Tkatchenko reassures PNG'S support to Tonga

In a press conference in Tonga this week, Tkatchenko told Tonga Internal Affairs Minister,  Sosefo Fe'aomoeata Vakata that PNG will identify and assist Tonga in areas where it can.

"Three years is suitable enough time to prepare, compared to the amount of time Papua New Guinea had to prepare for the 2015 Games, and we want to be able to help start immediately," said Tkatchenko.

Tkatchenko said besides assistance with infrastructure and planning, PNG will also help Tonga athletes prepare under the High Performance Training Centre in Port Moresby.

New Australian High Commissioner to Tonga

Stated from the Australian High Commission’s office in Tonga, Ms. Bishop has appointed Mr. Andrew Ford to continue and uphold the bilateral relation of Australia to Tonga including all matters and tasks regards the country in Tonga.

Tongan Parliament resumes February 1

Reconvening after adjourning for more than three-months, parliament’s tentative agenda includes not only Government Bills but Regulations and various Reports of Parliament Standing Committees.

The last sitting was in October last year


Tongan minister found guilty of bribery

Radio Tonga reports that Chief Justice Owen Paulsen said that Lavulavu had overspent beyond the legal requirements during his 2014 election campaign on Vava'u.

The prosecution said that Lavulavu had personally carried out road construction as part of his campaign, while giving money to people on the day of the election to induce votes.

PNG Sports Minister Tkatchenko on fact finding mission to Tonga

The main aim of the trip is to assesses the Pacific Kingdom’s sporting infrastructure and come up with an estimate monetary figure that Papua New Guinea Government will give to Tonga in its preparation to host the 2019 Pacific Games. 

Tkatchenko told Loop PNG, that engineers and architectures from the Department of Works and PNG Sports Foundation CEO  Peter Tsiamalili Jnr will be accompanying him for the four-day trip.

“We will come back with a decision because it is a fact finding trip.

Arrest and charges in relation to passport investigation

A 63 year old Tongan woman, a former Police Officer was arrested following the police search warrant on Wednesday. She has been charged with one count of perjury contrary to section 63 of the Criminal Offences Act.

The accused was released on bail on 28 January 2016 and will appear at the Magistrate’s Court on Monday 1 February 2016.

Deputy Police Commissioner Viliami ‘Unga Fa’aoa confirmed that 12 accused persons have been charged so far in relation to the passport investigation and are now pending trial in courts.

PM Pohiva and Lord Sevele at odds over hosting Pacific Games

Confusion over who was responsible for the organisation of the 2019 Pacific Games, arose after well-publicised verbal exchanges between the Prime Minister, ‘Akilisi Pohiva and Lord Sevele.

Recently the Prime Minister made an official visit to Papua New Guinea “to further strengthen the economic and social cooperation between the two countries in the sports arena.” But it raised questions over who is organising the games.

Japanese rugby star ‘Amanaki Mafi marries fiancée in Auckland’s Botanic Gardens

‘Amanaki Mafi, 25, married Azusa Arita, 27, after flying in from Japan.

Arita’s parents, Tetsuya and Kanako Arita, accompanied them and ‘Amanaki’s parents, Uilini and Tevita Puli Mafi, travelled from Tonga for the ceremony.

Mafi told Kaniva News he was happy to be in New Zealand with his wife.

Construction of new golf course for Pacific Games delayed

The Palace Office and Ministry of Infrastructure confirmed to Radio Tonga News an agreement was made with the Prime Minister on the specific area for the field as part of the preparation work for the Pacific Games 2019 - but Tufumahina was not part of the agreement.

Both Ministries decline further comments but the Prime Minister's Office says they will release more details on the issue later.


Research helps Tonga identify areas for improvement in governance

Visiting Nuku’alofa this week a team of three researchers were building up a profile of Tonga’s strengths and weaknesses in its ability to govern itself and respond to challenges of many kinds.