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AUCKLAND, New Zealand-February 20, 2018: 3.30pm (Heilala Vanilla/Nuku’alofa Times): In response to the devastating impact of Cyclone Gita, New Zealand based vanilla brand Heilala Vanilla has announced it will provide aid to badly affected farming communities on the island of ‘Eua.

Digicel Tonga Restores 98% network


NUKU’ALOFA-February 20, 2018: 10.35am (Nuku’alofa Times/Digicel): Digicel Tonga has restored 98 percent of its network here in Tonga, following devastation caused by Cyclone Gita last week.

Fiji’s Roving Ambassador to Tonga here for talks

Fiji's new Roving Ambassador Ratu Tui Cavuilati (second from right) during his swearing in ceremony in Suva last month. He is in Tonga today to hold talks on Fiji's possible assistance. Photo: THE FIJI TIMES

NUKU’ALOFA-February 19, 2018: 10.50am (Nuku’alofa Times): Fiji’s Roving Ambassador to Tonga, Ratu Tui Cavuilati is in Nuku’alofa at the moment to hold talks on his country’s assistance to the Kingdom following Cyclone Gita’s davastation here last week.

Pita achieves goal at Winter Olympics

Pita Taufatofua of Tonga crosses the finish line during Friday's 15-kilometer cross-country ski competition. His goal, he'd said earlier, was to finish the race — and not hit a tree. Matthias Hangst/Getty Images,

By MERRIT KENNEDY PYEONGCHANG, Korea-February 18, 2018: 8.50pm (National Public Radio/US): Pita Taufatofua, who lit the Internet on fire with his coconut-oiled, shirtless walk as Tonga’s flag-bearer during the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics opening ceremony, had two goals for his cross-country skiing event on Friday.

Tonga is down but not out as rebuilding continues

The newly built Sabrina building in Kolofo'ou was destroyed by Gita. Photo: PAULINI NAIOROSUI

By ILIESA TORA NUKU’ALOFA-February 18, 2018: 4.45pm (Nuku’alofa Times): The people of Tonga, both locals and expats, have come together to rebuild following the short, disastrous visit hereby Cyclone Gita on Monday night.

Curfew from 9pm tonight within the Nuku’alofa CBD area

The Post Office building is all packed down. Photo: NUKU'ALOFA TIMES

NUKU’ALOFA-February 12, 2018: 4.25pm (Nuku’alofa Times): Tonga Police have announced that a curfew will be in force from 9pm tonight until 7am tomorrow morning in Nuku’alofa as Tropical Cyclone Gita continues to move towards the capital.

Gita moves ever closer to Tongatapu

The notice at the BSP Nuku'alofa branch. Photo: NUKU'ALOFA TIMES

NUKU’ALOFA-February 12, 2018: 4.10pm (Nuku’alofa Times): Cyclone Gita has continued on its path towards Tongatapu and ‘Eua, with all indications that it would intensify to category 5 by 8pm tonight.

Cyclone GITA – advisory No.11 for Tonga

Cyclone Gita's pathway also shows that it can hit the island of Ono-i-Lau in Fiji

NUKU’ALOFA-February 12, 2018: 10.40am (Nuku’alofa Times): Cyclone Gita is well on its way to ‘Eua and Tontatapu, with the weather office predicting it will intensify to category 5 when it hits the two islands later tonight.

Tonga gets packed down for Gita

Cyclone Gita's current path shows that the cyclone is going to hit 'Eua and Nuku'alofa

NUKU’ALOFA-February 12, 2018: 10.20am (Nuku’alofa Times/Media Services): Locals have started preparing for Cyclone Gita this morning as the Tonga Weather Forecasting Office said the cyclone is intensifying.

PM dismisses Minister’s sacking rumour

New Minister of Revenue and Customs Hon. Pohiva Tuionetoa (Nuku'alofa Times)

NUKU’ALOFA-February 8, 2018: 4pm (Nuku’alofa Times): Prime Minister ‘Akilisi Pohiva had today dismissed rumours that he had sacked Finance and National Planning Minister Dr Pohiva Tu’ionetoa.