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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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Thursday 15 March 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
HM King Tupou VI today called upon all Tongans to work together in addressing the influence of alcohol and drugs in a recent upsurge of road deaths and homicides. According to police reports, there have been six alleged murders since 4 February and seven road deaths since 13 February.
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Wednesday 14 March 2018
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
HM King Tupou VI has appointed three Nobles of the Realm to close Parliament tomorrow, 15 March. The appointments were announced today by the Speaker of the Tongan Parliament, Lord Fakafanua.
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Monday 12 March 2018
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Tonga Government today extended the current national State of Emergency to finish on 9 April. Tonga’s State of Emergency was first declared on 12 February – the day Cyclone Gita struck Tongatapu and ‘Eua.
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Friday 9 March 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga’s Parliament is up and running this week thanks to support from parliaments throughout the Pacific region, including Australia, New Zealand and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), after Tropical Cyclone Gita destroyed its century old building and technical equipment last month.
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Tuesday 6 March 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
After a rush by the Tonga Government to hold a parliament session yesterday 5 March in order to address the urgent needs of the country, it was decided that Parliament will have a two-day break as the Kingdom receives New Zealand’s Prime Minister Hon. Jacinda Ardern who arrives tonight for a one-day visit. Parliament will resume on Thursday 8 March.
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