13 Feb 2017

Tonga will have a new postal system

From , 4:01 pm on 13 February 2017

Within months, Tonga will have a new postal system where every house will have an address consisting of three random words.

Like much of the Pacific, Tonga doesn't really have a formal address system, which can make things difficult for the country's mail deliverers.

The chief executive of Tonga Post, Siosifa Pomana, says the organisation has been looking for a solution for years, and it has now teamed up with a British company, What3Words.

Mr Pomana told Jamie Tahana that under the new programme, over the next few months all of Tonga will be divided into 9-square-metre sections which will be assigned a combination of three words.