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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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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 17 September 2015

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A petition that called on Tonga’s government to “safeguard and preserve the Popua Sia for future generations and to find another site for housing developments,” was approved by Tonga’s parliament yesterday, September 16, and passed to government to action. “We will not lose it,” the Prime Minister Hon. ‘Akilisi Pohiva told the House. “We will cement it, preserve it, and landscape it.” From the House, by Pesi Fonua
Tuesday 29 July 2014
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Tongan parliament yesterday, July 28, passed a Bill, raising the alcoholic drinking age from 18 to 21 years old. Alcohol is blamed for fuelling violent behaviour by some teenagers. From the House, by Pesi Fonua
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Thursday 3 July 2014
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Tongan Parliament, during its budgetary debate on 24 June increased the domestic travel allowances of the Speaker, Members of Parliament and the staff by unspecified amount. From the House by Pesi Fonua.
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Monday 16 June 2014
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Mo'ale Finau, the No. 12 People's Representative for Ha'apai was ordered out of parliament this morning,16 June by the Speaker, Lord Fakafanua. From the House by Pesi Fonua.
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Sunday 15 June 2014
Salt Lake City, Utah, USA
The $26M to be collected from the sales of "Government Bonds" I suppose is a novel idea for Tonga. For transparency sakes, bond sales should first be explained to the folks in detail. We wouldn't want another "Passport Sales" fiasco, do we? - Sione Ake-mei-hakau Mokofisi.
Wednesday 11 June 2014

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's biggest annual budget of $483.7 million Pa'anga was presented to the Tongan Parliament by the Minister of Finance, Hon. Dr 'Aisake Eke this morning, 11 June, revealing that government is depending on aid donors to finance 59% of its expenditure. From the House, by Pesi Fonua
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Friday 25 April 2014
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's Parliament, for the fourth year in a row, on March 31 rejected the 2010-2014 Annual Report of the Electoral Boundaries Commission. From the House, by Pesi Fonua
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Friday 11 April 2014
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga’s Public Service Association (PSA) is demanding an additional 20% Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) in their salaries and wages, the Minister of Finance, Hon. 'Aisake Eke told the Tongan Parliament on April 6. Whether or not government could meet the demand would not be clear until the government’s 2014-15 budget was finalized.
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Sunday 6 April 2014
Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
The removal of a Tongan girl by deception from her guardian in Tongatapu, apparently with the assistance of a US Embassy staffer from Fiji and the Tonga Police on 8 March 2013, has come under the scrutiny of a Cabinet Investigative Committee, headed by the Minister of Police, Hon. Siosifa Tu‘utafaiva.
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Wednesday 18 September 2013

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
China has deferred Tonga's repayment of its $119 million pa'anga loan indefinitely, the Prime Minister Lord Tu'ivakano told the Tongan parliament this morning, 18 September. From the House, by Pesi Fonua.
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Tuesday 27 August 2013
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Lord Tu‘iha‘ateiho resigned as the Acting Speaker of the Tongan Parliament this morning, 27 August. From the House, by Pesi Fonua.
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Thursday 1 August 2013
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's parliament could not decide which version of the Tongan Constitution has precedence - the Tongan version or the English version. From the House, by Pesi Fonua.
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Friday 26 July 2013
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's lawmakers are struggling to agree on what kind of anti-corruption mechanism might be put in place for Tonga. From the House, by Pesi Fonua.
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Sunday 9 June 2013
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga needs more time to allow its two-year-old democracy to flourish, HM King Tupou VI told the Tonga Legislative Assembly in a message on June 7.
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Friday 22 March 2013
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Tonga Parliament has over-spent its budget by 7% and it could not afford to pay its staff who had worked overtime, the Speaker, Lord Fakafanua told the House before it closed its three-days special session on Tuesday evening, 12 March.
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Friday 15 March 2013
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
On Tuesday, March 12, Parliament started off with a bang when the Speaker reminded Commoners in the House that they would start with the Land (Amendment) Bill 2013, but under Clause 67 of the Constitution only nobles could debate and vote on matters relating to the entitlement of nobles. The bill was one of three relating to constitutional change regarding penalties for nobles and civil servants who are convicted of an indictable offence. Under the existing law convicted people are disabled from holding government office, voting and being elected, and includes loss of noble titles. The proposed constitutional change applies the loss of rights to only people who are sentenced to more than two years imprisonment. From the House by Pesi Fonua.
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Thursday 14 March 2013
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A three-days Special Session of the Tonga Parliament to deliberate over five Bills ended on Tuesday evening, March 12, after the House passed four Bills and deferred one Bill to the House's Standing Committee on Legislation. One of the bills that establishes the organizational structure of the Tonga Pacific Games Organizing Committee (TPGOC) as a statutory corporation with separate legal entity, allows the CEO and members of the committee to set their own salaries. From the House by Pesi Fonua
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Sunday 10 March 2013
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The 2013 session of the Tongan Legislative Assembly got off to a lively start on Thursday, 7 March, as members queried who had the right to call for this special and urgent session of the Tongan Parliament, and why? Lord Nuku expressed his astonishment over the fact that a special and urgent session of the Tongan Parliament was called for, while the leaders of the country, the King, the Prime Minister and the Speaker were all away overseas. From the House By Pesi Fonua.
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