Lord Fakafanua says access to clean water is the most pressing issue for Tongans as relief efforts begin to ramp up.
Minister of Pacific Peoples Aupito Su'a William Sio provides another update on NZ's tsunami relief efforts.
Since the Jan 15 eruption, calls for support have echoed across the Tongan community. Now people can donate directly to the Hunga Recovery Fund
The Ha'atafu Beach Resort, located 21km west of the capital Nuku'alofa is now 'unrecognisable', destroyed by the tsunami.
The aircraft is carrying humanitarian aid and disaster relief supplies, including water containers and kits for temporary shelters.
Damaged houses, crumbled rocks and flattened vegetation are a stark reminder that the Pacific doesn't always adhere to it's given name.
The Tonga Government is responding to efforts on the ground. Relief supplies are being distributed by Tongan authorities.
The Government of Tonga has released its first official update in the wake of the Hunga-Tonga-Hunga-Ha'apai eruption.
The New Zealand P-3K2 Orion conducted a surveillance and reconnaissance flight, gathering imagery and details to help Tongan authorities with aid.