Tonga

Former Tongan PM charged in passport inquiry

By John Braddock, 17 March 2018

Tonga’s autocratic political system is under increasing pressure from the regional powers, Australia and New Zealand, over growing Chinese influence.

Tonga faces deepening crisis after Cyclone Gita

By Tom Peters, 21 February 2018

Thousands of people remain homeless and the small Pacific island nation could take years to recover.

Cyclone Gita leaves thousands homeless in Tonga

By Tom Peters, 14 February 2018

Australia and New Zealand have announced grossly inadequate aid after the storm destroyed crops and damaged about 40 percent of houses on Tonga’s main island.

Tongan cyclone leaves thousands homeless

By John Braddock, 15 January 2014

Cyclone Ian is the worst storm to hit the tiny impoverished Pacific country in more than 50 years.

Three men jailed over Tongan ferry disaster

By Tom Peters, 30 May 2011

The trial was a blatant act of scapegoating to cover up the failure to address the government’s role in the sinking.

Pacific tsunami relief efforts grossly inadequate

By Tom Peters, 7 October 2009

In absolute terms the number of people affected by the tsunami in Samoa, American Samoa and Tonga is small, but, per capita, the level of destruction is enormous.

Grief turns to anger over Tongan ferry tragedy

By John Braddock, 10 August 2009

An estimated 95 people drowned, mainly women and children, when the Princess Ashika ferry sank in Tonga last week.