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Former Attorney General takes action against Government of Tonga


The Supreme Court in Nuku’alofa will hear three Causes of Action filed by John Cauchi, Tonga’s former Attorney General, against the Government of Tonga on November 19-21, 2013.

Cauchi an Australian is claiming over AUD$500,000 in special damages and relief for Breach of Contract, Repudiation of Contract and Constructive Dismissal.

via Former Attorney General takes action against Government of Tonga | Matangi Tonga.

Tonga loses NZ aid over use of suspect Chinese aircraft


Over the past weekend, Tonga was gifted a Chinese-made Xian MA60 for its domestic Real Tonga airline by China.

But it is an aircraft with one of the world’s worst safety records, as New Zealand’s Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully pointed out to TVNZ.

via Tonga loses NZ aid over use of suspect Chinese aircraft – Australia Network News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation).

Tonga parliament passes budget


Tonga’s MPs have passsed the budget, the largest in the country’s history, at 192 million US dollars and more than half of it is coming from foreign aid.

Matangi Tonga also reports the Income Tax Act has been amended with the aim of bringing foreign consultants working in Tonga under the tax net.

via Tonga parliament passes budget.

Tonga budget to be propped up by aid


The Tongan government has announced a budget that is strongly dependent on foreign aid support.

The government is planning to spend five percent more in the coming year compared with last year – about 202 million US dollars.

via Tonga budget to be propped up by aid.

Tonga King says democratic reforms take time


The King of Tonga, Tupou the 6th, says more time will be needed before the full benefits of the democratic reforms are felt.This was one comment in a speech delivered on his behalf this week for what is termed the soft closing of the Legislative Assembly.The speech also made reference to planned constitutional changes on votes of no-confidence, with the King calling on MPs to carry out their work with sincerity, wisdom and responsibility.

via Tonga King says democratic reforms take time.

Confidence Tonga Family Protection Bill will pass soon


Supporters of a bill to protect families in Tonga are confident it will soon be passed by lawmakers.

The Tonga Family Protection Bill is expected to be discussed in this month’s session of parliament.

Beverley Tse has more:

The bill was introduced two years ago with the aim of combatting domestic violence and protecting all members of a household. The co-ordinator of the non-government organisation Ma’a Fafine Moe Famili, Betty Blake, says the bill has been debated in a series of workshops by a taskforce involving NGOs, church leaders and MPs. She says there is much support for the bill but there may be opposition from men – the traditional breadwinners – to a provision allowing women to apply for a protection order if they are denied money to feed their family.

via Confidence Tonga Family Protection Bill will pass soon.

Ambassador appointed as International Consultant for Asia Fortune Forum


In his new role, like other Ambassadors, is to support the AFF summits with his attendance and play the ambassadorial role of promoting Tonga and seeking opportunities of foreign investments from among the diverse members of AFF as potential investors in developing economies. AFF was founded in 2008 and has become one of the most influential summit in Asia. It is a high-end international economic and financial forum organization, provided for government officers, Ambassadors, enterprises, leaders, experts, businessmen, and economists. The mission of this platform is to promote the development of Asia and benefit mankind. AFF is strongly supported by the Government of the People’s Republic of China.

via Ambassador appointed as International Consultant for Asia Fortune Forum.

Asia and Pacific nations adopt Vladivostok Declaration on energy security and sustainability


Tonga’s Prime Minister, Lord Tu’ivakano attended the inaugural Asia Pacific Energy Forum APEF 2013, held in Vladivostok, Russian Federation, from May 27-30, where Asian and Pacific energy representatives talked about energy security and its sustainable use in the region.APEF, attended by ministers of energy and representatives of 34 countries from the Asian and the Pacific regions, adopted the “Vladivostok Declaration” to guide stakeholders on regional cooperation from 2014-18.

via Asia and Pacific nations adopt Vladivostok Declaration on energy security and sustainability | Matangi Tonga.

Cost of Energy Prohibitive to People’s Livelihood and Doing Business In Tonga


Tonga’s Prime Minister Lord Tu’ivakano addressed the 2013 Asian and Pacific Business Forum in Vladivostoc, Russia on Wednesday 29 May 2013, the first time ever that the UN convenes the Asia-Pacific Ministerial Energy Forum. Lord Tu’ivakano emphasized to the Forum the importance of energy costs to the people of Tonga and every businesses, which impinges their daily livelihood and costs of doing business, and at times can be prohibitive.

via Cost of Energy Prohibitive to People’s Livelihood and Doing Business In Tonga.