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Fewer but more intense cyclones for the South Pacific

Dr. Debbie Abbs of the Pacific Climate Change Science Program (PCCSP) told Asia Pacific journalists at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)in Australia on 4th November that while research suggests fewer tropical cyclones in the South Pacific, research also suggests an increase in the proportion of the most intense tropical cyclones in the … Continue reading

William Mariner “Ironaxe” to be filmed in Tonga

Rebekah Kelley, under a grant from the University of Auckland, is in Tonga on a 10 day scoping mission to explore the possibility of a film on the story of Englishman William Mariner who was saved after the Port au Prince was seized in Tonga in 1806. “The story had always fascinated me and there … Continue reading

Tonga’s sea level rise is triple global average

Tonga’s rate of sea level rise is reported to be increasing at nearly three times the global average of 3.22mm per year due to El Nino and climate change. By 2100, sea-level rise is expected to increase by 1.6m drowning some of the buildings in this small island. The Intergovernmental Panel of Climate Change (IPCC) … Continue reading

Pasifiki Trade Fair welcomes holiday travellers

The 2011 Pasifiki Trade Fair will take place at Maamaloa Grounds from 15-17 December, 2011 with its theme, “Welcome: Buy Tongan Made.” The Pasifiki Trade Fair aims to promote trade and marketing opportunities for local producers. “This year’s fair is timed to capitalise on the huge number of Tongans visiting during Christmas for family and … Continue reading

Wales’ Toby Faletau returns home to Tonga after 2011 RWC

Tongan born Taulupe Toby Faletau arrived Tonga 27 October to visit his only surviving grandparent in Tonga following the 2011 Rugby World Cup in New Zealand where he tried his first international try against South Africa on 11th of September. “This trip just sort of happened. Not much has changed, at least where we are,” … Continue reading