Tonga lies over 1000km north west of New Zealand in the Pacific. Tonga’s economy is dependent upon tourism, agriculture and remittances from Tongans working overseas.

Its isolation and small population create numerous problems,  which are made worse by unemployment and inequality. Oxfam New Zealand has been strengthening its presence in Tonga over the last few years, working to improve livelihoods in rural communities.

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Entering Uncharted Waters

Millions of poor people in the Pacific face hunger and poverty this year and next because of droughts and erratic rains as global temperatures reach new records, and because of the onset of a powerful El Niño – the climate phenomenon that develops in the tropical Pacific and brings extreme weather to several regions of the world. The combination of record warmth one year followed by an El Niño the next is unique and the climatic implications are uncertain. If 2016 follows a similar pattern, we are entering uncharted waters.

Recently leaders adopted an historic new goal of eradicating hunger by 2030, as part of the new Sustainable Development Goals. This unfolding crisis shows the scale of the threat that climate change poses to its realisation. Governments and agencies must scale up emergency preparedness measures to prevent what are still manageable food crises developing into major humanitarian disasters. December's UN climate talks in Paris will be a crucial opportunity to strike an agreement that delivers for the women, men and children on the frontlines of climate change.

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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. 

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Our Cyclone Gita response continues

June 27, 2018

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.

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August 14, 2014

Tauranga-based Heilala Vanilla has partnered with Oxfam's partner the Tonga National Youth Congress (TNYC) to produce Virgin Coconut Oil for the global market. This partnership is strengthening the vitality of Tongan villages and building economic independence for young people.

December 28, 2012

The Tonga National Youth Congress (TNYC) has got it licked with their new venture into ice cream.  

September 4, 2012

Two groups of women in Tongatapu have taken their first steps into the world of market gardening, earning their own money for the first time in their lives.

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Entering Uncharted Waters