Latest Tonga blog posts

Our Cyclone Gita response continues

June 27, 2018 Mausa Halala (pictured) is a volunteer with the Tonga National Youth Congress - Oxfam's local partner in Tonga. He and other volunteers, trained and equipped by Oxfam to provide emergency water supplies, were working within hours of the storm, purifying and distributing safe drinking water on Tongatapu and ‘Eua. Thanks to your ongoing support, they're still responding! Photo: Darren Brunk

Facing hardship, but striving for self-reliance

October 31, 2017 Story by Kamilo 'Ali, Oxfam's Polynesia Micronesia Livelihoods Programme Manager, 13.10.2017 Seven years ago, Sione Te’i fell from a multi-storied building and completely paralysed both of his legs. He’s confined to a wheelchair 24/7, with his legs covered, which seriously limits income-generating opportunities for him.

Turning coconuts into jobs

January 15, 2016 An Oxfam initiative in the South Pacific kingdom of Tonga is harnessing the properties of the coconut, driving change and giving local communities opportunities for generations to come. Read this story through beautiful images.

Saving the tava'e

September 1, 2014 Rachael Le Mesurier, Oxfam New Zealand's Executive Director, is at the UN conference on Small Island Developing States in Apia, and here provides an overview of the climate, sea level and other issues that are going to be on the agenda.

Cyclone Ian: five months on

May 23, 2014 In the five months since the cyclone, Oxfam has made a huge impact in the lives of those who were hit hardest, thanks to the generosity of our supporters and the New Zealand Aid Programme. Oxfam and our partner, the Tonga National Youth Congress (TNYC), are working hard to ensure that the people of Tonga can recover as quickly as possible

In photos: Tonga cyclone response

February 24, 2014 Images from Oxfam's response to Cyclone Ian

Kole tokoni ma'a Ha'apai ki he kainga Tonga 'O 'Aotearoa

January 16, 2014 ‘Oku ou tomu’a tuku ‘a e kolōlia mo e fakafeta’iˊ ki he Tu’i ‘o e langi ‘i he ‘Ene ‘ofa ‘o malava ai ke tau fetu’utaki mo’ui ‘i he ki’i tohi fakatangi niˊ.

Future proofing in Tonga

September 17, 2013 Oxfam supporters are giving young people in Tonga the chance to develop their skills through volunteering and professional development. Oxfam’s Michael Smith recently visited our partner, the Tonga National Youth Congress (TNYC), to find out more about their work and to meet some of the people we’re helping.

Organics display in Tonga

August 26, 2013 Tonga’s annual agricultural shows are an important showcase for people involved in the farming sector.  The shows are organised by Ministry of Agriculture, Food, Forests and Fisheries and well attended by the public, smallholder farmers, business leaders, civil society organisations and the royal family.

Accountability for climate finance in the Pacific

September 12, 2012 Pacific island nations need more finance, technology and information to adapt to the adverse effects of global warming, but they also need to manage these resources effectively to benefit their most vulnerable communities.