Hon. Minister of Public Enterprises, Hon. Poasi Mataele Tei, continued on leading the Tonga Water Board (TWB) delegation with 9 members attending the 10th annual conference of the Pacific Water and Wastewater Association (PWWA) from Monday 07th - 11th August at the Sheraton Aggies Hotel in Apia, Samoa. This year's annual conference for the first time had a special program for Young Water Professionals from the PWWA member utilities in Pacific Region. The PWWC was hosted by Samoa Water Authority and co-host organizations - the Water and Sanitation Sector of MNRE and the Samoa Independent Water Schemes Association.
The delegation from Tonga consists of the Hon. Minister for Public Enterprises, Hon. Poasi Tei, CEO for Public Enterprises, Mr. Sione 'Akau'ola, Acting CEO for Tonga Water Board, Mr. Sione Finau, TWB Board of Directors, TWB management team - Ms. 'Elisiva Tapueluelu and Mr. Matiu as a young engineer to participate in the Young Professionals program. The number of registration participants for this year's conference was a little over 300 - considerably more than previous years.
This year's theme was "Water Supply in a Changing Environment" which directly recognizes the increasing threats of climate variability, climate change and natural disasters and its impact on safe and sustainable water and adequate sanitation for Pacific nations.
The agenda for the week-long conference began with a traditional welcoming kava ceremony on the very first day. The official opening of the 10th Pacific Water and Wastewater Conference & 3rd Pacific Water Ministers Forum was held on Tuesday 8th August, which was declared opened by the Deputy Prime Minister of Samoa, Hon. Fiame Mataafa.
The Ministerial Forum held straight after the opening with an aim to discuss and affirm the strategic direction and focus of the annual Pacific Water Ministers Forum as part of the regional infrastructure to better deliver on the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). Deputing this year's ministerial forum, the Minister of Public Enterprises, Hon. Poasi Tei shared Tonga's respective progress highlighting the Common Utilities Sector whereby Power, Water and Waste are combined as one segment going forwarding. Hon. Minister Tei remarked on the implementation of joint venture for smart metering of Power and Water, which is scheduled to be completed by mid-next year.
PWWA confirmed that Noumea will host next year's conference, the 10th Pacific Water Conference, 4th Pacific Power, Wastewater Association (PWWA) Ministerial Forum.
Source: Tonga Power Limited
Tonga's Hon. Minister for Public Enterprises leads Tonga's Delegation at the 26th Pacific Power Association (PPA) Conference
The Hon. Minister for Public Enterprises, Hon Poasi Mataele Tei, leads a delegation of 10 members to attend this year's 26th Annual PPA Conference hosted by Samoa Electric Power Corporation for the second time, which was held at the Sheraton Aggie Greys Hotel in Apia, from 31st July - 04th August 2017.
The Tonga delegation consisted of Government officials, Utilities Board of Directors, CEO and management of Tonga Power Limited. The delegation also included CEO of Public Enterprises - Mr. Sione 'Akau'ola, CEO of Tonga Power Limited - Mr. Robert Matthews, members of the Tonga Power Limited's Board of Directors and the Board Common Secretariat Cassandra Vaea together with three engineers from Tonga Power Limited - Mr. Finau Katoanga, Mr. Samisoni Fatai and Mr. Viliami Palaki.
Each year, the conference gains more participants and offered delegates a combination of speeches, donor showcase sessions, technical presentations, Utility Board Members workshop and the Trade Exhibition of products and services by Allied Members. In this year's conference, there were 250 participants from all over the Pacific attending the six-day conference. They discussed issues around challenges of affordable electricity; energy storage; maintenance of hybrid power generator systems and so forth.
The 26th Annual Pacific Power Association and Trade Exhibition was officially opened on Tuesday 01st August 2017 by the Hon. Minister of Samoa, Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, the theme was "Affordable Electricity for All".
PPA is an inter-governmental agency and member of the Council of Regional Organizations in the Pacific (CROP) committed to promote the direct cooperation of the Pacific island power utilities in technical training, exchange of information, sharing of senior management and engineering expertise and other activities of benefit to the members. The CEO for Tonga Power Limited, Mr. Robert Matthews is a member of the PPA Board of Directors.
The PPA Secretariat confirmed that Palau will be hosting next year's conference, which is the 27th Annual PPA conference.
Source: Tonga Power Limited
Na'e hopoki 'e he Tama Tu'i Tupou VI 'a e vaka hono 2 ko e MV Maui ma'ae kainga 'o e Funga fonua 'i he ho'ata Monite 14 'Aokosi 2017 'i he taulanga Faua, Nuku'alofa.
Ko e Tama Tu'i Tupou VI 'i he'ene 'afio ki he ngaue kuo lava, ko hono hopoki e vaka hono 2 ma'ae kainga 'i he Funga Fonua
Kuo mokoi e finangalo 'o 'ene 'Afió ke fakahuafa 'a e vaká ko e MV Maui pea 'omai mei 'Ofisi Palasí mo e fakamatala koe'uhi 'oku lahi 'a e hä e hingoa Maui he ngaahi mätanga 'o 'Eua.
'I he fakamatala 'a Sunia Fili, ko e Sea 'o e Poate Vaka, na'a ne pehë ko e vaka ni na'e fo'u ia he 1990 ko e vaka 'alaminiume, 'e he kautaha ko e Wavemaster International Proprietary Limited 'o Western Australia, pea na'e fo'u ia 'o fakatatau ki he Classification Rules 'a e Det Norske Varitas (DNV) 'o Noaue pea ke ne fai folau 'o a'u ki he maile tahi 'e 200 mei he matä fanga.