GovernmentTuesday, September 7, 2004 - 10:59
The Tongan noble, Hon. Fielakepa has been appointed as the new Attorney General and Minister of Justice.
BusinessTuesday, September 7, 2004 - 10:54
The Shoreline Group of Companies has parted company with its main financier the ANZ Bank.
At the end of last month ANZ ceased to do the billing for Shoreline Power, it closed down its branch at the Shoreline Headquarters and removed its ATM machine from outside the building.
Paul Pelzer, the General Manager for ANZ Tonga, said that Shoreline had pulled out all its bank accounts with the ANZ and redirected it elsewhere.
SportsTuesday, September 7, 2004 - 10:24
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PoliticsMonday, September 6, 2004 - 18:04
People’s Representatives to the Tongan Parliament today called for government to hold a referendum, asking the Tongan people if they want the right to elect all of the 30 members of the Tongan parliament, so the King can appoint his Prime Minister and Cabinet Ministers from among the elected members.
PoliticsMonday, September 6, 2004 - 17:38
Hundreds of Tongans prayed aloud together with the King and Queen last night at the Teufaiva Outdoor Stadium, Nuku’alofa, asking God to have mercy on Tonga’s political leaders, and to teach them to be honest and truthful, and to love the people.
The prayer for divine intervention and guidance of the Tongan leadership was broadcast live on the national Radio Tonga.
From the CourtsFriday, September 3, 2004 - 18:18
Day Four of the Judicial Review challenging the Amendment of Clause 7 of the Constitution last year, concluded the submissions made by the legal counsel Dr Rodney Harrison for the 173 plaintiffs, and Paul Radich for the defendant, the Kingdom of Tonga .
Radich further stressed the sovereign right of parliament to amend the Constitution, and that he thought it was “over written” to say that “no law shall ever be enacted to restrict this Liberty.”
Photo NewsFriday, September 3, 2004 - 17:56
An award ceremony at the Tonga Police Headquarters on September 2 marked the retirement of two officers, the Fire Chief and the Deputy Fire Chief who have been in the service for 30 years. Visiting Tonga and attending the ceremony were the Chiefs of Police from the Pacific Islands.
Photo NewsFriday, September 3, 2004 - 17:45
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in program on Family Values presented the first Family Values Awards to three model Tongan families on September 2 at Liahona High School, Tongatapu. The awards were presented to Dr Viliami Puloka and his wife Dr ‘Aivi Puloka; the President of the Free Church of Tonga, Rev. Semisi Fonua and family; and Dr Viliami Tangi and family.
From the CourtsThursday, September 2, 2004 - 17:35
The submissions for a Judicial Review, challenging the amendment of Clause 7 of the Tongan Constitution ended in Nuku’alofa this afternoon. The Judicial Review is the first time ever for an amendment to the Tongan Constitution to be challenged in court.
Chief Justice Webster announced that he will deliver his decision in four weeks time. Because of pressure of other court cases, the Chief Justice said he needed more time to make his decision.
GovernmentThursday, September 2, 2004 - 17:18
LettersThursday, September 2, 2004 - 16:00
From the CourtsWednesday, September 1, 2004 - 16:51
On the third day of the Judicial Review, challenging the amendment to Clause 7 of the Tongan Constitution and the introduction of restrictive media laws, Dr Rodney Harrison finished his 77-pages submission.
Harrison said that after government failed in their attempts to ban the importation of the Taimi ‘o Tonga newspaper it can be only conceived that it proceeded with a punitive and prohibition intention when it tabled Bills to amend Clause 7 of the Constitution and to introduce the Media Operator’s and the Newspaper Bills.
LettersWednesday, September 1, 2004 - 10:45
From the CourtsTuesday, August 31, 2004 - 17:45
From the CourtsTuesday, August 31, 2004 - 17:07
The 173 plaintiffs in the civil jurisdiction being heard this week in the Supreme Court of Tonga, before the Chief Justice, Mr Justice Webster, include seven People’s Representatives, along with district and town officers, religious leaders, and individuals from throughout Tonga.
They have called for a Judicial Review challenging the Amendment to Clause 7 of the Tongan Constitution last year. The counsel for the plaintiffs is Rodney Eric Harrison, from New Zealand. Representing the Crown are Paul Radich and Jessica Hodgson from New Zealand, assisted by ‘Aminiasi Kefu of Tonga.
Pacific IslandsMonday, August 30, 2004 - 17:35
The 33rd Annual Conference of the South Pacific Chiefs of Police was officially opened this morning by Tonga’s new Minister of Internal Affairs, responsible for the Department of Police and Prisons, Hon. James Cecil Cocker.
The conference is attended by 14 Police Commissioners from American Samoa, Cook Islands, Fiji, French Polynesian, Republic of Kiribati, Niue, New Caledonia, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tuvalu, Federated States of Micronesia, Australia…s Federal Police and Tonga.
From the CourtsMonday, August 30, 2004 - 17:17
A Judicial Review challenging the Amendment to Clause 7 of the Tongan Constitution last year, started in the Nuku’alofa Supreme Court this afternoon.
A total of 173 plaintiffs, including individual citizens, businesses, Members of Parliament and a news organisation, filed for a Judicial Review, claiming that the Amendment of Clause 7 and the introduction of restrictive media laws by government was unconstitutional.
PoliticsSaturday, August 28, 2004 - 08:52
Three Tongan Cabinet Ministers were dismissed from their ministerial
The Prime Minister HRH Prince ‘Ulukalala Lavaka Ata announced in a Press Release late last night that it had become “necessary that the tenure of office of three of Tonga’s ministers ended”.
They were named as: Hon. William Clive Edwards, the Minister of Police, Prisons and Fire Services; the Hon. Dr Masasso Paunga, Minister of Labour Commerce and Industries; and Hon. ‘Aisea Taumoepeau, Attorney General and the Minister of Justice.
TravelFriday, August 27, 2004 - 17:54
The latest domestic airlines news.
Peau Vava’u Airwaves
The 10-seater Islander aircraft of the Peau Vava’u that was scheduled to arrive in Tonga this week, is now expected to arrive during the week-end or early next week, according to the Project Manager of Peasu Vava’u, Mosikaka Moengangongo. The Islander will fly twice a week to Niuafo’ou, Niuatoputapu, and to ‘Eua.
RugbyFriday, August 27, 2004 - 16:37