Latest Tonga news

70% of Tongan population affected in wake of Cyclone Gita

February 14, 2018

The full scale of destruction is beginning to emerge from Tonga in the aftermath of the severe tropical cyclone Gita.

Cyclone Gita heading towards Tonga: Oxfam poised to respond

February 12, 2018

Oxfam is on standby to respond to Cyclone Gita, as latest forecasts predict the storm could intensify up to a category 5 cyclone before affecting Tonga later tonight.

Tonga braces for Cyclone Winston

February 18, 2016

As Cyclone Winston bears down on Tonga, Oxfam New Zealand is preparing a two-pronged response: helping local communities recover from cyclone damage and ensuring the risk of the present Zika virus spreading is minimised. 

Tonga rings in 2016 with Cyclone Ula

January 3, 2016

The extent of damage in Tonga is becoming more clear in the wake of Cyclone Ula.

Cyclone Ula strikes Tonga: Oxfam poised to respond

January 2, 2016

Oxfam New Zealand is ready to respond to cyclone Ula, which swept through Tonga overnight and is expected to continue its course through the country until this evening.

Super El Niño hits 4 million across Pacific

October 1, 2015

At least four million people in the Pacific face hunger, water shortages and risk of disease this year and next due to droughts and erratic rains, influenced by climate change and the likely development of a ‘super El Niño’.

Improving disaster relief in the Pacific

December 10, 2014

Award sees Oxfam team up with Deloitte New Zealand to improve disaster relief in the Pacific

Oxfam deploys team to Tonga

January 15, 2014

Oxfam New Zealand has sent an emergency response team to Tonga today and is gearing up its aid efforts following reports of complete destruction left by Cyclone Ian to the northern islands of Ha’apai.

Reports of damage in Tonga

January 12, 2014

Oxfam New Zealand is preparing to send staff to Tonga within 48 hours to assess the situation on the ground and identify the most urgent needs for people following reports of severe damage caused by Cyclone Ian to Tonga's northern island group of Ha'apai.

Cyclone Ian

January 11, 2014

Oxfam New Zealand is ready to respond to cyclone Ian which is due to hit Tonga overnight. Ian is slow moving, which leads to greater destruction. Heavy rain, strong winds, high swells and flash flooding are expected.