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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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Thursday 4 February 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga’s participation in the Rio De Janeiro Olympic Games in August this year will depend on whether the Tonga Amateur Sports Association (TASA) can comply with demands by the International Olympic Committee IOC before 15 February, Hon. Fe’ao Vakata, the Minister for Internal Affairs and Sports told the Tongan parliament this morning. From the House, by Pesi Fonua.
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Wednesday 3 February 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Tongan Parliament today was struggling with a multitude of problems: reporting five cases of the Zika virus; worrying about an over-weight population with a shorter life expectancy; realising that education was not making people smarter; and noting a palpable frustration among the people that had even led to threats on the life of the Prime Minister Hon. 'Akilisi Pohiva. From the House, by Pesi Fonua.
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Tuesday 2 February 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Tonga Parliament this morning decided off-the-cuff to close for the day to enable members to farewell a Papua New Guinea government delegation visiting Tonga since Saturday, 29 January. From the House, by Pesi Fonua
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Monday 1 February 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's Parliament started its 2016 proceedings this morning 1 February, by pondering its casualties over the holidays. The speaker, Lord Tu’ivakano informed members that since parliament’s closure in October 2015 two of the 26 members of the House had lost their seats. From the House, by Pesi Fonua
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Thursday 28 January 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Tonga Auditor General’s Office is one of a number of anti-corruption agencies that finds it hard to get its recommendations implemented, a workshop for high-level parliamentarians and auditors heard in Nuku’alofa, while looking at the role of the Public Accounts Committee within the Tonga parliamentary process.
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Thursday 28 January 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Legislative Assembly of Tonga will resume sitting on Monday, 1 February for about a month to discuss urgent Government Bills among other issues.
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Tuesday 19 January 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The seat for the Tongatapu No. 4 People’s Representative to Parliament will remain vacant until at least April this year, after Mateni Tapueluelu lost the seat in a Supreme Court ruling on December 11, 2015.
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