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Wednesday 19 August 2009
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Tonga government has distributed $66,000 pa'anga to help the families of 33 persons in Tongatapu whose lives were lost in the MV Princess Ashika tragedy. The funds were allocated at $2,000 pa'anga per head and taken from a $15 million National Emergency Fund held by Government to aid in times of emergency.
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Tuesday 11 August 2009
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's Minister of Transport Hon. Paul Karalus announced his resignation this afternoon, July 11, six days after the sinking of Tonga's domestic ferry, with the tragic loss of 95 persons, 93 of whom remain missing.
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Tuesday 11 August 2009
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The sea worthiness of the MV Princess Ashika, will be investigated by a Commission of Inquiry, Tonga's Prime Minister Hon. Dr Feleti Sevele said yesterday evening, July 10.
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Wednesday 29 July 2009
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Noble Ma'afu was appointed on July 28 as Tonga's new Minister for Environment and Climate Change.
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Wednesday 24 June 2009
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Constitutional and Electoral Commission is pleased to announce the successful completion of the public forum with the Niua people here in Tongatapu.
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Wednesday 3 June 2009
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Less than a month after being appointed as Tonga's new Minister of Information and Communication, Hon 'Eseta Fusitu'a was made the Acting Minister of Justice, effective on June 1.
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Monday 1 June 2009
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The resignation of Tonga's Minister of Justice and Attorney General, ‘Alisi Afeaki Taumoepeau, became effective today, three years after she was appointed to the post.
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Monday 18 May 2009
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
I refer to Mariner's remarks Promote small businesses to stimulate economy to promote small businesses to stimulate the economy. A valid idea but I think he misses the business linkage of the economic stimulus announced by the Hon. Minister of Finance.
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Thursday 14 May 2009
United Kingdom
Just to clarify on comments regarding the stimulus scheme implemented in Australia, which were in two stages. The first stimulation package was implemented last year before Christmas of 2008, focusing on low income earners (Family Tax Benefit A or B) of amounts of $1,000 per child in that group. A lot of Tongan families in Australia benefited from this hand out or splashing in order to stimulate Australia's economy.
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Tuesday 5 May 2009
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Tonga Cabinet is undergoing a reshuffle as two new Ministers take-up the portfolios of Minister of Agriculture, Food, Fisheries, Forestry and Minister of Information and Communication while the Minister of Justice is resigning.
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Wednesday 29 April 2009
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Two new Government Ministers are expected to be appointed this week to the portfolios of the Ministry of Agriculture, Food, Fisheries and Forestry, and the Ministry of Information and Communication.
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Thursday 16 April 2009
Brisbane,Australia
I suggest that the ERC does little for Tonga's guest for good governance, accountability and transparency. Cutting edge research on governance suggests that nominating committees, remuneration committees, audit committees and other sub-committees for that matter do not necessarily provide for better governance, accountability and transparency. Suggested instead from governance literature is that these committees serve a "window dressing" purpose. Further, the same literature does not attribute improved performance to good governance. With that theoretical background I am confident ke fokotu'u atu 'oku 'ikai ke 'iai ha kakunga'a e ERC ki hono improving governance, accountability and transparency in the public sector. - A Funaki
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Wednesday 15 April 2009
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
If the king has given up his executive powers, who is going to sign the Bill(s) that passed by parliament. Who will choose Ministers of the Cabinet, and make other such changes to Cabinet if needed? - D. K. Fale
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Thursday 26 February 2009
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
At a two-day conference in Nuku'alofa this week civil societies and other community organisations are presenting their reports on a Reconciliation and Civic Education Programme that has been funded by the European Union in Tonga.
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Thursday 19 February 2009
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's Emergency Powers (Public Safety and Public Security Regulations 2008) have been renewed for another 30 days, until March 19, 2009.
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Wednesday 28 January 2009
Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
When Mr. Sevele took office as the Prime Minister of the kingdom, there were lots of hopes riding his appointment. To our dismay, the freedom of the press got more restrictions under his watch than any other time. - TamaFoa
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Tuesday 20 January 2009
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's Emergency Powers (Public Safety and Public Security Regulations 2008) been renewed for another 30 days, until February 16, 2009.
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Thursday 15 January 2009
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The new CEOs for five government ministries will be announced toward the end of February.
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Wednesday 14 January 2009
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Although the Government of Tonga is out-sourcing some of its services and assets to be managed and funded by private companies it will retain ownership in them, the Prime Minister Hon Dr Feleti Sevele said this afternoon.
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Tuesday 13 January 2009
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Emergency Powers (Public Safety and Public Security) Regulations 2008 renewed for 30 days on December 19, 2008 stands to expire on Saturday, January 17.
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