiva Fusipala Vaha’i who died at the age of 65 on October 2. Princess Fusipala, who lived in the United States for about 12 years, had struggled with health difficulties recently. The Princess, who was King of Tonga’s first cousin, was buried at Tutulu-Pea-Tau cemetery […]

Tonga will not renew coach Otai’s contract

‘Ikale Tahi’s coach, Manakaetau ‘Otai will not take Tonga’s national team to next year’s Rugby Union World Cup because the Tonga Rugby Union (TRU)  board has refused to extend his contract when it expires next month, it was confirmed to Kaniva News this evening. ‘Otai said he just received a telephone call from TRU Chairperson, […]

Watersprout spotted in southern Tongatapu

A waterspout seen over the liku (cliff-bound coast) of Hihifo in Tonga yesterday, viewed from the blow holes in Houma. IMAGE by Dr Sayuri Kawamura A large water funnel resembling a tornado was seen in the south-western sea of Tonga from the Blow Holes coastline at the village of Houma yesterday. Amateur footages captured by […]

In pictures: Cyclone Ian aftermath

Tonga’s Digicel mobile communication provider has announced this morning its telecommunication services to Ha’apai have been restored after links were cut by the massive destruction caused by Cyclone Ian. Sione Taumoefolau, Tonga Red Cross Secretary General told Radio & Television Tonga this morning about 4000 out of the 6000 residents of Ha’apai were affected. At […]

A man drowns – Touliki public swimming pool closed

A 41 year old man drowned in a public swimming pool Tuesday 31, December 2013 in Nuku’alofa . Silivenusi Moala of Fatumu who resided in Fangaloto was pulled out of the public swimming pool at Ma’ofanga (where Touliki is). Deputy and Acting Commissioner ‘Unga Fa’ao told Kaniva News the deceased was with his five children […]

A Tongan man dies after car hits tree in BOP

AUCKLAND: Police have yet to release the identity of the person who died when a car he was driving collided with a tree before bursting into flames in Bay of Plenty this morning. But a cousin told Kaniva News the deceased was Tevita Pasikala who lived in Auckland. The incident occurred on Thornton Rd, just […]