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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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Monday 15 January 2018

Geneva, Switzerland
Tonga’s human rights record will be examined by the UN Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Working Group for the third time tonight, Monday, 15 January 2018, in Geneva. The UN in the Pacific is encouraging Tonga to continue constitutional reform and amendments "to widen the country's democratic space and respect for human rights."
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Wednesday 10 January 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Although Tonga's Cabinet was reported to be in a meeting, without the Prime Minister, throughout the morning, no one at the Prime Minister's Office is able to say right now who those members of the Cabinet are.
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Tuesday 9 January 2018
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's Prime Minister Hon. 'Akilisi Pohiva remains in the Intensive Care Unit of Vaiola Hospital, where he is being treated for a what is understood to be a temporary ailment acquired last week. Medical authorities said his condition was stable this morning.
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Monday 8 January 2018
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's Prime Minister Hon. 'Akilisi Pohiva was transferred to the Intensive Care Unit at Vaiola Hospital today. No statement on his condition has been issued by the Prime Minister's Office, but medical authorities report that his condition is stable this evening. A medical evacuation to Auckland planned for today was cancelled.
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Friday 5 January 2018
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
News that the Prime Minister Hon. ‘Akilisi Pohiva has submitted a list of the names of his 12 new Cabinet Ministers, including himself, was circulated on the internet today. However, at the end of the day, the Prime Minister’s Office in Nuku'alofa could not officially confirm the new line-up.
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Thursday 4 January 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Hon. ‘Akilisi Pohiva (76) has been appointed by King Tupou VI as Tonga’s next Prime Minister, effective from Tuesday, 2 January.
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Tuesday 24 October 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A "Tax Week" was held for the first time in Tongatapu on October 16-22, under the theme, Revenue From The Community, For The Community.
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Monday 23 October 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Tonga Government's public service will close down for their holidays, starting on December 20, 2017 until January 2, 2018.
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Friday 20 October 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tongan Statisticians gathered to celebrate World Statistics Day with the theme ‘Better data, Better lives’ today with the launch of the 2016 Population Census Report, and the Household Income and Expenditure Survey 2015/16 Report (HIES), at the Basillica of St Anthony of Padua in Nuku’alofa.
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Tuesday 17 October 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Investigators from Ombudsman and Auditor General Offices are sharpening their investigation skills to fight and manage corruption, during a regional anti-corruption training which started on October 17.
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Friday 13 October 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
New Zealand's Chief Ombudsman, Mr Peter Boshier, is visiting Tonga for three days, from 11-13 October to establish a close working relationship between his office and his Tongan counterpart.
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Monday 25 September 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's Prime Minister surprised a local press conference last week by leaking a document that he said was a "confidential" Cabinet decision relating to funds allocated for the opening celebration of the new St. George Government Building on September 1.
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Monday 25 September 2017

New York, USA
King Tupou VI highlighted sustainable development as critical to tackling climate change, in a speech to the United Nations General Assembly in New York, on 22 September.
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