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Thursday 25 November 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Reports that the Interim Prime Minister, Hon. Rev Dr Pohiva Tu'i'onetoa early this month initiated a move to sell the government-owned Lulutai Airline Ltd. to an airline called FlyNiu, has stirred concern over the future of the domestic air service, and raised questions that have not been answered by the airline's board.
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Friday 12 November 2021
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Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga Government's public services will close down for their annual Christmas holiday, for two-weeks from Monday December 20, 2021 to resume on Monday January 3, 2022.
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Wednesday 10 November 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Dr. Viliami Toalei Manu has been reappointed as the Chief Executive Officer for the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Forests, starting November 1 for two-years.
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Thursday 4 November 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga will observe Constitution Day, November 4 with a public holiday on Monday, November 8, marking the 146th anniversary of the enactment of the Constitution by HM King Tupou I on November 4, 1875.
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Thursday 4 November 2021
SANTA TAXES

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
If you are thinking of posting a parcel to Granny in Tonga this Christmas – please think again - because your loved one now has to pay the cost of a sizeable turkey to collect a small personal package from the Post Office – even if it is a gift. Customers at the Post Office, along with some officers who have to enforce the rules, are not happy with the new procedures. This is not surprising, when very small personal gifts worth $10 can cost over $100 to clear and when times are extra tough. Customs says its because of their war on drugs. By Mary Lyn Fonua.
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Tuesday 2 November 2021
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Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Over $240 million pa'anga in revenues was collected by the Tonga Government for 2020/2021 - that's about $10 million pa'anga more than they had estimated for the year. During the year Consumption Tax compliance was the highest ever, while Tonga is importing more and consuming more domestically.
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Monday 25 October 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga’s Health State of Emergency has been renewed for another month to prevent the spread of COVID-19, starting from 8:00pm today until 8:00pm November 22, the Prime Minister announced.
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Tuesday 28 September 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's Prime Minister told the United Nations that Tonga aims to vaccinate up to 70% of its population by end of 2022. He also said that Tonga has been ranked by the World Risk Report 2017 “as the second most at-risk country in the world to natural disasters such as cyclones, flooding and sea level rise.” Tonga is supporting the goal of limiting global warming.
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Tuesday 24 August 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Local groups, businesses and some Government Ministries are displaying their Tongan-made products, during a Trade Week organised by the Ministry of Trade and Economic Development at its compound in Fasi.
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Friday 20 August 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's Ombudsman gained Constitutional status this month, two decades after the first moves were made to establish accountability and good governance within government through a public complaints process. The Office of the Ombudsman on Wednesday celebrated the 20th anniversary of Tonga’s journey to establish their office. By Pesi Fonua.
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Thursday 22 July 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A project to support the development of E-Government, and improved digital services in Tonga was launched last week by the Ministry of Finance. In Tonga, a legal and regulatory framework and cyber security framework needs to be put into place first, to enable further e-government services to be built.
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Friday 25 June 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's Common Utilities Board accepted the resignation of board member John Paul Chapman, effective from the end of June, “with no cause or allegations against him or vice versa”, the Prime Minister's Office announced yesterday.
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Thursday 17 June 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The convicted Minister of Infrastructure and Tourism ‘Akosita Lavulavu (36) is on leave until the conclusion of her legal proceedings, the Prime Minister’s Office announced this morning. 'Akosita and her husband 'Etuate (62) are to be sentenced on July 2, after they were found guilty of obtaining over $500,000 pa'anga by false pretences from a TVET education fund.
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Sunday 6 June 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A public holiday will be observed on Monday, June 7, to commemorate Emancipation Day, when Tonga’s first Christian King, Siaosi Tupou I officially abolished serfdom in Tonga in 1862.
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Friday 14 May 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Lopeti Heimuli is the new CEO for the Ministry of Infrastructure for the next four years effective from 10 May, the Public Service Commission announced this week.
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Friday 14 May 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Rosamond Carter Bing has been re-appointed as the Chief Executive Officer for the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources, for four-years.
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Thursday 13 May 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga has prohibited the import of passenger vehicles older than 15 years under a recent Customs and Excise Management Act Order 2021 made on 2 March. Forfeiture and penalities came into effect last week on 3 May, said the Ministry of Revenue and Customs yesterday.
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Thursday 13 May 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Income tax cuts for individuals and sole traders from July 1 means all income taxpayers in Tonga will pay less. The tax-free income level will be raised from the first $10,000 to the first $12,000 pa'anga earned in the new financial year, with further adjustments in tax thresholds easing higher income tax levels.
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Tuesday 11 May 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Tongan Government is rolling out business recovery support payments to those in the informal sector, who have suffered financial losses due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Monday 10 May 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga’s Public Health Emergency has been renewed to prevent or minimize the spread of COVID-19 within Tonga, starting from 8:00pm today until 8:00pm 7 June.
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