Tonga. During the year, it looked as if Tonga would not
be the first of the island nations to meet the new century.
Researchers found that the inhabited area that will only be
reached by the next century is Hakepa Hill on Pitt Island
east of New Zealand. According to
Countryaah, Tonga authorities were considering
introducing winter time to come first, and in Kiribati some
eagerness wanted to move the date line so that their day
began an hour earlier. The competition for which country
only reaches 2000 is based on expected tourist income.
In November 2011, Tonga co-initiated the founding of the
Polynesian Leaders Group to strengthen regional cooperation
in culture, language, education, trade, investment and
climate change response.
The king died in March 2012 and the post was taken over
by his younger brother, ʻAhoʻeitu ʻUnuakiʻotonga Tukuʻaho
ʻAkilisi Pohiva from the party Paati Temokalati 'ae' Otu
Motu 'Anga'ofa (Democratic Party of the Friendly Islands)
was appointed prime minister in December 2014.
Although Tupou VI had been king since 2012, he was first
crowned in July 2015.