Prime Minister’s Office | Tonga – The Official website of the Government of Tonga http://www.pmo.gov.to Mon, 16 Oct 2017 23:33:04 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.4.11 The “Pacific Explorer” throws anchor in Nuku’alofa http://www.pmo.gov.to/the-pacific-explorer-throws-anchor-in-nukualofa/ http://www.pmo.gov.to/the-pacific-explorer-throws-anchor-in-nukualofa/#respond Mon, 16 Oct 2017 23:33:04 +0000 http://www.pmo.gov.to/?p=8041 Vuna Wharf welcomed the Pacific Explorer on Tuesday the 17th of October. This cruise liner is operated by P&O Cruises from Australia and can carry up to 1,998 passengers. The Pacific Explorer will anchor at Vuna Wharf over night before continuing its voyage to Vava’u on Wednesday.

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“Peace Corps celebrate 50th Anniversary” http://www.pmo.gov.to/peace-corps-celebrate-50th-anniversary/ http://www.pmo.gov.to/peace-corps-celebrate-50th-anniversary/#respond Tue, 03 Oct 2017 22:01:21 +0000 http://www.pmo.gov.to/?p=8019 2nd October 2017

Tonga’s Peace Corps celebrated 50 years of friendship and service in the Kingdom on the 2nd of October, 2017. A ceremony for the unveiling of the Peace Corps Tonga’s Anniversary Plaque was held at Uafu ‘Amelika (Yellow Pier Wharf) and attended by the Guest of Honour, HRH Princess Salote Mafile’o Pilolevu Tuita and Ambassador from the United States Government for Fiji, Her Excellency Judith Cefkin.

The Hon. Prime Minister delivered a speech on behalf of the Government of Tonga where he thanked Her Excellency Judith Cefkin, a retired Peace Corps worker for attending the program and recalled working with members of the Peace Corps in Ha’apai.

“Everyone who have been associated with the peace corps has great memories of the adventures and achievements in Tonga. Some have not only served our people but have formed friendship and made a difference in our lives,” the Hon Samuela ‘Akilisi Pohiva, Prime Minister of Tonga told guests.

“The commitment and the noble sacrifice that the US government and the people to make a difference by experiencing first-hand the Tongan culture and knowledge for the local people have made these initiatives a continued success as many of these volunteers were young and talented group of men and women many of whom have become long term friends of the kingdom.”

The Hon. Prime Minister told the gathering that 50 years ago Tonga has been blessed with more than one thousand six hundred volunteers who have demonstrated ingenuity and creativity to solve critical challenges alongside our local community leaders.

“May all the peace corps who have not only given this service of years in Tonga and impact in the develop of the kingdom is incomparable and to the current volunteers who are here today I wish all the best in their service and which the peace corps can continue and expand its work in Tonga. To the peace corps volunteers…. today is dedicated to all of you and to the lasting and cooperation between the kingdom of Tonga and the United States.”

Peace Corps volunteers performed a Tongan cultural dance which was followed by the vote of thanks by Drew Havea and closing prayer by Rev. Semisi Fonua.

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“MS Caledonian Sky Cruise Ship arrives in Nuku’alofa” http://www.pmo.gov.to/ms-caledonian-sky-cruise-ship-arrives-in-nukualofa/ http://www.pmo.gov.to/ms-caledonian-sky-cruise-ship-arrives-in-nukualofa/#respond Mon, 02 Oct 2017 03:11:55 +0000 http://www.pmo.gov.to/?p=8014 2nd October 2017

Vuna wharf welcomed the MS Caledonian Sky cruise ship on Monday the 2nd of October 2017. All 100 Passengers of the MS Caledonian Sky eagerly explored Tongatapu’s capital before boarding the cruise ship which departed Nuku’alofa at 10:00pm. The MS Caledonian Sky will then continue on its voyage exploring the diverse cultures of the South Pacific.

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Tonga welcomes the ‘Pacific Jewel’ http://www.pmo.gov.to/tonga-welcomes-the-pacific-jewel/ http://www.pmo.gov.to/tonga-welcomes-the-pacific-jewel/#respond Fri, 29 Sep 2017 03:12:43 +0000 http://www.pmo.gov.to/?p=8002 The Kingdom of Tonga once again welcomed the cruise ship ‘Pacific Jewel’ into Vuna Wharf on Tuesday the 26th of September. 1,883 passengers traveling from Sydney, Australia on the ‘Pacific Jewel’ flooded Nuku’alofa excited to experience the local hospitality.

The ‘Pacific Jewel’ and it’s passengers and crew of 712 had arrived from Vava’u and departed Vuna Wharf at 5:00pm on the 26th of September, 2017.

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Fakaava ‘e he ‘Eiki Palēmia e senita ako ma’a e soká http://www.pmo.gov.to/fakaava-e-he-eiki-palemia-e-senita-ako-maa-e-soka/ http://www.pmo.gov.to/fakaava-e-he-eiki-palemia-e-senita-ako-maa-e-soka/#respond Tue, 26 Sep 2017 01:52:18 +0000 http://www.pmo.gov.to/?p=7999 25 Sepitema 2017

Na’e fakaava ‘e he ‘Eiki Palemia Hon. Samuela ‘Akilisi Pohiva ‘a e senitaa ako fo’ou ma’a e Kautaha Soka ‘a ‘Osenia (OFC) ‘i he ‘api Soka ‘i Veitongo  ‘i he Tokonaki 23 ‘o Sepitema 2017.

Ko e senitaa ni ke fakahoko ai ‘a e ngaahi polokalama ako kehekehe ki he soka kau ai ‘a e ako ki he founga fakamaau; faiako; founga fakalele mo pule’i e soka; ako ki he tokoni fakafaito’o mo e mo’ulelei’ fakalakalaka e sipoti; fakalakalaka mo hono pule’i ‘o e soka pehe ki hono fakalele ha sipoti soka. Ko e  ako’anga ni ‘e ma’u ai ‘a e ngaahi tohi fakamo’oni ke lava ke ngaue’aki fakavaha’apule’anga mo fakalotofonua.

Ko e taha eni e ngaahi taumu’a ngaue ‘a e OFC ke ako’i ‘a e soka ki he kakai ‘o ‘Osenia; fakalakalaka e ‘ilo mo e poto’i va’inga ki he tukuikolo pe fonua; faka’ai’ai mo fakataukei’i ‘a e kau manako soka, faiako mo e kau ngaue ke to eleliange ‘enau ‘ilo mo e taukei mo pukepuke ‘a e manako ki he va’inga soka ‘i ‘Osenia.

Na’e me’a fakamalo ‘a e ‘Eiki Palemia ki he Tokoni Palesiteni Ma’olunga mo e Palesiteni ‘o e OFC, Mr. David Chung, ‘i he fokotu’utu’u ke kau ‘a Tonga he ngaahi fonua ke fakahoko ai ‘a e ngaahi ako ko eni.

“Ko e fatongia koia ‘o e Pule’anga ‘oku meimei fakatefito pe ia ki he ngaahi founga ke lava ‘o fakalele’aki ‘a e ngaahi sipoti katoa ‘i Tonga ni….pea ‘oku ou fiefia lahi ‘i he’eku mamata atu ki he fu’u ngaue lahi kafakafa kuo fakahoko ‘i Tonga ni ke hokoko ha mala’e va’inga ke teuteu’i ai ‘etau fanau ‘i he kaha’u,” ko e me’a ia ‘a e ‘Eiki Palemia.

Ko e lea talitali ‘o e ‘ahoo na’e me’a ai ‘a ‘Eiki Nopele Ve’ehala mo e lea na’e fakahoko ‘e Mr. David Chung.

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Tuku atu mei he:‘Ofisi ‘o e Palēmia, Pule’anga Tonga, Nuku’alofa, Tonga.Tu’asila:Taufa’ahau Road, P.O. Box 62.Tel: (676) 24 644     Fax:  (676) 23 888; Ngaahin Faka’eke’eke- Email: pressoffice@pmo.gov.to Uepisaiti: www.pmo,gov.to    

 

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Hon PM opened the OFC Education Education Centre http://www.pmo.gov.to/hon-pm-opened-the-ofc-education-education-centre/ http://www.pmo.gov.to/hon-pm-opened-the-ofc-education-education-centre/#respond Tue, 26 Sep 2017 01:45:07 +0000 http://www.pmo.gov.to/?p=7991 26th September 2017

The Hon. Prime Minister, Samuela ‘Akilisi Pohiva, in his capacity as Minister for Internal affairs, unveiled the Oceania Federation Confederation(OFC) Education plaque to marked the opening of the new Education Centre at The Tonga Football Association Headquarter in Veitongo on Sataurday 23rd September 2017.

The OFC Education Centre is a wide programme by Oceania to provide each OFC members with an education institute. The centre will offered training and qualification in various areas of football including coaching; refereeing; Administration and Management; Sport Medicine and fitness; high performance and elite development; club management and development; and event management.

This is one of OFC aim to take active role in encouraging personal; community and professional development in Oceania by offering education hubs and resources for the development of careers in football; upskill local volunteers to develop football in their communities; encouraging and guiding players, coaches and volunteers to improve their abilities and provide a sustainable Oceania-wide educational network.

The Hon Prime Minter expressed his gratitude to the Senior Vice-President of FIFA and President of OFC for recognizing Tonga to be one of the pilot nation to the Oceania Education Centre.

“ I am pleased to extend my full support of the government of Tonga to such an initiative no doubt that the OFC centre will open doors and opportunity for Tongans who have careers in football. It will also have the basic foundations for the development of this sport by providing structured pathways for qualifications and careers for those interested in football and sports…… Tonga’s youth and players will have an educational institute to learn and share knowledge and skills and experience in football as this game continues to grow and advance in Tonga the launch of this centre is timely.”

The welcoming address was delivered by Lord Ve’ehala of Tonga Football Association followed by a remark by Dr. David Chung.

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Cruise Ships Welcome to Tonga! http://www.pmo.gov.to/cruise-ships-welcome-to-tonga/ Thu, 14 Sep 2017 03:03:42 +0000 http://www.pmo.gov.to/?p=7962 13th September, 2017

The Pacific Jewel arrived on Wednesday 13th September 2017 at Vuna Wharf, Nuku’alofa from Vava’u, with 1,842 passengers and 728 crews.  Visitors were greeted at the wharf as they disembarked to visit Nuku’alofa and historical sites around Tongatapu.   Tongan handicrafts and souvenirs were available for purchase at the wharf.

The Pacific Jewel departed Nuku’alofa on Wednesday evening to Auckland, New Zealand.

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Music Night of the Open Heart Foundation http://www.pmo.gov.to/music-night-of-the-open-heart-foundation/ Mon, 11 Sep 2017 21:49:50 +0000 http://www.pmo.gov.to/?p=7952 10th September, 2017

Youth choirs came together at Queen Salote Memorial Hall on the evening of the 10th of September, 2017 to honour the Open Heart International Mission.

Her Royal Highness, Crown Princess Sinaitakala Tuku’aho was Guest of Honor. Guests were welcomed in a speech delivered by the Hon. Prime Minister, Samuela ‘Akilisi Pohiva following the opening prayer by Rev. Dr. ‘Ahio.

The Spiritual Music Night of the Open Heart International was celebrated with local youth choirs where the Hon. Minister of Health, Dr. Saia Piukala gave the vote of thanks followed by the closing prayer from Bishop ‘Afa Vaka.

Guest of honor, HRH Crown Princess, Sinaitakala Tuku'aho

Guest of honor, HRH Crown Princess, Sinaitakala Tuku’aho

Hon. Prime Minister, Samuela 'Akilisi Pohiva delivering the welcoming address.

Hon. Prime Minister, Samuela ‘Akilisi Pohiva delivering the welcoming address.

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Hon PM with the Minister of Health.

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Guests attending the event.

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Dr. Ahio with guests.

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Tu’atakilangi FWC Youth Choir.

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American Corner Tonga http://www.pmo.gov.to/american-corner-tonga/ Mon, 11 Sep 2017 21:41:21 +0000 http://www.pmo.gov.to/?p=7948 American Corner Tonga (ACT) hosted a film showcase event on the 9th of September, 2017 for a film screening led by U.S. Film Director, Robert Hurst. Robert Hurst, an accomplished filmmaker and Associate Professor, led the screening on his films which explore relevant issues to many societies. This educational event was open to all interested viewers.

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“Tonga leads Polynesian Leaders Group’s in 7th Meeting in Apia” http://www.pmo.gov.to/tonga-leads-polynesian-leaders-groups-in-7th-meeting-in-apia/ Sun, 10 Sep 2017 22:04:57 +0000 http://www.pmo.gov.to/?p=7940 The annual meeting of the Polynesian Leaders Group, was held in Apia, Samoa on 4th September, 2017 on the margin of the 48th Pacific Islands Forum meetings. The Seventh meeting (PLG7) of the PLG was chaired by Tonga’s Prime Minister, Hon. Samuela ‘Akilisi Pohiva, under the theme, ‘Sustainable Polynesia, Empowering Polynesia through regional innovation, infrastructural cooperation and resilience’.

The meeting was attended by the Heads of Government of American Samoa, Cook Islands, Tahiti French Polynesia, Niue, Samoa, Tokelau, Tuvalu and Wallis of Futuna. Representatives from Hawaii, Rapanui, Maori and CROP agencies also attended the meeting as observers.

In his opening statement, Hon Pohiva urged members to pursue firm tangible solutions and action oriented goals to bridge the gap in the group’s development and survival.

“Tonga has chosen the theme Sustainable Polynesia as an extension to the UN Global Sustainable Development Goal Theme and the promotion of nationalism in the PIFS countries.

”He stated that the Polynesian Leader Group has specific focus on empowering Polynesia through regional innovation, infrastructural cooperation and resilience.

“In the spirit of regionalism, the Pacific Islands Forum is taking leadership in pursuing issues that has been long common and central to the survival of our island nations such as climate change, social economic development and political stability,” he said.

He noted that the Pacific nations are the smallest in development yet occupying the largest ocean in the world.

He told members that connectivity was the key to overcome the isolation experienced and emphasized the need to take advantage of the modern development and infrastructures and to collaborate with other countries that can.

“But for some of us we cannot do this alone. Hence, we look into this forum to join collaboration and cooperation with those of us, like Samoa and French Polynesia who can.”

Hon Pohiva reminded members of the uniqueness of Polynesia to sustain heritage, culture, traditional knowledge and information in order to uphold diversity and sovereignty.

He also extended the gratitude of the Tongan Government, to the Prime Minister and Government of Samoa for their coordination and hosting leaders during the PLG and PIF Meetings.

Some of the priorities discussed in the meeting included tourism and regional aviation, connectivity, infrastructure, innovation, ICT and transport and climate change and oceans.

The next PLG meeting will be chaired by Tuvalu in 2018 (PLG8), followed by American Samoa in 2019 (PLG9).

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