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Friday 15 June 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Crowds of families queued at the government's Treasury today waiting to get cash handouts in the form of cheques from a government account. The people waiting for the handouts said their homes were either damaged or destroyed by severe Tropical Cyclone Gita in February. The hand out organised by the Ministry of Finance they said aimed to help them rebuild their homes.
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Thursday 14 June 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Mahe ‘Uli’uli Tupouniua has been appointed as the Secretary for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Nuku'alofa, for four-years starting on June 14.
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Thursday 24 May 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Pacific Games Council and Tonga Sports Association National Olympic Committee have filed a civil suit against the Tonga government for breach of contract when they withdrew from hosting the 2019 Pacific Games.
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Monday 21 May 2018
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A petition to impeach seven Cabinet Ministers, including Tonga's Prime Minister Hon ‘Akilisi Pohiva, is expected to be submitted to the King and Parliament on Friday, May 25.
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Thursday 17 May 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Prime Minister Hon ‘Akilisi Pohiva yesterday recommended to King Tupou VI to reappoint Lord Ma’afu as Minister for Lands and Natural Resources, after differences with another Cabinet Minister were reconciled. Lord Ma'afu had voluntarily resigned on March 2.
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Tuesday 8 May 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Prime Minister Hon ‘Akilisi Pohiva said today that he did not give away the Polata'ane royal residence and land to the British Government.
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Tuesday 8 May 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Losaline Ma'asi has been nominated by the Prime Minister to become the new Minister of Internal Affairs and replace an ousted Minister whom he fired in April, after fraud charges were laid against her.
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Friday 4 May 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A pioneer of horticultural enterprise in Tonga, Setaleki Tu’iniua Tavake Vailahi Soakai, better known as Masao Soakai, passed away at his home, at Popua, Nuku’alofa at the age of 95 on 24 April 2018.
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Thursday 19 April 2018
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
In the latest spill of words, Tonga's former Minister for Internal Affairs ‘Akosita Lavulavu - who was sacked by the Prime Minister last week following fraud charges, spoke of her humiliation when another Minister replaced her at a Pacific Sports Ministers Meeting in Fiji in March.
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Thursday 12 April 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Prime Minister Hon. 'Akilisi Pohiva has fired Hon. ‘Akosita Lavulavu, his Minister for Internal Affairs and Sports, effective yesterday, Wednesday 11 April 2018, after she refused to resign.
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Sunday 8 April 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Prime Minister, Hon. ‘Akilisi Pohiva, made conflicting statements about Tonga’s political reform and the administration of law and order in the country this week, during his latest bid to take over executive powers that were given by parliament to the Privy Council under Constitutional changes in 2010. - By Pesi Fonua.
Monday 26 March 2018
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The composition of the Tongan Cabinet has not been completed, “we are still working on it,” the Prime Minister Hon. ‘Akilisi Pohiva told a Press Conference that he called on Friday, 23 March. By Pesi Fonua.
Thursday 22 March 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The reasoning behind the Tongan Parliament's urgent push to work seven hours overtime on the 8th and 12th March in order to pass five bills that don’t address Tonga’s immediate Cyclone Recovery needs, remains a mystery to the public and some Members of Parliament. Three of the five bills grant the Reserve Bank more control over moneylenders while the two other bills regard foreign exchange levies and Pacific Games taxation incentives.
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Friday 9 March 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Attorney General’s Office (AGO) has publicly scolded the Minister of Police and Fire Services, Hon. Mateni Tapueluelu, for making false allegations against Police Commissioner Stephen Caldwell.
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Friday 2 March 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Lord Ma’afu Tukui’aulahi resigned as Tonga’s Minister for Lands and Natural Resources, as well as the Minister responsible for His Majesty’s Armed Forces this afternoon, 2 March.
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Wednesday 28 February 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's Prime Minister Hon. 'Akilisi Pohiva wants his son-in-law, Mateni Tapueluelu, to remain in Cabinet, and today refused to accept his resignation from two key government ministerial portfolios. The Prime Minister's Office revealed in a statement that Mateni was frustrated in his bid for greater authority over the Tonga Police and did not have the support of his Cabinet colleagues.
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Thursday 15 February 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's Prime Minister Hon. 'Akilisi Pohiva is back in Tonga, after travelling to New Zealand on February 5 for medical check-ups following an illness. "I'm fine!" he told Matangi Tonga this morning. Parliament will meet tomorrow at a central location to be decided.
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Tuesday 6 February 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The annual induction meeting for district and town officers in Tonga, aimed to improve the effectiveness of local government, was held on February 5-6, at the Fa’onelua Convention Centre.
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Sunday 21 January 2018
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The two Cabinet portfolios of Foreign Affairs and Defence have been reallocated, with the Prime Minister, Hon. ‘Akilisi Pohiva as Foreign Affairs, and Lord Ma’afu as the Minister of His Majesty’s Armed Forces, according to a Press Statement from the Prime Minister's Office yesterday, 20 January.
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Wednesday 17 January 2018
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga’s new government was formally formed on Friday, 5 January “when Cabinet Ministers were appointed by His Majesty,” Tonga’s Acting Attorney General ‘Aminiasi Kefu confirmed today, 17 January, but admitted that he did not have a list of the names of Tonga’s new Cabinet Ministers.
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