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Tuesday 1 November 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's Parliament struggled to make decisions on two important issues before its 2016 session closed on Thursday, 27 October. The House was trying to establish new procedures for a parliamentary Vote of No Confidence in the Prime Minister and his Cabinet. The other difficult issue was who will hold the ultimate power to appoint an Anti-corruption Commissioner for Tonga. From the House, by Pesi Fonua.
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Monday 24 October 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's parliament last week appeared to be rehearsing how to prepare, present, and to process a Vote of No Confidence in a Prime Minister and his Cabinet. From the House by Pesi Fonua.
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Tuesday 18 October 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A revelation that the Treasury transferred money to a bank account of the former Auditor General, now a Cabinet Minister Hon. Pohiva Tu'ionetoa, who still owed government more than $6000 was hotly debated in the Tongan Parliament yesterday, 17 October. From the House by Pesi Fonua
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Thursday 13 October 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Surprise questions from visiting journalists, believed to be from the Fairfax Group in New Zealand, have upset Tonga’s Members of Parliament who complained in the House this morning and called for controls on how the media approach MPs. From the House by Pesi Fonua
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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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Thursday 6 October 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
This country is a playground for criminals, the Prime Minister, Hon. ‘Akilisi Pohiva warned the Tongan Legislature yesterday, 5 September. From the House, by Pesi Fonua.
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Wednesday 5 October 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's Prime Minister and his Cabinet struggled to answer hard questions in Parliament yesterday. Members were demanding to know how an American, charged with murder escaped from prison in Neiafu and managed to sail away on his yacht? They also wanted to know when the construction of sports facilities for the 2019 Pacific Games will start? And what is the government's foreign policy on West Papua? From the House, by Pesi Fonua
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Wednesday 5 October 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Petitioners who are concerned with the leadership of Hon ‘Akilisi Pohiva as Minister for Education and Training, this morning presented a petition to the Speaker of the House Lord Tu’ivakano from a Working Committee of educators. They cite "maladministration, incompetency, destruction or embezzlement of government property" and creating "difficulties with another country".
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Tuesday 4 October 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Tongan Parliament resumed its 2016 session yesterday morning October 3, amid disarray. Apparent procedural inefficiencies wasted much of the day. Firstly, a letter protesting against a Bill for a Water Resources Act was read even before the Bill was read in the House. Then legislators spent over an hour listening to motions from one member, even though the Legisture had already voted on and decided for the motions to be lowered into the Whole House Committee. From the House by Pesi Fonua.
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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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Tuesday 12 July 2016

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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