Tonga

Tonga Parliament cancels sitting due to bad weather

This is the first time in its history that a sitting in the morning was cancelled.

Members of Parliament did not proceed with the agenda.

This was raised by the representative of Vava‘u Constituency 15 and former Deputy Prime Minister Mr Samiu Vaipulu moved that they cancel their session for the day.

The Legislative Assembly therefore adjourned until two in the afternoon in expectation of the weather to clear up.

Schools also closed early today as heavy rain pounded the capital, Nuku’alofa.

Greg Urwin awardee Adi Talanaivini Mafi to join Pacific Community

Mafi is an awardee of the 2016 Greg Urwin Awards presented this week to five outstanding Pacific Islanders.

A Legal Officer with Tonga’s Ministry of Justice, Mafi looks forward to the placement with SPC in March and hopes that her placement will contribute to her plans to advocate for the rights of children within the Tongan criminal justice system.

SPC’s Deputy Director of the Social Development Division, Mark Atterton said the Regional Rights Resource Team is delighted to support Mafi build her capacity in her specific area of interest in human rights.

Cyclone Winston still threatens Fiji and Tonga

The cyclone is currently about 275 kilometres southwest of Ono-i-Lau with winds of between 110 and 155 kilometres an hour at its centre.

It says damaging gale force winds can be expected, as well as heavy rains, rough seas and squally thunderstorms.

Sopu rapist and robber sentenced to 14 years imprisonment, but will serve six and-a-half

 

Pale, 34, of Lapaha, was part of a gang of five who broke into a house in Sopu on June 10, 2014.

Four of the other men were sentenced in May 2015 to between two and four and-a-half years imprisonment respectively.

Pale pleaded guilty just before his trial for rape was to begin.

Cardinal Mafi wants to rebuild Catholic primary school system, but money a problem

However, the Cardinal said reviving the Catholic primary school system would need a lot of money, but the church was not financially prepared for the task.

August last year marked 150 years since Fr Lamaze established St Stanislaus College and a primary school at ‘Ahopanilolo in 1865.

Tonga urged to work together in Pacific Games prep

The Kingdom remains behind schedule in the construction of venues and accommodation and is yet to secure 100 percent of the funding required.

A Papua New Guinea delegation visited Nuku'alofa earlier this month to assess the sporting facilities and will lead the refurbishment of the Teufaiva National Stadium.

Analysis: King Siaosi Tupou VI checkmates powerful MP Lavulavu

Ironically, his guilty verdict in a 2014 campaign bribery case in court on January 26 this year trapped him in a corner, and checkmated by King Siaosi Tupou VI on Feb. 01, 2016. 

New Australian High Commissioner arrives in Tonga

As High Commissioner Mr Ford will build on Tonga and Australia’s longstanding and cooperative relationship.

“I look forward to building on Tonga and Australia’s close and broad partnership” said Mr Ford. “Australia will continue to work together with Tonga for economic prosperity, improved development outcomes and stability in the region.”

Court dismisses Keleʻa newspaper’s application to transfer defamatory civil proceeding to Supreme Court

Lord Chief Justice Owen G. Paulsen said the argument was without merit.

He ordered that the Magistrate’s Court had to “allocate a hearing date as soon as is reasonably possible.”

Mr Justice Paulsen said the argument by the applicants that “the case can be more effectively dealt with in the Supreme Court is not correct.”

Health stakeholders united in preventing Zika in Tonga

The clean-up campaign aims to clean Tongatapu of rubbish that could become breeding grounds for mosquitoes that spread the virus. Zika Response 2016 started on Monday and it is scheduled to end on March 2 or March 3.

The Disaster Management Officer of the Tonga Red Cross, ‘Inoke Taufa said that once the Zika virus was confirmed in Tonga and spreading Red Cross termed that as a disaster that needed to be attended to.