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Thursday 20 September 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
There was tension in parliament yesterday morning when the Prime Minister, Hon. ‘Akilisi Pohiva burst out in anger over how, during his 31 years in politics, there had been attempts to “get rid of me”.
Tuesday 18 September 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Tongan Parliament resumed its 2018 session today, 18 September, after what the Deputy Speaker, Lord Tu’ilakepa, described as the House’s “longest break ever”.
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Friday 7 September 2018

Yaren, Nauru
All 18 member states of the Pacific Islands Forum, including Tonga, have endorsed the “Boe Declaration” which reaffirms that climate change is the “single greatest threat” to the Pacific Region, in Nauru on Wednesday 5 September, the final day of the 49th PIF Leaders Meeting.
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Wednesday 22 August 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tongan Prime Minister Hon. ‘Akilisi Pohiva released an official statement on 20 August, retracting comments he made two weeks ago in an interview with the Samoan Observer, where he suggested that Pacific Island nations should collectively ask China to write-off its debts.
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Thursday 16 August 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Prime Minister Hon. ‘Akilisi Pohiva is attracting world wide media attention after he made comments suggesting that Pacific Island leaders participate in a year long weight loss competition.
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Law
Wednesday 11 July 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Hon. Mr Justice Laki Niu, recently appointed as a judge of the Supreme Court and Land Court of Tonga, was welcomed to the judiciary in a ceremony today, July 11 in Nuku'alofa.
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Monday 9 July 2018

Wellington, New Zealand
Tonga's Speaker of the House, Lord Fakafanua, is joining more than 60 parliamentarians from Australia and Pacific at a Presiding Officers and Clerks Conference held in Wellington this week.
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Tuesday 26 June 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Tongan Parliament had an emergency session today to rescue Tonga’s 2018-19 National Budget of $659.3 million that was destined to end on 30 June 2018, instead of 30 June 2019. The error in the end date was passed in the Budget on June 20. From the House by Pesi Fonua.
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Friday 22 June 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tongan’s biggest national budget of $659.3 million Pa’anga for the 2018-19 Financial Year was passed by the Tongan Parliament before midnight on Wednesday, 20 June. The Government’s major expenditure is the salaries of Civil servants, at 53.6% of Tonga’s Gross Domestic Product. The number of civil servants has increased tremendously since 2005, from 3500 to 5000. Some members were very concerned about a lack of detail in the Ministries budget allocations.
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Monday 11 June 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A new political party in Tonga, the People’s National Party – Paati Tufunga Fonua ‘a e Kakai was launched at the Tanoa Hotel, Nuku’alofa on Saturday, 9 June 2018.
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Monday 11 June 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Office furniture worth $110,000 pa’anga for Tonga's Legislative Assembly was donated by the New Zealand Government on June 6, as part of the Cyclone Gita recovery efforts.
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Tuesday 5 June 2018
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's parliament were reminded to watch their grammar and correct their spelling when they prepared an 11 paragraph letter of response to HM King Tupou VI on Tuesday morning, 5 June. The King is in New Zealand.
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Thursday 31 May 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
King Tupou VI urged Tonga's government to speed up its reconstruction work because he said many people are still living a hard life following the devastation inflicted by Cyclone Gita on Tongatapu and ‘Eua on February 12-13 this year. He was also concerned that government lacked long-term vision for the future of Tonga.
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Wednesday 30 May 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A petition to Parliament calling for an investigation of seven Cabinet Ministers, including the Prime Minister Hon ‘Akilisi Pohiva, for allegedly breaching the Constitution of Tonga, was submitted to the Speaker today Wednesday, May 30. A copy of the petition with 3330 signatures was also delivered to the King for his information.
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Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The 2018 session of the Legislative Assembly of Tonga will have a state opening on Thursday, May 31 at the Tonga National Cultural Centre where it is temporarily located.
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Monday 16 April 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A former Prime Minister, Lord Sevele has hit back at what he called "very serious" allegations made last week by Prime Minister 'Akilisi Pohiva that reforms were made in 2010 without the approval of parliament.
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Law
Thursday 29 March 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
‘Elisapeti Makoni Lavakei’aho Langi was sworn in as a Senior Magistrate on March 29, becoming only the second woman in this position in Tonga.
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Law
Wednesday 28 March 2018
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Transparency International published its 2017 Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) on 21 February, ranking the level of public sector corruption in 180 countries and territories.
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Saturday 24 March 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Prime Minister Hon ‘Akilisi Pohiva yesterday announced that a recent ban that restricts Government school girls from playing rugby is “not Government policy”. However, the Prime Minister did not state if he had uplifted the ban nor explain why he had allowed the ban to be imposed in the first place.
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Tuesday 20 March 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A member of Tonga High School’s girls tag rugby team told Matangi Tonga today that her team was pulled out of a competition last week and told to stop playing rugby because they were girls.
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