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Tuesday 9 April 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
An urgent bill pushed by Cabinet last month – the National Spatial Planning And Management (Amendment) Bill 2019 – aims to replace the King’s authority in appointing the ‘Planning Tribunal’ which adjudicates appeals filed by applicants against decisions made by the National Spatial Planning Authority, a body that assesses and approves draft plans of land/development projects.
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Wednesday 27 March 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Prime Minister Hon. ‘Akilisi Pohiva today expressed relief that King Tupou VI did not dissolve the Tonga Legislative Assembly and call for new elections again, as requested by Petitioners. “I totally support His Majesty in Council’s decision,” he stated.
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Monday 25 February 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga’s tense and conflicting politics were exposed when three petitions were presented to the HM King Tupou VI on 18 February, with a call to not only dissolve parliament, but also to establish a Royal Commission to investigate alleged wrong doings by government; and to appoint a caretaker government. Last week the Prime Minister, Hon. ‘Akilisi Pohiva, responded by calling the petitions “trouble making”.
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Monday 18 February 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Three Petitions with over 10,000 signatures calling for King Tupou VI to dissolve the Tongan Parliament and establish a Royal Commission of Inquiry to investigate the Pohiva government, were presented to the Palace Office in Nuku'alofa this afternoon, 18 February. By Pesi Fonua
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Friday 25 January 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga’s Prime Minister ‘Akilisi Pohiva raised laughter at an Australian function last night before proposing a toast to HM Queen Elizabeth II, when he said that he may need god's smile as another petition was being filed to the King to dissolve parliament.
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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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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 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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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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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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Monday 22 January 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's Prime Minister ‘Akilisi Pohiva was discharged from hospital over the weekend and is in good health, the Prime Minister's Office said today in a statement.
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Sunday 19 November 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The results of Tonga’s November 16 General Election “reflected the wishes of the people” the Chair of the Commonwealth Observer Group, Hon. Margaret Wilson DNZM said at the Tanoa Hotel on 18 November. Speaking to the press at the end of their observer mission, she congratulated the Kingdom of Tonga for turning out in numbers to exercise their democratic right.
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Thursday 5 October 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Cardinal Mafi of Tonga this week has emphasized that religious leaders should not get involved in politics. He was speaking at a a National Dialogue to ‘Identify Leadership Contribution to Tonga’s Journey to a Democratic Society.’
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Saturday 30 September 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Langafonua ‘a e Masiva Party was launched on Friday, September 29 with six candidates, who are running for the November 16 General Election.
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Friday 26 May 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The main problem with Tonga's parliament today is that 17 People’s Representatives can’t work together, making it very difficult for parliament and government to function properly, says Dr Sitiveni Halapua, who played a pivotal role in Tonga’s democratisation reforms. "What is happening now, we inherited the problems of progress, but we do not have progress.” Interview by Pesi Fonua.
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Tuesday 6 December 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Manitasi Leger says he was the first Tongan representative to attend the Commonwealth Youth Parliament when it was held in Brisbane, Australia in 2005, and Tonga had another representative, Kerry Lepa, attend in 2012, before Elizabeth Kite was nominated in 2016.
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Friday 18 November 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Elizabeth Kite, Tonga’s first youth representative at the Commonwealth Youth Parliament (CYP) held in Canada last week, says the experience has been one of the most inspiring events in her life to date. She was inspired to see so many female politicians and how people regarded that as "normal". She now aims to pursue a career in Tongan politics.
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