The eagerly awaited final report of Tonga’s Constitutional and Electoral Commission released this week, contains some 80 recommendations on how to structure a new system of government for Tonga. While there are no surprises, the Commission does voice a concern over an apparent lack of understanding of its aims and the actual contents of its reports by some of the members of the House, who will be trusted with making the final decision on the new structure. By Pesi Fonua
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Tonga’s King George Tupou V officially opened the 2009 session of the Tongan parliament in Nuku’alofa this morning, May 28. Photos by Pesi Fonua.
Two nights of royal charity concerts in Nuku’alofa this week have raised $25,000 for the Tonga Red Cross and treated local people to classical music performances by visiting international performers from Italy, Austria, Sibera, Korea, and New Zealand.
Dressed for the occasion, HM King George Tupou V was photographed together with the members of the Tongan Cabinet, on 1 May 2009, at Consular House in Nuku’alofa. Photos by Pesi Fonua DRESSED for the occasion, HM King George Tupou V was photographed together with the members of the Tongan Cabinet, on 1 May 2009, at Consular House in Nuku’alofa. The occasion was the first of its kind by a Tongan monarch. The photographic session presented an opportunity to project some of the personalities who assist the king in his role as the leader of the country. However, in a few weeks time the Tongan cabinet will change again as some members leave for new posts overseas or have resigned, and new ministers will take their place. In addition to members of Cabinet, King George Tupou V posed for photographs with his Privy Council, the Law Lords, the Palace Office staff, drivers, and household staff. It was a beautiful sunny afternoon, and in the colourful setting at the ‘Api Konisela (the former British High Commission residence) there was a mixture of costumes. Styles reminiscent of European courtier uniforms circa 18th century appeared alongside formal jackets and ties, and the traditional Tongan tupenu and ta’ovala.
I wish you all the best to your 61 birthday today (May 4), even if you celebrate it now at the coronation day. - Thomas Hollenbeck
HM King George Tupou V departed Tonga yesterday for New Zealand for a routine medical check-up, according to the Palace Office in Nuku’alofa.
Following the Coronation service at the Centenary Church of the Free Wesleyan Church of Tonga on Friday August 1, a Royal Luncheon was held in a marquee in the grounds of the Royal Palace. The luncheon was hosted by the Prime Minister Hon. Feleti Vaka’uta Sevele. Two traditional dances were performed by neices of the king to the compositions of the late Queen Salote Tupou III. Photos by Adrienne L. Kaeppler.
The King of Tonga’s Coronation Military Parade held on the morning of Saturday August 2, was attended by foreign royals and distinguished guests from many Pacific Islands and other countries. Photos by Pesi Fonua and Adrienne L. Kaeppler.
A spectacular half hour display of fireworks on the Nuku’alofa seafront attracted crowds of spectators on the evening of August 1, Tonga’s Coronation day, for King George Tupou V. Photos by Pesi Fonua and Linny Folau.
Tonga’s King George Tupou V arrives at the FWC Centenary Church in Nuku‘alofa, this morning for his coronation. Photos Pesi Fonua, Mary Lyn Fonua, Linny Folau, Peter Halmagy and courtesy TV1.
A Tupakapakanava or traditional torch lighting ceremony was held along the Nuku’alofa foreshore yesterday evening, July 30, after sunset when students lit bark torches creating a line of fire around the coastline and rings of fire around the small islets visible from the capitalThe ceremony is a traditional honour accorded to the Royal Family and followed the installation of Tonga’s King George Tupou V yesterday. Photos by Peter Poulsen.
The traditional installation of the king took place today with a Taumafa Kava ceremony on Pangai Lahi next to the Royal Palace in Nuku’alofa. King George Tupou V is the fifth king in the Tupou dynasty and the 23rd Tu’i Kanokupolu - a traditional title also held by Tonga’s monarchs. Photos by Pesi Fonua and Peter Poulsen.
Tonga’s King George Tupou V appointed four new Privy Councillors last week.
Thousands of Tongatapu students gathered at the Teufaiva Stadium this morning for the first mass rehearsal of dances that will be performed on Education Day July 29 in celebration of King George Tupou V’s Coronation.
The Crown Prince of Japan, Prince Naruhito and HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn of Thailand have confirmed that they will be in Nuku’alofa for the Coronation of King George Tupou V on August 1.
Developing renewable energy for Tonga is to be a focus under a new European Union-Tonga partnership programme, which may lead to a joint position for Tonga, the Pacific Islands Forum countries and the EU in future climate change negotiations.
King George Tupou V hosted a charity classical concert on Friday, May 9 at the Consular House, Kolomotu’a, raising about $20,000 for the Child Cancer Foundation.
King George Tupou V has appointed Hon. Fatafehi Fuatakifolaha to the noble title Veikune today and effective from January 26, 2006.
HM King George Tupou V appointed Hon. Tu’ilakepa as the new Speaker of the Tongan Parliament on April 29.
HM King George Tupou V returned to Tonga on Saturday, April 19 after making a seven days state visit to China to reaffirm and strengthen the foreign relations between the two countries.