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Friday 29 November 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
District Town Officers and Town Officers will start promoting tax awareness and assist government with the war on drugs, after the Ministry of Revenue and Customs (MoRC) requested support at a Tax Awareness Program held on 26 November in Nuku’alofa.
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Tuesday 26 November 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Cabinet has terminated the appointment Piveni Piukala as Chairman and Director of a Shared Communication Boards citing “incompetence” and “failure to follow due process”, in an announcement issued by the Tonga Prime Minister's Office today.
Thursday 21 November 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Over $11 million pa'anga in unpaid tax and duties from 2004-14, owed to the Ministry of Revenue and Customs, is an issue that Tonga’s new government of Prime Minister Dr Pohiva Tu‘i‘onetoa wants to address.
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Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Tonga Government has confirmed the dates for public holidays in 2020 with the majority observed on the actual day, while three days will be moved to be observed on a Monday.
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Thursday 14 November 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Tongan Cabinet yesterday, 13 November cancelled the appointment of Piveni Piukala “to lead a Reform Technical Task Force for Planning, Budgeting and Aid at the Ministry of Finance. . .”
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Tuesday 12 November 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
An eight years old legal battle between the Public Service Commission and Busby Kautoke, a former Chief Secretary and the Secretary to Cabinet, and Head of Department for the Prime Minister’s Office concluded last week when the parties jointly announced they had agreed to end their “long running employment dispute.”
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Tuesday 12 November 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A special public holiday for Tonga was this morning made official for Friday, November 15 to celebrate Tonga's winning Rugby League team.
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Wednesday 6 November 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
An odd media release by the Prime Minister today announced: “Behold, the Champion Teams will assemble...”
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Friday 1 November 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Tongan government's services will close down for their annual Christmas holidays, for two weeks from Monday 23 December 2019 and returning to work on Monday 6 January 2020
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Thursday 10 October 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's new Prime Minister, Hon. Pohiva Tu’i’onetoa announced his new 12-members Cabinet this afternoon, 10 October 2019. He has retained only three Ministers from the previous government of the late 'Akilisi Pohiva. The 12 member Cabinet includes two women and three nobles.
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Thursday 19 September 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga’s Prime Minister Hon Samuela ‘Akilisi Pohiva (78) was laid to rest today, September 19 at the Telekava Cemetery, Kolomotu'a after lying in State for two nights at St George Government Building.
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Tuesday 17 September 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The cortege of Prime Minister Hon Samuela 'Akilisi Pohiva arrived at Fua'amotu International Airport on September 17 and was conveyed to the St George Government Building, where the Prime Minister Lies in State for two nights of vigil.
Monday 16 September 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The program for the State Funeral of Tonga's Prime Minister, the late Hon. 'Akilisi Pohiva, remains uncertain after Deputy Prime Minister Hon. Semisi Sika sent out an urgent press release at 1:13am this morning (Monday) saying a draft programme had been released “by mistake”.
Sunday 15 September 2019

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
Arrangements for the state funeral of the late Prime Minister Hon. 'Akilisi Pohiva who died in Auckland last week, are expected to be confirmed by the Prime Minister's Office on Monday 16 September. A tentative programme released at the weekend stated that the funeral party will depart at 2:00pm on Tuesday from RNZAF Whenuapai Airport, with repatriation by the Royal New Zealand Airforce, arriving in Tonga at a time to be confirmed, with interment on Thursday.
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Friday 13 September 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Funeral arrangements are being planned for Tonga’s Prime Minister Hon. Samuela ‘Akilisi Pohiva (78) who died on September 12 at Auckland City Hospital. The arrangements are awaiting approval from Cabinet before being released.
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Thursday 12 September 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's Prime Minister Hon. 'Akilisi Pohiva died in the Auckland City Hospital at 9:00am this morning, the Acting Prime MInister Hon. Semisi Sika, announced on national radio at 6:40pm this evening. The Tongan Parliament this morning was deferred indefinitely by the Acting Speaker Lord Tu’ilakepa.
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Wednesday 11 September 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Prime Minister, Hon Samuela ‘Akilisi Pohiva was medically evacuated to New Zealand this afternoon, September 11.
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Friday 23 August 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga’s ailing Prime Minister Hon. 'Akilisi Pohiva described the sheer determination he mustered to attend what he said was his “last Pacific Islands Forum meeting” while he was still under intensive medical care this month. He related his struggles to the Tongan media in a press conference he called in Nuku'alofa on August 20. Report by Pesi Fonua.
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Monday 5 August 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tongan Prime Minister Hon. 'Akilisi Pohiva has been admitted to Vaiola Hospital for observation, before he leads Tonga's delegation to the Pacific Islands Forum Leaders Summit in Tuvalu next week.
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Wednesday 10 July 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A new “Infringement Notice Regime” proposed to give teeth to the provisions of Tonga’s Communications Act of 2015 will allow government to issue penalties of between $1000 and $4000 when they believe a person has contravened the Act, without going to court.

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