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‘Temo’ party celebrates Eke’s PHD award


Aisake Eke, the Parliament Representative for Tongatapu 5 was awarded with a doctor of philosophy in business administration which he completed at the University of South Queensland in Australia.

Eke was a civil servant and a former Secretary for Finance at the Tonga Treasury.

via ‘Temo’ party celebrates Eke’s PHD award – New Zealand Kaniva Pacific | New Zealand Kaniva Pacific.

King of Tonga calls for new development agenda to address climate change, oceans


Taking the podium at the United Nations General Assembly today, King Tupou VI of Tonga joined leaders of other small island developing States (SIDS) in urging that sustainable development agenda address climate change in a way that is integrated throughout its targets.

via United Nations News Centre – King of Tonga calls for new development agenda to address climate change, oceans.

Tonga Govt to spend thousands of dollars on tourism and manufacturing


The Tongan government has allocated more than half a million US dollars to the development of small businesses in the tourism and manufacturing industries.

The Ministry of Commerce, Tourism and Labour CEO, Tatafu Moeaki, says under the scheme, half will go to small enterprises developing new tourism products.

via Tonga Govt to spend thousands of dollars on tourism and manufacturing.

Good time for Tonga to bring in quota for women parliamentarians


A Tongan scholar says now is a good time for her country to introduce a quota system for women parliamentarians.Sulia Makasini is writing a paper on how an interim quota system might work while in Australia under the Pacific Women’s Parliamentary Partnerships Programme.

via Good time for Tonga to bring in quota for women parliamentarians: scholar – Tonga – News – Islands Business magazine.

Resignation another fiasco in the House


The resignation of Lord Tu‘iha‘ateiho as the Acting Speaker of the Tonga Legislative Assembly, on Tuesday, 27 August, is the latest fiasco in parliament, since Tonga introduced a new political system at the end of 2010.

via Resignation another fiasco in the House | Matangi Tonga.

Tongan PM to attend Polynesian Leader’s Group meeting in Auckland


Tongan Prime Minister Tu’ivakano will attend the third annual Polynesia Leader’s Group meeting on 30 August in Auckland.

The Polynesian Leaders’ Group is an international organisation of independent or self-governing territories in Polynesia that was set up in 2011. It comprises eight members Tonga, Samoa, Tuvalu, Cook Islands, Niue, America Samoa, French Polynesia and Tokelau.

via Tongan PM to attend Polynesian Leader’s Group meeting in Auckland – Tonga – News – Islands Business magazine.

Stop interfering: Tonga tells NZ


Tonga says it will make do and explore other options if New Zealand continues to suspend its tourism aid to the island kingdom.

New Zealand recently punished Tonga by withdrawing its multimillion dollar tourism aid, following the island kingdom’s acceptance of a gift from China in the form of a Chinese manufactured Xian MA60 aircraft.

via Stop interfering: Tonga tells NZ – Fiji – News – Islands Business magazine.

Lawmakers struggle over new anti-corruption measures


Tonga’s lawmakers are struggling to agree on what kind of anti-corruption mechanism might be put in place for Tonga.

After three days of vociferous debate over three bills the Tongan Parliament on July 24 deferred the bills back to its Standing Law Committee for further amendments:

Good Governance Commission Bill,

Commissioner for Public Relations Bill and

Anti-Corruption Commission Bill,

via Lawmakers struggle over new anti-corruption measures | Matangi Tonga.

Tonga says spending money on climate capacity-building is worth it


The deputy Prime Minister of Tonga says spending money on climate change and disaster risk management is a worthwhile investment in the future.

Samiu Vaipulu says ministry staff are getting old and he needs trained replacements.

via Tonga says spending money on climate capacity-building is worth it.

Samoa, Tonga and Tuvalu Sign the MOU


Samoa, Tonga and Tuvalu signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to establish the Pacific Regional Trade and Development Facility (the Facility) to join Vanuatu and Kiribati who signed the MoU in May and June respectively.

While signing the MoU for the Government of Tonga, Honourable Dr Viliami Uasike Latu, Minister for Commerce Tourism and Labour, highlighted the importance of Aid for Trade for Pacific island economies. “This MoU is expected to assist the Pacific islands in pooling their aid for trade resources and coordinating its utilisation in the implementation of regional aid for trade projects. Tonga supports this initiative and looks forward to the Facility being operationalised,” Hon. Latu said.

via Samoa, Tonga and Tuvalu Sign the MOU | Scoop News.