'Ave Pa'anga Pau

Transfer Operator Information


This Tonga Development Bank (TDB) service offers a way to make cash or bank account payments to Tonga. ‘Ave Pa’anga Pau is an online service - you can use it to send money from Australia and New Zealand to family and friends in Tonga.

Tonga Development Bank has a good network of branches that are also open on Saturdays, and will have ready access to Pa’anga.

With no fee for sending your money to Tonga,‘Ave Pa’anga Pau aims at keeping the cost of money transfer low. There are exchange rate costs - the cost of converting Australian or NZ dollars into Tongan Pa'anga.

How to send money through 'Ave Pa'anga Pau

1. Create an Account

It is free and easy to create your account. You only register to ‘Ave Pa’anga Pau once. Before you start, you will need to have an email account, a scanned copy of your ID and proof of address - to be uploaded at the end of the registration.  You won’t need to upload your documents if you are registering with a Australian or NZ passport or Driver’s license. If the verification fails, then you will be required to send the scanned copy to [email protected] (Australia) or [email protected] (New Zealand).

2. Add a Recipient

You can send money to Tonga directly to a bank account, or to be paid out in cash at a Tonga Development Bank Branch. Part of registration to ‘Ave Pa’anga Pau Voucher is registering the details of the people you will send money to - the recipients. You need to know their full name as shown on their ID, their mobile number and email address, if they have one. To send direct to their bank account, you will need to know their bank account details.

3. Purchase a Voucher

You can get live quotes and arrange a transfer in minutes.  To buy a voucher, you simply agree to the exchange rate and TOP amount to be received by your recipient.  You will be given the TDB Australia or NZ Account name and number for your internet bank transfer. When you have confirmed your voucher purchase, you will be prompted with a voucher number. Use this voucher number as your reference when you transfer your funds from your account into the TDB Australia or NZ bank account.

4. Send us Your Funds & We Release Your Voucher

Once we have received your AUD or NZD payment to TDB Australia or NZ Bank Account, we will release your TOP electronic voucher. Your recipient will be notified by SMS or email (or both if set). They will receive a 6 digit token/pin number and reference number(optional) that they can present at any Tonga Development Bank branch, together with their ID to collect the cash. If the voucher is to go into a bank account, we will electronically credit the funds to the selected bank account. There is no need for the receiver to have ID or present a token/pin number if you are paying directly into a bank account. The funds can be released to your recipient from any Tonga Development Bank branch in less than 30 minutes if you are sending from Kiwi Bank, and from other banks it should take less than an hour.

5. Track and Confirm

Once the electronic voucher has been released to the recipient you can track the status of the collection of funds or deposit to the bank account in real time. We will also notify you of the release of funds by email.

Contact Information


www.avepaanga.com.au; www.avepaanga.co.nz or www.tdb.to

Phone Numbers

In New Zealand, please call (+64) 027-596-2923 or in Tonga, please call (+676) 23-333 or 24-465


[email protected]; [email protected]