New Zealand supports Tonga to increase economic growth through investments in agriculture and energy infrastructure improvements, education and workforce skills, and law and justice.

Total aid to Tonga is made up of programme funding for activities specific to Tonga, as well as other funding which can include scholarships, regional initiatives, activities supported through the Partnerships Fund, and humanitarian response.

 Graphic showing total aid for Tonga 2016-17

  

Shared vision

New Zealand and Tonga have signed a Joint Commitment for Development. This sets out the shared vision of our two governments, the priority areas we're focused on, each country's responsibilities, and the funding New Zealand will provide.

Read the Joint Commitment for Development [PDF, 203 KB] 

What we're supporting

Priority Activities and outcomes

Energy 
Expand access to affordable, reliable and clean energy

Funding a $22.5m upgrade of electricity lines through the Tonga Village Network Upgrade Programme, to improve the reliability and safety of electricity supply.

Extending support to Tonga Power Limited to upgrade the network around the Nuku'alofa Urban Area.  New Zealand has agreed to support Stage 1 of the Nuku'alofa Network Upgrade Project with funding of $11m.  Stage 1 will cost $12.5m (including a contribution from Tonga Power Limited).

Investigating private sector investment for wind energy on Tongatapu, as part of efforts to increase renewable energy supplies.

Law and justice
Strengthen law and justice systems

Delivering the ($14.4m) Tonga Police Development Programme (Phase II), with the Australia Federal Police and Tonga Police Service to:

  • upskill police including in community engagement and leadership
  • improve the organisational structure
  • upgrade infrastructure and equipment

Supporting two judges with expertise to deliver high-quality judicial outcomes in the Supreme Court.

Commencing the $5m Tonga Justice Sector Support Programme in 2018 to improve access to fair and effective justice in Tonga.

Education 
Improve knowledge, skills and basic education

Commencing the $3m Tonga Education Support Activity in 2018, to support educational outcomes for children through professional development for teachers and principals.

Find out more about our aid and development.

Recent achievements

Priority  Achievement

Energy 
Expand access to affordable, reliable and clean energy

Operated the Ma’ama Mai solar farm since 2012 to provide a source of renewable energy, reducing Tonga's reliance on diesel.

Provided $1.7m to help restore electricity infrastructure (damaged in Tropical Cyclone Evan) in early 2014, in partnership with the Asian Development Bank.

Upgraded electricity connections to 44 villages since 2010 to improve safety and access, and reduce line losses by as much as two-thirds as part of the Tonga Village Network Upgrade Project and trained 32 linespeople.

Law and justice
Strengthen law and justice systems

Established 36 community patrol posts; refurbished the Mu'a Police Station; developed strategic and corporate plans for the Tonga Police; introduced a merit-based promotions system and established a professional standards unit - all part of the Tonga Police Development Programme (Phase II).

Education 
Improve knowledge, skills and basic education

Supported the revision of Tonga's curriculum in four core subjects for Years 1-6; funded the print and distribution of 280,000 teacher manuals, student readers and workbooks, and provided grants to schools - all part of the Tonga Education Support Programme.