New Zealand supports Tonga to improve its energy infrastructure, grow tourism and strengthen the quality of its education and law and justice systems.

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 2015-16

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 countries' 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.

Undertaking a feasibility study 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 Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade to:

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

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

Education 
Improve knowledge, skills and basic education

Delivering the $9m Tonga Education Support Programme (Phase II), in partnership with the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, to increase educational outcomes for children through improved learning environments, professional development for teachers, and a programme of training awards.

Find out more about our aid activities by country.

Recent achievements

Priority  Achievement

Energy 
Expand access to affordable, reliable and clean energy

Funded the Ma’ama Mai solar farm, which opened in 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 24 villages since 2010 which has improved safety and access, and reduced line losses by as much as two-thirds - as part of the Tonga Village Network Upgrade Project.

Law and justice
Strengthen law and justice systems

Established 36 community patrol posts, fully 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.

Evaluation and research reports

Evaluation of the New Zealand Medical Treatment Scheme, 2015 

Evaluation Report for Tonga Business Enterprise Centre, 2014

Evaluation Report for Pacific Business Mentoring Programme, 2012