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Tuesday 7 September 2004
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Tongan noble, Hon. Fielakepa has been appointed as the new Attorney General and Minister of Justice.
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Tuesday 7 September 2004
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Shoreline Group of Companies has parted company with its main financier the ANZ Bank. At the end of last month ANZ ceased to do the billing for Shoreline Power, it closed down its branch at the Shoreline Headquarters and removed its ATM machine from outside the building.
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Tuesday 7 September 2004
Leighton Buzzard, United Kingdom
Are there any players travelling from your country to the UK in the near future who want to still play and enjoy their rugby?
Monday 6 September 2004
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
People's Representatives to the Tongan Parliament today called for government to hold a referendum, asking the Tongan people if they want the right to elect all of the 30 members of the Tongan parliament, so the King can appoint his Prime Minister and Cabinet Ministers from among the elected members.
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Monday 6 September 2004
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Hundreds of Tongans prayed aloud together with the King and Queen last night at the Teufaiva Outdoor Stadium, Nuku'alofa, asking God to have mercy on Tonga's political leaders, and to teach them to be honest and truthful, and to love the people.
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Friday 3 September 2004
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Day Four of the Judicial Review challenging the Amendment of Clause 7 of the Constitution last year, concluded the submissions made by the legal counsel Dr Rodney Harrison for the 173 plaintiffs, and Paul Radich for the defendant, the Kingdom of Tonga.
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Friday 3 September 2004
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
An award ceremony at the Tonga Police Headquarters on September 2 marked the retirement of two officers, the Fire Chief and the Deputy Fire Chief who have been in the service for 30 years. Visiting Tonga and attending the ceremony were the Chiefs of Police from the Pacific Islands.
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Friday 3 September 2004
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in program on Family Values presented the first Family Values Awards to three model Tongan families on September 2 at Liahona High School, Tongatapu. The awards were presented to Dr Viliami Puloka and his wife Dr 'Aivi Puloka; the President of the Free Church of Tonga, Rev. Semisi Fonua and family; and Dr Viliami Tangi and family.
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Thursday 2 September 2004
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The submissions for a Judicial Review, challenging the amendment of Clause 7 of the Tongan Constitution ended in Nuku'alofa this afternoon.
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Thursday 2 September 2004
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's former Secretary of Foreign Affairs Mr Sonatane Tu'akinamolahi Taumoepeau-Tupou, has been appointed as the new Minister of Foreign Affairs, receiving his letter of appointment this morning.
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Thursday 2 September 2004
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Immigration Division has confiscated the passports of some Tongans who are allowed dual citizenship by second countries. An exception is for people born overseas to Tongan fathers and they may hold dual citizenship because this category is currently not covered under the current legislation. In response to requests from Matangi Tonga Online readers who are concerned with this issue, the following is a copy of the current Nationality Act. - Government of Tonga
Wednesday 1 September 2004
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
On the third day of the Judicial Review, challenging the amendment to Clause 7 of the Tongan Constitution and the introduction of restrictive media laws, Dr Rodney Harrison finished his 77-pages submission.
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Wednesday 1 September 2004
Australia
What are the disadvantages to the Kingdom of Tonga for permitting Dual Citizenship? I live overseas but am still proud to be Tongan. I was born a Tongan and will die a Tongan. I will continue to visit Tonga - my mother land. Now listen to me, I'm a Tongan, Tongan, Tonga 4ever. - Curious Citizen.
Tuesday 31 August 2004
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Day two of the Constitutional Judicial Review proceeded with the legal counsel for the Plaintiffs, Dr Rodney Harrison making his submission, setting out facts to support his claim that the amendment of Clause 7 of the Constitution and the introduction of restrictive media legislation last year was unconstitutional.
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Tuesday 31 August 2004
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The 173 plaintiffs in the civil jurisdiction being heard this week in the Supreme Court of Tonga, before the Chief Justice, Mr Justice Webster, include seven People's Representatives, along with district and town officers, religious leaders, and individuals from throughout Tonga.
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Monday 30 August 2004
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The 33rd Annual Conference of the South Pacific Chiefs of Police was officially opened this morning by Tonga's new Minister of Internal Affairs, responsible for the Department of Police and Prisons, Hon. James Cecil Cocker.
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Monday 30 August 2004
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A Judicial Review challenging the Amendment to Clause 7 of the Tongan Constitution last year, started in the Nuku‘alofa Supreme Court this afternoon.
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Saturday 28 August 2004
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Prime Minister HRH Prince 'Ulukalala Lavaka Ata announced in a Press Release late last night that it had become "necessary that the tenure of office of three of Tonga's ministers ended". They were named as: Hon. William Clive Edwards, the Minister of Police, Prisons and Fire Services; the Hon. Dr Masasso Paunga, Minister of Labour Commerce and Industries; and Hon. 'Aisea Taumoepeau, Attorney General and the Minister of Justice.
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Friday 27 August 2004
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
At the moment there is no air service to either of the two Niuas or to ‘Eua and the Peau Vava‘u DC3 and the FlyNiu Airline DASH8 can land on the air strips on the islands.
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Friday 27 August 2004
Bedford, United Kingdom
Tonga rugby players Sione Ofa and Sione Timani played their first game in English rugby last weekend and made their presence felt against a UK Division One team.
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