View the history of Tonga Development Bank through the years by clicking on one of the years below.


-TDB was approved to be the Delivery Partner for Green Climate Fund.

-Re-opening of the ‘Eua Office at its original location after it was damaged by Tropical Cyclone Harold in April 2020.

-Our first Virtual AML Audit conducted by AML Solution, a NZ based company.


-Preparation for establishment of both Niuas Banking Agencies as Government reinstates its Sub-Treasury operations.

-Chairman, Lord Matoto announced his intention to retire as the Chairman of the Board towards end of June 2021 or alternatively end of August 2021. Also recommending Paula Taumoepeau to be the acting Chairman of the Board.


-Our first subsidiary—’Ave Pa’anga Pau TDB Limited now separated from the Parent Company to operate on its own.


-Signing of the agreement with the Government on the extension of the Government Development Loan to be managed by the Bank for another 5 years.

-Informed by NAB on closure of our corresponding banking relationship. The search for a new corresponding bank begins.


· Retirement Fund Board (RFB) purchased 0.75m shares at $10 per share


· Appointment of Mr Kaho V ‘Ofa as a new director representing the new shareholder RFB.

· Resignation of Dr Leimoni Taufu’i as director and replaced by Ms Meleseini Lomu as director representing NRBFB

“The Bank has weathered many storms in its history and with the positive growth forecasted, the Board is firmly of the view that it is well-positioned for greater success in the future.”

Net Profit After Tax increased as a result of increased revenue and cost controls, finishing the year strongly at $2.4m compared to $1.4m in 2017. The major contributors to the revenue were interest income, service fees, net foreign exchange fees and tight controls on expenses.

“TDB achieving its 40th anniversary

“TDB achieving its 40th anniversary this year is a biblical milestone as it has undergone transformation, achieved continued growth, expanded its products and services and now a commercial bank to continuously serve the public’s banking needs successfully in the long run”

Appointment of Ms Loi Turanga Mateiwai as the Chief Finance Officer replacing the retired Mr Hasiloni Fungavai after 30 years serving the Bank

Launching of our own unique online Tonga remittance product, ‘Ave Pa’a’nga Pau in February.

Ave Pa’anga Pau

Expand business services to offering of Cheque account, Overdraft, Foreign Exchange, Online Banking through the Bank’s new Web Site and Inward and Outward Telegraphic Money Transfer.

TDB extends no repayments, interest and fees by another 3 months

All loans repayments in Ha’apai, to the Tonga Development Bank, were on a three-month deferment till March 2014 due to the devastating damages caused by Tropical Cyclone Ian. After a careful assessment of the current situation, borrowers who were repaying through cash will be extended for further 3 months until end of June 2014. The salary earning clients will resume normal repayments in April 2014.

Interest Charges and fees are continued to be waived, during these additional 3 months for our cash repayment customers. This additional assistance to Ha’api Cash payment customers cost more than $20,000 totalling to more than $100,000 for these 6 months.

“We created a repayment moratorium to help our customers who were struggling after Cyclone Ian and now we’re allowing them to make those payments over an extended period of time,” said Mr Hasiloni Fungavai, Acting Managing Director and CEO of Tonga Development Bank. “We will automatically adjust their loan with no documentation required and at no cost to them.”

He said that the additional three-month deferment and continued waiving of interest charges and fees is our way of easing the crushing burden being faced by impacted borrowers who do not earn regular salary, as we work to rebuild Ha’apai after Tropical Cyclone Ian damages.
Meantime, as the only Bank with physical presence throughout all the island groups in Tonga, we will continue working closely with the people of Ha’apai during this very difficult time,” Mr Fungavai said.

Affected borrowers in need of more information are urged to contact the Ha’apai Branch on 774-7089 or 875-8644; 60-333 or 60-334. Also, Head Office support available on 23-333.


Opening of the Hihifo District Office on the 27th of November in Nukunuku – Tu’ivakano Poutele Hall

Celebrating 36 years of providing Development Banking Services to the Kingdom of Tonga.

Celebrating 35 years of providing Development Banking Services to the Kingdom of Tonga.

In September, Mr John Bath Manager Risk Management and Board Advisor completed 12 years significantly contributed for the rebuilding of the bank. John will be remembered as ” Mapaki e Fa kae kei ‘Alaha” for what he has done to the banks staff, portfolio and productivity. John and Margaret returned to their homeland Wellington, NZ.

Staff also celebrated 34 years of providing developing banking services to the Kingdom of Tonga with 3 senior staff promotions.

  1. Mrs Leta Havea Kami from DMD – Operations to DMD – Risk Management.
  2. Mrs Seini Vaiola Movete from M – Lending to DMD – Operations. 
  3. Mr Sitino Maka from Manager – Loans to Manager – Lending.

The Association of Development Financing Institutions in Asia and the Pacific (ADFIAP) announced Tonga Development Bank as the winner of its two (2) projects under the Catergory 8: Development Finance-led Poverty Alleviation. The project entries by Tonga Development Bank were “New Zealand Borrowers’ Diversification Fund (NZBDF)” and “Micro Lending Product” and were equally named as winning projects.

The award was given at the ADFIAP Awards Night during the 33rd ADFIAP Annual Meetings in Vancouver, Canada on the 10th May, 2010.


Counseling of Micro Credit Lending aimed for individual or group of varies sectors with inadequate security assets maximum loan amount at one time is $2,000 with conditions applied.

Celebrating 30 years of providing development banking services to the Kingdom of Tonga.

Reaching out of computer-technology services to the niuas. Mr. ‘Otenifi Afu’alo Matoto retired as Managing Director on 29 September 2006 after seven years and of successfully leading the bank. Afu’alo’s successor is Mr. Simione Sefanaia who was the Deputy Managing Director Operations of the bank.

Implementation of the bank’s new corporate system upgrade from FACTS to the ULTRACS retail banking software.

Reviewing and selecting the bank’s new corporate system, (loan & accounting system).

Celebrated 25 years of providing developing banking services to the Kingdom of Tonga.

Registered under the company act 1995 as a limited liability company.

Hahake representative office was opened for business on 1st of October and later became a branch in 2002.

Bank of Tonga, now Westpac Bank of Tonga, sold all its shares to the Tonga Government. The Government is the sole shareholder.

Took over Bank of Tonga operations at Niuafo’ou in 1997.

Took over Bank of Tonga operations at Niuatoputapu in 1994.

Tonga Development Bank opened the bank staffed agency in Niuafo’ou and later became a branch in 2002.

Computerisation of the bank’s accounting system.

The representative office in Niuatoputapu was opened during the year and later became a branch in 2002.

His Majesty King Taufa’ahau Tupou IV officially opened the Tonga Development Bank head office building in Nuku’alofa on 1st March 1983.

‘Eua representative office was opened for business in August and later became a branch in 2002.

Ha’apai representative office was opened for business during the year and later became a branch in 2002.

Vava’u representative office was opened for business in the early part of the year and later became a branch in 1995.

Established under the Tonga Development Bank Act 1977 and opened for business on 1st September. Tonga Development Bank Operated from a rented office situated at the Free Wesleyan Church of Fasi-moe-Afi building with only eleven staff. The bank was also registered as a limited liability company. Shareholders were Tonga Government 90% and Bank of Tonga 10%.

Meet our Executives

Meet the Senior Executives at Tonga Development Bank.

‘Emeline ‘Uheina ‘I Luvuluvu Katoa Tuita – Chief Executive Officer

Mrs. Tuita re-joined the Bank in October 2022 after a span of 33 years. Mrs Tuita joined the Bank in 1984 as an Research Economist within one year she took up the role as Manager Operation Lending & Business. She left the Bank in 1989 to join the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, got involved in number of projects and became Consuls to various countries for Tonga. Mrs Tuita was the COO/CFO of Shoreline Group of Companies for five years before she was posted as an Ambassador for Tonga to China in 2005. Mrs Tuita holds a Master of Business Administration from Hass Business School, USA.

Loi Turaga Mateiwai – Chief Risk Officer

Mrs. Mateiwai joined the Bank in March 2017 with the vast experience in finance, investment, risk management, audit and compliance. Mrs. Mateiwai is a Chartered Accountant by profession and the first Group CFO of the Bank and has held various executive positions in Fiji before taking up the role of the Group Chief Finance Officer. Mrs. Mateiwai took up the role as Chief Risk Officer during the financial year after her term as Group CFO ended however she continued to act on the position until June 2022 financial year ended. Mrs. Mateiwai holds a Master of Commerce in Professional Accounting from the University of South Pacific, Fiji.

Seini Vaiola Movete – Chief Credit Officer

Mrs. Movete joined the Bank as a Senior Loans Officer in 1993. She advanced and worked in various departments of the Bank including, human resource and risk management. Mrs. Movete later took up the role as Manager Transformation where she was responsible for coordinating and managing implementation of the Bank’s transformation from Development to Commercial and the implementation of the Bank’s business Expansion projects. She took up the role as Chief Credit Officer in March 2017. Mrs. Movete holds a Bachelor in Management Studies, University of Waikato, NZ.

Alekisio Pahia – Acting Chief Finance Officer

Mr Pahia joined the Bank in May 2015 as an Accountant, He later took up the role of Regulatory/Compliance & Finance Officer in order to resolve regulatory issues placed to the Bank which ended in 2019. Mr Pahia was later appointed as the Manager Compliance & Reporting for the Group in 2021 and appointed to act on the role as Chief Finance Officer a role he officially took up on 1st September 2022. Mr Pahia holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Business Administration from Auckland University of Technology, NZ.

Meet our Board of Directors

Meet the Directors at Tonga Development Bank.

Taniela Penisimani Vea  CHAIRMAN

Mr Vea joined the Bank in May 2022 as Chairman of the Board and a representative of the Government on the Board. He is also the Chairman of the subsidiary, ‘Ave Pa’anga Pau TDB Limited. He is the current Chief Executive Officer of Aotearoa Tonga Forest Product Limited, Former Managing Director of Tonga Development Bank and have sat in various executive roles in the past. Mr. Vea holds a Bachelor Degree of Economics, Accounting & Administration from the University of the South Pacific, Fiji.

Tevita Lavemaau –   DIRECTOR

Mr Lavemaau joined the Bank in May 2022 as a Director and also a representative of the Government on the Board and also a Director of the ’Ave Pa’anga Pau TDB Limited. Mr. Lavemaau is a Former Minister for Finance and has sat in senior roles in the Government Ministries in the past. Mr. Lavemaau holds a Master Degree in Financial Management from Central Queensland University, Australia.

Mr Kaho ‘Ofa DIRECTOR Is the current Chief Investment Officer of the Retirement Fund Board (RFB) since 2018. Mr ‘Ofa holds a Master of Applied Finance from Victoria University, Wellington, New Zealand; a Bachelor of Arts from the University of the South Pacific, Fiji. He holds a Diploma in Association of Superannuation Fund of Australia (ASFA). Prior to his current post in RFB, had worked with the National Reserve Bank of Tonga in his early years as Economic Research Officer. He joins the Bank as the Director after RFB acquired shares of the Bank in July 2019.

Tevita Tonga – DIRECTOR

The Chief Executive Officer of the National Retirement Benefits Fund Board was the Alternate Director of the Tonga Development Bank since March 2021 and appointed as Director in June 2022, this made him the Director of the Company from June 2022. Mr. Tonga holds a Master of Commerce from The Australian National University, Canberra, Australia and Master of Professional Accounting from Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand.

Lorna Aloma Johansson – DIRECTOR

A proprietor and a business consultant who holds a Graduate Bachelor of Commerce (accounting & Management Studies from the University of Auckland , New Zealand. Ms Johansson is a Director of National Retirement Benefit Fund Board, a member of Public Service Tribunal and is the Honorary Consul of Sweden to Tonga. She also holds directorships and executives roles of various organisation in Tonga and is a Co-opted Council Member of University of the South Pacific. Ms Johansson was appointed to the role on the 25th of November 2022.

Company Secretary

Hasiloni Fungavai – COMPANY SECRETARY

Is the founder and owner of the Accounting Firm, Fungavai & Associates. He was also the Treasurer of the Tonga Olympic Committee (TASANOC) and the President of the Tonga Table Tennis. Mr Fungavai is a very active sports player and sits in various Tonga Sports Associations. Mr Fungavai holds a Masters in Business Administration and a Degree in Accounting from the University of the South Pacific. Mr Fungavai is the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) member of Tonga Society of Accountants and a member of America Institute of Internal Auditors—Fiji Chapter. He was the former Deputy Managing Director Finance & Corporate Services and then later on renamed to Chief Finance Officer of the Tonga Development Bank and has been with the Bank since 1985. He holds the position of the Company Secretary since 1994

TDB Vision and Mission


To be recognized as a significant provider of banking finance in Tonga which employs prudent banking principles to meet customer needs, demonstrates integrity and operates profitably.


To be committed to promoting Tonga’s economic and social advancement by providing quality banking  products and responsive professional services, while operating profitably as a financially sound banking institution


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