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Thursday 14 March 2013
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A parliamentary education and outreach team is on a mission to inform and equip teachers and students in Tonga's Secondary Schools with better knowledge of the Legislative Assembly of Tonga.
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Thursday 24 January 2013
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A hearing on an application for a Judicial Review of the Report of a Parliamentary Select Committee that investigated how a multi-million pa'anga loan from China was spent on the reconstruction of Nuku'alofa was adjourned to April 4. Five of the six committee members, who are defendants in this case, appeared at the Nuku'alofa Supreme Court on Wednesday January 23 unprepared for the hearing and without legal representation.
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Thursday 20 December 2012
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's former Prime Minister Lord Sevele is calling for a judicial review of the report of a parliamentary select committee, in an application to the Nuku'alofa Supreme Court that will be heard on 23 January 2013.
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Thursday 29 November 2012
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Claims in Tonga's parliament that there was an illegal transference of government money to Tongasat have been denied by two Prime Ministers, in a row over how a USD$75 million grant from China to Tonga was used.
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Thursday 1 November 2012
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's democratic adventure during the past two years has been full of intrigues, revelations and challenges. Unfortunately, these goings on have distracted the attention of the Cabinet and the Parliament from the pressing issue of the day, which is to get the Tongan economy back on its feet, or we will become heavily relying on others for our livelihoods. Editor's Comment, by Pesi Fonua
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Monday 8 October 2012
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
After putting it off for a month, Tonga's parliament today rejected a Motion for a Vote of no Confidence in the Prime Minister Lord Tu'ivakano and his cabinet.
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Tuesday 18 September 2012
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's Attorney General, Neil Adsett, said that a Parliamentary Select Committee that investigated the use of a multi million loan from China for the restructuring of Nuku'alofa had done a good job, but its report had no real finding of any person taking money they should not have had, or using money for themselves or against the interest of Tonga. But the Attorney General's freely expressed opinion has upset the Select Committee's chairman, 'Akilisi Pohiva.
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Monday 10 September 2012
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The reconstruction of the Nuku'alofa CBD along with the formation of a Nuku'alofa Town Council was intended to play a key part in the economic and political development of Tonga, according to a former Prime Minister, Lord Sevele.
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Wednesday 8 August 2012
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Communications costs in Tonga are under pressure as the Tonga Government aims to collect more than $10 million pa'anga revenue from the communications and public enterprises sector in the current financial year.
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Wednesday 1 August 2012
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
‘Uliti Uata (75), a People’s Representative to the Tongan Parliament was admitted to Vaiola Hospital on Monday and is waiting to be sent overseas for medical treatment, according to an official from Vaiola Hospital today, August 1.
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Friday 22 June 2012
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Eighteen months ago Tonga introduced its first majority-elected parliament in a move to establish a more democratic system of government. The democratization process has not been smooth and now, at the start of their second parliamentary session, it appears that our elected members are having a very difficult time trying to get the new system to work. . . . this raises another question: Is the motion for a Vote of No Confidence therefore, a Vote of No Confidence in themselves? Editor's Comment by Pesi Fonua.
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Monday 16 April 2012

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
FROM OUR ARCHIVES: Tonga's political reform introduced an elected government for Tonga in 2010 when constituencies voted for their favourite personalities, but the process lacks vision, according to one of the architects of the reform. Dr Sitiveni Halapua believes that Tonga's new electoral system needs to be revised, so that when a new government is elected into power, it should already have a clear vision of where they are taking Tonga. Interview by Pesi Fonua.
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Monday 25 July 2011
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Kaveinga Fa'anunu (59) the Tongatapu no. 9 People's Representative passed away last night, July 24, at Vaiola Hospital after a long illness.
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Monday 16 August 2010
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
'Parliamentary Process in a Democracy' was the subject of a three day workshop held in Tonga last week by a New Zealand parliamentary delegation.
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Wednesday 30 June 2010
USA
Your June 29, 2010, article "MPs plead for "farewell pay-off" before November election" has just solidified my perception that these so-called public servants in our Parliament are leeches in human form. They have no shame in asking for a "farewell pay-off" for their non-performance of their fiduciary duties to the people of the kingdom. - TamaFoa.
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Sunday 28 June 2009
USA
It is disheartening to hear the more we are struggling for change, the more things remain the same in Parliament. It is also fair to say that I am grossly disgusted with the hard working members of our Parliament who lackadaisical join the House at their convenience, but rush to claim overtime pay when they are needed to do what they were elected to do in the first place. It stinks to high heaven, and it shows their greed and their love of power more than upholding the duties they campaigned for. -TamaFoa
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Saturday 20 June 2009
Salt Lake City-Utah, USA
Your report (Fix it with flowers, 19 June, 2009) best illustrated the People's Representatives anti-growth mentality, lack of business knowledge, while salivating for Big Government to control business and finance. -Sione A. Mokofisi
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Monday 29 December 2008
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's members of Cabinet will continue to receive two pay packets, one for their ministerial posts and the other from the House, the Minister of Finance Hon. Afu‘alo Matoto said on December 19.
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Monday 10 November 2008
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
In handing down a five years imprisonment sentence on a man who indecently assaulted an 11-year-old girl, Chief Justice Anthony Ford pointed out that it might be timely for Parliament to review the maximum seven years imprisonment penalty for indecent assault in Tonga.
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Friday 7 November 2008
USA
A golden opportunity seems to be intentionally flushed down the drain. As our Parliament closed for the year, it is sickening to read about the charges and counter charges by both sides of the aisle. Of all the issues that are crucial to the kingdom, personal vendetta seems more important than setting the foundation for the Year 2010 political change. If there is corruption in Parliament, it is the corruption of broken promises during the election campaign; the corruption of leading the public to believe they have a plan regarding transition to democracy, yet they have none; the corruption of giving themselves a huge pay increase without blinking an eye and still call it pitiful compensation. - Tama Foa

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