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Wednesday 29 May 2024

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Capital punishment as a deterrent for illicit drugs offences, was rejected 38 to 8 by debaters who were invited by the Speaker, Lord Fakafanua, to participate in the first public debate held in the Parliament House in Nuku'alofa yesterday, 28 May. Those who argued for the right to life, said there was not any evidence to show that the death penalty was a deterrent and there were other solutions aside from executions.
Friday 24 May 2024
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Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Land reclamation for the Government’s prefab houses project is underway at Popua, near the Sia Heu Lupe, where, it is said, they will construct over a hundred houses in time for the Pacific Islands Forum leader’s meeting in the last week of August. The site preparation, now into its third week, will continue until the end of May, before construction begins in June.
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Thursday 23 May 2024

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
No official statements have been issued by the Tonga Development Bank or the National Reserve Bank of Tonga (NRBT) regarding a reported move to sack the two top officials of the TDB this week.
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Friday 17 May 2024
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Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The increasing rate of divorce of Tongans leaving on overseas employment programs needs to be addressed, the Prime Minister Hon. Hu'akavameiliku said today. He was responding to the the concerns expressed by King Tupou VI, at the opening of the 2024 session of the Legislative Assembly of Tonga, on 16 May.
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Friday 10 May 2024
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Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The newly appointed High Commissioner of Australia to Tonga, HE Mr. Brek Batley, paid his first courtesy call on the Prime Minister Hon. Hu’akavameiliku, 9 May, at Prime Minister's Office, Nuku'alofa.
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Tuesday 7 May 2024
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Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres will attend the 53rd Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) leader's meeting in Tonga, from 26-30 August. The Prime Minister Hon. Hu'akavameiliku confirmed the Secretary-General's attendance.
Wednesday 10 April 2024

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Government plans to build 200d prefab and container houses for the Pacific Forum leaders meeting in August, as accommodation falls short, the Prime Minister Hon. Hu'akavameiliku told a media briefing on 4 April, at St. George Building, Nuku'alofa.
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Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A New Zealand Barrister and mediator, James Christopher LaHatte, will be the new Anti-corruption Commissioner for Tonga. His appointment was approved by the King in Privy Council, the Prime Minister Hon. Hu'akavameiliku told the Legislative Assembly, yesterday 4 April, 2024.
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Tuesday 26 March 2024
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Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The new Chief Executive Officer for the Ministry of Internal Affairs, Mrs Polotu Paunga of Ma'ufanga was appointed today, 26 March, at the Public Service Commission in Nuku'alofa, where she signed a four years contract with the Government of Tonga.
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Thursday 14 March 2024
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Nuku'alofa, Tonga
In a continued effort to strengthen relations between the government of Tonga and China, the Prime Minister Hon. Hu’akavameiliku, held a bilateral meeting with the Deputy Director-General of the Department of North American and Oceania Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China, Mr. Tang Zhiwen, on 13 March, at the Cabinet Chamber, in Nuku'alofa.
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Wednesday 28 February 2024
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Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Dr. Fotu Kuohiko Valeli Fisi'iahi has been appointed as the Chief Executive Officer for the Ministry of Public Enterprises. Dr. Fisi'iahi signed a four year contract on 26 February, at the Public Service Commission, Nuku'alofa.
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Thursday 1 February 2024
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Canberra, Australia
Tonga is establishing diplomatic relations with Austria, through its Canberra mission. The Ambassador of Austria to Australia, HE Elisabeth Kögler was this week welcomed to Tonga's diplomatic office in Australia.
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Wednesday 31 January 2024
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Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The need for development planners to consider risks, was stressed at the annual National Planners Forum, that opened today, 31 January, 2024, hosted by the National Planning Division of the Prime Minister's Office and the Ministry of Internal Affairs, Women's Division, at Fa'onelua Convention Center.
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Thursday 25 January 2024
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Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Prime Minister Hon. Hu'akavameiliku officially launched the Tapanekale Housing Project, a government project to build safe houses for families in Tongatapu. A fund of $1 million pa'anga has been allocated to initiate the project, starting with nine families, out of a total of 270 households identified in the extremely poor category.
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Thursday 25 January 2024
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Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Mr Taaniela Kula has been appointed as the new Chief Executive Officer for the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources (MLNR). He signed a four year contract on Tuesday 23 January, at the Public Service Commission, Nuku'alofa.
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Wednesday 24 January 2024

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tongans in Australia have improved understanding of lands processes and procedures in Tonga, the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources (MLNR) says in a report that concludes its 'Toe Talatalanoa Overseas Program’. The program was initiated by the ministry to address the concerns of Tongan communities overseas regarding land in Tonga.
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Friday 12 January 2024
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Nuku'alofa, Tonga
After 20 years as a public servant, nine years as Tonga's Minister of Health, Hon. Dr Saia Piukala, bid Tonga farewell today, as he leaves to take up a new role as the WHO Regional Director for the Western Pacific Region Office.
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Saturday 6 January 2024
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Nuku'alofa, Tonga
While Tonga’s Civil Aviation Division (CAD) and investigators from Australia are still investigating the cause of the A3PUA aircraft accident, at Fua’amotu Domestic Airport a month ago, Lulutai Airlines, so far, has been unable to find a replacement aircraft to service high demand on the domestic inter-island routes during the holiday season.
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Thursday 14 December 2023
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Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga Cable Ltd marked its 10th year anniversary celebration with a Grant signing for the second Fiber-optic International Cable for Tonga, that will be installed through Vava’u.
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Tuesday 12 December 2023
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Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Lulutai Airline's 19-seater DHC-6 Twin Otter will service the Vava'u and Ha'apai routes over the Christmas holidays, while the other two aircraft in its domestic fleet are out of service. The PM Hon. Hu'akavameiliku said today, that the Civil Aviation Authority of the Ministry of Infrastructure is investigating the incident with the Saab 340 aircraft at Fua'amotu Airport last Friday 8 December.
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