“Tonga leads Polynesian Leaders Group’s in 7th Meeting in Apia”

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,...More

“48th PIF Leaders Meeting wraps up in Apia”

The 48th Pacific Islands Forum Leaders Meeting ends on 8th September 2017 in Apia with a retreat for heads of governments from around the region. [caption id="attachment_7933" align="alignnone" width="300"] Pacific Islands Forum Leaders’ Retreat group portrait, at the Taumeasina Resort in Apia, Samoa.[/caption] The week-long summit provided opportunities for Tonga’s delegation to conduct bilateral meetings with various countries and organizations. Tonga’s delegation met with the...More

Fakanofo ‘o e Hou’eiki Minisita

‘I he ‘aho 1 ‘o Sepitema, 2017, na’e ‘oatu ai ‘e Hon. Samuela ‘Akilisi Pohiva, ‘Eiki Palemia ‘o Tonga ki he ‘Ene ‘Afio, Kingi Tupou VI ‘a ‘ene ngaahi fokotu’u ‘o fakatatau ki he Kupu 51 (3) (a) ‘o e Lao Konisitutone ‘o Tonga, ke tukuhifo ‘a Hon. Siaosi Sovaleni, ‘Eiki Tokoni Palemia mo Hon. Tevita Lavemaau, ‘Eiki Minisita Pa’anga mo e Palani Fakafonua, ‘o kamata lau mei he ‘aho 1 Sepitema, 2017: Na’e toe fokotu’u atu foki ‘e he...More

Ministerial Appointments

On 1st September, 2017, the Hon. Samuela ‘Akilisi Pohiva, Prime Minister of Tonga had made recommendations to His Majesty, King Tupou VI in accordance with Clause 51 (3) (a) of the Act of Constitution of Tonga, to revoke the appointments of Hon. Siaosi Sovaleni, Deputy Prime Minister and Hon. Tevita Lavemaau, Minister for Finance and National Planning, effective from 1st September, 2017: The Hon. Prime Minister recommended to His Majesty the ministerial appointments of Lord...More

‘Forty eighth Pacific Islands Forum Leaders Meeting 2017.’

The Pacific Islands Forum Leaders will convene for their 48th Pacific Islands Forum Leaders Meeting in Apia, Samoa on the 4-8 September, 2017. It will be an opportunity for Pacific Island Forum Leaders to discuss and develop collective responses to regional priority issues under the theme, ‘The Blue Pacific: Our seas of islands provides for our secure future through sustainable development, management and conservation’. Increased Economic Returns on Fisheries, Pacific Resilience...More

‘Oku fie fakahoko atu heni ‘e he ‘Eiki Palēmia ‘o Tongá, Samuela ‘Akilisi Pohiva pea mo e Hou’eiki Minisitā ‘o e Kapinetí ke mea’i ‘e he Tonga kotoa, ‘e kei hoko atu pē ‘a e fakahoko fatongia ‘a e Pule’anga lolotongá, kae ‘oua leva kuo fakahoko ‘a e Fili ‘o e Kau Fakafofonga fo’oú. ‘I he vaha’a taimi ko ení ‘e hokohoko atu ‘a hono fakahoko ‘a e ngaahi ngāue tefito ‘a e Pule’angá. Malo...More

The Prime Minister of Tonga, Hon. Samuela ‘Akilisi Pohiva and Hon. Cabinet Ministers wish to advise the people of Tonga, that the present Government will continue until the Elections take place. During this time, administration of Government services will continue. Thank...More

His Majesty’s Cabinet has approved on 4th August 2017 the usual annual adjustment to their remunerations due to the increase in the Cost of Living Allowance (COLA) of 5% to the Ministerial allowances, effective as from 1 July 2017. In 2015, His Majesty’s Cabinet resolved that it was only the Civil Servants that would be awarded with a 5% COLA. The Ministers’ similar entitlements were put on hold for now two years. The decision to pay out the 5% COLA for the Hon. Cabinet Minister’s...More

Kuo tali ‘e he Kapineti ‘a ‘Ene ‘Afio ‘i he ‘aho 4 ‘Akosi 2017 ‘a e fakalelei vahenga fakata’u ‘oku fa’a fai ki he vahenga ‘o e tokotaha ngaue koe’uhi ko e hikihiki a e totongi koloa, oku ui ko e “Cost of Living Allowance” (COLA) fe’unga mo e peseti ‘e 5% ki he Vahenga ‘o e Hou’eiki Minisita ‘o e Kapineti. Na’e tu’utu’uni ‘e he Kapineti ke fakatatali pe a e Hou’eiki Minisita ‘o e Kapineti ‘i hono fakahoko a e fakalelei koeni ki he vahenga...More

Prime Minister of New Zealand Right Hon. Bill English’s Inaugural trip to the Kingdom of Tonga

From the 15th to the 17th of June, 2017 the Prime Minister of Tonga Hon. Samuela ‘Akilisi Pohiva hosted the Prime Minister of New Zealand, the Right Honourable Bill English during a three day visit as part of the New Zealand Prime Minister’s “Pacific Mission”. The Pacific Mission’s objective was to nurture personal relationships between New Zealand and her Pacific neighbour’s. At a joint media conference the Hon. Prime Minister of Tonga stated, “As close neighbours, New Zealand...More

Message of Condolence to the Government of Vanuatu

A message of condolence from the Government of Tonga, was conveyed from the Prime Minister of Tonga, the Hon. Samuela ‘Akilisi Pohiva, to the Prime Minister of Vanuatu, the Hon. Charlot Salwai, on 19th June 2017, on the occasion of the passing of the President of Vanuatu, His Excellency, the Late Baldwin Londsdale. In his letter, the Hon. Prime Minister stated that: “It is with deepest sympathy that I convey my condolences, on behalf of the people and the Government of the Kingdom of...More

“Tonga to welcome NZ Prime Minister English in inaugural visit to the Kingdom”

The Prime Minister of Tonga, Hon. Samuela ‘Akilisi Pohiva, will host the Prime Minister of New Zealand, the Right Honourable Bill English, during  a three day visit of the Kingdom, from 15-17 June, 2017. Prime Minister English is expected to lead a delegation to the Cook Islands, Niue and Tonga on its 2017 Pacific Mission. Choosing Tonga as part of this year’s Pacific Mission reflects the close ties that New Zealand places on its relationship with Tonga. The last Head of Government...More

OFFICE OF THE PRIME MINISTER

The office of the Prime Minister wishes to clarify that the recent decision by the Cabinet to withdraw the Government’s support towards the hosting of the 2019 Pacific Games has been based on an economic and fiscal impact analysis recently conducted by the World Bank at the request of the Tongan Government. The World Bank report is not an official report for publication but was intended only for the attention of the requesting Government. The World Bank regularly provides economic advice to...More

“Tonga withdraws from hosting the 2019 Pacific Games”

After careful deliberation, assessments and consultations, a decision has been reached by the Government of Tonga, to withdraw its rights to host the Pacific Games in 2019. Over the last two years, the Government’s determination and efforts to mobilise financial resources to fund the preparations for the Games has been an enormous challenge. With grave considerations that, should Tonga continue to strive to host the Pacific Games, the Government was concerned that this will jeopardize the...More

“Pacific Properties Limited (PPL) signed the completion of the Vava’u Market purchase by Government of Tonga”

The Hon. Prime Minister, Samuela ‘Akilisi Pohiva on behalf of Government of Tonga signed on Thursday 11th May, 2017 with representatives from Pacific Property Limited (PPL), Mr. John Paul Chapman,  the completion of the Vava’u Market purchase by Government of Tonga from the– current lease holder of the Vava’u Market leases. The first phase was signed in August 2016 which was just a portion around the Vava’u Market building for the sum of T$1 million plus CT. in which payment to...More

“Hon. Prime Minister, Samuela ‘Akilisi Pohiva welcomed NZ Foreign Minister”

The Hon. Prime Minister, Samuela ‘Akilisi Pohiva welcomed the New Zealand Foreign Affairs Minister Gerry Brownlee this morning Wednesday 10 May, 2017 at the Prime Minister’s Office. According to a Media Release from the New Zealand Government, this visit will be the first by a New Zealand Foreign Affairs Minister to Tonga since early 2015 and will provide an opportunity for Mr Brownlee to build on the strong bilateral relationship between New Zealand and Tonga. “With over 60,000...More

“Japan’s Grant Aid Exchange of Notes Signing Ceremony: “The Project for Installation of Wind Power Generation System” ”

An estimated TOP$40 million grant aid from the Government of Japan for the installation of a Wind Power Generation System in Tongatapu was signed by the Hon Prime Minister of Tonga, Samuela ‘Akilisi Pohiva and the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to Tonga, H.E. Mr. Yukio Numata on Tuesday 2nd, May 2017, at the Fa’onelua Convention Center. The Exchange of Notes and Grant Agreement Signing Ceremony for Japan’s new grant Aid for “The Project for Installation of Wind...More

PM Office responds to Journalist, Philip Cass’s story about the Media criticizing the Hon. Prime Minister

The office of the Prime Minister of Tonga wishes to respond to a media coverage by a journalist, Philip Cass, on 26 April 2017, stating media sources in Tonga have described Prime Minister Hon. ‘Akilisi Pohiva’s relationship with the national broadcaster as persecution.  The report quotes that media sources have criticized Hon. Pohiva that, “It is an attempt to normalize this thinking in Tonga, so that the only true media is controlled media”.  He further quotes, “He has chosen to...More

“H.E Huang Huaguang bid farewell to Hon Prime Minster”

His Excellency, Mr. Huang Huaguang, the Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to Tonga, bid farewell to the Hon. Prime Minister, Samuela ‘Akilisi Pohiva this morning, Monday 10th April, 2017, at the Prime Minister’s Office. HE Huang Huaguang will be leaving Tonga on the 21st April 2017 to the People’s Republic of China after 3 years and four months of being the Ambassador Plenipotentiary of PRC to the Kingdom of Tonga. The Hon. Prime Minister, thanked His Excellency for all...More

HRH Princess Angelika Lātūfuipeka Tuku’aho presented her diplomatic Credentials to the Governor General of the Independent State of Papua New Guinea

Wednesday 29th March 2017 PORT MORESBY, PAPUA NEW GUINEA On Tuesday 28th March 2017, Her Royal Highness Princess Angelika Lātūfuipeka Tuku’aho presented her diplomatic Credentials to the Governor General of the Independent State of Papua New Guinea, His Excellency Mr. Bob Dadae, KSt.J at the Government House in Port Moresby, becoming the first Head of a diplomatic Mission to present Letters of Credence to the new Governor-General. The Princess has diplomatic accreditation to Papua...More

Cabinet Ministerial Portfolios

His Majesty, King Tupou VI has granted the following Ministerial re-assignments and appointment, upon the nomination of the Prime Minister, Hon. Samuela ‘Akilisi Pohiva, with effect from 6th March, 2017: The Deputy Prime Minister, Hon. Siaosi Sovaleni continues as the Minister for Meteorology, Energy, Information, Disaster Management, Environment, Climate Change and Communications and will also be the Minister for Foreign Affairs. The Hon. Tevita Lavemaau, ceases to be the Minister for...More

FANONGONONGO FAKA-PULE’ANGA

Tapu ki He’ene ‘Afió Kingi Tupou VI, pea mo e Fale ‘o Ha’a Moheofo. Pea ‘oku ou kole keu hufanga ‘i he ngaahi talafakatapu kakato ‘o e fonuá,  kae ‘atā keu fakahoko atu ‘a e fanongonongo ni, fekau’aki mo e tu’utu’uni ‘a e Kapineti ‘a ‘Ene ‘Afió, ki he Faka’apa’apa Fakapule’anga ki he pulonga kuo tō ‘i he ‘Otu Felenité, ‘i he Hala ‘a  ‘Ene ‘Afió, Kuini Halaevalu Mata’aho, ko e Kuini Fehuhu ‘Ofeina ‘o e ‘Otu...More

ONGOONGO TUKUATU

 ‘Oku faka’amu ‘a e ‘Eiki Palēmia mo e ‘Ofisi ‘o e Palēmiá ke fakapapau’i atu heni ki he kakai ‘o e fonuá ke nau mea’i, ‘oku ‘i ai ‘a e tohi loi mo ta’emo’oni ‘oku faka’aho ki he ‘aho 9 Sanuali 2017 ‘oku tufaki atu ‘i he ngaluopee pea pehē ki he kautaha ongoongo Nepituno Online ‘o tukuaki’i ta’emo’oni ai ‘a e ‘Eiki Palēmia. ‘Oku hā ‘i he tohi ko ‘eni na’e folau atu ki Siaina ‘a e ‘Eiki Palēmia ‘i he mahina ko Sanuali...More

“Government of Tonga Denies Issuing an Exclusive Gaming Licence to Red Warrior Entertainment LLC”

The Government of Tonga would like to announce that Cabinet has not approved and has not issued any Gaming License or Casino License to any company to operate here in Tonga. This announcement is made in response to claims that the Government has issued an Exclusive Gaming License to Red Warrior Entertainment LLC. In November 2016, the Cabinet received a proposal for a Tourism Facility and Investment to be known as the Tavake Tamafua Tourism Investment Project (TTTIP) from a foreign company...More

“Visit of the Members of the National People’s Congress of the People’s Republic of China”

A fifteen-member delegation from the People’s Republic of China arrived in Tonga on Tuesday 17 January 2017 for a three-day visit to the Kingdom. The delegation was led by the Vice Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress (SCNPC), His Excellency Mr. Ailigeng-Yimingbahai. The Vice Chairman was accompanied by other members of the National People’s Congress and Chinese government officials. The purpose of the visit was to promote the friendly cooperation and...More

“Ministerial Re-Assignments”

On Friday 13 January, 2017, His Majesty King Tupou VI has granted the  Ministerial re-assignments, recommended by the Prime Minister, Honourable Samuela 'Akilisi Pohiva to the following Ministerial portfolios: That the Honourable Prime Minister, Minister for Foreign Affairs and current Minister for Education and Training, Hon. Samuela 'Akilisi Pohiva is re-assigned as the Minister for Internal Affairs; That the Honourable Penisimani 'Epenisa Fifita, current Minister for Internal Affairs...More

“TONGA PUBLIC HOLIDAYS FOR 2017”

The official Public Holidays confirmed for 2017 are as follows: MONTH: NAME OF PUBLIC HOLIDAY: TYPE OF HOLIDAY: ACTUAL DATE: OBSERVATION DATE: JANUARY New Year’s Day International 1 January Sunday, 1 January, 2017 APRIL Good Friday Easter Monday ANZAC Day International International International 14 April 17 April 25 April Friday, 14 April, 2017 Monday, 17 April, 2017 Tuesday, 25 April, 2017 JUNE Emancipation Day Tonga Public...More

“NGAAHI ‘AHO MĀLŌLŌ FAKA-PULE’ANGA ‘O TONGA KI HE TA’U 2017”

Ko e ngaahi ‘aho malōlō faka-pule’anga kuo fakapapau’i ki he ta’u 2017 ‘oku anga pehe ni: MAHINA HINGOA ‘O E ‘AHO MALOLO ‘AHO MALOLO ‘AHO TOTONU: ‘AHO ‘E FAKAMANATU AI: SANUALI ‘Uluaki ‘aho ‘o e ta’u fo’ou Fakavaha’apule’anga 1 Sanuali Sapate, 1 Sanuali, 2017 ‘EPELELI Falaite Lelei   Monite Toetu’u   ‘Aho...More

“Government of Tonga sent Letter of Condolences to the Government and People of New Zealand following earthquakes”

Following the devastations caused by the earthquakes in New Zealand at the beginning of this week, the Lord Minister-in-Charge of the Government of Tonga, Lord Ma’afu has sent yesterday, 16 November 2016, a Letter of Condolences to the New Zealand Prime Minister, Rt. Hon. John Key, on behalf of the Government and People of Tonga. In his letter, the Lord Minister-in-Charge said: “It is with great sadness that we have received the news of the severe earthquakes that struck New Zealand...More

LAW WEEK 2016: RIGHTS OF PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES

The Attorney General’s Office wishes to inform the public that it will hold Law Week 2016 from Monday 7 to Friday 11 November 2016. The theme for Law Week 2016 will be the rights of persons with disabilities. The objective of Law Week 2016 is to inform the public of the rights provided in the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, which the Tongan Government has signed, and to discuss obligations and benefits and challenges of applying the Convention in Tonga. This will...More

UIKE LAO 2016: NGAAHI TOTONU ‘A E KAKAI ‘OKU NAU FAINGATA’IA FAKAESINO MO E FAKAE’ATAMAI

‘Oku loto‘a e ‘Ofisi ‘o e ‘Ateni Seniale ke fakaha ke mea’i ‘e Hou’eiki mo ‘ilo ki ai ‘a e Kakai ‘o e Fonua, ‘e fakahoko ‘a e Uike Lao 2016 mei he ‘aho Monite 7 ki he Falaite 11 Novema 2016. Ko e kaveinga ki he Uike Lao 2016 ko e ngaahi totonu ‘a e kakai ‘oku nau faingata’aia fakaesino mo fakae’atamai. Ko e taumu’a ‘o e Uike Lao 2016 ke fakaha ki he kakai ‘o e Fonua ‘a e ngaahi totonu ‘oku ha ‘I he Konivesio ki he Ngaahi Totonu ‘a e Kakai...More

“HOLOKI E TOTONGI ‘O E IKA”

Koe’uhi ko e fiema’u ke mea’i ‘e Hou’eiki mo ‘ilo ki ai ‘a e Kakai ‘o e Fonuaˊ, ‘oku loto ai ‘a e Potungāue Toutaiˊ ke fakahā ‘a e fakatau ma’ama’a ‘o e ika koe valuˊ mo hono fa’ahingaˊ ‘i he Māketi Tu’imatamoana ‘i he ‘aho Falatie 28 ‘o ‘Okatopa 2016 ‘o kamata ‘i he taimi 9 pongipongi pea ‘e hokohoko atu ‘a e fakatau kae’oua kuo ‘osi ‘a e ika hono fakatau. Koe’uhiˊ ko e feinga ‘a e ‘Eiki Palemia ‘o Tonga mo e...More

“Prime Minister meets ADB Board Executives”

This morning, the Prime Minister Hon. Samuela ‘Akilisi Pohiva met with members of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) Board of Directors to discuss the Government’s development priorities and Tonga’s partnership with the ADB. During the meeting the Honourable Prime Minister congratulated the ADB on its 50th Anniversary, applauding the ADB’s assistance and role in addressing critical development challenges in Tonga and the region. The courtesy call on the Prime Minister came on the...More

“FANONGONONGO FAKAPULE’ANGA: Ngaahi ‘Aho Mālōlō Kilisimasi 2016/2017 ma’a e Ngāue Faka-Pule’anga.”

‘Oku ‘oatu heni ‘a e fanongonongo ni mei he ‘Ofisi ‘o e Palēmia, ke mea’i ‘e he kakai kotoa pē ‘o e fonuá, ‘a e vaha’a taimi ‘e tapuni ai ‘a e Ngāue Fakapule’anga ki he fonua, lolotonga ‘a e fa’ahi ta’u Kilisimasi 2016/2017, hili ia ‘a hono tali ‘e he Kapineti ‘i he ‘aho Falaite 21 ‘o ‘Okatopa, 2016. Ko e ngaahi ‘aho malolo Kilisimasi 2016/2017 ma’ae Ngāue Fakapule’anga ‘e kamata ia ‘i he taimi 8:30 pongipongi ‘o e ‘aho Pulelulu...More

“PUBLIC NOTICE Christmas Vacation Period for the Public Service 2016/2017”

The Prime Minister’s Office wishes to inform the public, of the vacation period that the public service will close down for the public, during the Christmas Season 2016/2017, as approved by the Cabinet on Friday 21st of October, 2016. The Christmas Vacation Period for the public service for 2016/2017 will be observed from 8:30am on Wednesday 21st December 2016 and will end at 4:30pm on Monday 2nd January 2017. Please also note, the Christmas Vacation will be followed by the usual Week...More

“PACIFIC GAMES 2019”

The Hon Prime Minister’s recent comments reflected the enormous challenges that the Government of Tonga is facing, in preparation for the Pacific Games 2019. It also reflected the overall level of readiness of the Kingdom of Tonga as a whole, including the Sporting Federations and the Athletes, to host the Pacific Games 2019. The Government of Tonga would like to reaffirm its commitment to host the Pacific Games 2019. Accordingly, the Government of Tonga will continue to strengthen and...More

FAKAFOKI FAKA-PULE’ANGA ‘O DEAN JAY FLETCHER MEI HA’AMOA ‘AMELIKA

Koe’uhi ko e fiema’u ke mea’i ‘e Hou’eiki mo ‘ilo ki ai ‘a e Kakai ‘o e Fonua, ‘oku loto ai ‘a e ‘Ofisi ‘o e ‘Ateni Seniale ke fakaha ‘a e tukunga ‘o e ngaue ki hono fakafoki faka-Pule’anga ‘o Dean Jay Fletcher mei Ha’amoa ‘Amelika ki Tonga ni ke fakamaau’i felave’i mo e tukuaki’i na’a ne fakapoongi ‘a hono mali, ko Patricia Linne Kearney, ‘i he ‘aho 6 Siulai 2016, ‘i Neiafu, Vava’u. Hili ‘a e ma’u ‘a e fakaha mei he Kimisiona...More

EXTRADITION OF DEAN JAY FLETCHER FROM AMERICAN SAMOA

Given the public interest in this matter, the Attorney General’s Office wishes to inform the public of the progress of work done to extradite Dean Jay Fletcher from American Samoa to Tonga to be tried for the alleged murder of his wife, Patricia Linne Kearney, that happened on 6 July 2016, at Neiafu, Vava’u. After being informed by the Police Commissioner that the Accused had absconded from Tonga, and arrived at American Samoa, this Office made immediate contact on 4 October 2016 with...More

Message of Condolence following the death of Ratu Joni Madraiwiwi, Lord Madraiwiwi Tangatatonga

The Prime Minister of Tonga, Hon. Samuela ‘Akilisi Pohiva, on behalf of the Government of Tonga has sent a message of condolence to Lady Adi Lusi Tuivanuavou Madraiwiwi, the widow of the late Ratu Joni Madraiwiwi, Lord Madraiwiwi Tangatatonga, on 6th October 2016. The Hon Prime Minister in his letter said: “Please accept my heartfelt condolences to you and your family on the passing of your husband, the late Ratu Joni Madraiwiwi (Lord Madraiwiwi).   In recognition of the...More

Official Launching of the Community Development Plans for Tonga

The Hon. Prime Minister, Samuela ‘Akilisi Pohiva officially launched today, Tuesday 4th of October 2016 at the Queen Salote Memorial Hall, the Community Development Plans for local communities in Tonga. The Community Development Plans reflect the immediate needs of the communities and will drive the wide-ranging reform and strong platforms the community intends to implement in delivering the new measures of investing in the social and economic development of Tonga. The Plan were designed...More

“Optimistic Outlook for Tonga – China Tourism Development”

The Kingdom of Tonga has enjoyed long diplomatic and bilateral relations with the People’s Republic of China. Apart from receiving continuous assistance in the area of infrastructure and human resource development, Tonga is also benefitting from China’s growing interest in Tourism.  A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed in Tonga in July 2015 by the Chairman of the China National Tourism Administration, His Excellency, Mr. Li Jinzao and the former Minister of Infrastructure and...More

Hon. Prime Minister addressed the Group of 77’s 40th Annual Meeting of Ministers for Foreign Affairs

On the 23 September, 2016, Tonga’s Prime Minister, Hon Samuela ‘Akilisi Pohiva was invited to speak at the 40th Annual Meeting of the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the Group of 77. The high-level plenary meeting was paneled by four distinguished figures, namely the current G77 Chair, the Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Thailand, H.E. General Prayut Chan-o-cha; the President of the 71st Session of the UN General Assembly, His Excellency Mr. Peter Thomson; the Secretary General of the...More

Hon. Prime Minister of Tonga honoured on the International Day of Peace

At the margins of the United Nations General Assembly meetings, Tonga’s Prime Minister Honourable Samuela ‘Akilisi Pohiva was invited to speak at a Side Event to mark the celebration of the International Day of Peace at the United Nations on 22 September, 2016. With emphasis on the theme of Sustainable Development Goals as building blocks for Peace, the Honourable Prime Minister joined heads of governments, United Nations Ambassadors, Nobel Prize Laureates and prominent leaders across...More

Hon. Prime Minister deposited Tonga’s instrument for Climate Change ratification

Tonga’s Prime Minister, Hon Samuela ‘Akilisi Pohiva was among the leaders of the world, who have deposited their country’s legal instruments of ratification, acceptance, approval or accession to the Agreement, to the Secretary General of the United Nations, Mr. Ban Ki-Moon, during the United Nations (UN) High-Level Event on Entry into Force of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change on 21 September 2016. Tonga’s relentless commitment into bringing the Paris Agreement into force in...More

Tonga at the 71st Session of the United Nations General Assembly

Prior to the Hon. Prime Minister Samuela ‘Akilisi Pohiva’s delivering of Tonga’s Country Statement at the General Assembly on the morning of 24 September, 2016, Tonga’s delegation were engaged in various high-level interventions, meetings, side events, and hosted functions, from 19 -23 September, 2016. From 19-20 September, the Minister of Health, Dr. the Hon. Saia Piukala, represented the Prime Minister at high-level events, to address issues on water, oceans management,...More

Hon. Prime Minister Samuela ‘Akilisi Pohiva delivered Tonga’s Statement to the United Nations General Assembly

The Prime Minister, the Honourable Samuela ‘Akilisi Pohiva delivered Tonga’s statement under the theme "The Sustainable Development Goals: a universal push to transform our world" at the 71st Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA 71) on 24th September 2016. In statement, the Prime Minister supported that all countries must work together at the national, regional and international levels to successfully implement the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Agenda and...More

Prime Minister of Tonga attends the 71st Session of the United Nations General Assembly

The Prime Minister, the Honourable Samuela ‘Akilisi Pohiva is leading Tonga’s delegation to the 71st Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 71) which is being held in New York, United States of America. The Prime Minister and his delegation departed Tonga on Monday 19th September. UNGA 71 opened on Tuesday, September 13, 2016 with the annual General Debate  taking place on 20-30 September, under the theme, "The Sustainable Development Goals: a Universal Push to Transform Our World.”...More

On 10 September, 2016, the Prime Minister, Hon. Samuela ‘Akilisi Pohiva wrote to the Minister for Internal Affairs Hon Sosefo Fe’aomoeata Vakata and requested that he voluntarily resigns from his position as Cabinet Minister, by 12 noon on Monday 12 September, 2016. The Hon Prime Minister did not receive any response from the Minister for Internal Affairs after the deadline. As such, the Hon Prime Minister submitted his recommendation to the King on the evening of 12 September 2016,...More

47th Pacific Islands Forum Leaders Meeting 2016

The 47th Pacific Islands Forum Leaders Meeting will be held in Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) from the 7th to the 11th of September, 2016. This annual meeting brings together the leaders of the Pacific Islands Forum to develop collective response to regional priority issues. The Prime Minister of Tonga, Hon. Samuela ‘Akilisi Pohiva as well as other Heads of Governments and Senior Government Officials from members of the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat will be attending the...More

International Union for Conservative of Nature (IUCN) World Conservative Congress Opens in Honolulu

Over 9000 participants representing 1300 States and NGO Members gathered in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA for the IUCN World Conservation Congress from 1-10 September 2016, to debate and act on key environmental issues affecting our ‘Planet Earth’ today which include conserving the nature and oceans, climate change, protection of wildlife and the role of all stakeholders and private investment in nature conservation. The Congress is seen as IUCN's response to the Paris Agreement on Climate...More

Tonga’s Prime Minister attends 10th Pacific Island Conference Leaders (PICL) Meeting

The Prime Minister Honourable Samuela ‘Akilisi Pohiva will join Pacific Leaders in Honolulu, from 30 August-1 September, to participate at the 10th Pacific Island Conference of Leaders. Leaders from twenty Pacific Island countries will convene at the East West Centre to deliberate on the theme, “Enhancing Sustainability in our Pacific Islands: Collective Action for our Shared Future.” The Conference will discuss key issues of importance to the region’s security, climate change and...More

“Fuofua ‘a’ahi mai ‘a e Kautaha Fakamamani Lahi ki he Ngaue ‘a e Kakai (ILO) hili koia ‘a e hoko ‘a Tonga ko e memipa ‘o e Kautaha ‘i Fepueli, 2016.”

‘I he ‘aho Monite 22 ‘o ‘Aokosi, 2016 ne tu’uta ai ‘i Tonga ‘a e fuofua timi ‘a’ahi mei he Kautaha Fakamamani Lahi ki he Ngaue ‘a e Kakai (ILO) hili ia ‘a e hoko ‘a Tonga ko e memipa fika 187 ‘o e Kautaha ‘i Fepueli, 2016. Na’e taki mai ‘i he ‘a’ahi ni ‘a Mr. Satoshi Sasaki, ko e specialist he Decent Work, pea ko e tokotaha ni pe foki ‘oku ne lolotonga tokanga’i ‘a e ‘ofisi ‘o e kautaha ‘i Suva. Na’e folau fakataha mai ‘a Mr. Satoshi...More

“Tonga receives first International Labour Organization (ILO) mission after becoming a member of the Organization in February, 2016.”

Tonga received on Monday, 22nd August, 2016 its first International Labour Organization (ILO) mission to visit the country after becoming the 187" member of the Organization in February, 2016. The mission is led by ILO Decent Work Specialist, Mr. Satoshi Sasaki who is also the Officer-in- Charge of the ILO Suva office. Mr. Sasaki is accompanied by ILO National Programme Officer, Ms. Surkafa F. Katafono. The mission's purpose of visit is to meet with key tripartite constituents from...More

Popoaki Talamonu ‘a e Pule’anga ki he Katoanga Senituli ‘o hono Fokotu’u ‘o e Misiona Nuku’alofa Tonga ‘o e Siasi ‘o Sisu Kalaisi ‘o e Kau Ma’oni’oni ‘o e Ngaahi ‘Aho ki Mui Ni

‘I he lolotonga ko eni ‘a hono katoanga’i ‘e he Siasi ‘o Sisu Kalaisi ‘o e Kau Ma’oni’oni ‘o e Ngaahi ‘Aho ki Mui Ni ‘a e Senituli, ‘a ia ko e kakato ‘o e ta’u ‘e teau, mei he 1916 ki he 2016, ‘a hono fokotu’u ‘o e Misiona Nuku’alofa Tonga, ‘oku ‘oatu ai ‘e he ‘Eiki Palemia, Samuela ‘Akilisi Pohiva ha popoaki talamonu, ‘o fakafofonga atu ‘a e Kapineti pea mo e Pule’anga. ‘Oku kau fakataha ‘a e ‘Eiki Palemia, Kapineti pea mo e...More

“9th Pacific Water & Wastewater Conference 2016”

  The Hon. Prime Minister Samuela ‘Akilisi Pohiva officially opened the 9th Pacific Water & Wastewater Conference for 2016. This year’s conference with the theme, “Our Water, Our People” was held at the Fa’onelua Convention Centre on Tuesday the 9th of...More

“Courtesy Call to Hon. Prime Minister ‘Akilisi Pohiva by Ambassador of the Republic of Singapore to the Pacific Islands Forum”

The Hon. Prime Minister of Tonga welcomed a courtesy call from the Ambassador of the Republic of Singapore to the Pacific Islands Forum, Mr. Verghese Matthews at the Prime Minister’s Office on the morning of the 8th of August, 2016. Ambassador Matthews who acts as special envoy to the Prime Minister of the Republic of Singapore is in Tonga to seek Tonga’s support for Singapore’s candidature to the Council of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), in Part II, for the term...More

“Variation on the take-home pay of Civil Servants”

The Ministry of Finance and National Planning (MFNP) would like to inform the Public that the Remuneration Authority’s (RA) work conducted in relation to the salary structure of the Government has been completed and implemented on 1st July 2016. The implementation of the new salary structure is the result of collaborative efforts between Government Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) and the RA to address the shortfalls of the old structure that has been in place for more than 20...More

“AIR OPERATOR CERTIFICATE TO INCLUDE THE MA60”

The Ministry of Infrastructure – Civil Aviation Division today 5th has issued the Air Operator Certificate for the inclusion of the Real Tonga Limited to operate MA60 aircraft. The assessment of Real Tonga’s application was conducted in conjunction with the Civil Aviation Administration of China. This activity was conducted beginning on the 27th June commencing with the first three phases of the assessment which included the Pre-application phase, Formal application and Element Design...More

“The Hon Prime Minister’s first official visit to New Zealand”

The Prime Minister of Tonga, Hon Samuela ‘Akilisi Pohiva will depart Tonga tomorrow Wednesday 27th of July 2016, on his first official visit to New Zealand.  The highlight of this visit will be a bilateral meeting with The Prime Minister of New Zealand, Rt Hon John Key on the 28th of July, 2016, after a Welcoming Ceremony.  During the visit, Prime Minister Pohiva will also attend a Wreath Laying Ceremony at the Auckland War Memorial Museum and will meet in Auckland with some of the New...More

“Swiss Ambassador calls on Hon Prime Minister”

The Switzerland Ambassador to the Kingdom of Tonga, His Excellency, Mr. David Vogelsanger, is currently in Tonga and has met the Hon. Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs & Trade, Samuela ‘Akilisi Pohiva on Monday 25th July 2016, at the Prime Minister’s Office. The main purpose of Ambassador Vogelsanger’s visit is to attend the ceremony of the unveiling of the Plague for the Water Tank Project by His Majesty King Tupou VI, funded by the Government of Switzerland in a...More

“Special Representative of Fiji to the Kingdom of Tonga first visit”

Fiji’s Special Representative to the Kingdom of Tonga, Mrs Litia Mawi, is in Tonga on her visit and met with the Hon. Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs & Trade, Samuela ‘Akilisi Pohiva on Thursday 21st July 2016, at the Prime Minister’s Office. Mrs Mawi also presented her Letters of Commission as Fiji’s Special Representative to the Kingdom of Tonga to the Hon Prime Minister during the...More

“Fakanofo ‘o e kau ‘Ofisa Kolo mo e Pule Fakavahe, Vahenga Tongatapu”

Na’e fakahoko ‘e he ‘Eiki Palemia, Samuela ‘Akilisi Pohiva ‘a e me’a fakalangilangi ‘i hono fakanofo ‘o e Kau Pule Fakavahe mo e Kau ‘Ofisa Kolo ki he fa’ahi ta’u 2016-2018 ‘i he Fale Fakataha’anga ‘o Moulton ‘i Nuku’alofa ‘i he ‘aho Monite 11 ‘o Siulai 2016. Na’e pole’i ‘e he ‘Eiki Palemia ‘a e Kau Pule Fakavahe mo e Kau ‘Ofisa Kolo ke nau toe fakatokanga’i ange pea ngaue vave ange ki he ngaahi fiema’u vivili ‘oku fepaki mo e kakai...More

Government Message of Felicitation On the Occasion of His Majesty King Tupou VI’s 57th Birthday

May it please Your Majesty King Tupou VI, on behalf of the Government and the People of Tonga, throughout Your Majesty’s Realm and across the globe, to respectfully convey herein our heartfelt felicitations upon the accomplishment of the  momentous  milestone of Your Majesty’s birthday today Monday, 4th July, 2016.   We applaud, with thanksgiving, Your Majesty’s vision, wisdom and intrinsic leadership legacy hitherto.   We unite in our wishes and...More

“Hon. Prime Minister meets the World Bank Executive Director for Tonga”

The Hon. Prime Minister, Samuela ‘Akilisi Pohiva warmly welcomed the Executive Director at the Board of the World Bank Group who represents Tonga, in addition to Brunei Darussalam, Fiji, Indonesia, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Singapore, Thailand and Vietman, Mr. Rionald Silaban on his first visit to Tonga at the Prime Minister’s Office this morning, Tuesday 28 June 2016. The visit is an opportunity for the Executive Director to learn more about World...More

“Inaugural Pacific Non Communicable Diseases Summit”

The inaugural Pacific Non-Communicable Disease Summit is currently being held in Nuku’alofa from 20-22 June 2016. It was officially opened yesterday Monday 20th of June 2016 by His Majesty King Tupou IV. The keynote address was delivered by the United Nations Development Program Administrator Helen Clark. The Summit is a three day response to the issue of the Non Communicable Disease crisis in the Pacific region. Over 120 high level delegates are attending the...More

“Hon. Prime Minister met the President of Kiribati”

The Hon. Prime Minister, Samuela ‘Akilisi Pohiva met the President of Kiribati, His Excellency Mr. Taneti Maamau at the Prime Minister’s Office this morning. His Excellency is in Tonga for the Pacific Non-Communicable Diseases...More

“Hon. Prime Minister met the United Nations Development Program Administrator”

The Hon. Prime Minister, Samuela ‘Akilisi Pohiva held a meeting with the United Nations Development Program Administrator Helen Clark at the Prime Minister’s Office this morning, following the official opening ceremony for the first Pacific Non Communicable Diseases...More

“Her Majesty The Queen to honour young person from Tonga with Queen’s Young Leaders Award”

Her Majesty The Queen will present a Queen’s Young Leaders Award to an exceptional young person from Tonga at a ceremony at Buckingham Palace, London on Thursday 23rd June. As the Commonwealth celebrates The Queen’s 90th birthday, this year’s Award winner, Aiona Prescott, aged 21, has been recognised by The Queen for taking the lead in transforming the lives of others and making a lasting difference in her community. As a Queen’s Young Leader, she will be representing Tonga as she...More

“TONGA FOREST PRODUCTS LIMITED GRANTED NEW LEASE ON LIFE”

Tonga Forest Products Limited, has been granted a new lease on life.  After negotiations concluded between the Government of Tonga and a Maori Trust representing the interests of two significant Maori Iwis in New Zealand, the Trust has agreed to pay TOP $9,737,795.00 in return for the control and management of the company for 50 years, with the option to renew for a further 25 years.  At the end of the term of the agreement, the Trust will return the assets and business to the Government,...More

“A Month of Strong Progress for the Tongan Mabé Pearl Industry”

 Cultured pearls are the Pacific region’s most valuable and promising aquaculture commodity. They are an ideal trade and export commodity for island communities as pearls are high in value whilst being light-weight and non-perishable. Pearl culture is compatible with traditional lifestyles and provides opportunities for income generation at a number of levels. The industry is environmentally benign and helps to preserve marine environments by imparting a value and utilisation to these...More

“Fuofua Konifelenisi Fakamāmani Lahi ki he Ngāue ‘a e Kakai kuo kau atu ki ai ‘a Tonga, ’i Siniva, Suitisalani mei he ‘aho 30 ‘o Mē ki he ‘aho 10 ‘o Sune 2016 hili ‘ene hoko ko e memipa hono 187 ‘o e Kautaha Fakamāmani Lahi ki he Ngāue ‘a e Kakai ‘i Fepueli, 2016”

Na‘e taki ‘e he ‘Eiki Minisitā ki he Fefakatau‘aki mo e Ngaahi Ngāue ‘a e Kakai, Toketa Pohiva Tu‘i’onetoa, ‘a e fuofua timi ‘a ia ‘oku kau atu ki ai ‘a e ngaahi sino ngāue tefito ‘e tolu, fakafofonga mei he kau ngāue, ngaahi ngāue‘anga  pea mo e pule’anga, ke kau atu ki he Konifelensi hono 105 ‘o e Kautaha Fakamāmani Lahi ki he Ngāue ‘a e Kakai ‘a ia na‘e fakahoko ia ‘i Siniva, Suitisalani mei he ‘aho 30 ‘o Mē ki he 10 ‘o Sune 2016. Ko e...More

“Tonga attends its first International Labour Conference in Geneva, Switzerland, from 30th May to 10th June, 2016 after becoming the 187th member of the International Labour Organization (ILO) in February, 2016”

The Hon. Dr. Pohiva Tu‘i‘onetoa, Minister for Commerce and Labour led the first Tonga tripartite delegation to attend the “105th session of the International Labour Conference (ILC),” which was held in Geneva, Switzerland from 30th May to 10th June, 2016. The International Labour Conference is the ILO's highest decision-making body.  It meets annually in June bringing together tripartite delegations from the Organization's 187 member States to set labour standards, settle disputes...More

“Faingamalie ke langa hake ‘a e Sekitoa ki he Takimamata mo e Tu’unga Faka’ekonomika”

‘Oku ‘i ai ‘a e ‘amanaki ‘a e Pule’anga ‘e toe langa’i hake ‘a e sekitoa ki he takimamata mo e ‘ekonomika ‘a Tonga ni, hiliange ‘a hono tali pea fakamo’oni ‘a e ‘Eiki Palēmia, Samuela ‘Akilisi Pohiva pea mo e ‘Amipasitoa Siaina ki Tonga ni, Mr Huang Huaguang ‘aneafi ‘a e aleapau ‘i he vā ‘o e Pule’anga Tongá pea mo e Lepupilika ‘o e Kakai ‘o Siaina ‘o felotoi ke faka’ata ‘akinautolu ‘oku nau ma’u paasipooti  taautaha Tonga mo Siaina...More

“Courtesy Call by the British High Commissioner to Tonga”

His Excellency Mr. Roderick Drummond, the British High Commissioner to Tonga paid a farewell courtesy visit to the Hon. Prime Minister, Samuela ‘Akilisi Pohiva at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, today Friday the 10th of June, 2016. His Excellency is currently here in Tonga to host the celebration in Tonga in honour of the 90th Birthday of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom, which will take place at Vakaloa Beach Resort this evening.  Her Majesty’s Queen Elizabeth’s...More

“Signing Ceremony of the agreement between the Government of the People’s Republic of China and the Government of the Kingdom of Tonga on mutual visa exemption for the holders of ordinary passports”

The Prime Minister of Tonga and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Hon Samuela ‘Akilisi Pohiva and His Excellency Mr. Huang Huaguang, Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to Tonga have signed an agreement between the Government of the People’s Republic of China and the Government of the Kingdom of Tonga on mutual visa exemption for holders of ordinary passports. The signing of the agreement took place at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade on Thursday the 9th of June...More

Legislative Assembly of Tonga opens for 2016

His Majesty King Tupou VI officially open the Legislative Assembly of Tonga 2016 at the Legislative Assembly at 10:30am this...More

“HUUFI ‘A E FALE ALEA ‘O TONGA 2016”

Na’e huufi ‘E He’ene ‘Afio Kingi Tupou VI ‘a e Fale Alea ‘o Tonga ki he ta’u 2016 ‘i he Fale Alea ‘o Tonga ‘I he taimi 10:30am ‘o e pongipongi...More

“Fakamanatu ‘e he Palemia ‘a e mahu’inga ke faka’ai’ai pe tuku ‘a e ifi tapaka”

Ko e ‘Eiki Palemia, Samuela ‘Akilisi Pohiva na’a ne fakaafe fakalangilangi ki hono tukuatu ‘o e polokalama tu’uaki “Tuku-Ifi-Leva”, na’e fakahoko ke faka’ilonga’i’aki ‘a e ‘Aho fakamamanilahi ‘o e Tapu Ifi Tapaka ‘i he Fale Fakataha’anga Kalofiama ‘o Epworth ‘i he Tusite 31 Me 2016. Ko e Tuku Ifi Leva ko e polokalama ke matu’aki fakakaukau’i mo fakapotopoto’i ‘a hono fatu ke fakasi’isi’i ‘a e lahi ‘o e ifi tapaka, ‘aki ‘a hono...More

“Public Notice Special Public Holiday”

To mark the historic occasion of the upcoming celebration of the 150th Anniversary of Tupou College of the Free Wesleyan Church of Tonga, the Prime Minister’s Office is pleased to announce to the public and the people of Tonga that the Cabinet has approved that Wednesday 22nd of June 2016 be declared a Special Public Holiday to the entirety of the Kingdom of Tonga. As such, Wednesday 22nd of June 2016 is hereby declared as a Special Public Holiday for the Kingdom of Tonga.  This special...More

“Fanongonongo Fakapule’anga: ‘Aho Malolo Fakapule’anga Makehe”

Ke faka’ilonga’i ‘a e katoanga fakahisitolia ‘oku ‘amanaki fakahoko ko hono Fakamanatu ‘o e Ta’u 150 ‘o e Kolisi ko Tupou ‘a e Siasi Uesiliana Tau’ataina ‘o Tonga, ‘oku fiefia ‘a e ‘Ofisi ‘o e Palemia ke fakanongonongo atu ki he kakai Tonga kotoa pe kuo tali ‘e he Kapineti ke hoko ‘a e ‘aho Pulelulu 22 ‘o Sune 2016 ko e ‘Aho Malolo Faka-Pule’anga ki he kotoa ‘o e ‘Otu Tonga ni. Ko ia ai, ‘oku fakahoko atu heni ko e ‘aho Pulelulu 22 ‘o Sune...More

“IMMEDIATE VACATING THE POSITION OF PACIFIC GAMES 2019 (PG2019) ORGANIZING COMMITTEE (OC) CEO/CHAIRMAN”

 The Audit & Governance Authority (AGA) for the Tonga-hosted PG2019 has approved that the position of PG2019 OG CEO/Chairman is to be vacated by the incumbent Lord Sevele-‘o-Vailahi with effect from 4.30pm, Friday 27 May 2016. The AGA has further approved that the Solicitor General shall be appointed Interim CEO/Chairman of the OC until further notice. This decision is based on the significant downgrade of the role of the OC CEO/Chairman since 5 February 2016. This occurred when...More

“Government’s Tribute to Her Majesty The Queen Mother, Queen Halaevalu Mata’aho on Her 90th Birthday”

On the joyous occasion of the celebration of Her Majesty The Queen Mother, Queen Halaevalu Mata’aho’s 90th Birthday, on the 29th May 2016, The Prime Minister, Hon. Samuela ‘Akilisi Pohiva, with the Cabinet Ministers, and the Government joins the Royal Family and the People of the Kingdom of Tonga, in respectfully extending their heartiest wishes to Her Majesty The Queen Mother, Queen Halaevalu Mata’aho. On this unique milestone of Her Majesty’s 90th birthday, the Government pays...More

Hon. Prime Minister launched new website for Ministry of Agriculture, Food, Forests and Fisheries

The Hon. Prime Minister, Samuela ‘AkilisiPohiva launched the official website for the Ministry of Agriculture, Food, Forests and Fisheries at the Fa’onelua Convention Centre on Monday 23 May 2016. In his address, the Prime Minister stressed the importance of the Ministry as an essential component in assisting the country’s economic development and the sector where majority of the people of are involved.  As such, it is important to those working in this sector to have access to quick...More

Fakaola ‘e he ‘Eiki Palēmia e Website Fo’ou ‘a e Potungaue Ngoue, Me’atokoni, Vao’akau mo e Toutai

Na’e fakaola ‘e he ‘Eiki Palēmia, Samuela ‘Akilisi Pohiva ‘a e kamata ‘o e website fo’ou, pe ko e founga tufaki fakamatala ‘oku ngaue’aki ‘a e ngalu ope (internet) ma’a e Potungaue Ngoue, Me’atokoni, Vao’akau mo e Toutai ‘i he  Senitā Fakataha’anga Fa’onelua ‘i he Monite 23 ‘o Me 2016. Na’e me’a ‘a e ‘Eiki Palemia ko e Potungaue ni ko e taha ia e huitu’a tefito ‘o ‘etau ngaahi langa faka’ekonomika, pea ko e sekitoa eni ‘oku kau ki ai...More

“Tonga’s Prime Minister attended World Summit on the Information Society Forum 2016 of the International Telecommunication Union in Geneva, Switzerland”

The Prime Minister of Tonga, Hon. Samuela ‘Akilisi Pohiva led Tonga’s delegation at the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Forum 2016 of the International Telecommunication Union in Geneva, Switzerland on 4th to 6th May, 2016. The WSIS Forum 2016 represents the world’s largest annual gathering of the ‘ICT for development’ community. The Forum has proven to be an efficient mechanism for coordination of multi-stakeholder implementation activities, information exchange,...More

“Tonga’s Prime Minister attended meeting of the International Parliamentarians for West Papua at British Parliament in London, England”

The Prime Minister of Tonga, Hon. Samuela ‘Akilisi Pohiva, led Tonga’s delegation to the Meeting of the International Parliamentarians for West Papua which was held at the House of Parliament in London, England on 3rd May, 2016. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss and have a common understanding that (1) the continued human rights violations in West Papua are unacceptable, (2) everyone has a right to genuine self-determination, including the West Papuan people, and (3) this can be...More

“Pekia ‘a e mo’unga’i tangata ‘o e Ngāue Faka- Pule’anga – Lord Tufui-‘o-Talaheu (Taniela Hoko’ila Tufui) ”

‘Oku mātu’aki ongo mo’oni ki he Pule’anga Tongá ‘a e taufa kaafakafa kuo hake ‘i he fonuá ‘i he pekia ‘a  e taha ‘o e kau mo’unga’i tangata ‘o e Ngāue Fakapule’angá ko Taniela Hoko’ila Tūfuí, ‘a ia na’e fakakoloa  ‘e he ‘Ene ‘Afió Kingi Siaosi Tupou V ‘aki ‘a e Hingoa Nōpele ‘Ikai Tukufakaholo koia ko e Lord Tūfui – ‘o – Talaheu’. ‘Oku fakafofonga’i ‘a e Pule’angá, ‘e he Talafekau Lahi ‘a Tonga ki ‘Aositelēliá,...More

“Tribute to Lord Tufui ‘o Talaheu (Taniela Hoko’ila Tufui)”

The passing of Lord Tufui ‘o Talaheu (Taniela Hoko’ila Tufui),  one of Tonga’s most distinguished and exceptional Leader of its Public Service is an invaluable loss which is deeply felt with profound sorrow by the Hon. Prime Minister and the Government. The High Commissioner of Tonga in Australia, H. R. H. Princess Latufuipeka Halaevalu Mata’aho, is representing the Government at the Funeral Service held today, Thursday, 28th April, 2016 at Ballarat, Victoria, in Australia. A...More

“Press Release of 15 April 2016 not intended to encroach on media freedom”

The Prime Minister’s Office wishes to clarify that the Press Release of 15 April 2016,“Hon Prime Minister received misleading request for a Press Conference” was not intended to encroach on media freedom or the freedom of media operators in Tonga and abroad. The Prime Minister’s Office is responsible for the scrutiny of all requests from the media industry to ascertain their authenticity and legitimacy.  There have been a lot of ill-informed criticisms by several media operators in...More

“Groundbreaking Ceremony for the Project for Upgrading the Wharf for Domestic Transportation”

His Majesty, King Tupou VI marked the beginning of the Project for Upgrading of the Wharf for Domestic Transportation with the groundbreaking ceremony held on Thursday 21 April 2016.  Present at the ceremony were Her Majesty, Queen Nanasipau’u, The Hon Prime Minister and Cabinet Ministers, Member of the Diplomatic Corps, Members of Parliament and Distinguished Guests. The project is part of the Japanese Grant Aid to Tonga and worth around three billion, three hundred and twenty million...More

“Government of Tonga sent Letter of Condolences to the Government and People of Japan”

The Hon. Prime Minister of Tonga, Samuela ‘Akilisi Pohiva has sent on April 14, 2016, a Letter of Condolences to the Hon Prime Minister of Japan, His Excellency, Mr Shizo Abe, on behalf of the Government and People of the Kingdom of Tonga. In his letter, the Hon. Prime Minister said: “I am profoundly saddened to learn of the catastrophic earthquake that struck the Kumamoto Prefecture on 14 April, 2016, resulting in the loss of lives, many people severely wounded and displaced from the...More

“ Fakanofo ’a Semisi Sika ke Minisitā ki he Ngaahi Ngaue Lalahi mo e Ngaue Takimamata”

Kuo mokoi ‘a e finangalo ‘o ‘Ene ‘Afio Tupou VI ke fakanofo ‘a Hon. Semisi Kioa Lafu Sika, ki he lakanga Minisitā ‘o e Ngaahi Ngaue Lalahi mo e  Ngaue Takimamata, ‘i hono fokotu’u atu mei he ‘Eiki Palēmia ‘o Tonga, Hon Samuela ‘Akilisi Pohiva. Ko e fokotu’u ko eni ki he lakanga Minisitaa, ‘e kamata lau ia mei he ‘aho 18 ‘Epeleli, 2016. [caption id="attachment_4815" align="alignnone" width="200"] Ko Hon. Semisi Kioa Lafu Sika[/caption] Ko Semisi Kioa...More

“Hon. Semisi Sika appointed as Minister of Infrastructure and Tourism”

His Majesty King Tupou VI has appointed Hon. Semisi Kioa Lafu Sika to the Ministerial portfolio of the Ministry of Infrastructure and Tourism, based on a recommendation from the Hon. Prime Minister, Samuela ‘Akilisi Pohiva. The appointment is to be effective as from 18 April 2016. [caption id="attachment_4811" align="alignnone" width="200"] The Hon. Semisi Kioa Lafu Sika.[/caption] Hon. Semisi Kioa Lafu Sika, 48 of Haveluloto, is the People’s Representative to Parliament for...More

“Hon Prime Minister opened workshop on the Right to Quality Education”

The Hon. Prime Minister and Minister for Education and Training , Hon. Samuela ‘Akilisi Pohiva opened a two day Training workshop for Tongatapu Primary Schools Principals on the Right to Quality Education at the Fa’onelua Convention Centre on Monday 18 April 2016. In his opening address, the Hon. Prime Minister said that the Universal Declaration of Human Rights 1948 proclaims that education is a fundamental human right and further encourages the full development of the human personality...More

“Ongoongo Tukuatu mei he Palesiteni ‘o e Kosilio Ongoongo ‘a Tonga ”

Ko e  hingoa Kosilio 'a e  kau faiongoongo  ‘o  Tonga (Tonga  Media  Council) 'oku 'uhinga  ia  ki he  kau faiongoongo  ‘o Tonga. 'Oku  'ikai  ‘uhinga  ia, ke  ngaue'aki  fakataautaha e  hingoa 'o e Kautaha. Na'e  'ikai  keu 'ilo  ki  hono  ngaue'aki 'e Viola Ulakai  'a e  hingoa  Tonga Media  Council ki he  kumi  ongoongo. Na'e  'ikai  ke  fakakau  au pe ko 'emau va'a ongoongo (87.5fm)  'i he  kakai  ne  fetu'utaki  ki ai  'i he'ene kole...More

“PRESS RELEASE FROM TONGA MEDIA COUNCIL PRESIDENT”

The name Tonga Media Council is as it says, implying that the body represents all media practitioners in Tonga. This does not in any way state that it should be used by individuals. I was not aware of Mrs. Viola Ulakai using the Tonga Media Council name for any reason. I was not engaged nor were my employers (FM 87.5) involved in any communication in her request for interviews for media coverage. There have been many speculations and dialogue on the matter and as the President for the...More

“Hon. Prime Minister officially opened new barrack facility for Tonga Police”

The Hon. Prime Minister, Samuela ‘Akilisi Pohiva officially opened the new Tonga Police Barracks at the Police Training School at Longolongo on Friday 15 April 2016. Hon. Samuela ‘Akilisi Pohiva told the gathering that the opening of the new facilities has been made possible by the generosity of the New Zealand and Australian Governments, under the Tonga Police Development Program launched in 2007. The Development Program is to support the capacity and capability of the Tonga Police and...More

“Clarifications for queries raised in the media”

This is provided as clarifications regarding queries raised in the media on the involvement of Mr. Siaosi Pohiva in the Ministry of Education and Training. Mr. Siaosi Pohiva was first recruited to the Education Quality and Assessment (EQAP) of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) in 2006. He was the Acting Head of Assessment Division, EQAP in January 2012 and appointed to the position of Head of Assessment Division in January 2015 to date. This is the fourth term of Mr. Pohiva...More

“Cabinet approved the Second Remuneration Report”

The Cabinet in a special meeting held on Wednesday 13 April 2016 approved the Second Remuneration Report for the public service.  The report was the result of the work carried out by the Remuneration Authority, which was directed by Cabinet.  The report recommended a new remuneration structure for the public service to be implemented starting on the 1st July 2016. The Second Remuneration Report was completed and submitted to Cabinet in November 2015.  Cabinet directed then for the...More

“ Ko e tu’utu’uni ke fetongi ‘a e Pule Ngāue Le’ole’o (Acting CEO) ki he Potungāue Ako mo e Ako Ngaué ”

Tu’unga ‘i hono fehu’ia mai ‘a e tu’utu’uni ‘a e ‘Eiki Palēmia pea ko e Minisitā ki he Ako mo e Ako Ngāue, Samuela ‘Akilisi Pohiva ke fetongi ‘a e Pule Ngāue Le’ole’o pē Acting CEO ki he Potungāue Ako mo e Ako Ngāue mei a Claude Tupou ki a Ponapate Taunisila ‘o kamata lau mei he ‘aho 30 ‘o Ma’asi 2016, ‘oku ‘oatu ai ‘a e fakama’ala’ala ko eni fekau’aki mo e tu’utu’uni na’e fakahokó. Na’e fakahoko ‘a e tangi (appeal) ‘a Claude...More

“Decision to change the Acting Chief Executive Officer for the Ministry of Training and Education”

Because of questions received regarding the decision by the Hon Prime Minister and Minister for Education and Training to change the appointment of the Acting Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for Education and Training from Mr. Claude Tupou to Mr. Ponapate Taunisila starting on 30 March 2016, this is provided to clarify this decision for the public. In accordance with the Public Service Act, Mr. Claude Tupou made an appeal to the Public Service Tribunal regarding the result of his application...More

“Oceania 22 summit meeting, Noumea, New Caledonia: “ Oceania leads the way”

The official opening of the Oceania 22 Summit Meeting was held on Monday 11th April 2016 in Noumea, New Caledonia. The purpose of the meeting is for the Pacific Island countries to lead the way and ensure that the Pacific Islands voice is heard by larger states so that the leverage afforded by the Paris Climate Change Agreement can contribute to developing the resilience of the Pacific Islands territories and accelerate the adaptation process in the Pacific. The Paris Climate Change...More

“Pacific Pearl Welcomed to Tonga!”

The Kingdom of Tonga welcomed the arrival of another cruise ship into Vuna wharf this morning. The Pacific Pearl today with 1,755 visitors and 690 crews were greeted in Nuku’alofa with smiles, local music and dancing as they disembarked the cruise ship and took a step into the last remaining Kingdom of the South Pacific. This is the third time for the Pacific Pearl to visit Tonga with two more visits scheduled for the rest of the year. The Pacific Pearl arrived in Nuku’alofa from...More

“HRH Prince Ata opened 2016 Oceania Archery Championships and Continental Qualifying Tournament in Nuku’alofa”

His Royal Highness Prince Ata declare the 2016  Oceania Archery Championships and Continental Qualifying Tournament opened by shooting the first arrow at the Pangai Lahi waterfront this morning. The opening ceremony began with a marching of athletes and officials from six participating countries, including Australia, Fiji, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Tahiti and Tonga, from the Digicel Square to Pangai in Nuku’alofa. The four day tournament will end with selecting of 2 men and 2 women...More

“World Rugby Officials visits Tonga”

The Hon. Prime Minister, Samuela ‘Akilisi Pohiva welcomed an official delegation from the World Rugby Union at the Prime Minister's Office on Wednesday the 6th of April, 2016. The delegation comprised of World Rugby Committee Chairman, Mr John Jeffery; Head of Development and International Relations, Mr  David Carrigy; the General Manger of the World Rugby's Asia-Pacific region,  Mr William Glenwright; High Performance Manager for World Rugby,  Mr. Peter Horne and the World Rugby's...More

“Japan’s Grant Aid for Economic and Social Development Programme”

Monday the 28th of March, 2016 was marked with the Signing of the Exchange of Notes regarding Japan’s Grant Aid Economic and Social Development Programme between His Excellency Mr. Yukio Numata, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to the Kingdom of Tonga and Tonga’s Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs & Trade, Hon. Samuela ‘Akilisi Pohiva. The grant aid is worth two hundred million yen (¥200,000,000) which is equivalent to approximately TOP$3.6...More

Attorney General’s Office Hosts Pacific Region Cybercrime Criminal Justice Training and Network 24-26 February 2016

On 24 to 26 February 2016, the Attorney General’s Office hosted a 3 day regional workshop at the Fa’onelua Convention Centre on cybercrime training specific to the criminal justice systems in the Pacific region. The main objective of the workshop was to discuss common challenges inhibiting detection, investigations and prosecutions of cybercrime and related crime in the region. One of the significant outcomes was consideration of the creation of a regional network of contact persons...More

“The British High Commissioner His Excellency Mr. Roderick Drummond meets the Hon Prime Minister of Tonga, Samuela ‘Akilisi Pohiva”

 His Excellency Mr. Roderick Drummond, the British High Commissioner to Tonga paid a courtesy visit to the Hon. Prime Minister Samuela ‘Akilisi Pohiva at the Ministry of Foreign Affair’s Office on Wednesday the 16th of March, 2016. His Excellency and the Hon. Prime Minister were pleased to discuss the upcoming celebrations of the 90th birthday of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II.  Her Majesty’s 90th Birthday will be celebrated in April, May and June of this year in the United...More

“Ngaahi sino ngāue fakalao ki he Sipoti Pasifiki 2019”

‘Oku kei hokohoko atu pe ‘a e ngāue ‘a e Pule’angá ki he palani mo e alea ki he teuteu ki he Sipoti Pasifiki ‘o e 2019, tautefito ki he ngaahi feitu’u fai’anga sipoti.  Na’e ‘osi fakamahino foki ‘e he Pule’anga ko e pole lahi ki hono fakahoko ‘o e sipoti ko hotau ivi fakapa’anga,  ka kuo fakapapau’i mai e ngaahi fonua hoa ngāué tenau tokoni’i ‘a Tonga ni kau ai ‘a Nu’u Sila, Lepupilika ‘o e Kakai ‘o Siaina pea mo Papua Niukini pea ‘oku hokohoko...More

“The Hon. Prime Minister, Samuela ‘Akilisi Pohiva clarifies the work on the development of the Va’epopua National Park”

The Hon. Prime Minister wishes to address and outline the work that has been completed and the plan for the development of the National Park at Va’epopua. The Government is still on course with its aim on developing the location which was once a site for waste disposal at Va’epopua into a park.  The park will be recognized as the Va’epopua National Park and is expected to become a place for the public to enjoy and rest and also enhance the splendor of Tonga’s waterfront. After a...More

“Fakama’ala’ala mei he ‘Eiki Palēmia, Hon. Samuela ‘Akilisi Pohiva ki he ngaahi ngāue ki hono teuteu’i ‘o e Paaka Fakafonua ‘i Va’epopuá”

‘Oku ‘oatu ‘a e fakamatala ni, mei he ‘Eiki Palēmia, Hon. Samuela ‘Akilisi Pohiva, ke fakama’ala’ala mo fakaikiiki ‘a e ngaahi ngāue kuo fakahoko pea ‘oku kei toe ke fai ‘a hono fakahoko ki he Paaka Fakafonua ‘i Va’epopua. 1.  ‘Oku kei tu’u pe ‘a e taumu’a ‘a e Pule’anga ke ngaahi ‘a e feitu’u ko eni na’e laku’anga veve fuoloa ‘i Va’epopua ke hoko ko e ‘paaka’ pea ‘iloa ko e Paaka Fakafonua Va’epopua,  ke ma’a mo faka’ofo’ofa...More

“Government of Tonga Disaster Relief Operation in Fiji.”

Task Group 412 compromise the disaster relief effort from Tonga to Fiji. The Tongan Task Group (TG412) is based on two Tongan Navy vessels: VOEA Pangai a Pacific Class Patrol Boat and VOEA Late a medium landing craft. The TG412 consist of 45 military personnel and 4 civilian from National Emergency Management Center (NEMO) and Tonga Red Cross. It is led by Commander Heiss Fonohema and Mr Mafua Maka from the Tonga National Emergency Management Center. They are supporting the Fiji National...More

“Secretary General of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), Mr. Houlin Zhao pays the Hon. Prime Minister a Courtesy Call.”

  The Hon. Prime Minister, Samuela ‘Akilisi Pohiva was paid a courtesy call by the Secretary General of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU); Mr. Houlin Zhao at the Prime Minister’s Office this morning, Friday the 11th of March 2016. The ITU is a specialized agency for information and communication technologies (ICTs).   Mr. Zhao stated that his visit to Tonga is a great opportunity to witness how ITU’s continued assistance may benefit the telecommunication sector...More

ITU Secretary General launch new government portal

[caption id="attachment_4612" align="aligncenter" width="580"] Mr. Houlin Zhao, Secretary General ITU with HRH Crown Prince Tupouto'a 'Ulukalala and the Prime Minister, Hon. Samuela 'Akilisi Pohiva.[/caption] The Secretary General of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Mr. Houlin Zhao launched the new government portal today at the Ministry of Meteorology, Energy, Information, Disaster Management, Environment, Climate Change and Communication (MEIDECC) Conference Room. Mr....More

“Pacific Aria Cruise Ship Welcomed to Tonga!”

The Kingdom of Tonga continues to welcome the arrival of cruise ships into Vuna Wharf. The Pacific Aria with 1,411 visitors, were greeted in Nuku’alofa on Wednesday 9 March, 2016 with smiles and local music and dance as they disembarked their giant cruise ship and took a step into the last remaining Kingdom of the South Pacific.  This is the Pacific Aria’s first visit to Tonga. The Pacific Aria is the sixth out of 18 cruise ships expected to arrive Tonga in 2016. Each cruise ship...More

“‘E malava ‘e he mafai mo e ivi ‘o e Siasí ke tokoni’i ‘a e Pule’anga ke langa’i hake ‘a e tu’unga faka-sosiale mo faka’ikonomika ‘a e fonuá.”

Na’e ui ‘e he Palēmia, Hon. Samuela ‘Akilisi Pohiva ‘a e fakataha ‘a e Pule’anga pea mo e Kau Taki Lotu ‘o e ngaahi Siasi ‘i Tonga ni ‘i he Fale Fakataha’anga Fa’oneluá ‘i he ‘aho Monite 7 ‘o Ma’asi 2016. Na’e taumu’a ‘a e fakataha ni ke hokohoko atu ‘a e fepotalanoa’aki ‘a e Pule’anga mo e Kau Taki Lotu felave’i mo e ngaahi kaveinga ‘oku mahu’inga ke fakahoko ha tokanga makehe ki ai. [caption id="attachment_4597" align="aligncenter"...More

“Hon Prime Minister meets the IMF Article IV Mission Delegation.”

[caption id="attachment_4590" align="aligncenter" width="580"] Hon. Prime Minister Samuela ‘Akilisi Pohiva with International Monetary Fund (IMF) Article IV Mission Delegation[/caption]   The Hon Prime Minister, Samuela ‘Akilisi Pohiva met the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Article IV Mission Delegation this morning at the Prime Minister’s Office. The IMF team has been in Tonga since 29 February to undertake the Article IV Consultation Mission with the National Reserve...More

“Ke mou hoko ko e kau makatu’unga ‘o e melino, me’a ‘Eiki Palēmia he fakanofo matāpule ‘a e Kolisi Tongá 2016. ”

Ko e Palēmia, Hon. Samuela ‘Akilisi  Pohiva,  Minisitā  Ako mo Ako Ngāue na’e fakaafe fakalangilangi ki he ouau fakanofo matapule ‘a e Kolisi Tonga ki he 2016 na’e fakahoko ki he Falemamata’anga Sipoti ‘i ‘Atele ‘i he ‘aho Falaite 4 ‘o Ma’asi 2016. Ko e fanauako ‘e toko 40 na’e fakanofo ki he lakanga mahu’inga ko eni pea fakanofo ai mo e matapule lahi ‘o e Kolisi pe ko Mafi tō ki Manamo’ui kia Siaosi Fehoko pea ko e ongo tokoni matapule lahi  ko...More

Resolution of Claim against the Crown by the Estate of the Late KALI PEAUA FUNGAVAKA

EMBARGOED UNTIL 12 PM TONGA TIME Attorney General’s Office DRAFT MEDIA RELEASE 1 The Attorney General’s Office wishes to inform the public that today Thursday 3 March 2016, the Supreme Court made a declaration that wrongful actions of certain Police Officers as servants of the Kingdom of Tonga towards Kali Fungavaka on the night of 17 August and morning of 18 August 2012 amounted to a breach of his Constitutional rights to life, liberty and freedom within Tonga as provided for in the...More

“Hoko ‘a Tonga ko e fonua hono 187 ke Mēmipa ‘i he ILO (Kautaha Fakamamani Lahi ki he Ngāue ‘a e Kakai)”

Kuo hoko ‘a Tonga ko e Fonua hono 187 ke mēmipa he Kautaha Fakamāmani Lahi ki he Ngāue ‘a e Kakai pē (ILO) ‘o kamata lau ia mei he ‘aho 24 ‘o Fēpueli, 2016 hili ‘eni hono ma’u ‘e he Talekita Seniale ‘o e ILO, ‘a e tohi mei he Pule’anga ‘o Tonga ‘o fakapapau’i ange kuo ne tali ‘a e ngaahi Konisitutone ngāue ‘o e Kautaha Fakamāmani Lahi ki he Ngāue ‘a e Kakai.  Na’e fakahā mei he Kautaha Fakamāmani Lahi ki he Ngāue ‘a e Kakai ‘enau talitali...More

“Kingdom of Tonga has become the 187th International Labour Organization (ILO) Member State”

Tonga has become the 187th member state of the International Labour Organization (ILO) with effect from the 24th February 2016, following the receipt by the Director General of the ILO, of a declaration of acceptance of ILO Constitutional obligations from the Government of Tonga.  According to the formal notification received by the Government on 1st March 2016, the ILO welcomes Tonga as a member state and is confident that the association between Tonga and the Organization will be of benefit...More

“Government of Tonga sent Letter of Condolences to the Government and People of Fiji”

The Hon Prime Minister of Tonga, Samuela ‘Akilisi Pohiva has sent yesterday, 25 February 2016, a Letter of Condolences to the Hon Prime Minister of Fji, JosaiaVoreqe Bainimarama on behalf of the Government and People of the Kingdom of Tonga In his letter, the Hon Prime Minister said: “I would like to express on behalf of the Government and People of the Kingdom of Tonga, our sincerest condolences and extend our deepest sympathies to all the victims and families affected by the...More

“Faka’ilonga’i ‘e he Palemia ‘a hono tukuatu ‘o e Palani Fakafonua ‘a Tonga ki he Hala Fononga ki ha Tonga Mo’ui Lelei”

Na’e faka’ilonga’i ‘e he Palemia, Hon. Samuela ‘Akilisi Pohiva ‘a e tukuatu ki he kakai e fonua ‘a e Palani Fakafonua ‘a Tonga ki hono Faka’ehi’ehi mo Tauhi’i ‘a e Ngaahi Fokoutua ‘oku ‘Ikai ke Pipihi pe ko e Hala Fononga ki ha Tonga Mo’ui Lelei ki he ta’u ‘e nima ka hoko mai, ‘i he Tusite 24 ‘o Fepueli 2016 ‘i he Fale Fakataha’anga Kalofiama ‘o Epworth ‘i Nuku’alofa. [caption id="attachment_4541" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Ko e Palemia...More

“Tō folofola huufi tuku to’u Fale Alea 2015/2016”

Na’e fakahoko ‘i he pongipongi ‘o e ‘aho ni, Tu’apulelulu 25 ‘o Fepueli 2016 ‘a hono huufi tuku ‘o e to’u Fale Alea 2015/2016. Ko HSH Pilinisi Tu’ipelehake, Lord Vaea, mo Lord Vaha’i na’a nau fakahoko ‘a e ouau huufi tuku.  Ko HSH Pilinisi Tu’ipelehake na’a ne fakahoko ‘a e Tō Folofola mei he ‘Ene ‘Afio, Kingi Tupou VI, ke huufi tuku’aki ‘a e Fakataha Fale Alea ‘o Tonga 2015/2016. [caption id="attachment_4529" align="aligncenter" width="300"]...More

“ Hon. Prime Minister meets new High Commissioner of Australia to Tonga”

The Hon Prime Minister, Samuela ‘Akilisi Pohiva welcomed the new High Commissioner of Australia to the Kingdom of Tonga, His Excellency Mr Andrew Ian Munro Ford in a meeting at the Prime Minister’s Office this morning. [caption id="attachment_4520" align="aligncenter" width="473"] Hon. Prime Minister and H.E Mr Andrew...More

“UNITED STATES ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF STATE FOR EAST ASIAN AND PACIFIC AFFAIRS, MR DANIEL R. RUSSEL VISITS TONGA”

The Hon. Prime Minister, Samuela ‘Akilisi Pohiva met the United States of America Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, Mr Daniel R. Russel yesterday Tuesday 23 February 2016 at the Prime Minister’s Office.  Mr Russel was accompanied by the Commander of the United States Pacific Fleet, Admiral Scott Swift, the United States Ambassador to Tonga, Her Excellency Judith Beth Cefkin and other United States Government Officials. [caption id="attachment_4482"...More

“His Majesty King Tupou VI opened new office complex for Retirement Fund Board.”

His Majesty King Tupou VI as he cuts the ribbon to officially open the new Retirement Fund Board Office.  His Majesty King Tupou VI officially opened the new office building of the Retirement Fund Board, on the 12th February 2016. Present in this occasion was Her Majesty Queen Nanasipau'u, the Honourable Prime Minister, Samuela ‘Akilisi Pohiva and Cabinet Ministers, the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly, Lord Tu’ivakanō and Members of Parliament, Heads of Diplomatic Missions,...More

“Fakahoko ‘e he Pule’anga ‘a e ngaahi ngaue tefito ke mateuteu ‘a Vava’u ki he kamata ‘o e fepuna’aki ‘a e Fiji Links(Fiji Airways) ki he Mala’evakapuna Lupepau’u. ”

Kuo fakahā ‘e he Pule’angá kuo maau mālie ‘a e ngaahi ngāue tefito ki hono teuteu ke kamata e fepuna’aki fakavaha’apule’anga he vaha’a ‘o Nadi, Fisi mo Vava’u ‘a e Kautaha Vakapuna Fiji Airways, ‘a ia ‘oku fakaangaanga ke kamata ‘i he ‘aho 2 ‘o ‘Epeleli 2016. Na’e kamata ‘a e ngaue mei hono fakahū atu mei he Kautaha Fiji Links/Fiji Airways ha tohi kole ki he Va’a Fefolau’aki Vakapuna Sivile ‘a e Potungāue ki he Ngaahi Ngāue Lalahi ‘a e...More

“Government ensured that Vava’u is ready for the Fiji Link (Fiji Airways) operation into Lupepau’u International Airport.”

The Government has ensured that all the necessary work for the start of the Fiji Airways operation into Lupepau’u International Airport, Vava’u scheduled to start on the 2nd of April, 2016 are set up and in place. The work started when Fiji Link/Fiji Airways submitted an application to Tonga’s Civil Aviation Division, Ministry of Infrastructure to include Vava’u as a destination in Tonga after it received approval from Civil Aviation Authority Fiji (CAAF). Tonga’s Civil Aviation...More

“Pacific Small Island Developing States-Kingdom of Sweden Ministerial Meeting Opens in Nuku’alofa.”

  The Prime Minister of Tonga, Hon. Samuela ‘Akilisi Pohiva opened the Pacific Small Island Developing States (PSIDS)–Kingdom of Sweden Ministerial Meeting yesterday morning Tuesday 10 February, 2016 at the Fa’onelua Convention Centre in Nuku’alofa. The Hon. Prime Minister was joined by the Minister of International Cooperation and Development of the Kingdom of Sweden, Her Excellency Isabella Lövin; the President of the Republic of Kiribati, His Excellency Anote Tong; the...More

“ FAKATA’E’AONGA’I ‘A E LAKANGA MINISITĀ ‘O ‘ETUATE SUNGALU LAVULAVU.”

Kuo finangalo lelei ‘a ‘Ene ‘Afio Tupou VI ke fakata’e’aonga’i ‘a hono fakanofo ‘o ‘Etuate Sungalu Lavulavu ki he Minisitā ‘o e Takimamata, ‘i hono fokotu’u atu ‘e he ‘Eiki Palēmia ‘o Tonga, Hon Samuela ‘Akilisi Pohiva, ‘o kamata lau mei he Monite ‘aho ‘uluaki ‘o Fepueli, 2016. Na’e makatu’unga eni ‘i he tu’utu’uni ‘a e Fakamaau’anga Lahi pea pehē ki he tu’utu’uni ‘a e Falealea ‘o Tonga ke fakahifo ‘a ‘Etuate Sungalu Lavulavu...More

“Papua New Guinea Delegation concluded a successful visit to Tonga.”

The Hon. Justin Tkatchenko, Papua New Guinea’s Minister for National Events, Sports and Tourism and the Papua New Guinea delegation that visited Tonga to assist in the preparation for the South Pacific Games 2019, departed Tonga yesterday Tuesday 2 February 2016 after a successful visit. The Hon Prime Minister of Tonga, Samuela ‘Akilisi Pohiva in his final remarks to the Papua New Guinea delegation, expressed the Government’s profound gratitude to the thoughtfulness and timely response...More

“Lava lelei ‘a e ‘a’ahi mai ‘a Papua Niukini ki Tonga ni ”

Kuo me’a atu ‘a Hon.Justin Tkatchenko, Minisitā ki he Ngaahi Ouau Fakafonua, Sipoti mo e Takimamata ‘a Papua Niukiní fakataha mo e timi ‘a’ahi ‘a Papua Niukini na’e ‘a’ahi mai ki Tonga ni ke tokoni ki he ngaahi teuteu ki he Sipoti ‘a e Pasifiki ki he 2019, ‘i he efiafi Tusite 2 ‘o Fepueli hili ia ‘a e lava lelei ‘enau ‘a’ahi na’e fakahoko mai. Na’e fakamalo’ia’i ‘e he Palēmia ‘o Tonga, Hon. Samuela ‘Akilisi Pohiva, ‘i he’ene me’a...More

“‘A’ahi mai ‘a Papua Niukini ki Tongá.”

‘E taki mai ‘a Hon. Justin Tkatchenko, Minisitā ‘a Papua Niukini ki he Ngaahi Ouau Fakafonua, Sipoti mo e Takimamata ‘i he timi ‘a’ahi mei he Pule’anga Papua Niukiní, te nau tu’uta mai ki Tonga ni ‘i he ‘aho Tokonaki, 30 ‘o Sanuali 2016, ke tokoni ki he teuteu ‘a e Pule’anga Tonga ki he Sipoti ‘a e Pasifiki he 2019. Ko e timi ‘a’ahi ni ‘oku kau ki ai ‘a e kau ‘ofisa ma’olunga mei he Pule’anga, kau ‘enisinia mo e kau ‘akiteki mei Papua...More

“Papua New Guinea delegation to visit Tonga”

The Papua New Guinea Minister for National Events, Sports and Tourism, Hon Justin Tkatchenko MP will lead a delegation from the Papua New Guinea Government that will arrive in the Kingdom of Tonga on Saturday 30 January 2016 to assist with the Government of Tonga’s preparation for the Pacific Games 2019.  The delegation will consist of Senior Government Officials, Engineers and Architects from Papua New Guinea. This visit is the outcome of the recent visit made by the Hon Prime Minister...More

“Fakama’ala’ala ki he feinga ‘a e Pule’angá ke langa ha Mala’e Tāpulu ki he Sipoti Pasifiki 2019.”

Koe’uhí na’e te’eki ke ma’u ha konga kelekele lahi mo fe’unga ke teuteu’i ke hoko ko e mala’e tapulu ki he Sipoti Pasifiki ‘o e 2019, na’e me’a atu ai ‘a e ‘Eiki Palēmia, Samuela ‘Akilisi Pohiva ‘o fakataufolofola ki He’ene ‘Afió, Tupou VI, ‘o kole na’a faingamalie hono tofi’a ‘i he ‘Afio’anga ko Vila ‘i Tufumahina ke langa ai ‘a e mala’e tapulu. Na’e fakamahino ‘e he ‘Eiki Palēmia, na’e tali ‘e he ‘Ene ‘Afio ‘a e kolé,...More

“Te’eki fakapapau’i ha mahu’inga fakapa’anga ‘o e lahi ‘o e tokoni ‘a Papua Niukini ki Tonga ‘i he alea ‘i he uike kuo ’osí”

‘Oku tukuatu ‘a e ongoongo ni ke fakamahino ‘a e ongoongo na’e tukuatu ‘i he ‘aho 21 ‘o Sanuali 2016 fekau’aki mo e folau ‘a e Pule’anga Tongá ki Papua Niukini, na’e taki ‘e he ’Eiki Palēmia. ‘Oku fakahoko atu heni na’e te’eki ke fakapapau’i ha mahu’inga fakapa’anga ‘o e lahi ‘o e tokoní ‘i he alea na’e fakahoko ‘e he ongo fonua ni. Neongo kuo ‘i ai ‘a e fakafuofua fakapa’anga ki he fakamole mo e lahi ‘o e pa’anga ‘e fiema’u ki...More

“No monetary commitments were made during dialogue between Papua New Guinea (PNG) and Tonga last week”

This media release is following on from the Government media release dated 21 January 2016 regarding the Tongan Delegation’s visit to Papua New Guinea led by the Hon. Prime Minister.  This serves to confirm that no monetary commitments were made in the dialogue between the two countries. While there are cost estimates and indicative amounts on how much the civil works and equipment for the upgrade of Teufaiva Stadium and the construction of the Sports High Performance Centre may cost,...More

“Paaka Fakafonua Va’epopua”

‘I Tisema, ‘o e ta’u 2015, na’e tali ai ‘e he Kapinetí, ke fakahoko ha polokalama ngāue ki he nofo ‘a e kakai ‘o e koló, ‘oku taku ko e Paaka Fakafonua Va’epopua, ko e konga ia ‘o e taumu’a ngāue ‘a e Pule’anga ki hono tauhi ke ma’a mo matamatalelei ‘a e matātahi, ke hoko ko ha feitu’u mālōlō ’anga ma’a e kakai ‘o e kolo kae’uma’ā ‘a e kakai ‘o e fonua. Ko e Paaka Fakafonua Va’epopua ‘oku langa ia he tafa’aki na’e ngāue’aki...More

“Va’epopua National Park”

In December 2015, Cabinet approved a community program, the Va’epopua National Park as part of the Government’s initiative to clean-up and beautify the waterfront, envisaged to be a recreational site for the public and the people of the community. The proposed Va’epopua National Park is constructed at the site, previously used and known in the past as the Tukutonga Rubbish Dump, situated along the seafront of Popua. The works to date are subject to planning and design led by the...More

“The Government of Papua New Guinea committed to assist Tonga with the reconstruction of Teufaiva Stadium and its High Performance Center.”

The Prime Minister of Tonga, Hon. Samuela ‘Akilisi Pohiva met the Prime Minister of PNG, Hon. Peter O’Neill in a bilateral meeting between the two countries on Monday 18 January 2015. He was accompanied by the Minister and CEO for Internal Affairs also responsible for Sports. The main purpose of the Hon Prime Minister’s visit to PNG is to further strengthen the economic and social cooperation between the two countries in the sports arena. As the nation who has most recently hosted the...More

“Prime Minister’s Office Role and Processes for the Public Dissemination of Government Information”

The Prime Minister’s Office wishes to inform the public and to assuage any concerns regarding its ability to provide accurate government information and more specifically its prized relationship with the Hon. Prime Minister. The Hon. Prime Minister and the Chief Secretary and Secretary to Cabinet reassures the public that they are working together and that the Prime Minister’s Office is striving relentlessly to achieve its vision to “Develop and promote a just, equitable, and...More

“TONGA PUBLIC HOLIDAYS FOR 2016”

The official Public Holidays confirmed for 2016 are as follows: MONTH: NAME OF PUBLIC HOLIDAY: TYPE OF HOLIDAY: ACTUAL DATE: OBSERVATION DATE: JANUARY New Year’s Day International 1 January Friday, 1 January 2016   MARCH Good Friday Easter Monday International International 25 March 28 March   Friday, 25 March 2016 Monday, 28 March 2016 APRIL ANZAC Day International 25 April Monday, 25 April 2016 JUNE Emancipation...More

“Taki Palēmiá he kau folau ‘a Tonga ki he Fakataha Faka-Palēmia ‘a e Pasifikí”

    ‘Oku taki atu he uiké ni ‘a e Palēmia ‘o Tongá, Hon. Samuela ‘Akilisi Pohiva ‘i he kau fakafofonga ‘o Tonga ki he Fakataha Faka-Palēmia hono 46 ‘a e kau taki mei he tukuifonua ‘o e Pasifikí (PIF) ‘oku fakahoko ki Port Moresby, Pāpua Niukini mei he ‘aho 9-11 Sepitema 2015. Ko e kaveinga ‘e alea’i he ta’u ní he fakataha ‘a e kau takí ‘oku pehē ko e: Fakamalohi’i ‘a e fengāue’aki fakafeitu’u ‘a e Pasifikí.” ‘E alea’i...More

“Hon. PM attends the 46th Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) Leaders’ Meeting in Papua New Guinea”

  This week, Tonga's Prime Minister, Hon. Samuela 'Akilisi Pohiva leads Tonga's delegation  at the 46th Pacific Island Forum Leaders meeting held in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea from 9th – 11th September 2015. ​ The theme for this year’s Forum Leaders meeting is ‘Strengthening Connections to Enhance Pacific Regionalism’. Leaders will discuss key regional issues including climate change and disaster risk reduction in preparation for the upcoming UNFCCC COP21...More

“OUTCOMES OF THE 3RD PIDF LEADERS’ SUMMIT”

  The Prime Minister of Tonga Hon Samuela ‘Akilisi Pohiva and his fellow leaders from the Pacific Islands countries met in Suva, Fiji, from 1st to 4th September 2015, for the 3rd Pacific Islands Development Forum (PIDF3) Leaders’ Summit/Meeting. The members of the PIDF include Pacific Island countries without Australia and New Zealand. The Governing/Leaders’ Council of the PIDF adopted the PIDF Charter with the understanding that respective national processes of ratification...More

“OFFICE OF THE MINISTER OF EDUCATION”

    The Prime Minister and Minister of Education, Hon. ‘Akilisi Pohiva has revealed that recent progressive analysis of quality education in Tonga has shown that the rate of students passing their exams has been declining over the last decade. Since taking office in January, the Hon. Minister of Education has embarked on an audit of results of students passing primary and senior secondary school exams to determine a way forward for the development of education in Tonga. In...More

“Prime Minister of Tonga, Hon. Samuela ‘Akilisi Pohiva’s Speech to the Cerebral Palsy Convention, Zurich, Switzerland”

  (Here is a speech by the Hon. Prime Minister to the Cerebral Palsy Convention in Zurich, Switzerland. It was recorded in video and sent electronically to the Convention) My name is Samuela ‘Akilisi Pohiva. I am the Prime Minister of Tonga and the first to be elected by the people. Tonga is now a democratic country. Firstly, I offer my most humble and sincere apology for not being able to attend your prestigious Convention due to clashes in my itinerary, which unfortunately,...More

“Prime Minister attends PIDF meeting in Fiji”

  The Prime Minister will lead Tonga’s delegation to the 3rd Pacific Islands Development Forum (PIDF) Leaders’ Summit which will be held in Suva, Fiji from the 1st – 4th September 2015. The theme for the Summit is “Building Climate Resilient Green Blue Pacific Economies”. Climate Change will be the main issue that will be discussed at the summit as well as the appointment of the first Permanent Secretary General for PIDF, launching of the first Regional Development...More

“KEYNOTE SPEECH BY THE PRIME MINISTER, HON. SAMUELA ‘AKILISI POHIVA  AT THE AUSTRALIA–PACIFIC TECHNICAL COLLEGE (APTC) TONGA GRADUATION CEREMONY AT 12.00 PM ON THURSDAY, 27TH AUGUST, 2015 AT THE QUEEN SALOTE MEMORIAL HALL.”

Over the past decade, the advancement in Tonga’s,   Human Development Index, and its high number of Doctorates in Philosophy, in comparison to its population size, has been recognized globally. Equally acknowledged, has been the raising, of the quality and level of qualification, in nursing, teaching, theology, and a few other key, technical and vocational competency. Accordingly, it is an immense pleasure, on behalf of the Government, and the People of Tonga, to extend our heartiest...More

“His Majesty King Tupou VI graced the Groundbreaking Ceremony and unveiled the Foundation Stone of the Tonga Government Building – St. George Palace Project at the Project site – Pangai Si’i on Tuesday, 25 August 2015 at 2.00 p.m.”

  His Majesty King Tupou VI graced the Groundbreaking Ceremony and unveiled the Foundation Stone of the Tonga Government Building - St. George Palace Project, envisioned by His Late Majesty King George Tupou V, at the Project site - Pangai Si’i on 25th August, 2015 at 2.00 p.m. Also at the Ceremony were H.R.H. Crown Princess Sinaitakala, some of the Lords of the Realm, Cabinet Ministers and Parliamentarians,  Members of the Diplomatic Corps, the Chief Justice, Chief Executive...More

“Fakaola ‘e he ‘Ene ‘Afió ko e Tu’i ko Tupou VI ‘a e Makatu’unga ‘o e Polokalama Fakalakalaka  ke  Langa ‘a e  Fale  Fakapule’anga  ne fakakoloa ‘e he ‘Ene ‘Afió Kingi Siaosi Tupou V ko e  St.  George  Palace ‘i Pangai Si’i  ‘i he  Tūsite,  ‘aho  25  ‘o  ‘Ākosi  2015 he  2.00  p.m.”

  Na’e fakaola ‘e he ‘Ene ‘Afió ko e Tu’i ko Tupou VI ‘a e makatu’unga ‘o e Polokalama Fakalakalaka koia ke langa ‘a e Fale Fakapule’anga ‘aia ne fakakoloa  ‘e he La’ā Kuo Unga Fonuá, Kingi Siaosi Tupou V ko e St. George Palace ‘i  Pangai Si’í ‘i he  2.00 p.m. ‘o e Tūsite,  ‘aho 25 ‘o ‘Ākosi 2015. Na’e me’a ‘i he Ouau Mahu’ingá ni ‘a e Ta’ahine Pilinisesi Kalauní Sinaitakala, kae’uma’ā ‘a e ni’ihi ‘o e...More

“Ola ‘o e fakataha hono ua ‘a e Fakataha’anga ‘a ‘Initia mo e Pasifikí(FIPIC).”

  Na’e fakataha ‘a e kau taki ‘o ‘Initiá mo e tukuifonua ‘o e Pasifikí kau ai ‘a Tongá ni, ‘i New Delhi mo Jaipur, ‘i ‘Initia mei he ‘aho 19- 21 ‘Aokosi 2015 ‘i he Fakataha hono ua ‘a ‘Initia mo e Pasifiki (Forum for India-Pacific Islands Cooperation-FIPIC). Na’e fakataha ‘a e kau taki mei he Pasifikí mo Palesiteni Pranab Mukherjee ‘i he ‘Api me’a’anga Faka-Palesiteni ‘o e fonuá ‘oku ‘iloa ko Rashtrapati Bhawan, ‘i New Delhi....More

“OUTCOME OF THE SECOND SUMMIT OF THE FORUM FOR INDIA-PACIFIC ISLANDS COOPERATION (FIPIC).”

The leaders from India and the Pacific Island countries including Tonga, met in New Delhi and Jaipur City, India from 19th to 21st August 2015 for the Second Summit of the Forum for India-Pacific Islands Cooperation (FIPIC).  The FIPIC Summit was first launched in Fiji last year, aiming to deepen cooperation between India and the Pacific Island Nations in areas of mutual interest.   On the 19 August 2015, the Pacific Island Leaders met with President Pranab Mukherjee at the...More

“Ko e me’a tali ‘o e Tō folofola huufi ‘o e Faka’ali’ali Ngoue, Toutai mo e Koloa 2015 vahefonua Tongatapu ‘e he Palēmiá, Hon. Samuela ‘Akilisi Pohiva.”

  Tapu mo e Hau 'o Tonga, Tama Tui, Tupou 6 Tapu mo e Ta'ahine Kuini, Kuini Nanasipau'u Tapu mo Pilinisi Ata, moe Fale ‘o Ha’a Moheofo   Tapu mo Vakalahi mo Ha'a Tauhi Fonua Kuou kole keu hufanga atu he fakatapu kakato kuo osi hono aofaki kae ata kiate au ke fakamonu ae koloa kuou lave ai I he ‘aho ni.   Tau Fakafeta'i ki he 'Otua Mafimafii, he ene tauhi lelei, oku kei lakoifie lelei a e Tu’i ‘o Tonga -  Tupou VI mo e Ta’ahine Kuini...More

“Tō folofola ‘a e Tama Tu’í, Tupou VI ‘i hono huufi ‘o e Faka’ali’ali Ngoue, Toutai mo e Koloa 2015 ‘a e vahefonua Tongatapú ‘i he Falaite 21 ‘Aokosi 2015.”

  ‘Oku ou kole keu hufanga atu. ‘Oku ou tomu’a tuku ‘a e fakafeta’i ki he ‘Otua Mafimafi ‘i he ‘ene tauhi mai kitautolu he ‘aho ni. Kuo lava ‘a e ‘a’ahi ki he Vahefonua ‘Euá, pea na’e fakamāfana ‘a e talitali, pea hā mei he lahi ‘o e ngaahi koloa na’e faka’ali’alí ‘a e teuteu mo e ngāue fakataha ’a e kainga ‘o e Funga Fonuá ke fakalaka ange ‘a e ola ‘o e ta’ú ni mei he ta’u kuohilí. Ko e kakato ia ‘o e ‘a’ahi ‘o...More

“Makehe ‘a ‘Eua mo hono ‘atākaí, leleiange mo vave fetu’utakí: tō folofola huufi ‘e he Tama Tu’í Faka’ali’ali Ngoue ‘a ‘Euá.”

‘Oku makehe pē foki e Vahefonuá ni mo hono ‘atākaí pea ‘oku lelei mo vaveange fetu’utakí mo Nuku’alofá, ko ia ‘e lahiange leva e faingamālie ‘o e kainga ‘Euá ki he maketi ‘i Tongatapú, ko e tō folofola huufi ia ‘e he Tama Tu’í, Tupou VI ‘a e Mā’imoa Faka’ali’ali Ngoue, Toutai mo e Ngaahi Koloa, Hilifaki Kalauni 2015 ‘a e Vahefonua ‘Euá ‘i he Mala’e Niu’eiki,  ‘i he ‘aho Tokonaki, 15 ‘Aokosi 2015. Na’a ne folofola ki he kaingá...More

“Fakapa’anga ‘e he Pule’anga Tongá ‘a e langa fōsoa ‘o Pangai, Ha’apaí.”

  Na’e tanupou ‘e he Palēmiá, Hon. Samuela ‘Akilisi Pōhiva, ‘a e fōsoa fo’ou ma’a Ha’apai ‘i he ‘aho Tusite 11 ‘o ‘Aokosi ‘i Pangai. ‘Oku fakafuofua ki he TOP$400,000 hono mahu’ingá ‘o fakapa’anga pē ‘e he Pule’anga Tongá. ‘E lele he mita ‘e 200 mei he tafa’aki ki tahi fehangahangai mo e ‘Ofisi Kōvana Ha’apaí ki he Palasi Tau’akipulú. Kuo kamata ‘a e ngāue ki hono faka’ata’atā e konga ko eni ‘e fai ki ai ‘a e...More

“Government of Tonga funds foreshore construction in Ha’apai.”

   The Prime Minister Hon. Samuela ‘Akilisi Pohiva laid the foundation for Ha’apai new foreshore at the Pangai coastal area facing the Governor of Ha’apai Residence on Tuesday 11 August 2015. The 200 meter foreshores to run along the waterfront from the area facing the Governor’s Office up to Tau’akipulu Palace, and is estimated to cost around TOP$400,000 to be funded by the Government of Tonga Emergency Fund. The new foreshore is about 6 meter width from land to...More

“Hiki ma’u’anga mo’uí ke matu’uaki tā’au ‘o e liliú: Ko e tō folofola ia ‘Ene ‘Afió ‘i he faka’ali’ali ngoue ‘a Ha’apaí.”

  Na’e poupou ‘a e Tama Tu’i, Tupou VI, ke hokoatu ‘a e ngāue leleí fakatatau ki he taumu’a ke toe hiki hake ‘etau mau’anga mo’uí ki ha tu’unga ‘oku ma’olunga angé ke malava ke ne matu’uaki ‘a e tā’au ‘o e liliú, ko ‘ene tō folofola huufi ia ‘a e Faka’ali’ali Ngoue ‘a e Vahefonua Ha’apaí ‘i he Mala’e Le’a’aetohí  ‘i Pangai ‘i he Pulelulu 12 ‘Aokosi. Na’ a ne tō folofola ko e ma’u’anga mo’ui ‘a e vahefonuá...More

“TONGA REPRESENTED AT 2ND SUMMIT OF THE FORUM OF INDIA-PACIFIC ISLANDS CO-OPERATION.”

  This week, Tonga’s Minister for Agriculture, Food, Forests and Fisheries, Hon. Semisi Fakahau will lead Tonga’s delegation to the Second Summit of the Forum of India-Pacific Islands Co-operation (FIPIC) held in New Delhi, India from 19-21 August 2015. The Prime Minister of India, H.E Mr Nahendra Modi has extended an invitation to Tonga’s Prime Minister, Hon. Samuela ‘Akilisi Pohiva to attend this Summit, but due to urgent commitments in Government, the Hon. Prime Minister...More

“Kau atu ‘a Tonga ki he Fakataha hono 2 ‘o e fengāue’aki ‘a ‘Initia mo e Pasifikí.”

  ‘Oku tataki ‘e he Minisitā Ngoué, Me’atokoní, Vao’akaú mo e Toutaí, Hon. Semisi Fakahau ‘a e kau fakafofonga ‘o Tonga ki he Fakataha hono 2 ‘o e Fengāue’aki ‘a ‘Initia mo e Pasifikí (FIPIC) ‘e fakahoko ‘i Niuteli, ‘Initia mei he 19-21 ‘Aokosi 2015. Na’e fakaafe’i ‘e he Palēmia ‘o ‘Initiá, H.E Mr. Nahendra Modi ‘a e Palēmia ‘o Tongá, Hon. Samuela ‘Akilisi Pohiva ke me’a ange ki he fakatahá ni, ka koe’uhí ko e ngaahi...More

“Kamata e teuteu ki he langa e ‘Ofisi Fakapule’anga St George Palace.”

  Kuo kamata ‘a e teuteu ki he langa ‘o e ngaahi ‘ofisi ‘e ‘iloa ko e St George Palace ‘i he Mala’e Pangai Si’í ‘i he ‘aho Monite 10 ‘o ‘Aokosi 2015. Kuo kamata ngāue ‘a e kau ngāue mei he Potungāue ki he Ngaahi Ngāue lalahi ‘a e Pule’angá ki hono tukuhifo e ngaahi fu’u ‘akau lalahi mo hono faka’ata’ata ‘a e ‘elia ko eni ‘oku ‘amanaki ke fakahoko ai ‘a e langá. ‘E kamata tau mai he ‘aho 11 ‘Aokosi 2015 ‘a e ngaahi...More

“Preparation for the Construction of Government Building, St George Palace, Starts.”

  The preparation for the construction of the Government Building to be known as St George Palace has started on Monday 10 August at Pangai Si’i in Nuku’alofa.  The staff of the Ministry of Infrastructure has started clearing the site by taking down the trees and other objects in the area. The containers of building materials for the construction will start arriving on Tuesday 11th of August 2015.  A ground breaking ceremony to mark the beginning of the construction will be...More

“Poupou Tama Tu’í he faka’ali’ali ngoue ‘a Vava’ú ke faka’ai’ai e ngaahi tu’utu’uni mo e founga ngaue ke hakeaki’i e ola ‘oku leleí.”

“ ‘Oku hā mahino pē ‘a e lahi ‘o e teuteu ki he faka’ali’ali ‘o e ‘ahó ni, pea ‘oku fe’unga pē ia koe’uhí‘oku lahiange ‘a e faingamālié ‘i he vahefonuá ni, toe leleleiange ‘a e fetu’utakí pea kuo fakalakalaka atu ‘a e ngāué ki he tu’unga kuo fakakomēsiale ‘a e niihi ‘o e ngaahi fuá pea tānaki atu ki ai mo e tu’uaki ‘o e ngāue ki he takimamatá.” Ko e tō folofola huufi ia ‘e he Tama Tu’í, Tupou VI ‘a e Mā’imoa...More

“Tō folofola e Tama Tu’í ke fakapapau’i ‘oku mahu mo lelei ‘a e ma’u‘anga me’atokoní; faka’ali’ali ngoue Ongo Niua 2015.”

“ ‘Oku ‘ikai ha tu’utāmaki he kuo malava pē he Vahefonuá ni ‘a e fakaakeake ‘i he vaha’a taimi ko ení, ko ia ai ‘oku ou poupou ko e kelekelé ‘e lava pē ke ngāue’i ke fakakakato ‘a e fiema’u me’atokoní pea toe malava ke toe hoko ko e ma’u’anga tu’umālie faka’ikonōmika, ko e fiema’ú pē ke ngaue’i,” ko e tō folofola huufi ia ‘e he Tama Tu’í, Tupou VI ‘a e Maa’imoa Faka’ali’ali Ngoue fakata’u ‘a e Vahefonua Niuatoputapú ‘i he...More

“Fakaava ‘e he Palēmia mo Minisitā Ako mo Akongāué ‘a e faleako Lautohi Pule’anga ‘o Fakakakai, Ha’apai.”

Na’e fakaava ‘e he Palēmia mo Minisitā Ako mo e Akongāué, Hon. Samuela ‘Akilisi Pohiva, ‘a e ngaahi loki ako ‘o e Lautohi Pule’anga ‘a Fakakakai ‘i Ha’apai ‘i he Tu’apulelulu 30 ‘o Siulai 2015. Ko e ako’angá ni foki na’e holo ‘i hono ‘ahia ‘e Saikolone ‘Ieni ‘a e ‘otu motu Ha’apaí ‘i Sanuali 2014, pea ngaue’aki ‘e he fānauakó ‘a e falelotu ‘o e Siasi ‘o Sisū Kalaisi ‘o e  Kau Mā’oni’oni ‘o e Ngaahi ‘Aho Kimuí ni ke...More

“Prime Minister and Minister for Education & Training opened new classrooms for Fakakakai Government Primary School.”

 The Hon. Prime Minister and Minister for Education & Training, Hon. Samuela ‘Akilisi Pohiva opened the newly reconstructed classrooms for Fakakakai Government Primary School on Thursday 30 July 2015. The Fakakakai Primary School building was demolished by Cyclone Ian in January 2014 and as a result students had to use the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saint’s Church Building in the Island as temporary classrooms. The five classrooms, toilet facilities and two staff quarters...More

“Royal Agricultural, Fisheries and Industrial Show 2015.”

Their Majesties King Tupou VI and Queen Nanasipau’u will officially open the Royal Agricultural, Fisheries and Industrial Show 2015 for Tonga on Wednesday 5th August 2015 at the Matangimlie Ground in Niuatoputapu. The theme for this year’s Royal Agricultural, Fisheries and Industrial Show 2015 is “Royal Agriculture, Fisheries and Tonga Made Show of the Coronation 2015” The schedule for this annual event will be as follows; Wednesday 5th of...More

“Maa’imoa Faka’ali’ali Ngoue, Toutai mo e Ngaahi Koloa 2015.”

‘Oku ‘amanaki ke huufi ‘e He’ena ‘Afifió, Tama Tu’i ko Tupou VI pea mo Kuini Nanasipau’u ‘a e Maa’imoa Faka’ali’ali Ngoue, Toutai mo e Ngaahi Koloa 2015 he ‘aho Pulelulu 5 ‘o ‘Aokosi 2015 ‘i he Mala’e Matangimālie ‘i Niuatoputapu. Ko e taumu’a ‘o e Faka’ali’ali Ngoue ki he ta’ú ni ko e “Ko e Faka’ali’ali Ngoue, Toutai mo e Koloa Ngaohi ‘i Tongá ni ‘o e Hilifaki Kalauni 2015” Ko e ngaahi ‘aho ki he Maa’imoa Faka’ali’ali...More

“Tonga will host the Pacific Games 2019.”

The Prime Minister of Tonga, Hon Samuela ‘Akilisi Pohiva and the Government, have confirmed that Tonga is going to host the 16th Pacific Games in 2019.  This statement was made to clear any confusion and doubts on whether Tonga is going ahead with the Pacific Games 2019. “Getting the financial resources to fund the preparation for the Games is the utmost challenge for the Government and the Government is fully aware of this.  As such, the Government is doing its best to seek financial...More

“Fakahoko ‘i Tonga ni ‘a e Sipoti Pasifiki 2019.”

Kuo fakapapau’i ‘e he Palēmiá, Hon. Samuela ‘Akilisi Pohiva mo e Pule’anga Tongá ‘e fakahoko mai ki Tongá ni ‘a e fe’auhi Sipoti ‘a e Pasifikí hono 16 ‘i he ta’u 2019. Ko e fakahā eni ke fakama’ala’ala ha ta’efemahino’aki mo ha veiveiua ki hono fakahoko mai ki Tongá ni ‘a e Sipoti Pasifiki 2019. “ ‘Oku mahino lelei pē ki he Pule’angá ’a e faingata’a ‘a hono ma’u ha pa’anga ke fakapa’anga’aki ‘a e teuteu ki he sipotí. Ko ia ‘oku...More

“Me’a atu Palēmia ki hono katoanga’i e 50 ta’u ‘a e Tau’atāina ‘o e ‘Otu Motu Kukí.”

‘Oku ‘amanaki ke me’a atu ‘a e Palēmia ‘o Tonga, Hon. Samuela ‘Akilisi Pohiva ke kau fakataha mo e toenga ‘o e kau Taki ‘o e Pasifiki ‘i hono tali lelei ‘a e fakaafe mei he Palēmia ‘o e ‘Otu Motu Kuki, Hon Henry Puna, ke nau kau atu ki hono katoanga’i e 50 ta’u ‘o e Tau’atāina ‘a e ‘Otu Motu Kuki ‘i he ‘aho Tusite 4 ‘o ‘Aokosi 2015. Na’e kamata ‘a e vā ngaue fakatipilometika ‘a e Pule’anga Tonga pea mo e Pule’anga ‘o e ‘Otu Motu...More

“Hon Prime Minister to attend Cook Island’s Independence Day.”

The Prime Minister, Hon Samuela ‘Akilisi Pohiva has accepted an invitation from the Prime Minister of the Cook Islands the Hon Henry Puna to join other Pacific Islands Leaders in celebrating Cook Islands Independence Day 50th Anniversary on Tuesday 4th August 2015 in Rarotonga. The Government of Tonga established its diplomatic relation with the Government of the Cook Islands in August 2014.  This visit will further develop and strengthen our friendship and cooperation our newly...More

“Major increase on visitors’ arrival boost Tourism Industry.”

The number of visitors to Tonga increased significantly by 38 % from 6,876 in May 2015 to 9,508 in June 2015 for the Coronation and other events. In addition, 3761 passengers arrived in Tonga in the first two-weeks of July on commercial flights. This number does not include the arrivals on special flights. The Coronation celebrations from 27 June to 7 July filled the capital with overseas guests and Tongans from all over the world. Tourism Tonga’s latest passenger statistics...More

“HIKI LAHI ‘I HE FOLAU ‘EVE’EVA MAI, ‘OKU NE TEKE ‘A E TAKIMAMATA.”

Na’e hiki hake’aki e peseti ‘e 38 mei he mahina Me ‘a e tokolahi ‘o e kau folau’eve’eva na’a nau ‘ahia ‘a Tonga ni he mahina ko Sune-Siulai lolotonga ‘a e Katoanga Hilifaki Kalauni. Ko e toko 9,508 na’a nau tu’uta ‘I Tonga ni ki he katoanga Hilifaki Kalauni ‘o ‘Ena ‘Afifio, Ko e toko 3,761 fakakatoa ai na’a nau tu’uta he ‘uluaki uike ‘e ua ‘o Siulai he ngaahi fepuna’aki fakakomesiale. ‘Oku ‘ikai ke lau ki heni mo kinautolu na’e tu’uta mai...More

“Prime Minister to attend USP Search Committee Meeting on 24 July in Fiji.”

The Prime Minister, Hon. Samuela ‘Akilisi Pohiva, in his capacity as Tonga’s Minister for Education and Training, will be attending a one day meeting of the USP Search Committee to be held at the Tanoa International Hotelin Nadi, Fiji on the 24 July 2015. The purpose of the meeting is to consider and assess nominations for the USP Pro-Chancellor position that have been received against selection criteria; decide to invite any eligible nominee to meet or communicate with a member of the...More

“Me’a atu Palemia ‘o Tonga ki he fakataha ‘a e Komiti Fili ‘a e ‘Univēsiti Pasifiki Tonga ‘i Fisi.”

‘E kau atu ‘a e Palēmia, Hon. Samuela ‘Akilisi Pohiva ‘i hono lakanga ko e Minisitā Ako mo e Ako Ngaue ki he fakataha ‘aho ‘e taha ‘a e Komiti Fili (Search Committee) ‘a e ‘Univēsiti ‘o e Pasifiki Tongá ‘e fakahoko ki he Hotele Tanoa ‘i Nadi, Fisi ‘i he Falaite 24 ‘o Siulai 2015. Ko e taumu’a ‘o e fakatahá ni ke vakai’i ‘a kinautolu ‘oku fokotu’u atu ki he lakangá (Pro-Chancellor) he ‘Univēsiti ‘o e Pasifiki Tongá; fakataha’i ke...More

“Health Minister attends Conference Organizing Committee for the Ninth Global Conference on Health Promotion, 23rd July 2015 in Beijing China.”

The Minister for Health, Hon. Dr.  Saia Ma’u Piukala has departed Tonga to attend the Meeting of the Conference Organizing Committee for the 9th Global Conference on Health Promotion in Beijing, China on the 23rd July 2015. The main objective of this meeting is to review the overall programme for the 9th Global Conference on Health Promotion which will be held in November 2016 at the Shanghai International Conference Centre in Shanghai, China. The Conference title is “Health...More

“Kau atu ‘a e ‘Eiki Minisitā Mo’ui ki he fakataha ‘a e Komiti Fokotu’utu’u ki he Konifelenisi Fakamamani Lahi hono 9 ki hono Tokangaekina ‘a e Mo’uilelei, 23 Siulai 2015 ‘i Beijing, Siaina.”

‘Oku lolotonga me’a atu ‘a e ‘Eiki Minisitā Mo’ui, Dr Saia Ma’u Piukala ke kau ‘i he Fakataha ‘a e Komiti Fokotu’utu’u ki he Konifelenisi Fakamamanilahi hono 9 ki hono tokangaekina ‘a e mo’uilelei´ ‘a ia ‘oku fakahoko ki Beijing Siaina ‘i he ‘aho 23 ‘o Siulai 2015. Ko e taumu’a ‘o e fakataha ko eni´ ko hono fokotu’utu’u mo alea’i  ‘a e ngaahi ‘asenita ki he fakataha lahi hono 9 ki hono tokangaekina ‘a e mo’uilelei ‘a ia ‘oku...More

“Prime Minister Hon. Samuela ‘Akilisi Pohiva signs the Taputapuātea Declaration on Climate Change in Tahiti.”

Hon. Prime Minister Pohiva, together with leaders from six members of the Polynesian Leaders Group (PLG) from French Polynesia, Niue, Cook Islands, Samoa, Tokelau, Tonga and Tuvalu signed the Taputapuātea Declaration, a joint statement on climate change, on Thursday 16th July 2015. The signing of the Taputapuātea Declaration on Climate Change was the outcome of a two-day meeting of the PLG that took place in Tahiti from the 15th – 16th of July 2015. The Polynesian Leaders had discussed...More

“Fakataha hono 3 Kosilio Vakaimatangi Pasifiki ‘i Nuku’alofa.”

Na’e fakaava ‘e he Palemia Le’ole’o, Hon Siaosi Sovaleni ‘i he pongipongi ni ‘i he Fale Fakataha’anga Fa’onelua ‘a e fakataha hono 3 ‘a e KosilioVakai matangi ‘a e Pasifiki. Koe taumu’a ‘o e fakatahani ke alea’i hono “Tukuatu ‘o e ngaahi fakamatala ‘ea falala’anga mo malu ki he ngaahi tukui fonua Pasifiki” ‘o kau ki ai hono talanga’i ‘a e Senita Vakaimatangi ‘a e Pasifiki he ngaahi fakamatala ‘ea moe fakamatala ‘ea ki tahi mo ‘oseni,...More

“Third Meeting of the Pacific Meteorological Council, 20 -24 July, Nuku’alofa.”

The Acting Prime Minister Hon Siaosi Sovaleni this morning opened the 3rd Meeting of the Pacific Meteorological Council at the Fa’onelua Convention Centre. The theme for the meeting is “Sustainable Weather and Climate Services for a Resilient Pacific”. The meeting will focus on discussing issues on Pacific Islands Meteorological Services which includes Climate Services, Marine Weather Services and Ocean issues, Public weather Services, Communications, Education, Training and Research...More

“Me’a ‘Eiki Palemia he fakataha ‘a e Kau Taki mei he Tukuifonua Polinisia ‘i Tahiti”

‘Oku lolotonga me’a ‘i Tahiti ‘a e ‘Eiki Palēmia, Hon. Samuela ‘Akilisi Pohiva ‘i he fakataha ‘aho ‘e ua ‘a e Kulupu Kau Taki mei he tukuifonua Polinisia (PLG), ‘a ia ‘e fakahoko mei he ‘aho 15-16 Siulai 2015. ‘E alea’i he fakataha ni ‘a e ngaahi kaveinga felave’i mo e feliuliuaki ‘a e ‘ea mo kamata ha polokalama fengaue’aki ki hono vakai’i ’a e ngaahi pole ‘oku fehangahangai mo e tukuifonua Polinisia he Pasifiki he ngaahi kaveinga ko eni. ‘E...More

“Prime Minister attends Polynesian Leaders Group Meeting in Tahiti”

Tonga’s Prime Minister, Hon. Samuela ‘Akilisi Pohiva, is in Tahiti for the Polynesian Leaders’ Group (PLG) meeting from 15-16 July 2015. The meeting will focus discussions on issues related to climate change and will lay the foundation for a joint strategy furthering a resilient and united Polynesian facing these new challenges. The PLG meeting will sign a joint declaration at the Marae Taputapuatea site at Bora Bora, that will be referred to the highest level at the Conference of...More

“Me’a Fakamalo ‘a e Palemia, Hon Samuela ‘Akilisi Pohiva ‘I he lava ‘a e Katoanga Hilifaki Kalauni ‘Ena ‘Afifio Kingi Tupou VI mo Kuini Nanasipau’u”

‘OKU OU FAKATULOU KA E FAKAHOKO ATU KI HE’ENA ‘AFIFIO, TAMA KO TUPOU VI, KO E TU’I ‘O E ‘OTU TONGA MO E TA’AHINE KO KUINI NANASIPAU’U MO E FALE ‘O HA’A MOHEOFO ‘A E FAKAMALO ‘A E PULE’ANGA. PEA KI HE NGAAHI KAUTAHA ‘IKAI FAKAPULE’ANGA KA E PEHE KI HE NGAAHI POATE ‘A E PULE’ANGA, NGAAHI HOA NGAUE KOTOA PE, KA E PEHE KI HE KAKAI ‘O E ‘OTU TONGA. KI HE NGAAHI FALE’ALO ‘O E HA’A TU’I MEI TU’APULE’ANGA, KAU TAKI PULE’ANGA, KAU ‘AMIPASITOA, KAU...More

“King Tupou VI launched Tonga‟s new Coronation currency series.”

His Majesty King Tupou VI launched Tonga‟s new currency banknotes and coins on Monday 29 June 2015 at the Fa‟onelua Convention Centre in Nuku‟alofa. The Coronation Series is made up of six new Pa‟anga banknotes and five new coins. The six Pa‟anga banknotes have the portrait of King Tupou VI. The 5, 10, 20, and 50 seniti coins also have the portrait of King Tupou VI, with the exception of the $1 pa‟anga coin which carries the portrait of the late King George Tupou V. There will be...More

“Fakaola mo faka’ata ‘e he Tama Tu’i e pa’anga fo’ou ‘o e Hilifaki Kalauni.”

Na'e Fakaola 'e he Tama Tu'i, Tupou VI 'a e pa'anga fo'ou mo e seniti maka fo'ou ma'a Tonga 'i he Fale Fakataha'anga Fa'onelua 'i he 'aho Monite ko hono 29 'o Sune 2015. Ko e ngaahi pa'anga fo'u ko eni 'oku 'i ai „a e pa'anga pepa fo‟ou 'e nima, 'a ia „oku ha kotoa ai 'a e 'imisi 'o e Tama Tu‟i lolotonga, ko 'Ene Afio, Tupou VI. Ko e pa'anga maka, seniti 'e 5, 10, 20 mo e 50 'oku ha ai mo e 'imisi 'o Tupou VI tukukehe 'a e pa'anga maka $1 'oku ha ai 'a e 'imisi 'o e La'a Kuo Unga...More

“Toe holoki peseti ‘e 5 totongi vai”

Kuo kamata ‘i he ‘aho Pulelulu 1 ‘o Siulai ‘a hono holoki ‘o e totongi vai ‘aki ‘a e peseti ‘e nima. Na’e fakaha mei he Poate Vai ‘a Tonga ko e toe holoki eni hili ‘a e holoki peseti ‘e 10 na’e fakahoko ‘i ‘Epeleli ‘o e ta’u ni pe. Kuo a’u eni peseti ‘o peseti ‘e 15% ‘a e holoki ‘o e totongi vai ki he kakai ‘o e fonua tautefito ki he Vahenga Nuku’alofa ‘i he ‘uluaki mahina ‘e ono ‘o e ta’u...More

“Tu’uta mai Kovana Seniale ‘o Nu’usila ki he Hilifaki Kalauni”

Na’e tu’uta mai he efiafi ni, Falaite 3 Siulai ‘a e Kovana Seniale ‘o Nu’usila, Lafitani Seniale Sir Jerry Mateparae ‘i he vakapuna ‘a e New Zealand Royal Air Force ki he mala’e vakapuna Fua’amotu. Na’e kaunga folau mai foki ‘a e kau ‘ofisa ma’olunga mei he Pule’anga Nu’usila mo e Kovana Seniale. Ko e Tokoni Palemia, Hon. Siaosi Sovaleni na’a ne talitali ‘a e Kovana Seniale, pea kau atu foki kiai ‘a e Minisita ‘o e Kapineti, Hon. Poasi Tei. Ko e...More

“New Zealand Governor General arrives for the Coronation of King Tupou VI and Queen Nanasipau’u.”

The New Zealand Governor General, Lieutenant General Sir Jerry Mateparae, arrived at the Fua’amotu International Airport around 4:00 pm today, Friday 3rd July as New Zealand’s Official representative to the Coronation of King Tupou VI and Queen Nanasipau’u. The New Zealand Royal Air Force special flight, that brought the Governor General to Tonga, also had other government officials on it. The Deputy Prime Minister, Hon. Siaosi Sovaleni and Cabinet Minister, Hon. Poasi Tei were at...More

“Ui ‘A’ahi mai Pilinisi Kalauni mo e Pilinisesi ‘o Siapani”

Ko e memipa ma’olunga taha ‘o ha famili tu’i ‘oku ‘a’ahi mai ki he Hilifaki Kalauni‘o Kingi Tupou VI mo Kuini Nanasipau’u ko e Pilinisi Kalauni mo e Pilinisesi ‘o Siapani. Ko e Pilinisi Kalauni ‘o Tonga, Tupouto’a ‘Ulukalala na’a ne talitali ‘i he mala’e vakapuna Fua’amotu‘a Pilinisi Kalauni Naruhitomo Pilinisesi Masako, ‘i he taimi 10 ‘o e pongipongi Falaite, 3 Siulai. Na’e kau foki ‘i he talitali ‘a e ‘Eiki Palemia, Hon. Samuela ‘Akilisi...More

“Japanese Crown Prince and Princess arrive for the Coronation.”

The highest ranking members of a royal family from overseas to visit the Kingdom of Tonga for the Coronation of King Tupou VI and Queen Nanasipau’u are from Japan. Their Royal Highnesses, Crown Prince Naruhito and Princess Masako were greeted at Fua’amotu Airport this morning, Friday 3 July at about 10am, by Crown Prince Tupouto’a ‘Ulukalala. The Prime Minister, Hon. ‘Akilisi Pohiva, and Cabinet Minister Hon. Tevita Lavemaau, were with the Crown Prince to welcome their Royal...More

Kovana Seniale ‘o ‘Aositelelia, Hon. Sir Peter Cosgrove ki he mala’evakapuna Fua’amotu

Na’e tu’uta mai he houa efiafi ‘o e ‘aho Falaite 3 Siulai ‘a e Kovana Seniale ‘o ‘Aositelelia, Hon. Sir Peter Cosgrove ki he mala’evakapuna Fua’amotu. Ko e ‘a’ahi makehe mai ‘eni ‘a e Kovana Seniale ki he Hilifaki Kalauni ‘o Kingi Tupou VI mo Kuini Nanasipau’u ‘i he ‘aho 4 ‘o Siulai. Na’e kau he kaunga folau mai mo e Kovana Seniale ‘a e kau ‘Ofisa Ma’olunga mei he Pule’anga ‘Aositelelia, pea pehē mo ha kau ‘Ofisa Polisi. Ko e toko 24 fakakatoa...More

“Governor General of Australia arrives for the celebration of their Majesties Coronation.”

His Excellency the Governor General of Australia, Hon. Sir Peter Cosgrove, arrived at the Fua’amotu International Airport this afternoon, Friday 3 July, for the Coronation of King Tupou VI and Queen Nanasipau’u. The Governor General was accompanied by Australian government officials, and high-ranking police officers, a total group of twenty-four, on a special Royal Australian Air Force flight. At the airport to welcome the Governor General and his party was Her Royal Highness Princess...More

“Call for inquiries into the finances of Tonga Forest Products Ltd.”

A recommendation has been submitted to Cabinet by the Prime Minister, Hon. Samuela ‘Akilisi Pohiva, calling for inquiries to be made concerning allegations that Tonga Forest Products Limited (TFPL) funds have been misappropriated by former staff of the public enterprise. Financial records and accounts of TFPL from 2011 to May 2015 pertaining to the Tonga Development Bank (TDB) loan of $4.9 million could not be located on the premises of TPFL. It is alleged that only the former...More

“Ui ki ha fakatotolo’i ‘o e Tonga Forest Products Limited”

Kuo ‘oatu ‘e he ‘Eiki Palemia, Hon. Samuela ‘Akilisi Pohiva ha’ane fokotu’u ki he Kapinetí ke fai leva ha ngāue fekau’aki mo e ngaahi tukuaki’i ko e kautaha Poate ‘a e Pule’angá, Tonga Forest Products Limited (TFPL), ‘oku ‘i ai ‘a e pa’anga kuo mole koe’uhí ko e ngāue ‘a e ongo ‘ofisa kimu’a ‘o e kautaha ni. ‘Oku pehē ‘e he tukuaki’í ko e TFPL ‘oku mole mei ai ‘a e ngaahi lekooti mo e ‘akauni fekau’aki mo e $4.9 miliona na’e nō...More

PMO Job Vacancy (1) Deputy Secretary, Corporate Services Division

The Prime Minister’s Office invites applications from interested members of the public for the following vacancy: Deputy Secretary, Corporate Services Division Level 2 of the Public Service Structure Minimum requirements Qualification and Experience: Essential: A Bachelor degree in Business Administration, Management or relevant field from a recognized tertiary Institution with at least 7 years relevant work experience in Government; OR A Master's degree in Business...More

“Special National holiday to honour Their Majesties Coronation.”

To mark the historic and momentous occasion of the Coronation of the Kingdom of Tonga’s King Tupou IV and Queen Nanasipau’u, the Prime Minister’s Office is pleased to announce to the public and the people of Tonga that the Cabinet has approved that Tuesday 7th of July 2015 be declared a Public Holiday to the entirety of the Kingdom of Tonga. As per Cabinet Decision, Tuesday the 7th of July 2015 is declared a National Public Holiday. This special decision is a one-off, and it is part...More

‘Aho malōlō fakapule’anga makehe ke faka’ilonga’i e Hilifaki Kalauni ‘o e Hau ‘o Tonga”

Koe’uhí ke faka’ilonga’i ‘a e katoanga molumalu mo fakahisitōlia ‘o e ouau Hilifaki Kalauni ‘o e Hau ‘o Tonga, ko ‘Ene ‘Afió, Tupou VI mo Kuini Nanasipau’u, ‘oku fiefia ‘a e ‘Ofisi ‘o e Palēmia ke fakahoko atu ki he hou’eiki mo e kakai ‘o e fonuá, kuo tali ‘e he Kapineti ke hoko ‘a e ‘aho Tusite 7 ‘o Siulai 2015 ko e ‘Aho Malolo Faka-Pule’anga makehe ki he ‘Otu Tonga hono kotoa. Fakatatau ki he Tu’utu’uni Kapineti, ko e ‘aho Tusite 7...More

“Hon. Prime Minister signs a grant of TOP$55.4 Million Pa’anga from the Government of Japan.”

The Hon Prime Minister, Samuela ‘Akilisi Pohiva, who is also Hon Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, signed an agreement of approximately TOP$55.4 Million Pa’anga grant with the Government of Japan, at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Office, On Wednesday 10th June 2015 for the upgrading of the wharf for domestic transport. This important development project was initially announced by the Hon Prime Minister of Japan during the PALM7 meeting in Japan last month. And that, the...More

“Fakamo’oni Palēmia ‘o Tonga ki he tokoni TOP$55.4 miliona mei he Pule’anga Siapani”

Na’e fakamo’oni ‘a e ‘Eiki Palēmia, Hon. Samuela ‘Akilisi Pohiva, ko e Minisitā ki Muli mo Fefakatau’aki mo H.E Mr. Yukio Numata ko e ‘Amipasitoa ‘o Siapani ki Tonga, ki ha Aleapau tokoni fakafuofua ki he TOP$55.4 miliona mei he Pule’anga Siapani ‘i he pongipongi Pulelulu 10 ‘o Sune 2015 ki hono fakalelei’i‘o e Uafu ki he Fefolau’aki vaka fakalotofonua. Ko e polokalanga ngāue fakalakalaka mahu’inga ko eni na’e fakahā ‘e he Palēmia ‘o Siapani...More

“Hon. Prime Minister attends Samoa’s 53rd Independence Celebration.”

The Hon Prime Minister of Tonga, Samuela ‘Akilisi Pohiva, accepted the official invitation from the Hon. Prime Minister of Samoa, Tuilaepa Aiono Sailele Malielegaoi to attend the commemoration of the 53rd Independence Celebrations of the Independent State of Samoa from the 31 May to 1 June. The Hon. Prime Minister attended the official programme for the commemoration which started with a national religious thanksgiving service on the evening of 31 May. On Monday 1 June, there will be a...More

“Me’a ‘Eiki Palēmia ‘o Tonga he katoanga ta’u 53 ‘o e tau’atāina ‘a Ha’amoá”

‘Oku lolotonga ‘i Apia, Ha’amoa ‘a e ‘Eiki Palēmia, Hon. Samuela ‘Akilisi Pohiva ‘i ha fakaafe mei he Palēmia ‘o Ha’amoa, Hon. Tuilaepa Aiono Sailele Malielegaoi ke kau atu ki he katoanga’i e 53 ta’u ‘o e Tau’atāina ‘a Ha’amoá, mei he 31 Me ki he 1 ‘o Sune 2015. Na’e kau atu ‘a e ‘Eiki Palēmia ki he ngaahi polokalama fakalangilangi ‘o e katoanga ni ‘a ia na’e kamata’aki ha ouau lotu fakafeta’i ‘i he efiafi ‘aho 31 ‘o Me. Na’e...More

“TŌ FOLOFOLA HUUFI FALE ALEA ‘O TONGA, 28 MĒ 2015 ‘E HE’ENE ‘AFIO, KING TUPOU VI.”

‘Eiki Sea, ‘oku ou tuku ‘a e fakafeta’i ki he ‘Otua Mafimafi ‘oku ‘āfio ‘i hotau lotolotongá ‘i he’etau to e tu’uta lelei mai ki he ‘aho ko ‘ení. Pea ‘oku ke laumālie lelei pē pea pehē ki he ‘Eiki Palēmiá mo e Hou’eiki ‘o e Kapinetí, kau Fakafofonga ‘o e Hou’eiki Nōpelé mo e kau Fakafofonga ‘o e Kakaí. ‘Oku māhino ‘a e ngaahi ngāue mahu’inga ‘oku teuteu ki ai ‘a e Fale Aleá ‘i he ta’u ní ‘o kau ki ai ‘a e...More

“Fakataha Palēmia ‘o Siapani mo Tonga”

Na’e hili ‘a e fakataha lahi hono fitu ‘a e kau taki ‘o e Pasifiki ‘i Iwaki City, Fukushima he uike kuo ‘osi na’e fakataha ai ‘a e Palēmia ‘o Tonga, Hon. Samuela ‘Akilisi Pohiva mo e Palēmia ‘o Siapani, Hon. Shinzo Abe. Na’e fakafofonga’iai ‘e he ‘Eiki Palēmia ‘o Tonga‘a ‘Ene ‘Afio, Tupou VI mo e fale ‘o e Tu’i ki he ‘Emipola ‘o Siapani mo hono fale. Na’a ne me’a ai ‘o fakahoko ‘a e teu fakahoko ‘o e katoanga Hilifaki Kalauni ‘e...More

“BILATERAL MEETING – PRIME MINISTER ABE OF JAPAN AND PRIME MINISTER POHIVA OF TONGA.”

Following the completion of the Summit meeting of PALM7 on 23 May 2015 in Iwaki City, a bilateral meeting was held that afternoon between Prime Minister Abe of Japan and Prime Minister Pohiva of Tonga. Prime Minister Pohiva conveyed warm greetings on behalf of His Majesty King Tupou VI and the Tongan Royal Family to His Majesty Emperor Akihito and the Imperial Family. Furthermore, he informed of the Coronation of His Majesty King Tupou VI which is scheduled for 4 July 2015 and that an...More

“OUTCOME OF THE SUMMIT PALM7”

The Hon. Prime Minister Samuela ‘Akilisi Pohiva and his fellow Leaders from Japan and the Pacific Islands countries met in Iwaki City, Fukushima, Japan, on the 23rd May 2015 for the Seventh Pacific Islands Leaders’ Meeting (PALM7). The keynote address during the Opening Session was delivered by the Prime Minister of Japan, Hon Shinzo Abe. Prime Minister Abe announced that, as a pledge of the Japanese Government, Japan will provide no less than $55 billion yen to the Pacific Islands...More

“Prime Minister attends PALM7 in Iwaki City, FUKUSHIMA.”

Prime Minister Hon. Samuela ‘Akilisi Pohiva and the Tongan delegation left Tokyo for Iwaki City, Fukushima for the PALM7 meeting on Friday 22 May. Governor Masao Uchibori of Fukushima hosted a special luncheon for the guests. The Prime Minister also met Tongans in the area including with Mrs. Lise Nagata of Vava’u who is married to Mr. Toyo Nagata of Iwaki, who have been living there for almost 40 years and also Mr. Peseti Vea and Miss Fane Walter, English language teachers in...More

“Tu’uta Palēmia ki Iwaki City, Fukushima ki he fakataha PALM 7”

Kuo tu’uta lelei ‘a e ‘Eiki Palēmia, Samuela ‘Akilisi Pohiva mo e kau fakafofonga ‘o Tonga ki he fakataha hono 7 ‘a e Kau Taki ‘o e Pasifiki (PALM 7) ki Iwaki City, Fukushima ‘i he efiafi Falaite 22 ‘o Me. Na’e talitali kinautolu ki ha ‘ilo ho’atā ‘e he Kovana ‘o Fukushima, Mr.Masao Uchibori. Na’e fe’iloaki ai ‘a e ‘Eiki Palemia mo e ni’ihi ‘o e kau Tonga he feitu’u ni ‘a ia ko Lise Nagata mei Vava’u ka ‘oku mali mo e tangata Siapani ko...More

“Prime Minister Hon. Pohiva attends PALM Trade and Investment Promotion Forum in Tokyo.”

Prime Minister Hon. Samuela ‘Akilisi Pohiva and the Tongan delegation attended the PALM Trade and Investment Promotion Forum hosted by Mr. Ishige, Chairman of JETRO, and Mr. Kitano, Chairman of Japan Pacific Islands Association on May 21. Top Japanese companies with car parts, solar panels, communication systems, and shipping lines – Honda Motor Co Ltd, Hitachi Electric Coy, Japan Radio, ANA Holdings, Mitsui Coy, Omae Co Ltd, Pacific International and Kyowa Shipping Ltd. Japan...More

“Me’a ‘Eiki Palēmia he fakataha Fefakatau’aki ‘a e PALM7 ‘i Tokiō”

Na’e me’a ‘a e ‘Eiki Palēmia Hon. Samuela ‘Akilisi Pohiva mo e kau fakafofonga ‘o Tonga ki he ngaahi fakataha ‘a e kau taki ‘o e Pasifiki (PALM7) na’e fakahoko‘i Tokiō. Ko e ngaahi fakataha ‘eni ki he Fefakatau’aki mo e ‘Inivesimeni, ‘a ia na’e tataki ai ‘a e Sea ‘o e kautaha JETRO, Mr. Ishige mo Mr. Kitano, Sea ‘o e Kautaha ‘a Siapani ki he Pasifiki (Japan Pacific Islands Association). Na’e kau ki he fakataha ni ‘a e ngaahi kautaha lalahi...More

“Prime Minister Hon. Akilisi Pohiva warmly welcomed by Tonga Community of Japan.”

The Prime Minister, Hon. Samuela ‘Akilisi Pohiva and the Tongan delegation to PALM7 was warmly welcomed by the Tonga Community of Japan at Hotel New Otani in Tokyo on the evening of Wednesday 20 May, 2015. Her Excellency Ambassador Tania Tupou welcomed the Prime Minister and delegation on behalf of the Tongan Community. Rev. Vanisi Takeifanga and Steward Uatesoni Namoa with Feleti Ma’u led the occasion of prayer. Deputy President of the Tongan Community, Sinali Latu, and La’a...More

“Talitali lelei ‘e he kainga Tonga ‘i Siapani ‘a e ‘Eiki Palēmia, Hon. Samuela ‘Akilisi Pohiva”

Na’e talitali lelei ‘e he kainga Tonga nofo Siapani, ‘a e ‘Eiki Palēmia, Hon. Samuela ‘Akilisi Pohiva mo ‘ene kau muimui folau ‘i he Hotele New Otani ‘i he efiafi Pulelulu ko hono 20 ‘o Me 2015. Ko e me’a ‘a’ahi eni ‘a e ‘Eiki Palemia ke ne kau atu ki he fakataha hono fitu ‘a e kau Taki ‘o e Ngaahi Fonua Pasifiki (PALM7-Pacific Island Leaders Meeting) ‘oku fakahoko ‘i Siapani. Na’e fakahoko ‘e he ‘Amipasitoa ‘o Tonga ki Siapani, HE. Tania...More

“President of Kanagawa Rugby Football Association promotes sports relations with youth of Tonga in meeting with the Hon Prime Minister.”

The Prime Minister Hon. Samuela ‘Akilisi Pohiva met with Mr. Miura, President of the Kanagawa Rugby Union Association who thanked the Prime Minister for the first Kingdom of Tonga Cup given by the Embassy of Tonga in Tokyo, to be presented to the winners of the 5th Under-12 Rugby Tournament held in February, 2015. This sporting event is hosted annually in which twenty two (22) teams compete. In appreciation for the presentation of the Tonga Cup, the Asao Rugby School and all the...More

“Hakeaki’i e vā fengaue’aki he sipoti ‘e he Palesiteni ‘o e Kanagawa Rugby Football Association mo e ‘Eiki Palemia”

Na’e feme’a’aki ‘a e ‘Eiki Palēmia ‘o Tonga, Hon. Samuela ‘Akilisi Pohiva mo e Palesiteni ‘o e Kalapu ‘Akapulu Kanagawa Rugby Union, Mr Miura lolotonga ‘a e ‘a’ahi faka’ofisiale ‘a e ‘Eiki Palēmia ki Sipani he uike ni. Na’e fakamalo’ia’i‘e Mr. Miura ‘a e ‘Eiki Palēmia ‘i he me’a’ofa ipu mei he ‘Ofisi Faka’amipasitoa ‘o Tonga ‘i Siapani, ke foaki ki he ikuna ‘o e fe’auhi hono 5 ‘a e fanau si’i hifo he ta’u 12 ‘a ia...More

“Honourable Prime Minister warmly welcomed by President Kenshiro Matsunami of the Educational Foundation of Nippon Sports Science University Group.”

The Prime Minister Hon. Samuela ‘Akilisi Pohiva and the delegation from Tonga arrived in Japan to attend PALM7 meetings, and were able to visit the Nippon Sport Science University. The Prime Minister and his delegation were warmly welcomed and hosted by Mr. Kenshiro Matsunami, President of the Educational Foundation Group of Nippon Sport Science University (NSSU or Nittai Group). NSSU was established in 1891 and aims to be the leading University in physical education and sports in...More

“Talitali ‘e Palesiteni Kenshiro Matsunami ‘o e Educational Foundation of Nippon Sports Science University ‘a e ‘Eiki Palemia ‘o Tonga”

Lolotonga ‘o e me’a ‘i Siapani ‘a e ‘Eiki Palemia ‘o Tonga mo hono kau muimuifolau ke kau ki he fakataha ‘a e kau Taki Pasifiki (PALM 7), na’e faingamalie ai ke me’a ‘a’ahi ki he ‘Univesiti Nippon Sports Science (NSSU pe ko e Nittai Group). Na’e talitali lelei kinautolu ‘e Palesiteni Kenshiro Matsunami, ‘i he ‘Univesiti na’e talu hono fokotu’u he 1891 ‘o taumu’a ke hoko ko e ‘Univesiti ke taaimu’a he ako’i ‘o e sipoti ‘i Siapani. ‘Oku...More

“FOLOFOLA HUUFI TUKU TO’U FALE ALEA 2014/2015 MEI HE TALONI”

Ko e folofola huufi tuku fakalotofale ‘o e to’u Fale Alea 2014/2015 na’e fakahoko ia ‘i he Fale Alea ‘o Tonga ‘i Nuku’alofa ‘e he kau nōpele ‘e toko tolu ‘i he Tu’apulelulu 21 ‘o Me, 2015. Ko HSH Pilinisi Kalaniuvalu, Nopele Vaha’i mo Nopele Fakafanua na’a nau fakafofonga’i ‘a e Tama Tu’i ‘i he ouau ni, ‘o me’a ai ‘a HSH Pilinisi Kalaniuvalu. Ko e tatau eni ‘o e folofola: ‘Eiki Sea, ‘okú ou fiefia‘i he’etau to e tu’uta lelei mai...More

“United Nations Convention Against Corruption Workshop.”

To ensure accountability, transparency and good governance for Tongan members of Parliament, a two day workshop ended last on May 13 was to advance and build Tongan Parliamentarians capacity to practice anti-corruption. Lawmakers were urged by the Speaker of the house, Lord Tuivakano in his opening remarks at Loumaile Lodge to recognize the importance of combating corruptions. The workshop on corruption and the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC) was to inform members...More

“Konivesio a e Pule’anga Fakatahataha ki hono tau’i ‘o e faihala”

Ke fakapapau’i oku fai e tali ui ki he kakai, fai lelei moe pule lelei ‘e he kau fakafofonga ‘o e kakai ki Falealea, na’e fakahoko ai ‘a e ako ‘aho ‘e ua ‘o faka’osi ki Me 13 ke fakamalohi’i ‘a e kau fakafofonga ke nau ngaue’aki ‘a e founga ki hono fakafepaki’i e faihala. ‘I he me’a fakaava ‘a e ‘Eiki sea ‘o e Falealea, ‘Eiki Nopele Tu’ivakano, na’ane kole ai ki he kau fakafofonga ki he ako, ‘a ia ko e kau fakafofonga ki he fale, ke nau...More

“Tourism Division transferred to Ministry of Infrastructure.”

Cabinet has approved a major ministry transfer in which the Tourism Department would move from the Ministry of Labour, Commerce, and Tourism to be under the Ministry of Infrastructure. This transfer will be effective 1 June 2015. The transfer was approved last Friday 15 May 2015, before the Honorable Prime Minister left for the PALM7 meeting in Japan. This transfer makes Hon. ‘Etuate Lavulavu the new Minister of Tourism, and Mr. Ringo Fa’oliu continues to be the Chief Executive of...More

“Ave Takimamata ki he Ngaahi Ngaue Lalahi ‘a e Pule’anga”

Kuo tali ‘e he Kapineti ke ‘ave ‘a e Potungāue Takimamata ke fakalele ‘e he Potungaue ki he Ngaahi Ngāue Lalahi ‘a e Pule’angá, pea ke kamata ‘eni ‘i he ‘aho 1 Sune 2015. Ko e tu’utu’uni Kapineti ‘eni na’e fakahoko ‘i he ‘aho Falaite 15 Me, 2015 kimu’a pea me’a atu ‘a e ‘Eiki Palemia ki he fakataha PALM7 ‘i Siapani. ‘I he ‘ave ko ‘eni ‘o e Takimamata ki he Ngaahi Ngaue Lalahi, ‘oku hoko ai ‘a Hon. ‘Etuate Lavulavu ko e Minisitā...More

“Prime Minister Hon. Pohiva attends 7th Pacific Islands Leaders Meeting.”

Prime Minister, Hon. Samuela ‘Akilisi Pohiva departed for Japan on the weekend, to attend the Seventh Pacific Islands Leaders Meeting (PALM7). Leaders from Japan and Pacific Island Forum (PIF) Member States, including Tonga will meet in Tokyo and Iwaki City from 21-23 May, 2015 to review and work out Japan’s assistance program in relation to disaster risk management. PIF members include leaders and representatives from Australia, Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, FSM,...More

“A’ahi ‘Eiki Palemia ki he fakataha PALM7 ‘I Siapani”

‘KUO me’a atu ‘a e ‘Eiki Palemia, Hon. Samuela ‘Akilisi Pohiva ki Siapani ke kau ki he fakataha hono fitu ‘a e kautaki ‘o e Pasifikí, PALM7. Ko e fakataha ‘o e ta’uní ‘oku fakatefito ‘a e fakamamafa ki he ngaahi ‘isiu fekau’aki mo e fakatu’utamaki fakaenatula mo e founga ke fai ’aki hano tokangaekina mo hano pule’i. Ko e fakatahani ‘oku fai ia ki Tokyo mo Iwaki City ‘i he ‘aho 21 – 23 Me, 2015. Ko e taumu’a ke fai hano vakai ki he ngaahi...More

“Fiji Airways Nadi to Vava’u”

One of the subjects of conversation between Tonga’s Prime Minister, ‘Akilisi Pohiva, and Fiji’s Prime Minister Frank Voreqe Bainimarama, during their meeting last week in Fiji, had to do with Fiji Airways and possible international scheduled flights between Nadi and Vava’u. Two of Tonga’s Ministers who had accompanied the Prime Minister to Fiji met with Fiji Airways Officials in Nadi to discuss the proposal of direct flights between Nadi and Vava’u. Hon. ‘Etuate Lavulavu,...More

“Faka’amu ke kamata fepuna’aki mei Nadi ki Vava’u ‘i Novema”

Ko e taha e ngaahi kaveinga mahu’inga ne fai ki ai e feme’a’aki ‘a e ‘Eiki Palemia ‘o Tonga, Samuela ‘Akilisi Pohiva, pea mo e ‘Eiki Palemia ‘o Fisi, Frank Voreqe Bainimarama, ko e faka’amu ke fakahoko ha puna fakavaha’apule’anga mai ‘a e Fiji Airways mei Nadi ki Vava’u. Na’e tukuatu ki he Minisitā ‘o e Ngaahi Ngaue Lalahi ‘a e Pule’angá (Infrastructure), Hon. ‘Etuate Lavulavu, pehē ki he Minisitā Ngaahi Pisinisi ‘a e Pule’anga, Hon. Poasi Tei...More

“Honourable Prime Minister meets with Fiji’s Bainimarama.”

The Prime Minister Hon. Samuela ‘Akilisi Pohiva referred to his meeting with Fiji’s Prime Minister, Frank Voreqe Bainimara, as “warm and cordial, and the beginning of a relationship that would be of mutual benefit to both countries.” The two Prime Ministers met at the Yatule Resort in Sigatoka on Tuesday 5 May, in what has been described as “personal and engaging.” “I am very pleased with our meeting which was conducted in a very relaxed manner, and we also had dinner...More

“Fakataha Palēmia ‘o Tonga mo Fisi.”

‘Oku fakamafana pea fakafiefia, pea ko e kamata’anga ia ‘o e vā fengaue’aki ‘e ‘aonga ki Tonga mo Fisí, ko e ongo’i ia ‘a e ‘Eiki Palēmia ‘o Tonga. Hon. Samuela ‘Akilisi Pohiva ‘i he’ene fakataha mo e Palēmia ‘o Fisi, Frank Vorege Bainimarama, ‘i he’ene fuofua ‘a’ahi fakapule’anga ki he fonua. Na’e fakahoko ‘a e fakataha ‘a e ongo Palēmia ni ‘i he Yatule Resort ‘i Sigatoka ‘i he ‘aho Tusite 5 ‘o Me. “ Na’a ku fiefia lahi...More

“Me’a ‘a’ahi ‘Eiki Palēmia ki Fisi mo fakataha ai mo e fanauako Tongá”

Na’e talitali lelei ‘e he Komiuniti Tonga ‘i Suva ‘a e ‘Eiki Palēmia, Hon. Samuela ‘Akilisi Pohiva ‘i he Ma’u’anga Kelesi ‘o e Sapate Fakamee ‘i ‘Api Tonga ‘i he ‘aho 2 ‘o Me. ‘Oku lolotonga me’a ‘i Fisi ‘a e ‘Eiki Palēmia ‘o Tonga ‘i ha’ane ‘a’ahi faka’ofisiale ke fe’iloaki mo e Palēmia ‘o Fisi, Vorege Bainimarama. Lolotonga ‘ene me’a ‘i Fisi te ne me’a ai ‘i he fakatahalahi Fakafeitu’u ‘a e Pasifiki ki he...More

“PM’s State visit to Fiji included meeting with Tongan students”

The Tongan Community in Suva hosted the Honourable Prime Minister Samuela ‘Akilisi Pohiva at a Sunday service at ‘Api Tonga that coincided with the annual Children’s May celebration, Fakame, on 2 May. The Prime Minister is on a state visit to Fiji to meet Fiji’s Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama, as well as give the keynote address at the Regional Pacific Islands Green Growth Coalition meeting hosted by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Accompanying...More

“Opening of Parliament set for 28 May 2015”

Tonga’s Legislative Assembly will be officially opened on May 28 2015. Meanwhile the current session will be officially closed on Thursday 21 May 2015 in a Soft Closing ceremony in Nuku’alofa by a commission of three nobles, in which one of the nobles will deliver the closing speech on behalf of His Majesty King Tupou VI. The names of the nobles are yet to be confirmed by the Palace Office. His Majesty approves the date for the State Opening of the Legislative Assembly through a...More

“Huufi Fale Alea 2015 ‘i Me”

Kuo finangalo ‘a ‘Ene ‘Afio, Kingi Tupou VI, ke huufi ‘a e to’u Fale Alea 2015 ‘i he ‘aho Tu’apulelulu, 28 ‘o Me. Lolotonga ‘eni, ‘e tapuni fakalotofale (soft closing) ‘a e Fale Alea ‘i he ‘aho Tu’apulelulu 21 ‘o Me 2015 ‘e ha kau fakafofonga ‘e toko tolu mei he Hou’eiki Nopele. Ko e ‘aho kuo kotofa ke huufi ai ‘a e to’u Fale Alea 2015, ko e fokotu’u atu ia mei he ‘Eiki Sea ‘o e Fale Alea mo e ‘Eiki Palemia ki he Tama...More

“Official Announcement of His Majesty’s Coronation”

The Hon Prime Minister, Samuela ‘Akilisi Pohiva, officially announced to the public on Monday 27th April 2015 the celebration of events for His Majesty’s, King Tupou VI, coronation 2015. The programme for the events are as follow: Saturday 27th June 2015 10:00 am – Royal Kava-Ceremony (Taumafa Kava) Venue: Pangai Wednesday 1st July 2015 10:00 am-12:00 noon- Education Day Host: Minister of Education Venue: Teufaiva Stadium Thursday 2nd July 2015 12:30 pm- Welcome Luncheon...More

“Me’a ‘a e Palēmia’, Hon. Samuela ‘Akilisi Pohiva, ke fakahā fakafonua ‘a e Polokalama ‘o e Hilifaki Kalauni ‘o ‘Ene ‘Afio’, Kingi Tupou VI”

Tulou mo e la’a ‘o e ‘Otu Tongá, Tapu mo e Hou’eiki ‘o e fonuá. Pea tala-mo-kāpui ‘A e ngaahi Ha’a, ‘oku fa’a aofaki ‘i Pangaí, Mo e Tonga kotoa ‘oku me’a mai, Mei he Ongo Niuá, Vava’u Lahi, ‘Otu Ha’apaí, Funga Fonuá, Tonga ‘Eiki. Mo ha tapa pē ’i he kolopé, ‘Oku a’u atu ki ai, ‘a e fakahoha’a ni. Matafi e tonga, mei Langi Na, Kae ‘atā ke u fakahoko atu ‘a e ngaahi polokalama tefito kuo fatu, ke faka-monū pea...More

“Hon. PM’s residence on fire.”

The Hon. Prime Minister’s residence in Hala 'o vave was on fire this morning, Thursday 23rd April 2015. The cause of the fire is yet to be confirmed. No injury or death was reported. No one was in the house when the fire broke out. The Hon. Prime Minister and his wife are in New Zealand. Investigation is...More

“Vela ‘api me’a’anga Palemia”

Na’e vela ‘i he pongipongi ni, Tu’apulelulu 23 ‘Epeleli 2015, ‘I Hala 'o vave ‘a e ‘api me’a’anga ‘o e ‘Eiki Palemia, Samiuela ‘Akilisi Pohiva. ‘Oku te’eki fakapapau’i ‘a e tupu’anga ‘o e maama na’e hoko ki he ‘api nofo’anga. Na’ e ‘ikai ha lavea pe mate he vela na’e hoko, ka ‘oku kei hoko atu ‘a e fakatotolo ‘a e kau Tamate Afi ki hono tupu’anga. ‘Oku kei ‘I Nu’usila foki ‘a e ‘Eiki Palemia mo hono...More

“PM Pohiva in good health and returns to the Kingdom this weekend.”

Prime Minister Samuela ‘Akilisi Pohiva has completed a routine medical check-up in Auckland, New Zealand, and is in good health. The Honorable Prime Minister was in New Zealand on a family obligation. He will be returning to the Kingdom this weekend, and resumes duty on Monday, April...More

“Mo’ui lelei pe ‘a e ‘Eiki Palemia”

‘OKU ‘amanaki ke foki mai ‘a e ‘Eiki Palemia Samuela ‘Akilisi Pohiva mei Nu’usila ‘i he faka’osinga ‘o e uike ni hili ia ha’ane ‘i ai ‘i ha fatongia fakafamili. Lolotonga ‘a ‘ene ‘i Nu’usila, na’e fai ai hono sivi fakafaito’o anga maheni, pea ‘oku laumalie lelei mo ‘i he tu’unga mo’ui lelei ‘a e ‘Eiki Palemia. ‘E toki kamata ngāue ‘a e ‘Eiki Palemia ‘i he Monite 27 ‘o...More

“Clarification of ANZAC Day holiday and day to observe Tongan Public Holidays.”

In view of the number of enquiries received regarding the day of observance of ANZAC Day this year, this public holiday will be observed on the actual day, which is Saturday 25 April 2015. The other holidays such as Christmas Day, New Year’s Day, Boxing Day, Good Friday and Easter Monday follow the same rule. Tongan Public Holidays observed every year, in accordance with the provisions of the Public Holidays Act as amended in 2010- “Any public holiday that falls upon a Thursday, Friday,...More

“Fakamanatua ‘o e ‘Aho Malōlō ANZAC mo e ngaahi ‘aho malōlō faka-Pule’anga”

Koe’uhí ko e ngaahi faka’eke’eke felave’i mo e ‘aho mālōlō ANZAC Day, ‘a ia ‘oku ‘amanaki ke fakamanatu he Tokonaki 25 ‘o ‘Epeleli, ko e ta’u ni ko e ‘aho mālōlō ko ia ‘e fakamanatu pe ia he ‘aho totonu ‘oku hoko ai. Ko e ngaahi ‘aho malōlō tatau ‘oku fakamanatu pe he ‘aho totonu ‘oku hoko ai ‘oku kau ai ‘a e ‘Aho Kilisimasi; ‘Uluaki ‘aho ‘o e ta’u; ‘Aho Foaki Me’a’ofa (Boxing Day); Falaite Lelei mo e Monite Toetu’u. Ko...More

“Prime Minister departs for Auckland.”

On Friday 17th of April, the Prime Minister, Honourable Samuela ‘Akilisi Pohiva departed for Auckland to attend to family obligations. While on a five-day leave, the Hon. Prime Minister will also undergo routine medical check-ups in New Zealand. The Hon. Prime Minister is expected to return to Tonga next week, and resume duty on Monday, April...More

“Me’a ‘i Nu’usila ‘Eiki Palemia”

‘Oku lolotonga ‘i ‘Aokalani, Nu’usila ‘a e ‘Eiki Palēmia ‘o Tonga, Samuela ‘Akilisi Pohiva ‘i he ‘uhinga fakafamili pe hili ‘ene mavahe atu ‘i he Falaite 17 ‘Epeleli 2015. Lolotonga ‘a ‘ene malolo (leave) ‘aho ‘e nima, ‘e fakahoko ai mo hono sivi fakafaito’o. ‘E toki kamata ngaue ‘i he Monite 27...More

“Appointment of Mr. Sione ‘Uhila Liava’a as Chairperson for the Public Service Commission.”

Mr. Sione ‘Uhila Liava’a has been appointed as part time Chairperson of the Public Service Commission for a period of four (4) years with effect from10 April 2015, the date of the Cabinet decision. Mr. Liava’a’s appointment replaces the incumbent part time Chairperson, Mrs. Mishka Tu’ifua, whose Public Service Commission’s contract ends with effect from 10 April 2015. The job for chair of the Commission was advertised with five shortlisted candidates being interviewed,...More

“Fili ‘a Sione ‘Uhila Liava’a ko e Sea ‘o e Komisoni ‘a e Kau Ngaue Fakapule’anga”

Kuo fili ‘a Sione ‘Uhila Liava’a ko e Sea ‘o e Komisoni ‘o e Kau Ngaue Faka-Pule’anga (PSC) ‘i he ta’u ‘e fa (4) ka hoko ‘o kamata lau mei he ‘aho 10 ‘Epeleli 2015. Ko e fetongi ‘eni ‘e ‘Uhila ‘a Mishka Tu’ifua, ‘a ia na’a ne ‘i he lakanga sea ‘o ngata ki ‘Epeleli 10, 2015. Na’e tu’uaki ‘a e lakanga ni ‘o to’o mei ai ‘a e toko nima ke faka’eke’eke ‘o kau ki ai ‘a Sione ‘Uhila Liava’a, Lisiate ‘Aloveita ‘Akolo, Toketa...More

“Process has not been completed for ratification of CEDAW but is ongoing.”

Tonga has not yet signed to ratify the United Nations’ Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), even though the Government has given consent to the convention with reservations to five of its articles. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon responded favorably to Tonga’s move, and expressed the need for the process to be completed for ratification. A statement from a Spokesman for the Secretary-General on 21 March 2015 said: “The...More

“Kei fakahoko pe ngaue ki he konivesio ki hono fakafaikehekehe’i e kakai fefine(CEDAW) te’eki ke kakato”

‘Oku te’eki ke fakamo’oni ‘a Tonga ki he Konivesio ke ta’ofi ‘a hono fakafaikehekehe’i ‘o e Kakai Fefine(CEDAW), neongo kuo tali ‘e he Pule’anga ‘a e Konivesio ‘o ‘ikai kau ai ‘a e kupu ‘e nima ‘o hono ngaahi tu’utu’uni. Kuo fakahā ‘e he Sekelitali Seniale ‘o e Kautaha ‘a e Ngaahi Pule’anga Fakatahataha Ban Ki-moon, ‘a ‘ene fiefia he nga’unu ko ‘eni kuo fai ‘e Tonga mo pehē kuo fiema’u ia ke fakahoko e ngaue ke fakakakato ‘a e...More

“Tongan delegation to China arrived safely.”

A fifteen-man, and one-woman delegation including four Cabinet Ministers, seven Parliamentarians, and five government officials arrived safely on Tuesday 8 April in Guangdong, China on the first leg of a 10-day tour. The delegation is led by Deputy Speaker of the House, Lord Tu’i’āfitu and Deputy Prime Minister, Hon. Siaosi Sovaleni, on the invitation of the Chinese Government. Tonga’s Ambassador to China, Brigadier General Tau’aika ‘Uta’atu met with the delegation when they...More

“Tu’uta lelei kulupu folau ‘a’ahi mei Tonga ki he Lepupilika ‘o Siaina”

‘Oku lolotonga ‘i Siaina ‘a e timi ‘a’ahi faka-falealea mei Tonga ni kau ki ai ‘a etoko 16 ‘o tataki ‘e he Tokoni Sea ‘o e Falealea, Nopele Tu’i’afitu ‘i he fakaafe ‘a e Pule’anga ‘o e Lepupilika ‘o Siaina ke toe vaofiange ‘a e vā fengaue’aki fakakaume’a mo fetokoni’aki ‘a e ongo fonua ni. ‘Oku fakafofonga’i ‘a e Pule’anga ‘e he hou’eiki Minisita ‘e toko fa ‘o taki ‘e he Tokoni Palēmia, Hon. Siaosi ‘Ofakivahafolau Sovaleni....More

“Aositelelia ko e hoangaue lahitaha ‘o Tonga he fakalakalaka”

Ko ‘Aositelelia ‘a e hoangaue fakalakalaka lahitaha ‘o Tonga, ko e fakahā ‘e he Minisitā ki Muli ‘a ‘Aositelēlia ki Tonga, Hon. Julie Bishop, ‘i he’ene me’a ‘a’ahi ‘aho ‘e taha mai ki Tonga ni, he uike kuo ‘osi, lolotonga ‘a e fakataha mo e ngaahi Kautaha Ongoongo. ‘Oku fe’unga mo e TOP$30.3 miliona ‘a e tokoni ‘a ‘Aositelēlia ki Tonga he ta’u fakapa’anga 2014/2015, ‘a ia ‘a ia ‘oku kau kiai ‘a e tokoni ki he patiseti mo fakapa’anga...More

“Cabinet decision on “multimillion dollar software” purchase a total fabrication”

Prime Minister Hon. Samuela ‘Akilisi Pohiva denies there was ever a Cabinet decision to purchase a multimillion-dollar software claimed to have been created by his son, Siaosi Pohiva, to solve the alleged problem with Tonga’s education assessment system. The controversial news story was written by local freelance news reporter Sione Mokofisi, and published on Nepituno Online, claiming the Cabinet decided to purchase the multimillion-dollar software designed by Siaosi Pohiva and his...More

“Ikai ha mo’oni ‘e taha ongoongo ‘a Sione Mokofisi”

KUO faka’ikai’i ‘e he ‘Eiki Palemia, Hon. Samuela ‘Akilisi Pohiva, ‘a e fakamatala ongoongo kuo ‘omai ‘e he tangata faiongoongo ko Sione Mokofisi, ‘a ia na’a ne pehē kuo fai tu’utu’uni ‘a e Kapinetí ke fakatau ha polokalama komipiuta – software – ‘aki e pa’anga ‘e laumiliona ke fakalele’aki ‘a e akó ‘i Tonga ni. Pea ko e polokalama ko ‘ení koaa ko e polokalama ‘a e foha ‘o e ‘Eiki Palemia, Siaosi Pohiva, ‘a ia ‘oku kaungā ngāue mo...More

“BILATERAL MEETING STATEMENT”

SALUTATIONS Hon. Minister Julie Bishop; Your Excellency High Commissioner, Brett Aldam, Hon. Cabinet Ministers; Ladies and Gentlemen, Good Morning, 1. Minister Bishop, may I warmly welcome you to the Kingdom of Tonga; 2. We also wish to congratulate you on your appointment as Australia’s first female Minister for Foreign Affairs 3. I am very pleased that you have decided to undertake your very first visit to Tonga as Foreign Affairs Minister within the first few months...More

“Australia continues to be Tonga’s major development partner”

NUKU’ALOFA: 2April2015. AUSTRALIA’S Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hon. Julie Bishop, in her one-day visit to the Kingdom of Tonga, pointed out at a media conference in Nuku’alofa today, that Australia is Tonga’s major development partner. Australian aid amounts to a total of $30.3 million pa’anga for the 2014/2015 financial year, offering budget support, and funding development projects in the various sectors of defence, health, education, agriculture, fisheries, police...More

“Response to accusations against the Hon Prime Minister and Government”

Critical letters recently sent to the Hon Prime Minister accuse him and his government of lack of disciplinary action against one or more of his Ministers, who are alleged to have made inappropriate financial dealings in the previous government. The allegations have been raised in letters from former Minister of Justice, Clive Edwards, as well as ‘Isileli Pulu and ‘Eliesa Fifita, who were candidates in the 2014 general election. Major components of issues pertaining to the allegations...More

“Tali ki he ngaahi tukuaki’i ‘o e Palēmia mo e Pule’angá”

Kuo tuku mai mei he ‘Eiki Palēmia ha ngaahi fetu’utaki ‘a ia ‘oku natula launga mo hono fakaanga’i ‘a e fakahoko fatongia ‘a e ‘Eiki Palēmia mo e Pule’angá. ‘Oku kau heni ‘a e tukuaki’i kuo ‘omai meia Clive Edwards, Minisitā Lao malolō, pehē foki kia ‘Isileli Pulu mo ‘Eliesa Fifita, ko e ongo kanititeiti ki he fili Fale Alea ‘o e 2014. Ko e ngaahi me’a lalahi ‘o e tukuaki’i‘oku fekau’aki ia mo e me’a ‘e tolu: 1) Ko e pehē koā...More

Tonga’s Prime Minister looks forward to first visit of Australian Foreign Minister this week.

In a statement this morning, the Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, the Hon Samuela ‘Akilisi Pohiva, said he was looking forward to the first visit to Tonga of the Australian Foreign Minister, the Hon Julie Bishop. “Australia has been a longtime, close and important partner to Tonga so I am pleased that the Hon. Julie Bishop will be undertaking her first visit to Nuku’alofa this week. I look forward to discussing with her areas of mutual interest at the...More

“Mateuteu Palēmia ‘o Tongá ke talitali fuofua ‘a’ahi mai ‘a e Minisitā ki Muli ‘a ‘Aositelēlia”

Kuo fakahā ‘e he ‘Eiki Palēmia ‘o Tonga, Hon. Samuela ‘Akilisi Pohiva,he pongipongi ni, ‘a ‘ene fiefia ke tali lelei ‘a e fuofua ‘a’ahi mai ki Tonga ni ‘a hono kaungā Minisitā ki Muli ‘o ‘Aositelēlia, Hon. Julie Bishop. “ Ko e kaungāme’a lelei, vaofi mo fuoloa ‘a ‘Aositelēlia, pea ko e hoangaue mahu’inga ki Tonga ni, pea ‘oku ou fiefia ke talitali lelei ‘a ‘ene fuofua ‘a’ahi mai ki Nuku’alofa ni he uike ni. ‘Oku ou ‘amanaki atu ke...More

“Faka’ata ‘e he ‘Eiki Palēmia ‘a e polokalama mūsika ‘i he Senitā Komipiuta Tau’olunga.”

Na’e faka’atā ‘e he ‘Eiki Palēmia, Hon. Samuela ‘Akilisi Pohiva ‘a e polokalama ako musika ‘o fakafou he ‘initaneti kae ngāue’aki ha nota fo’ou na’e fa’u ‘e Victor Mataele, ko e tokotaha musika ‘iloa ‘i Tonga ni. Kuo laka hake he ta’u ‘e 15 ‘a e fekumi ‘a Victor ki he musika, pea ko e taimi eni kuo ne pehē kuo fe’unga kae faka’ali’ali ‘a e ola ‘o ‘ene ngāue ki he fonua mo mamani, kae tautefito kia kinautolu ‘oku nau manako ke ako he...More

“Fakamo’oni ‘a Tonga ki he Talite Fakavaha’apule’anga ki hono hakeaki’i ‘o e malu fakamamanilahi ‘o e me’atokoni”

Ko e Talite Fakamamanilahi ki he Ma’u’anga ‘Akau mo hono ‘ulungaanga fakasaienisi, ki he Me’atokoni mo e Ngoue (PGRFA) ‘oku ne fakapapau’i ‘oku kei faingamalie pe ‘a e ma’u’anga ‘akau ‘e fakafalala ki ai ‘a e tukuifonua ‘o mamani ke langa’ihake ‘a ‘enau tu’unga fakangoue mo e me’atokoni ke fafanga honau kakai. Ko e talite ni ‘oku taku ko ha “ fa’ahinga ma’u’anga ‘akau mahu’inga ki he me’atokoni mo e ngaue.” ‘E hoko ‘a hono...More

“Tonga has signed a key international treaty that promotes sustainable global food security”

The International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (PGRFA) ensures continuous availability of plant genetic resources that countries in the world rely on to develop crops and food to feed their people. PGRFA is defined as “any genetic material of plant origin of actual or potential value for food and agriculture.” Signing the treaty would give Tonga access to the genetic resources for food, and allows future generations to access the genetic diversity that...More

“PM launches music program at the Tau’olunga computer centre.”

The Hon Prime Minister, ‘Akilisi Pohiva, launched a new feature of learning music on the internet by using newly introduced notations invented by Mr Victor Mataele, a known Tongan Musician. Mr Mataele has been conducting researches in this area since the past fifteen years or more, and is now willing to display the uniqueness of his findings to the Tongan public and the world, for people who are interested in learning music to use his new formula. According to Victor, he said his...More

“Tokangaekina ‘e he Pule’anga tu’unga malu ‘o e Fanau Tonga ‘i Vanuatu”

‘I he ngaahi ‘aho si’i kuo maliu atu, ne fakahoko ai ‘e he Pule’anga Tonga, ‘a hono vakai’i ‘a e tu’unga ‘oku ‘i ai ‘a e fānau ako Tonga ‘oku nau lolotonga ako ‘i he ‘Univēsiti ‘o e Pasifiki Tonga, ‘i Vanuatu, hili ‘a e Saikolone Fakatalopiki ko Pam. Ne fakahā‘e he Potungāue Ako moe Ako Ngāue, ‘oku lesisita ‘a e fānau ako Tonga ‘e toko hongofulu mā fa (14) ‘i he va’a Ako Lao ‘o e ‘Univēsiti ni, ‘a ia ko e fānau ako sikolasipi...More

“Fakamatala fakama’ala’ala ki hono tali ‘e he Pule’anga Tonga ‘a e Konivesio ke ta’ofi ‘a hono faikehekehe’i ‘a e Kakai Fefine(CEDAW)”

1 ‘Oku loto ‘a e Pule’anga Tonga ke fakama’ala’ala ki he Hou’eiki mo e kakai ‘o e Fonua, ‘a e founga ngaue ki hono tali ‘e he Pule’anga ‘a e CEDAW, tautautefito ki he founga ‘e fakaha faka-lao ai ‘e he Pule’anga Tonga ki he Ngaahi Pule’anga Fakatahataha (United Nations) ‘a e tu’utu’uni koia. KO E MAFAI TAU’ATAINA ‘A E FONUA KENE TALI HA KONIVESIO FAKA-MAMANI LAHI 2 Ko e ‘uluaki, ‘oku ‘ataa ki ha Pule’anga pe ‘i mamani, kau ai ‘a Tonga,...More

“Hon Prime Minister’s meeting with the Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS), Mrs Dame Meg Taylor, on 3rd March 2015.”

The Hon Prime Minister, Hon ‘Akilisi Pohiva, welcomed Mrs Dame Meg Taylor in a meeting at the Prime Minister’s Office on Tuesday 3rd March 2015. Hon Pohiva congratulated Ms Taylor, not only on her first visit to Tonga as Secretary General of PIFS, but also her new appointment as the first woman to hold the position. This significant milestone was also timely to his new government budget preparation. The Hon Prime Minister then went on to inform the Secretary General of his meeting...More

“Government Agrees to Ratify CEDAW”

The Government of the Kingdom of Tonga has agreed to ratify the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) after lengthy and thorough discussions in Cabinet on Wednesday 4 and Friday 6 March 2015. The Prime Minister, Hon Samuela ‘Akilisi Pohiva, today said, “This is a historic day for Tonga. A day that all Tongans; women and men; girls and boys; young and old; can look at with great pride. For it is the day when the international community of...More

“Hon Prime Minister’s first official visit to Vava’u”

The Hon. Prime Minister of Tonga, Hon Samuela ‘Akilisi Pohiva is making his first official visit to the Island of Vava’u, today 6th of March 2015. He is accompanied by the Minister for Public Enterprises, Hon Poasi Tei, Minister for Commerce, Tourism and Labour and Minister for Police, Prisons and Fire Services, Dr the Hon Pohiva Tu’i’onetoa, Minister for Agriculture, Food Forests and Fisheries, Hon Semisi Fakahau and the Chief Secretary and Secretary for Cabinet, Dr Palenitina...More

“Hon Prime Minister’s Meeting with IMF team on 23 February 2015 at the Prime Minister’s Office.”

The Hon Prime Minister, Samuela ‘Akilisi Pohiva, recieved the Head of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) team to Tonga, Mr Ojima and his colleagues on a meeting at his office in Nuku’alofa on Monday 23 February. Hon Pohiva warmly welcomed the IMF team for their first Article IV mission to Tonga, and under his new government. The team had been in Tonga for more than a week or so, and that Hon Pohiva was hopeful as to what the team learnt and found so far gave them better ideas about...More

“The Hon Prime Minister’s Meeting with ADB Vice President Mr. Bruce Davis on 23rd February 2015 at the Prime Minister’s Office.”

The Hon Prime Minister, Samuela ‘Akilisi Pohiva greeted the Asian Development Bank Vice President, Mr Bruce Davis, at the Prime Minister’s Office on Monday 23 February 2015. On the Hon Prime Minister’s remarks, he thanked Mr Davis for visiting Tonga and stated that his official visit was timely, as Tonga is currently at the midst of his government development plans and budget strategies formulation for the year 2015/16. Hon Prime Minister ‘Akilisi Pohiva conveyed his gratitude on...More

“Japan Parliamentary Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs visited the Kingdom of Tonga on Official tour of Government Business on 20th February 2015.”

His Excellency Mr Kazuyuki Nakane Parliamentary Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs was received by His Royal Highness Crown Prince Tupouto'a 'Ulukalala. His Royal Highness, The Crown Prince, noted with appreciation all assistance the Government and people of Japan provided for the improvement for the lives of his people. His Royal Highness stressed the challenges of Climate Change, the importance of human resource development education of his people and moving towards sustainable...More

“Joint Press Conference between the New Zealand Hon. Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade and Hon. Prime Minister of Tonga.”

“Joint Press Conference between the New Zealand Hon. Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade and Hon. Prime Minister of Tonga.” Straight after the official meeting between the Honorable Prime Minister, Hon. Samuela ‘Akilisi Pohiva, and the New Zealand Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Hon. Murray McCully, on Monday the 16th of February 2015, they jointly faced the media for a press conference. The Hon. Prime Minister announced their discussions focused on some economic reports...More

“Hon. Prime Minister’s Letter to Acting Attorney General.”

Prime Minister Nuku’alofa Kingdom of Tonga Ref: LO 3/2 13 February 2015 The Acting Attorney General, Taumoepeau Building Fatafehi Road NUKU’ALOFA Dear ‘AminiasiKefu, I write to voice my grave concerns over your involvements or lack of, in the criminal case of Lord Tu’ilakepa, regarding firearms and ammunitions found in his places at Longolongo&Ofu, and the resultant sentences based on available evidences put before, and imposed by Supreme Justice Cato. My...More

“Hon. Prime Minister’s Interview with the Forbes Magazine.”

The Hon. Prime Minister of Tonga, Hon. Samuela ‘Akilisi Pohiva, interviewed by representatives from Forbes News Magazine at the Prime Minister’s office on Wednesday 11th February 2015.  The Kingdom of Tonga has been picked by Forbes as one of the countries throughout the world to highlight on its famously-worldwide magazine, which is also seen a great privilege to the people of Tonga from the perspective of social and economic development. The nomination however, was based on two...More

“Disclaimer and Warning for Public and Recipients of spooipohiva@gmail.com”

The Office of the Prime Minister warns the public, and in particular the recipients of the above-mentioned email address, that a contemptible act has been found to have used the above email address in circulating uncertified, wrongful, disrespectful and unacceptable allegations against the Acting Chief Secretary and Secretary for Cabinet, Mr ‘AholotuPalu. It is in fact Mr. Siosiua Po’oi Pohiva has no email account at Gmail, as mentioned above, instead he only has an email account with...More

Cabinet responds to concerns raised by the PSA

The Hon Prime Minister wishes to announce that it has responded to a letter received on 19 January 2015 from the Public Service Association (PSA) regarding issues directly related to the public service. After the letter was received from the PSA, on Thursday 22 January 2014 the Prime Minister and Cabinet Ministers convened at the Fa’onelua Convention Centre to receive an oral presentation of the PSA’s concerns from the Secretary-General Ms Mele ‘Amanaki and the President Mr ViliHelu....More

Inaugural address of the Prime Minister to the Civil Service

Lord Ma’afu and Cabinet colleagues, Chief Executive Officers and Heads of Departments, all civil servants of the Government of the Kingdom of Tonga. It is a great honour for me to stand before you all, by the grace of God, the Prime Minister of the Executive arm of the Kingdom of Tonga for the 2014 – 2018 Legislative Assembly term. Before proceeding any further, please allow me to acknowledge on behalf of the people of Tonga, the deep appreciation for the high regard and respect accorded...More

“New Zealand Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade arrives into the Kingdom of Tonga.”

The Office of the Prime Minister is pleased to announce the official arrival of the New Zealand Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Hon. Murray McCully, to the Kingdom of Tonga, this afternoon, Monday 16th February 2015.  The Hon. Minister for Finance, Hon. ‘Aisake Valu Eke together with the Senior Officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs greeted and welcomed Hon. Minister McCully at Fua’amotu International Airport. An official meeting between the Hon. Prime Minister of Tonga,...More

“Ha’apaiveu welcome appointment of Governor of Ha’apai as Hon. PM ‘Akilisi Pohiva and delegation joined the celebration”

Hon. PM 'Akilisi Pohiva and his delegation touched down at the Salote Pilolevu airport to a rapturous welcome and applause by the people of Ha'apai on the 12th January. A human canon ball rolled down towards the plane as the 200 strong and noisy crowd cheered and clapped the Hon. Prime Minister as he led his delegation in an open truck, decked with flagrant flowers, leis and the best weaved mats and tapa cloths, specifically prepared by people from his Kauvai island, as the noisy, colorful...More

“Appointment of Deputy Chairman for Public Service Commission.”

The Office of the Prime Minister is pleased to announce to the public, that His Majesty’s Cabinet on Friday 13 th February 2015 approved the appointment of Mr. Simione Sefanaia (former commissioner of PSC) as Deputy Chairman for Public Service Commission. Mr. Sefanaia’s appointment has been effective from the said date of Cabinet decision, which is...More

“Tonga National Public Holidays for 2015”

The official Public Holiday in Tonga confirmed for 2015 are as follows : *Internation Public Holiday observed in Tonga **National Tongan Public Holiday - that follows the provisions of the Public Holiday...More

“Viliami Taufa leaves New Zealand for Tonga to work with Hon. PM ‘Akilisi Pohiva”

After nearly 38 years of loyal service to the New Zealand dairy industry, Viliami and his wife Talita have uprooted themselves from the comforts of their home, security of their work and love of their families, to move to Tonga to work as Advisor to Hon. PM ‘Akilisi Pohiva. Viliami Taufa was former civil servant of the Tongan government in the late seventies and his agricultural expertise will also help the government effort to improve growth in the sector concerned. Viliami’s experience...More

Concerns over the New Government relaxed in implementing changes

The Office of the Prime Minister is obligated to respond in brief to questions and criticisms raised by the liberal news media, and is dubbed to be the wider views of the public at large, as to why the New Government has been slow in instigating the changes they proposed to the constituents and the people of Tonga, prior to election. Such claims appear to be political in nature and aiming to politicize the inception of the Hon. PM ‘Akilisi Pohiva’s government, and yet it is understood they...More

PM attends 5th PLG Meeting

Auckland, NEW ZEALAND: Tonga’s Prime Minister, Honourable Samuela ‘Akilisi Pohiva departed Tonga for New Zealand on the weekend, to attend the fifth meeting of the Polynesian Leaders Group (PLG). Leaders from eight founding Polynesian states and territories will meet on 3rd February, 2015 at the Deloitte Centre in Auckland to discuss priorities for strengthening the Polynesian states. The Government of Niue will host the meeting as appointed Chair of the 5th Meeting. Tonga’s Prime...More

Congratulatory messages to the Hon. PM

The Office of the Prime Minister is honored to acknowledge the receipts of congratulatory messages from the Head of States and Governments around the world, to the Honorable Prime Minister, Hon. Samuela ‘Akilisi Pohiva, on his new position, as the newly elected Prime Minister of Tonga and the Tongan Government, for this year 2015 parliamentary term. It has been a sincere gratitude to have received these warm and good wishes from these leaders, which is seen and understood to be of strategic...More

Electronic Tourist Visa on Arrival to India

The Government of Tonga is pleased to announce to the public the approval of the electronic tourist visa upon arrival to India. This new development is a milestone between these respective governments, which was released to the Government of Tonga under the authority of the Indian High Commission in Suva, Fiji, and with effect on the 27th November, 2014. In that regard, the opportunity implies conditions where a visitor Tongan citizen/nationality in this category, must comply. These...More

Prime Minister announces new Cabinet

After the process of consultations, the new Prime Minister-elect-Hon. Samuela ‘Akilisi Pohiva, has recommended to His Majesty King Tupou VI, the appointment of the Ministers of the new Government for the Parliamentary term 2015-2018 will be effective as of 31st December, 2014. The members of the Cabinet of Prime Minister Hon. Samuela ‘Akilisi Pohiva is as follows, along with their respective portfolios: Hon. Samuela'Akilisi Pohiva' Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs...More

International Conference on Open Data for Agriculture

USAID Administrator Raj Shah attended a meeting hosted by the White House with domestic and international partners to discuss the path towards achieving universal primary education, the second Millennium Development Goal (MDG), by 2015. The meeting came on the heels of the World Bank Spring Meetings and as the international community enters the final 1,000 days to achieve the MDGs. Administrator Shah said “By working together to support and strengthen the efforts of our partner governments to...More

Announces Winners of the 2013 Growing Green Awards

USAID Administrator Raj Shah attended a meeting hosted by the White House with domestic and international partners to discuss the path towards achieving universal primary education, the second Millennium Development Goal (MDG), by 2015. The meeting came on the heels of the World Bank Spring Meetings and as the international community enters the final 1,000 days to achieve the MDGs. Administrator Shah said “By working together to support and strengthen the efforts of our partner governments to...More

Mega Resorts

Groups Seek Investigation into Mexico’s Approval of Four “Mega Resorts” USAID Administrator Raj Shah attended a meeting hosted by the White House with domestic and international partners to discuss the path towards achieving universal primary education, the second Millennium Development Goal (MDG), by 2015. The meeting came on the heels of the World Bank Spring Meetings and as the international community enters the final 1,000 days to achieve the MDGs. Administrator Shah said “By...More

International Conference on Open Data for Agriculture

USAID Administrator Raj Shah attended a meeting hosted by the White House with domestic and international partners to discuss the path towards achieving universal primary education, the second Millennium Development Goal (MDG), by 2015. The meeting came on the heels of the World Bank Spring Meetings and as the international community enters the final 1,000 days to achieve the MDGs. Administrator Shah said “By working together to support and strengthen the efforts of our partner governments to...More

Announces Winners of the 2013 Growing Green Awards

USAID Administrator Raj Shah attended a meeting hosted by the White House with domestic and international partners to discuss the path towards achieving universal primary education, the second Millennium Development Goal (MDG), by 2015. The meeting came on the heels of the World Bank Spring Meetings and as the international community enters the final 1,000 days to achieve the MDGs. Administrator Shah said “By working together to support and strengthen the efforts of our partner governments to...More

Groups Seek Investigation into Mexico’s Approval of Four “Mega Resorts”

USAID Administrator Raj Shah attended a meeting hosted by the White House with domestic and international partners to discuss the path towards achieving universal primary education, the second Millennium Development Goal (MDG), by 2015. The meeting came on the heels of the World Bank Spring Meetings and as the international community enters the final 1,000 days to achieve the MDGs. Administrator Shah said “By working together to support and strengthen the efforts of our partner governments to...More

International Conference on Open Data for Agriculture

USAID Administrator Raj Shah attended a meeting hosted by the White House with domestic and international partners to discuss the path towards achieving universal primary education, the second Millennium Development Goal (MDG), by 2015. The meeting came on the heels of the World Bank Spring Meetings and as the international community enters the final 1,000 days to achieve the MDGs. Administrator Shah said “By working together to support and strengthen the efforts of our partner governments to...More

Announces Winners of the 2013 Growing Green Awards

USAID Administrator Raj Shah attended a meeting hosted by the White House with domestic and international partners to discuss the path towards achieving universal primary education, the second Millennium Development Goal (MDG), by 2015. The meeting came on the heels of the World Bank Spring Meetings and as the international community enters the final 1,000 days to achieve the MDGs. Administrator Shah said “By working together to support and strengthen the efforts of our partner governments to...More

Groups Seek Investigation into Mexico’s Approval of Four “Mega Resorts”

USAID Administrator Raj Shah attended a meeting hosted by the White House with domestic and international partners to discuss the path towards achieving universal primary education, the second Millennium Development Goal (MDG), by 2015. The meeting came on the heels of the World Bank Spring Meetings and as the international community enters the final 1,000 days to achieve the MDGs. Administrator Shah said “By working together to support and strengthen the efforts of our partner governments to...More

Announces Winners of the 2013 Growing Green Awards

USAID Administrator Raj Shah attended a meeting hosted by the White House with domestic and international partners to discuss the path towards achieving universal primary education, the second Millennium Development Goal (MDG), by 2015. The meeting came on the heels of the World Bank Spring Meetings and as the international community enters the final 1,000 days to achieve the MDGs. Administrator Shah said “By working together to support and strengthen the efforts of our partner governments to...More

Mega Resorts

Groups Seek Investigation into Mexico’s Approval of Four “Mega Resorts” In ABC News Paper, on On Friday, April 14 USAID Administrator Raj Shah attended a meeting hosted by the White House with domestic and international partners to discuss the path towards achieving universal primary education, the second Millennium Development Goal (MDG), by 2015. The meeting came on the heels of the World Bank Spring Meetings and as the international community enters the final 1,000 days to achieve the...More

New York Town Repeals Fracking Gag Order After Free Speech Lawsuit

USAID Administrator Raj Shah attended a meeting hosted by the White House with domestic and international partners to discuss the path towards achieving universal primary education, the second Millennium Development Goal (MDG), by 2015. The meeting came on the heels of the World Bank Spring Meetings and as the international community enters the final 1,000 days to achieve the MDGs. Administrator Shah said “By working together to support and strengthen the efforts of our partner governments to...More

Energy Efficiency Bill Promotes the Cleanest, Cheapest Energy

USAID Administrator Raj Shah attended a meeting hosted by the White House with domestic and international partners to discuss the path towards achieving universal primary education, the second Millennium Development Goal (MDG), by 2015. The meeting came on the heels of the World Bank Spring Meetings and as the international community enters the final 1,000 days to achieve the MDGs. Administrator Shah said “By working together to support and strengthen the efforts of our partner governments to...More

USAID Administrator Raj Shah Attends Education Policy Dialogue

USAID Administrator Raj Shah attended a meeting hosted by the White House with domestic and international partners to discuss the path towards achieving universal primary education, the second Millennium Development Goal (MDG), by 2015. The meeting came on the heels of the World Bank Spring Meetings and as the international community enters the final 1,000 days to achieve the MDGs. Administrator Shah said “By working together to support and strengthen the efforts of our partner governments to...More

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