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Intimate Portraits of Tonga's Deportees  VICE

"These guys, they've been through a lot in life, and I feel like it comes through in their faces."

VICE
Talks in Tonga on future of seabed mining in Pacific  Radio New Zealand

Pacific countries are gathering in Tonga this week for a series of talks about the future of seabed mining in the region.

Radio New Zealand
Tonga on track to reach renewable energy target  Matangi Tonga

Tonga's aim to reach 50% of renewable energy by 2020 is on track said Tonga Power Ltd CEO, Seti Chen. “The goal of renewable energy is to reduce our ...

Matangi Tonga
Tropical Cyclone warning cancelled for Tonga  Matangi Tonga

A tropical cyclone warning for Tonga was cancelled this morning as the low pressure system TD07F (that was Tropical Cyclone Neil) moves away from ...

Matangi Tonga
PM speaks at NZ's Waitangi Day celebration in Tonga  Matangi Tonga

The 179th Anniversary of New Zealand's National Day, Waitangi Day was celebrated on February 6, at the High Commissioner's residence, Va'epopua, ...

Matangi Tonga
Tropical Cyclone Advisory Number 2 for Tonga on Tropical Disturbance 10F - Tonga  ReliefWeb

English News and Press Release on Tonga about Tropical Cyclone; published on 12 Feb 2019 by Govt. Tonga.

ReliefWeb
The Fate of Tonga’s Criminal Returnees  VICE

We talked to criminal deportees who have little support to prevent them from reverting to a life of crime.

VICE
Learning to talk again: life without internet in Tonga  Phys.Org

A two-week cyber blackout caused financial headache and social heartache in remote Tonga, but it also forced residents of the Pacific island kingdom to ...

Phys.Org
Tonga mostly unscathed by Cyclone Neil  Radio New Zealand

The Tonga Red Cross says Cyclone Neil and it's associated low depression brought a lot of rain but left houses and property unscathed.

Radio New Zealand
Could You Last 11 Days Without the Internet? Tonga Finds Out the Hard Way  The New York Times

Since a fiber-optic cable was severed on Jan. 20, contact with the outside world has been difficult for residents of the remote island nation.

The New York Times
Tonga sends patients to India for cancer surgeries  Matangi Tonga

A first group of five Tongan patients who under went serious surgical operations in India are returning to Tonga this month, and this year more Tongan patients ...

Matangi Tonga
Tonga emerges from cyber darkness as internet restored  TimesLIVE

Tonga's two-week spell of virtual cyber darkness has ended, with authorities announcing Sunday that full internet services had been restored to the Pacific ...

TimesLIVE
Tonga's internet connection to be fully restored Saturday  Matangi Tonga

Tonga's broken international submarine fibre optic cable should be fixed by midday tomorrow, if all goes to plan, according to the operations team on board the ...

Matangi Tonga
Filipe Tohi's intriguing artwork draws inspiration from Tonga's ancient engineers  Matangi Tonga

Prominent Tongan artist, Filipe Tohi, presented his discovery of the hidden layers in the construction of the traditional lalava or lashing method used by ancient ...

Matangi Tonga
Tropical depression near Tonga likely to develop into cyclone  Radio New Zealand

A tropical depression near Tonga is likely to develop into a cyclone by Friday night.

Radio New Zealand
Five charged with murder of US Tongan  Matangi Tonga

Five men have been charged with murder in the death of Sione Feimoefiafi (49) who was fatally injured in a beating at and outside the Tali'eva Bar in broad ...

Matangi Tonga
Tonga: Whole country cut off from Facebook, YouTube  Phys.Org

Tonga has been plunged into virtual cyber darkness after an undersea cable broke, cutting off the Pacific island kingdom from almost all cell phone and Internet ...

Phys.Org
Severed cable sends Tonga 'back to beginning of the internet'  Reuters

The South Pacific nation of Tonga has been all but cut off from the internet this week after an undersea cable connecting the archipelago to the wider world was ...

Reuters
Tonga sent back to 'dark ages' after underwater Internet cable severed  Fox News

Residents of the South Pacific nation of Tonga are experiencing a total Internet shutdown after an underwater cable which connects the island to the rest of the ...

Fox News
Internet back at full strength in Tonga after 2 week blackout  Radio New Zealand

A two-week internet blackout that has significantly hampered communication and crippled businesses in Tonga has finally ended, with a full internet *service* ...

Radio New Zealand
Undersea cable damage wipes out most Internet access in Tonga islands  Ars Technica

The island nation of Tonga lost its primary connection to the Internet when an undersea fiber cable was damaged Sunday, forcing Tonga to rely on a satellite ...

Ars Technica
Tropical cyclone Neil weakens, Tonga lifts warning - Tonga  ReliefWeb

Tonga's Meteorological *Service* has downgraded tropical cyclone Neil to a tropical disturbance after the system weakened. Read more on Radio New Zealand ...

ReliefWeb
Tonga had assurances cable almost failproof - Senituli  Radio New Zealand

Moves are already underway to ensure Tonga can cope with any further communication blackouts. Tonga lost its internet and phone connections on Sunday last ...

Radio New Zealand
Swimming with humpback whales in Tonga  Coast Reporter

Nothing quite compares with swimming with humpback whales the size of a school bus in Tonga. Unparalleled Journeys, of Christchurch, New Zealand, which ...

Coast Reporter
Second cut found in Tonga Cable as Digicel connectivity returns  ZDNet

Mobile network in Tonga returns thanks to SES Networks satellites.

ZDNet
Tonga's internet cable blackout may take week to resolve  Matangi Tonga

Tonga's sudden internet cable black out Sunday night, is now going into its third day after a fault in a fibre optic submarine cable has cut its main connection with ...

Matangi Tonga
Cable outage sees Tonga fall back to satellite internet  ZDNet

The subsea cable providing Tonga with broadband, the Tonga Cable, has been out since 20:30 local time on Sunday night, with the nation now relying on ...

ZDNet
UN-backed social services rollout reaches Tonga  Radio New Zealand

A UN-supported rollout of social services to remote communities has been extended to Tonga. The REACH mobile *service* offers legal aid, family protection, ...

Radio New Zealand
Tonga Supreme Court bans former rugby board members, president, from election meeting  Fiji Times

NUKU'ALOFA, 08 FEBRUARY 2019 (KANIVA TONGA NEWS) – The Tonga Supreme Court has banned former members of the Tonga Rugby National League ...

Fiji Times
Tonga's active role in China's Belt and Road Initiative  Matangi Tonga

Tonga is currently playing an active role in China's Belt and Road Initiative, Lopeti Senituli, a personal adviser to the Prime Minister, Hon. 'Akilisi Pohiva, told ...

Matangi Tonga
Sport: Tongan skier ready for World Champs return  Radio New Zealand

Tongan skier Kasete Naufahu Skeen has a simple goal on his return to the Alpine World Ski Championships: to reach the finish line.

Radio New Zealand
Tonga cable repairs underway, but cause still a mystery  Radio New Zealand

The Tonga Communications Corporation is hopeful the international submarine cable can be repaired before the weekend.

Radio New Zealand
Tongans urged to stop using social media  Radio New Zealand

There is a call for Tongans to stop trying to use social media so essential services can stay connected.

Radio New Zealand
Tonga squad announced for Sydney Sevens  Matangi Tonga

The Tonga 7s team heading into the Sydney Sevens tournament has been announced and will be led by new Captain, Atieli Pakalani, this weekend, 2-3 ...

Matangi Tonga
Hawaii-based Tongan carver displays work at Tanoa Gallery  Matangi Tonga

Tui'one Pulotu, a well-known Hawaii-based Tongan canoe builder and woodcarver and a Living Treasures of Hawaii award recipient, is currently in Tonga to ...

Matangi Tonga
Tonga works on ocean Act  Matangi Tonga

A legal workshop to draft an Act for Tonga's Marine Spatial Plan (MSP) which will oversee its ocean space was discussed by legal advisers and policy experts ...

Matangi Tonga
Tonga no closer to repairing severed undersea Internet cable - Tech News  The Star Online

Tonga's struggle to maintain contact with the outside world continued Jan 25 with no start yet to repairing a crucial undersea cable which was severed five days ...

The Star Online
Pacific News Minute: Tonga Considers Name for New Island  Hawaiipublicradio

Two years ago, we reported on a new island in the South Pacific that reminded scientists at NASA of volcanoes on Mars. One of those scientists got an.

Hawaiipublicradio
Tonga minister open to discuss controls over foreign exchange  Radio New Zealand

Tonga's Finance minister, Pohiva Tu'ionetoa, says he is open to looking at the country's new Foreign Exchange Control Act.

Radio New Zealand
Tiny Tongan Island Beats the Odds  The Weather Channel

Scientists recently visited a volcanic island off Tonga in the South Pacific that didn't exist four years ago. Created with Sketch. Created with Sketch. Created with ...

The Weather Channel
Deportees of Tonga: Gangsters in Paradise - VICE Video: Documentaries, Films, News Videos  VICE

In Deportees of Tonga: Gangsters in Paradise, VICE embeds with four Tongan nationals who have been sent back to the tiny island nation where they were born ...

VICE
Sport: Tonga 7s on the rise  Radio New Zealand

The Tonga men's sevens team is building strength in numbers in the leadup to their World Series return. The Kingdom will compete at the New Zealand Sevens ...

Radio New Zealand
Tonga 7s squad announced for NZ Sevens  Matangi Tonga

Tonga has announced its squad, led by Captain Tana Fotofili, for the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series in Hamilton, New Zealand, which kicks off tomorrow, ...

Matangi Tonga
Indefinite wait for Tonga's international links to be restored  Radio New Zealand

Tonga's ability to communicate internationally was sharply curtailed on Sunday when there was a failure in the country's submarine cable.

Radio New Zealand
NASA scientists pay first visit to volcanic island so new it is not on any map  ABC News

Scientists making their first visit to a Tongan island that rose out of the sea after a volcanic eruption in 2015 find clues as to why it has lasted so long — and a ...

ABC News
Sprint subscribers: What do your updated iPhone and Tonga have in common? Both are cut off from the world  The Register

Sprint subscribers using recent model iPhones have been reporting cellular connectivity problems following the installation of Apple's iOS 12.1.3 security update ...

The Register
Blitzboks blitz Argentina, Tonga to reach Sydney Sevens quarter-finals  IOL

The Blitzboks took a while to get going, but their class shone through as they scored three second-half tries to beat Argentina 25-10 and advance to the Sydney ...

IOL
Teen sentenced to life for murder of couple in Tonga  Radio New Zealand

A 17-year-old has been sentenced to life imprisonment in Tonga for the murder of a married couple in February 2018.

Radio New Zealand
'Everything crashed' - Fekitoa opens up about decision to leave both Tonga and New Zealand  RugbyPass

Former All Black Malakai Fekitoa has revealed the motive behind his lucrative move to Europe.

RugbyPass
Tongan alpine skier at World Championships  Matangi Tonga

Kasete Skeen (36) will compete at 2019 FIS Alpine Skiing World Championships in Åre, Sweden aiming to become Tonga's first Olympic alpine skier.

Matangi Tonga
Tama Tonga Fires Back At Critics Of Bullet Club's New Leader Jay White, Talks Launch Of AEW  Wrestling Inc.

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Wrestling Inc.
Arrcus looks to 400G future, Tonga stuck on satellite connection, and Linux Foundation's new edge computing effort  The Register

Roundup Relative newcomer Arrcus wants to help networking upstarts follow the industry's juggernauts into the 400Gbps Ethernet world with the latest update to ...

The Register
England prop Mako Vunipola reveals he copies Tonga star Jason Taumalolo  Stuff.co.nz

If England win the Rugby World Cup this year blame Tongan league hero Jason Taumalolo. England prop Mako Vunipola has revealed that Taumalolo is one of ...

Stuff.co.nz
Rugby League Board appeals against dismissal  Matangi Tonga

An appeal filed by Tonga National Rugby League's Board of Directors against their dismissal by a Supreme Court judge last year is expected to be heard in April ...

Matangi Tonga
Fiji Police Ink Agreement To Tackle Regional Transnational, Serious And Organised Crime  Fiji Sun Online

The TSOC Pacific Taskforce initiative stems from the Pacific Islands Chiefs of Police Meeting in Nauru in August 2018, where Police Commissioners from Tonga, ...

Fiji Sun Online
Tama Tonga Defends Jay White’s Leadership Of Bullet Club  SEScoops

New Japan's "Bad Boy" Tama Tonga has come to the defense of his stablemate, and Bullet Club leader, "Switchblade" Jay White.

SEScoops
How a Tongan revolution has transformed a small English club into promotion contenders  RugbyPass

Four Tongan internationals headed by ex-Northampton prop Soane Tonga'uhia are powering a small Bedfordshire club towards the second division of English ...

RugbyPass
Accused of stealing phone: Lady stripped & pepper inserted in her Tonga  GHANA PAGE

A beautiful young lady has been stripped and pepper inserted into her tonga by some angry men in the Benin City of Nigeria after she was accused of stealing a ...

GHANA PAGE
Men who inserted pepper inside lady’s Tonga over phone theft, arrested  GHANA PAGE

Some of the men inside the viral video where a lady was stripped and pepper inserted into her tonga by some angry men in the Benin City of Nigeria after she ...

GHANA PAGE
Woman who took took advantage of Tongan immigrants sentenced to community work  Stuff.co.nz

An Auckland woman accused of preying on vulnerable members of the Tongan community by illegally charging them for immigration services has been ...

Stuff.co.nz
'The best thing I’ve seen the game do': Fifita lauds All Stars clash  The Age

Andrew Fifita has heaped the highest praise on the Indigenous-Maori All Stars concept.

The Age
Lady who had pepper inserted into her Tonga narrates her ordeal  GHANA PAGE

A few days ago a 24-year-old lady identified as Favour Ada, a commercial sex worker, had pepper inserted into her tonga after she was accused of stealing an ...

GHANA PAGE
Tropical Cyclone Oma to batter Vanuatu with wind and rain, New Caledonia at risk by Saturday  AccuWeather.com

Tropical Cyclone Oma formed near Vanuatu on Tuesday and will bring several days of torrential rain and strong winds to the islands this week.

AccuWeather.com
Earthquake info : M5.4 earthquake on Wed, 13 Feb 10:53:48 UTC / South of Tonga Islands -  VolcanoDiscovery

Date & time: Wed, 13 Feb 10:53:48 UTC - 1548465944793 seconds ago. Magnitude: 5.4. Depth: 10.0 km. Epicenter latitude / longitude: 24.08°S / 175.44°W

VolcanoDiscovery
Tongan cabinet reshuffled  Radio New Zealand

A reshuffle in the Tonga cabinet has seen Prime Minister 'Akilisi Pohiva step down from foreign affairs and move to the public enterprises ministry.

Radio New Zealand
Dateline Pacific evening edition for 14 February 2019  Radio New Zealand

Mixed signals as PNG forces' APEC pay issue festers; Talks in Tonga on future of seabed mining in Pacific; Refugees detained offshore by Australia have had ...

Radio New Zealand
Tama Tonga Tells Fightful That Hikuleo Will Return Next Month  Fightful

There has been a big presence missing in Bullet Club in the form of Hikuleo. The Tongan big man has been out of action since March of last year with a knee ...

Fightful
Tongan Noble MP due in court in March  Radio New Zealand

A Tongan Noble MP accused of committing passport offences, money laundering and bribery is due back in court on March 19.

Radio New Zealand
With South Pacific cyclone season underway, Red Cross societies prepared and ready  Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre

(This story is an IFRC press release issued earlier today in Suva, Kuala Lumpur and Geneva.) With the South Pacific cyclone season underway and Cyclone ...

Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre
Tama Tonga on Bullet Club Block Party, G1 Supercard and the rise of NJPW in America  Asbury Park Press

Bullet Club founding member Tama Tonga tells us about the current state and future of the NJPW faction.

Asbury Park Press
Rugby World Cup 2019 groups, teams and pool guide  Telegraph.co.uk

The 2019 Rugby World Cup is fast approaching, with international teams currently giving us a taste of what is to come in the Six Nations.

Telegraph.co.uk
Police recover four stolen vehicles  Lowvelder

The police say this was an intelligence-driven operation carried out on Monday.

Lowvelder
WWE/NJPW News: Tama Tonga reveals which WWE superstars he would like to have in The Bullet Club  Sportskeeda

The Good Guy also talked about a few certain former Bullet Club members.

Sportskeeda
Tongan Terminator: Eel's face rebuilt after fracture  Daily Mercury

His Eels teammates call him The Tongan Terminator. Ma'u needed three plates inserted into the right side of his face to hold it together after a tackle went ...

Daily Mercury
Tonga wrestles with growing meth problem  Radio New Zealand

Government and community leaders are grappling with the rising cases of methamphetamine use in Tonga.

Radio New Zealand
Royal tour: Tonga rolls out red carpet for Harry and Meghan  BBC News

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have received a royal welcome on arrival in the South Pacific nation of Tonga. They were greeted by a Tongan princess when ...

BBC News
Tonga Latest to Join China’s Belt and Road  VOA News

Tonga has signed up to China's Belt and Road initiative and has received a reprieve from Beijing on the timing of debt payments shortly before an onerous ...

VOA News
Tonga Test gives a glimpse of huge potential for the global game  The Guardian

The sea of red at Mt Smart Stadium for the game between Tonga and Australia proves more games between the two are needed.

The Guardian
6.4-magnitude earthquake hits off coast of Tonga: USGS  The Straits Times

SYDNEY (AFP) - A 6.4-magnitude earthquake hit in waters off the Pacific island nation of Tonga on Monday (Dec 24), the US Geological Survey said, but no ...

The Straits Times
'Used and abused': NRL accused of hogging profits from Tonga Test  The Sydney Morning Herald

Tonga Rugby League officials are disappointed at their poor return for their historic Test against Australia in Auckland last October. A TVNZ One News report on ...

The Sydney Morning Herald
'NRL took advantage of Mate Ma'a Tonga' - Leaked report claims unfair treatment of Tongan players after historic Kangaroos Test  TVNZ

Tonga's league authorities are calling for fairer treatment after receiving virtually no proceeds from the historic Test against the Kangaroos in October. The match ...

TVNZ
Autumn internationals: Wales crush Tonga in record 74-24 win  BBC Sport

Wales score 10 tries at the Principality Stadium in a record 74-24 win over Tonga to take their unbeaten run to eight Tests.

BBC Sport
Windy, wet New Year forecast for Tonga  Matangi Tonga

A wet and windy New Year is forecast for Tonga, as a slow moving low pressure system moves over the southern groups. A tropical depression called TD03F ...

Matangi Tonga
Duchess of Sussex makes fashion faux pas in Tonga  The Sydney Morning Herald

From Fiji's forest green Jason Wu, to Tonga's ravishing red Self Portrait, the Duchess of Sussex has proved herself the queen of the quick change when it comes ...

The Sydney Morning Herald
Havili confident Tonga on tier-one track  The Sydney Morning Herald

Tonga hooker Siliva Havili believes they're on track to become a tier-one Test nation in the wake of confirmation they'll play world champions Australia.

The Sydney Morning Herald
Dongguan City donates fishing boats to Tonga  Matangi Tonga

Eight fishing boats were donated to Tonga by China's sister city to Ha'apai, Dongguan Municipality in Guangdong Province, at a handover ceremony this ...

Matangi Tonga
37 Tongans receive Australian scholarships for 2019  Matangi Tonga

Thirty-seven Tongan citizens received scholarships to take up university studies starting next year in Australia and the Pacific region.

Matangi Tonga
Wales’ Liam Williams helps turn scramble into a frolic against Tonga  The Guardian

The wing Liam Williams scored two of Wales' 10 tries in a 74-24 win as his side recovered from Tonga levelling the scores just after half-time.

The Guardian
Tonga loan deferment “not related” to signing of Belt and Road Initiative  Matangi Tonga

Tonga's repayment of its $119 million pa'anga loan from the EXIM Bank of China for the reconstruction of the Nuku'alofa Central Business District has been ...

Matangi Tonga
Fifita, Taumalolo head strong Tonga squad  The Sydney Morning Herald

Tonga coach Kristian Woolf has praised the players' commitment to the Mate Ma'a cause after naming a strong 29-man squad for next month's historic Test.

The Sydney Morning Herald
Volcanic Tongan reception awaits the Aussies  Radio New Zealand

Comment - Sell out. You don't often hear those words in the same breath as a sporting event held in this country these days, unless it's to do with the All Blacks, ...

Radio New Zealand
'We are proud to be Tonga, 100 percent proud'  Radio New Zealand

Hamilton's Tongan community are celebrating the news their country's rugby team will take on the All Blacks next year in the lead-up to the Rugby World Cup.

Radio New Zealand
Australia Kangaroos v Mate Ma'a Tonga preview  NRL.COM

The first-ever Test between Australia and Tonga will be met with huge anticipation following Tonga's powerful World Cup campaign and Australia's last-start loss ...

NRL.COM
NJPW Road to the New Beginning results: Elimination tag match  Figure Four Online

A 10-man elimination tag match headlined the last stop before the New Beginning in Osaka.

Figure Four Online
Tonga backs down on Pacific plan to pressure China on debt  Reuters

WELLINGTON/SYDNEY, Aug 17 (Reuters) - Tonga's prime minister on Friday backed down on calls for Pacific island nations to collectively lobby China to ...

Reuters
Tonga PM challenges Pacific Island leaders to lose weight  BBC News

Tongan Prime Minister Akilisi Pohiva has challenged other Pacific Island leaders to participate in a year-long weight-loss challenge to set an example to their ...

BBC News
Why NASA is studying an island that didn't exist until 4 years ago  Mother Nature Network

The extremely rare South Pacific island is one of three new islands to form in the last 150 years.

Mother Nature Network
Tongan princess greets Harry and Meghan in South Pacific nation  Reuters

SYDNEY (Reuters) - A Tongan princess welcomed Britain's Prince Harry and his wife Meghan on Thursday when they arrived in the tiny South Pacific nation, ...

Reuters
Tonga plans for Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai  Matangi Tonga

A new national committee to plan Tonga's participation at "Expo 2020 Dubai" held its first introductory meeting today at Consular House, where invited private ...

Matangi Tonga
 

Tonga Videos

Gangsters in Paradise - The Deportees of Tonga
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Gangsters in Paradise - The Deportees of Tonga
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Portland man killed in bar fight while visiting Tonga
06:40:50
Portland man killed in bar fight while visiting Tonga
Joey B - Tonga ft. Sarkodie (Official Video)
20:02:51
Joey B - Tonga ft. Sarkodie (Official Video)
Tonga Ha'apai 2018
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Tonga Ha'apai 2018
The truth about living in Tonga (Underwater Ally Adventures) Ep.13
22:40:09
The truth about living in Tonga (Underwater Ally Adventures) Ep.13
HOW DANGEROUS IS IT TO TRAVEL IN TONGA? - Ep 46
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HOW DANGEROUS IS IT TO TRAVEL IN TONGA? - Ep 46
Crime Documentary ➤ Tongan Crips Gang
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Crime Documentary ➤ Tongan Crips Gang
7 Facts about Tonga
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7 Facts about Tonga
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Tonga (; Tongan: [ˈtoŋa] Puleʻanga Fakatuʻi ʻo Tonga), officially the Kingdom of Tonga, is a Polynesian country and archipelago comprising 169 islands, of which 36 are inhabited. The total surface area is about 750 square kilometres (290 sq mi) scattered over 700,000 square kilometres (270,000 sq mi) of the southern Pacific Ocean. The sovereign state has a population of 100,651 people, of whom 70% reside on the main island of Tongatapu.Tonga stretches across approximately 800 kilometres (500 mi) in a north-south line. It is surrounded by Fiji and Wallis and Futuna (France) to the northwest, Samoa to the northeast, Niue to the east (which is the nearest foreign territory), Kermadec (part of New Zealand) to the southwest, and New Caledonia (France) and Vanuatu to the farther west. It is about 1,800 kilometres (1,100 mi) from New Zealand's North Island.Tonga became known in the West as the "Friendly Islands" because of the congenial reception accorded to Captain James Cook on his first visit in 1773. He arrived at the time of the ʻinasi festival, the yearly donation of the First Fruits to the Tuʻi Tonga (the islands' paramount chief) and so received an invitation to the festivities. According to the writer William Mariner, the chiefs wanted to kill Cook during the gathering but could not agree on a plan.From 1900 to 1970, Tonga had British protected state status, with the United Kingdom looking after its foreign affairs under a Treaty of Friendship. The country never relinquished its sovereignty to any foreign power. In 2010, Tonga took a decisive path towards becoming a constitutional monarchy rather than a traditional absolute kingdom, after legislative reforms passed a course for the first partial representative elections.