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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
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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Tuesday 7 June 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Tonga Government’s biggest budget of $545.1 million pa’anga for the 2016-2017 financial year was tabled into parliament this morning, 7 June, by the Minister of Finance and National Planning, Hon. ‘Aisake Eke.
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Thursday 2 June 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The most serious challenge confronting the Tongan society today is the physical health of our people, HM King Tupou VI said, when he opened the 2016-17 session of parliament this morning, 2 June, in a thoughtful speech that also challenged legislators to educate Tonga’s children for global employment, and urged them to engage with all stake holders in the economy and not unilaterally change operating conditions, that may stifle growth.
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Wednesday 18 May 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Lord Dalgety QC has replaced Barrie Sweetman as the new Chairman of the Electoral Commission in a five-year appointment made by King Tupou VI.
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Wednesday 4 May 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The 2016 Session of the Legislative Assembly of Tonga will have a state opening on Thursday, June 2 at Parliament House.
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Thursday 25 February 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
HSH Prince Tu’ipelehake delivered the King’s speech in a very short closing of the Tonga’s Legislative Assembly’s 2015-16 session, this morning at Parliament House in Nuku’alofa. Photos by Linny Folau.
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Tuesday 23 February 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Tonga Government is currently negotiating to sell some of its shares in Tonga Cable Ltd. to Digicel to cover a shortfall in the funding it needs to connect Vava’u and Ha’apai to the submarine fibre optic telecommunications cable network that has linked Tongatapu to the rest of the world since 2013. Parliament was surprised to learn of the negotiations yesterday. From the House, by Pesi Fonua
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Thursday 18 February 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Debate on the Evidence (Amendment) Bill 2016 has been going on for days, and Lord Fusitu’a, presenting the strongest opposition to the Bill, has pointed out a number of times that government is trying to rush the Bill through, because three other bills, which he said are inter-related had been sent back for corrections. Meanwhile, the PM reckoned that the law in Tonga is not the same to all. From the House by Pesi Fonua
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Wednesday 17 February 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
An international rugby test match between Tonga’s ‘Ikale Tahi and Wales at Teufaiva Stadium in early 2017 is now in doubt. There is uncertainty over whether the upgrading of the stadium will be completed in time, the Prime Minister Hon. ‘Akilisi Pohiva told the Tongan parliament yesterday, 15 February. From the House by Pesi Fonua.
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Wednesday 10 February 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
An amendment to Tonga’s Traffic Regulations relating to fees for “licences for all private motor vehicles” and some driving licences, was passed by the House on Monday, in spite of the fact that it contained a number of ambiguities. From the House by Pesi Fonua.
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Monday 8 February 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Members of the Legislative Assembly of Tonga today 8 February received around 50 new copies of International Humanitarian Law (IHL) Handbooks tailored specially for them by Tonga Red Cross Society. The Speaker Lord Tu’ivakano said parliament would take action to ensure Tonga is a party to IHL treaties.
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