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Sunday 5 February 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The failure of hundreds of Form 5, 6 and 7 students in their 2016 end of the year examination was one of several controversial issues that the Tongan Parliament heard when it opened for its 2017 session last week on Monday, 30 January. The Popua Park earthworks and Pacific Games infrastructure delays were other hot issues.
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Wednesday 2 November 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tongans have big health issues around obesity, diabetes, heart problems and high blood pressure. "If I can get one family or one child moving to live a better lifestyle for themselves - then our future looks a little bit brighter for these kids,” said Valerie Adams, three-time Olympic medalist. Valerie stresses to all Tongans that 30 minutes of moving a day helps toward living a healthier life.
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Tuesday 11 October 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's government has not found a piece of land to build an 18-holes golf course for the 2019 Pacific Games, the Prime Minister, Hon. ‘Akilisi Pohiva told parliament this morning, 11 October. After today’s parliamentary session, Tonga’s hosting of the 2019 appears uncertain. From the House by Pesi Fonua.
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Friday 7 October 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga’s preparations to host the 2019 Pacific Games are late, the Prime Minister, Hon. ‘Akilisi Pohiva told the Tongan Parliament yesterday, 6 October. From the House, by Pesi Fonua
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Monday 29 August 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Lord Chief Justice O. G. Paulsen on 25 August at the Nuku’alofa Supreme Court ordered the Prime Minister, Hon. ‘Akilisi Pohiva and the Audit and Governance Authority of the 2019 Pacific Games to refrain from removing Lord Sevele-‘o-Vailahi from his position as the Chief Executive Officer of the Tonga Pacific Games Organizing Committee, and to pay all remuneration and other benefits due to him that has been withheld since 1 July 2016.
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Sunday 12 June 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's Prime Minister pleaded for a chance to speak in parliament on June 9, when the novice Chairman of the Whole House Committee continued to put a damper on the Budget debate. "I should be given a chance to talk about where the country is heading," Hon. ‘Akilisi Pohiva pleaded. From the House by Pesi Fonua.
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Monday 6 June 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
I was a little confused after reading your article: Tonga's new foreign exchange levy starts 1 June to pay for Pacific Games. In the article it said that this "tax" was needed to help fund the 2019 Pacific Games? How was Tonga going to finance this event when they went and bid to have Tonga host these games?
Wednesday 1 June 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga’s bankers, who fought to stop the imposition of a new Foreign Exchange Levy that came into effect today June 1, say the legislation is poorly drafted and imposes an unfair tax on the financial sector, which will be passed on to the community – particularly affecting remittances.
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Tuesday 31 May 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Pacific Games Council today declared that a move by Tonga to vacate the Tonga 2019 Pacific Games Organising Committee - CEO/chairman’s position, is “null and void”.
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Wednesday 11 May 2016
Port Vila, Vanuatu
The number of sports allowed at future Pacific Games has now been reduced from 26 to 24, with the decision made after a Pacific Games Council General Assembly meeting yesterday in Port Vila, Vanuatu. The number of compulsory sports has increased from 14 to 16, with sailing and triathlon being promoted.
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Friday 6 May 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga’s preparations to host the 2019 Pacific Games is in uproar after the Prime Minister's Office has called for the dismissal of Lord Sevele, the CEO and Chairman of Tonga's Pacific Games Organizing Committee, and the demand may now lead to Tonga losing the Games. The Pacific Games Council has not approved the proposal and has issued a warning to Tonga.
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Tuesday 26 April 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Pacific Games Council is eager to see a Master Plan for the 2019 Pacific Games in Tonga turn into reality, and to make this happen the Tongan Government should swiftly secure contracts for the design and the construction of sporting facilities and venues required, the President of the Pacific Games Council, Vidhya Lakhan said at a Press Conference in Nuku'alofa on Friday, 22 April.
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Tuesday 2 February 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Tonga Parliament this morning decided off-the-cuff to close for the day to enable members to farewell a Papua New Guinea government delegation visiting Tonga since Saturday, 29 January. From the House, by Pesi Fonua
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Sunday 31 January 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Within three or four months, the Papua New Guinea government should be able to inform the Tongan government of what it could do to help Tonga with its preparations to host the 2019 Pacific Games, Hon. Justin Tkatchenko, the PNG Minister for National Events, Sports and Tourism said yesterday at the Scenic Hotel, Fua’amotu, after he arrived with a delegation for a four day assessment visit.
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Thursday 28 January 2016
Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
All the preliminary works for the Teufaiva Stadium Upgrade Project have been ready for months, but the Prime Minister has not done his part in funding the necessary funding. This is what's delaying the start of the project. ...This is a National Project, not to be treated as a personal and political football. - Takitoa Taumoepeau
Wednesday 27 January 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga’s Pacific Games Organizing Committee, under the chairmanship of Lord Sevele is still Tonga’s official organizing committee of the 2019 Pacific Games, Hon. Fe’ao Vakata, the Minister for Internal Affairs and Sports confirmed this morning, 27 January. By Pesi Fonua
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Thursday 14 January 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Teufaiva Stadium in Nuku'alofa, currently in a very poor condition, is scheduled for a $24 million pa'anga reconstruction project in preparation for Tonga's hosting of the 2019 Pacific Games.
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Wednesday 2 December 2015

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A waning commitment by the Tongan government to reform has caused delays in grants for budget support and raises concerns regarding long-term fiscal sustainability, the Asian Development Bank warns in the December 2015 issue of the Pacific Economic Monitor - Budget Analysis. Tonga's budget plans for FY2016 will see another large increase in public spending.
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Monday 2 November 2015
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
One cannot imagine the ignorance of a government that is bankrupt bidding to host games that will cost the government $80,000,000 and produce zero benefit to the people of Tonga. It is déjà vu of the $100,000,000 that China lent us to rebuild Nuku’alofa. The money was never accounted for and spent mostly on the rich and wealthy leaders who controlled the money. - Peni Katoa.
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Monday 3 August 2015
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A proposal for government to finance the 2019 Pacific Games with Consumption Tax, instead of a levy on profit from foreign currency exchange transactions was presented by Bernie Poort from the ANZ Bank and Dan Henson from the Bank of the South Pacific to the Minister of Finance, Hon. ‘Aisake Eke during a Tonga Chamber of Commerce special meeting on Friday, 31 July.
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