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Former Attorney General claims over TOP$1 million for alleged breach of contract


Tonga’s first independent Attorney General, Mr John Cauchi filed Thursday, May 24 at Nuku’alofa Supreme Court, claims in special damages, relief for breach of his employment contract  and Repudiation of contract.

Mr Cauchi first served as Tonga Attorney General on 25 May 2009 but resigned in April 2010 citing government obstruction of a decision he made to appoint two independent prosecutors to investigate and prosecute matters relating to sinking of MV Ashika that killed 74 passengers mostly Tongans.

via Former Attorney General claims over TOP$1 million for alleged breach of contract – New Zealand Kaniva Pacific News | New Zealand Kaniva Pacific News.

French navys La Moqueuse calls into Nukualofa


La Moqueuse, a French navy patrol vessel, called into Nukualofa on May 25-28, during a routine maritime surveillance operation of the Pacific Ocean.Tupou Pasikala Fiu, the French Consul in Tonga, said the vessel stopped over in Tonga as part of a Tautahi Operation, which is an International Maritime Surveillance Operation of the Pacific ocean.She said the vessel manned by 30 crew led by Lt Commander Xavier Medec, also conducted a joint military exercise with the Tonga Defence Services.

via French navys La Moqueuse calls into Nukualofa | Matangi Tonga.

Chinese visit prompts Tonga government to review business investment policy


Tonga government officials told a Chinese business delegation that they would review a policy that imposes 15% consumption tax on business investments in Tonga.

They also told the potential investors that tourism is “Tonga’s most vibrant industry” and that Tonga has fish to give for fishing boats and it will speed up its process of issuing licenses to fish in Tonga’s waters.

via Chinese visit prompts Tonga government to review business investment policy | Matangi Tonga.

Pacific Islands parliamentarians visit China


China is on track to achieve its Millennium Development Goals by 2015, and to establish a moderately prosperous society by 2020, Shi Guohui, the Vice-Governor of Binxian County, in central China told a Pacific Islands delegation on May 10.

The Pacific Islands delegation included14 members of parliament and three media personnel from Tonga, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and the Federated States of Micronesia.

via Pacific Islands parliamentarians visit China | Matangi Tonga.

Tonga Chief Justice rejects Lord Sevele’s judicial review application


Lord Sevele ‘o Vailahi, Former Prime Minister of Tonga along with his former minister Paul Karalus  have failed in their  attempt to bring court proceedings against a Parliamentary committee chaired by long-time democratic activist and Leader of Democratic Party ‘Akilisi Pohiva.

via Tonga Chief Justice rejects Lord Sevele’s judicial review application – New Zealand Kaniva Pacific News | New Zealand Kaniva Pacific News.

Tonga to feature its first ICT Day Expo on May 17


The first-ever ICT Day Expo will be held at the Queen Salote Memorial Hall on 17 May 2013. Through the support of the World Bank, the Ministry of Information and Communications in collaboration with the ICT industry, would like to undertake a robust public relations campaign to enhance the visibility of the Project to consumers (individuals and institutions), potential investors (within Tonga and abroad), Internet service providers (ISPs) and other relevant key stakeholders.

via Tonga to feature its first ICT Day Expo on May 17.

Growing Chinese investment in Tonga causes concern – YouTube


Growing Chinese investment in Tonga causes concern – YouTube.

Employers criticise Tonga’s proposed employment laws


Various governments have tried and failed to bring in industrial relations laws since the 1980s, and none currently exist in Tonga.

The government has extended its consultation period for the proposed legislation after uproar from the Tongan Chamber of Commerce and Industry, which says the terms are far too generous towards workers.

via Employers criticise Tonga’s proposed employment laws | Pacific Beat | ABC Radio Australia.

Tonga government to be flexible with contentious employment relations bill


The government in Tonga says it is willing to be flexible with some of the contentious provisions in a proposed employment relations law.

There is currently no employment relations legislation in Tonga.

The latest draft bill aims to put in place fundamental rights and principles at work, outlines employee and employer entitlements and gives provisions for equal employment opportunities.

via Tonga government to be flexible with contentious employment relations bill.

U.S. Secretary of Navy reaffirms commitment to Pacific


The United States Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus said security and stability in the Pacific is important to the United States, reflected in an ongoing strong commitment that would see them put more emphasis and more of their assets into the region.

During a two-day visit to Tonga on May 9-10, Secretary Mabus meeting the press today at the Tonga Defence Headquarters, said the United States’ commitment to the Pacific region is strong, enduring and will continue.

via U.S. Secretary of Navy reaffirms commitment to Pacific | Matangi Tonga.