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Tuesday 27 September 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga will apply to become a member of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Tonga’s Prime Minister, Hon. ‘Akilisi Pohiva told the UN General Assembly in New York on 24 September, during a 26 minutes address that covered a range of issues.
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Thursday 1 September 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A decision by the Tongan Parliament on 24 August for the Auditor General to audit the ‘Eua Forest Reserve and then report back to the House has surprised many members of the public, since government has already leased the ‘Eua Forest Reserve to a Maori Trust for 50 years in an agreement signed on 17 June 2016. From the House, by Pesi Fonua.
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Thursday 25 August 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga has ratified the Paris Agreement, the Deputy Prime Minister, Hon. Siaosi Sovaleni, told the Tongan parliament on Monday, 22 August. Also discussed were a report that highlighted Tonga’s ongoing failure to appoint an anti-corruption commissioner; and another report that stated 183 child marriages took place in Tonga between 2013-15. From the House by Pesi Fonua.
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Sunday 21 August 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Minister of Police has no authority, and government is facing “a concrete wall” while they are trying to find out what happened to the Tonga Forest Products Ltd. the Prime Minister, Hon. ‘Akilisi Pohiva told parliament on Thursday, 18 August. From the House by Pesi Fonua.
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Thursday 18 August 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The involvement of Tongan Diplomatic Passport holders in the transference of millions of dollars worth of illicit drugs into New Zealand, Tonga’s Prime Minister, Hon. Akilisi Pohiva told the Tongan Parliament yesterday, had got to a situation where he does not know what to do about it. From the House, by Pesi Fonua
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Wednesday 17 August 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The sudden withdrawal by Cabinet Ministers of two Bills that were top of agenda of the House when it opened on 15 August has aroused concern over the law making process of government. From the House, by Pesi Fonua.
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Monday 15 August 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga’s eccentric Prime Minister Hon. ‘Akilisi Pohiva told Parliament today that he had declared Lord Vaea to be the leader of an “opposition party”, while he was on his first official visit to New Zealand from July 27-30. From the House by Pesi Fonua.
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Friday 15 July 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
‘Akosita Havili Lavulavu (31) is the new Vava’u no. 16 People’s Representative to the Tonga Legislative Assembly winning a By-election with 39.4% of the votes yesterday, Thursday 14 July. There was an 69% turnout of registered voters.
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Wednesday 13 July 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The by-election to decide the seat for Vava’u 16 in the Tonga Legislative Assembly will be held tomorrow Thursday, 14 July contested by four candidates, including one woman.
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Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Consider the Tongan pillars of love, respect, humility, reciprocation and patriotism Crown Prince Tupouto’a ‘Ulukalala urged a gathering of parliamentary staff from 10 Pacific Islands, as he opened the 47th Annual Presiding Officers and Clerks Conference held from July 11-14 at the Fa’onelua Centre in Nuku’alofa.
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Friday 1 July 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The need for a tsunami evacuation route from low-lying Nuku’alofa to higher areas in central and eastern Tongatapu, was a major concern of Lord Nuku during Parliament’s budget debate on Wednesday, 29 June 2016. From the House by Pesi Fonua
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Thursday 30 June 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga’s construction of sporting facilities, in preparation for the 2019 Pacific Games will start “not long from now,” Hon. Fe’ao Vakata, told the Tongan Parliament on Tuesday, 28 June, during a budget debate that was flavoured with biblical readings.
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Saturday 25 June 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The $46m Budget allocation of the Ministry of Education and Training, the biggest in the 2016-2017 National Budget, stirred up the most heated debate so far in this year’s parliamentary budget debate. From the House by Pesi Fonua.
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Tuesday 21 June 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Four candidates, including one woman, have registered to contest the seat of Vava’u 16 in the Tonga Legislative Assembly in a By-Election to be held on 14 July.
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Sunday 19 June 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The debt-burdened Tonga Forest Products Ltd. was in big trouble and being propped up by government, Hon. Poasi Tei, the Minister for Public Enterprises, told the Tongan Parliament on Thursday, 16 June. He said they had signed an agreement for a Maori company to take over and settle the loans. From the House, by Pesi Fonua.
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Friday 17 June 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Chinese visitors whose visit to Tonga is organised by a local tourist operator will be the only ones eligible for a 30-days visa free stay in the country, the Prime Minister, Hon. ‘Akilisi Pohiva told the Tongan parliament on Wednesday, 15 June. From the House, by Pesi Fonua.
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Wednesday 15 June 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga’s Prime Minister Hon. ‘Akilisi Pohiva promised parliament, yesterday June 14, that Government will host a meeting to explain his decision for Tongan schools to replace Standardized Marks with Raw Marks, and that all Tongans will be invited to attend. From the House, by Pesi Fonua.
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Tuesday 14 June 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The government can’t do much to help people in the flooded areas of Nuku’alofa because government has no money, the Prime Minister, Hon. ‘Akilisi Pohiva told parliament yesterday, Monday 13 June. He said that the newly constructed roads in the areas stopped the floodwater from flowing out of the areas. From the House, by Pesi Fonua.
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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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Thursday 9 June 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Budget debate in the Whole House Committee of the Tongan Parliament was stymied yesterday, as questions piled up in a 150 minute brain teaser - whereby the Minister of Finance was not allowed to answer until members had no more questions. From the House, by Pesi Fonua.
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