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Monday 22 February 2010
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A suggestion that the Ashika ferry tragedy had resulted from systematic failure of the Tonga government, was rejected by Tonga's Prime Minister, who stressed that the laws, regulations, policies and procedures are in place; but he accepted that it was the failure of individuals who failed to comply with their responsibilities under the laws of the country.
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Friday 19 February 2010
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
At the Royal Commission of Inquiry into the sinking of the Ashika evidence has established that Ministry of Finance's high-ranking officials ranging from the Minster of Finance to the Secretary and Deputy Secretary of Finance had proceeded to allow payments for the Princess Ashika, under a wrong assumption that due diligence was conducted.
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Friday 19 February 2010
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
At the Royal Commission of Inquiry into the sinking of the Princess Ashika today, the Minister of Finance and Public Enterprise, Hon 'Afu'alo Matoto, said he could have done better to ensure that proper due diligence was conducted prior to the purchase of the vessel instead of being too trusting and accepting information given to him.
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Friday 19 February 2010
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Royal Commission of Inquiry into the sinking of the Ashika was told today, that because of the urgency in the purchasing of a ferry, the initial FJ$90,000 dollars (an equivalent of TOP$88,250) was paid from a government fund specifically out of the Ministry of Finance vote; while the remaining FJ$510,000 was paid from a separate Government Fund that held, in part, payments from the People's Republic of China in a Special Account at the National Reserve Bank.
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Friday 19 February 2010
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Prime Minister Hon Dr Feleti Sevele is expected to give his evidence at the Royal Commission of Inquiry into the sinking of the Princess Ashika on Monday, February 22.
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Thursday 18 February 2010
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The MV Princess Ashika costing FJ$600,000 was bought with funds given by the People's Republic of China to Government of Tonga, the Royal Commission of Inquiry into the Ashika sinking was told on February 17.
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Thursday 18 February 2010
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Minister of Finance and Public Enterprise Hon ‘Otenifi ‘Afu‘alo Matoto bluntly told the Royal Commission of Inquiry into the sinking of the Ashika that he was misley by the former Minister of Transport Paul Karalus.
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Friday 12 February 2010
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
At the Royal Commission of Inquiry into the sinking of the Ashika this afternoon, Tonga's Ports Authority manager, Commander Lupeti Vi revealed that Tu'i Uata of Uata Shipping Company had attempted to bribe him with $5,000 in December 2009.
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Friday 12 February 2010
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Shipping Corporation of Polynesia Managing Director John Jonesse was persistently questioned at the Royal Commission of Inquiry into the sinking of the Ashika today where he denied submissions that he was dishonest and untruthful in his dealings with the Ashika vessel, which included his report that it was well maintained - when it was not.
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Thursday 11 February 2010
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Transport Secretary 'Eleni Mone giving evidence at the Royal Commission of Inquiry into the sinking of the Ashika today, broke down in tears and apologised to everyone particularly the families of the Ashika victims for her failure and her inaction to query vital matters in relation to the vessel.
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Thursday 11 February 2010
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The sincerity of Lord Dalgety's two weeks sick leave from the Royal Commission of Inquiry into the Ashika sinking was questioned on February 10.
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Thursday 11 February 2010
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Sale and Purchase Agreement for the MV Princess Ashika signed on May 8, 2009, was unusual because the Government of Tonga was required to pay the full F$600,000 dollars regardless of the condition of the vessel, the Royal Commission of Inquiry into the Ashika learned on February 10.
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Thursday 11 February 2010
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A Provisional Survey Certificate for the Princess Ashika prepared on July 3, 2009 was backdated to the day before, July 2, as directed by the Acting Director of Marine Viliami Tu'ipulotu to a Computer Operator at the Marine Division of the Ministry of Transport, the Royal Commission of Inquiry into the Ashika was told on February 8.
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Tuesday 9 February 2010
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A preliminary Inspection Report conducted by Tongan Surveyors this week on a possible replacement vessel for the Princess Ashika in Malaysia, revealed an open deck that would drench cargo unless covered, the Royal Commission of Inquiry into the Ashika sinking discovered on February 9.
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Tuesday 9 February 2010
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Kalesita Taumoepeau, an Assistant Secretary at the Ministry of Transport who was a personal assistant to former Transport Minister Paul Karalus, asserted him as being very diligent, honest and hardworking in relation to his work.
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Monday 8 February 2010
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Due diligence is the normal process prior to the purchasing of anything, the Manager of the Regional Maritime Program of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) Captain John Hogan told the Royal Commission of Inquiry into the sinking of the Ashika, at the Fa'onelua Convention Center this afternoon, February 8.
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Tuesday 2 February 2010
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Both Tonga's former Minister of Transport Paul Karalus and the Prime Minister Hon. Dr Feleti Sevele and other high ranking government officials are set to give evidence this month at the Royal Commission of Inquiry into the sinking of the Ashika.
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Tuesday 2 February 2010
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Rev Dr Tevita Haukinima a Director of the Shipping Corporation of Polynesia Ltd. accepted that the Board and Company Secretary failed to conduct proper due diligence of the Ashika, prior to their recommendation for purchase. He also admitted to the Ashika Inquiry that he had long forgotten his obligations as a director under the Public Service Act.
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Tuesday 2 February 2010
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Tongan Cabinet unanimously resolved and directed for the MV Pulupaki to be allowed back to Nuku'alofa in December 2009, regardless of whether it was seaworthy or not, the Minister of Transport Noble Nuku said.
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Saturday 30 January 2010
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Minister of Transport Noble Nuku asserted that he did not approve the sailing of the MV Pulupaki to sail in the weekend, after it was detained in Nuku'alofa.
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