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Push for Tonga to commit to organic farming within five years
21 May 2014 - The chair of Tonga's National Youth Congress says they hope the entire country will commit to organic farming within five years. The Congress, with the Civil Society Forum and the Tonga National Leadership Forum staged a public dialogue on organic farming on Tuesday. The Ha'apai Group committed to becoming fully organic two years ago and the Congress chairman, Drew Havea, says the meeting drew strong support from the largest island, Tongatapu, to go through the same process. (more)

Palau, Tonga, and Vanuatu top in business reforms
30 October 2013 - A report by the World Bank says Palau, Tonga, and Vanuatu are among the Pacific region's top performers in implementing business reforms over the last year. The annual 'Doing Business' report measures the ease of doing business in 189 economies across the globe. It shows Tonga is leading the Pacific region in following best practices for small and medium businesses, with a series of reforms to ease regulations. Palau has been recognized for introducing legislation to improve borrowing and making it easier for businesses to enforce contracts. Both Vanuata and Tonga have established private credit bureaus to improve access to finance, the report said. (more)

Solar power planned for Tonga's outer island
27 February 2013 - Tonga hopes all homes in the outer islands will soon have solar power units. The country is preparing to host the Pacific Leaders' Energy Summit from 21 March, when the Tonga Energy Road Map, or TERM, will be held up as a possible blueprint for other countries to follow. Last year, a huge solar farm was opened on Tongatapu, and another one is planned on the island and one also on Vava'u. (more)


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New Zealand troops arrive in Tonga following riots
19 November 2006 - Soldiers and police from New Zealand arrived in the Tongan capital to help restore order after mobs demanding democratic reforms destroyed much of the capital in unprecedented rioting that left at least eight people dead. (more)

Youths rampage in Tongan capital
16 November 2006 - Youths infuriated by a lack of political reform attacked the offices of the Prime Minister of Tonga and other government buildings Thursday, smashing windows, looting shops, and setting fires in the capital of this South Pacific kingdom. (more)

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