Tongan Information & Where We Work
|Tonga’s poor communities are mainly in the outer islands, ‘Eua, Ha’apai, the Niuas and outlying islands of Vava’u. for those living farthest from the main island, access to basic goods and services is more limited, as are marketing opportunities, information and transportation. Disparities are marked. From here MORDI Tonga identifies and works with those in need of developing a sustainable way of life.
Tongatapu is the main island of the Kingdom of Tonga and the location of its capital Nuku’alofa. It is located in Tonga’s southern island group, to which it gives its name, and is the country’s most populated island.
‘Eua is a smaller but still major island in the Kingdom of Tonga. It is close to Tongatapu, but forms a separate administrative division. It has an area of 87,44 sq. km, a population of 5,165 in 2006.
Ha’apai is a group of islands, islets, reefs and shoals in the central part of the Kingdom of Tonga, with the Tongatapu group to the south and the Vava’u group to the north. Seventeen of the Ha’apai Islands are populated Pangai is the administrative capital village of the Ha’apai Group and is located on LIfuka.
Al the larger islands are in the eastern LIfuka group. The two larger islands are Lifuka and Foa which have 2,968 and 1,485 people respectively in 2006. After the two larger islands are Nomuka and Ha’ano which have four villages with a population of 951. To the south of these islands is ‘Uiha, which contains two villages with a population of 638.
MORDI works with the communities of Ha’afeva, Matuku, Kotu, Tungua, ‘O’ua and Fotuha’a.
Vava’u is an island chain of one large island and 40 smaller ones in Tonga. According to tradition Maui fished both Tongatapu and Vava’u but put a little more effort into the former. Vava’u rises 204 meters above sea level. The capital is Neiafu, second largest city in Tonga, is situated at a spectacular harbor, Port of Refuge.
MORDI works with the communities of Hunga, ‘Ovaka, Lape, Nuapapu, Matamaka, Taunga, Kapa, Falevai, ‘Otea, Olo’ua and Ofu.
Lying 300km from Vava’u, Niuatoputapu lies North of main island Tongatapu. Population was estimated at 934 in 2006, it is made up of four villages, Hihifo, Vaipoa, Falehau and Tafahi Island.
Niuafo’ou being the northernmost island of the Tongan chains. The population of Niuafo’ou was at 650 when taken in 2006. The island is a volcanic rim measuring at 15 sq. km.
MORDI works with the communities of ‘Esia, Kolofo’ou, Sapa’ata, Fata’ulua, Mata’aho, Mu’a, Tongamama’o and Petani.