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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Cyclone Ian 2014

A category four cyclone ripped through northern Tonga in January 2014, leaving a trail of destruction in its wake. Oxfam initially provided safe clean water through the use of desalination units and we will stay for the long term helping people regain their livelihoods.

Latest news

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.

Latest blogs

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.

Sustainable development in the Pacific and the role of the NZ private sector

Sustainable development that reduces poverty and inequalities in the Pacific is realistic and achievable, but a continuing challenge is ensuring that development strategies are inclusive of those most in need. Oxfam New Zealand initiated this research to deepen our understanding of the contribution that New Zealand businesses currently make to sustainable development in the Pacific. [PDF, 780 kb]