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Dr Taufe’ulungaki: my being a non-elected member has been a very sore issue – New Zealand Kaniva Pacific | New Zealand Kaniva Pacific


“BEING the only woman in Parliament is not unique to me,” says the Hon. Minister of Education Dr. ‘Ana Taufe’ulungaki when speaking to 30 members of the first ever Practice Parliament for Women in Tonga.

via Dr Taufe’ulungaki: my being a non-elected member has been a very sore issue – New Zealand Kaniva Pacific | New Zealand Kaniva Pacific.

Deputy Speaker of Tonga’s Parliament pleads not guilty to firearm charge


The trial for the Deputy Speaker of Tonga’s Parliament, Lord Tu’iha’ateiho, charged with possession of a firearm without a license, has been adjourned until next year.

Radio Tonga reports the accused and his legal counsel Kahu Afeaki appeared before Justice Charles Cato in the Supreme Court Friday morning and pleaded not guilty to the charge.

via Deputy Speaker of Tonga’s Parliament pleads not guilty to firearm charge.

Tonga Parliament hosts Regional Meeting for Pacific Parliaments


The two day event aims to promote the role of parliaments, Tonga included, in discussing key regional issues.

There will be 33 participants from Pacific Parliaments that will participate in the workshop. Discussions will cover three broad theme of operating a modern parliament in the Pacific perspective.

via Tonga Parliament hosts Regional Meeting for Pacific Parliaments.

Parliament rejects a Bill to change Tonga’s electoral system


Tonga’s parliament has rejected Private Member’s Bill that sought to change how Tongans elect a Prime Minister, and proposing that a care-taker government to run government when parliament closes at the end of the month, in preparation for the Parliamentary General Election in November next year.

via Parliament rejects a Bill to change Tonga’s electoral system | Matangi Tonga.

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.