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The Tongan Government has dismissed Lord Sevele-‘o-Vailahi from his OC CEO/Chairman role. A press release sent to media today stated it was with immediate effect and “The Government of Tonga, as a sovereign state, is not to submit to the PGC to decide for Tonga on who to employ to facilitate the PG2019.” Full Press Release below: GOVERNMENT OF TONGA MEDIA RELEASE (30 May, 2016) “IMMEDIATE VACATING THE POSITION OF PACIFIC GAMES 2019 (PG2019) ORGANIZING COMMITTEE (OC) CEO/CHAIRMAN”  The Audit & Governance Authority (AGA) for the Tonga-hosted PG2019 has approved that the position of PG2019 OG CEO/Chairman is to be vacated…

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The passing of Lord Tufui ‘o Talaheu (Taniela Hoko’ila Tufui), one of Tonga’s most distinguished and exceptional Leader of its Public Service is an invaluable loss which is deeply felt with profound sorrow by the Hon. Prime Minister and the Government. The High Commissioner of Tonga in Australia, H. R. H. Princess Latufuipeka Halaevalu Mata’aho, is representing the Government at the Funeral Service held today, Thursday, 28th April, 2016 at Ballarat, Victoria, in Australia. A Memorial Service for Lord Tufui in the gracious presence of His Majesty King Tupou VI, and H. M. Queen Nanasipau’u, and the Royal Family was…

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“Faka’ilonga’i ‘e he Palemia ‘a hono tukuatu ‘o e Palani Fakafonua ‘a Tonga ki he Hala Fononga ki ha Tonga Mo’ui Lelei” Na’e faka’ilonga’i ‘e he Palemia, Hon. Samuela ‘Akilisi Pohiva ‘a e tukuatu ki he kakai e fonua ‘a e Palani Fakafonua ‘a Tonga ki hono Faka’ehi’ehi mo Tauhi’i ‘a e Ngaahi Fokoutua ‘oku ‘Ikai ke Pipihi pe ko e Hala Fononga ki ha Tonga Mo’ui Lelei ki he ta’u ‘e nima ka hoko mai, ‘i he Tusite 24 ‘o Fepueli 2016 ‘i he Fale Fakataha’anga Kalofiama ‘o Epworth ‘i Nuku’alofa. Na’e me’a ‘a e Palemia ko e visone…

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The Prime Minister of Tonga Hon Samuela ‘Akilisi Pohiva and his fellow leaders from the Pacific Islands countries met in Suva, Fiji, from 1st to 4th September 2015, for the 3rd Pacific Islands Development Forum (PIDF3) Leaders’ Summit/Meeting. The members of the PIDF include Pacific Island countries without Australia and New Zealand. The Governing/Leaders’ Council of the PIDF adopted the PIDF Charter with the understanding that respective national processes of ratification were to be undertaken. Under this Charter, PIDF is historically established as an international organization, institutionally designed (with appointment of Samoan Mr. Francois Martel as PIDF Secretary General with…

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GOVERNMENT OF TONGA MEDIA RELEASE (27 August 2015) “KEYNOTE SPEECH BY THE PRIME MINISTER, HON. SAMUELA ‘AKILISI POHIVA AT THE AUSTRALIA–PACIFIC TECHNICAL COLLEGE (APTC) TONGA GRADUATION CEREMONY AT 12.00 PM ON THURSDAY, 27TH AUGUST, 2015 AT THE QUEEN SALOTE MEMORIAL HALL.” Over the past decade, the advancement in Tonga’s, Human Development Index, and its high number of Doctorates in Philosophy, in comparison to its population size, has been recognized globally. Equally acknowledged, has been the raising, of the quality and level of qualification, in nursing, teaching, theology, and a few other key, technical and vocational competency. Accordingly, it is an…

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(6 August 2015) The Hon. Prime Minister and Minister for Education & Training, Hon. Samuela ‘Akilisi Pohiva opened the newly reconstructed classrooms for Fakakakai Government Primary School on Thursday 30 July 2015. The Fakakakai Primary School building was demolished by Cyclone Ian in January 2014 and as a result students had to use the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saint’s Church Building in the Island as temporary classrooms. The five classrooms, toilet facilities and two staff quarters cost around TOP$869,290.00. The reconstruction of Fakakakai Primary School building was jointly funded by the Government of New Zealand and the…

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Friday, 13 March 2015, 9:28 pm Press Release: United Nations Human Rights Commissioner UN Women and the Regional UN Human Rights Office for the Pacific welcome the Government of Tonga’s agreement to ratify the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW). CEDAW is the principal UN treaty on women’s human rights. It was adopted by the UN General Assembly in 1979 and has so far been ratified by 188 countries. Any State that ratifies the convention is legally bound to eliminate discriminatory practices against women and girls and incorporate gender equality into law.…

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SOURCE:  GOVERNMENT OF TONGA (18 May 2015) Prime Minister, Hon. Samuela ‘Akilisi Pohiva departed for Japan on the weekend, to attend the Seventh Pacific Islands Leaders Meeting (PALM7). Leaders from Japan and Pacific Island Forum (PIF) Member States, including Tonga will meet in Tokyo and Iwaki City from 21-23 May, 2015 to review and work out Japan’s assistance program in relation to disaster risk management. PIF members include leaders and representatives from Australia, Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, FSM, Nauru, New Zealand, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu. PALM7 is co-chaired by Japan’s…

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13th May 2015 Hon. ‘Akilisi Pōhiva Prime Minister Prime Minister’s Office NUKU’ALOFA Hon. Prime Minister, Subject: Support for Tonga to be a Signatory to the Convention for the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) and its Ratification Reference to the above-stated subject, we herewith wish to thank your Honour’s Cabinet for approving Tonga to be a signatory and ratify CEDAW and we confirm our support for same. PSA as an affiliate of the Public Service International (PSI) and we join 20 million public sector workers around the world in supporting & advocating for CEDAW recognizing that there is a lot…

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The Tongan Community in Suva hosted the Honourable Prime Minister Samuela ‘Akilisi Pohiva at a Sunday service at ‘Api Tonga that coincided with the annual Children’s May celebration, Fakame, on 2 May. The Prime Minister is on a state visit to Fiji to meet Fiji’s Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama, as well as give the keynote address at the Regional Pacific Islands Green Growth Coalition meeting hosted by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Accompanying the Prime Minister are Hon ‘Etuate Lavulavu, Minister of Infrastructure, and also Hon. Poasi Tei, Minister of Public Enterprises. The two ministers are…

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