Tonga

Call for further equality in Tongan parliament

Tonga's Women and Children's Crisis Centre said while it was happy two women have been elected, it was disappointed only 14 percent of people voted for female candidates in last week's election.

The centre's director Ofa Guttenbeil Likiliki said nationally there were only 5,575 votes for women from a total count of nearly 40,000.

She said while special measures like quotas could be short term solutions for increasing women's numbers in parliament, the long term solution is education in schools, as many children are still faced with gender stereotypes at home.

Kiwi fans asked to support Tonga

The competition darlings face England in the semifinals at Mt Smart Stadium in Auckland on Saturday night, where it is anticipated they will have overwhelming support as they attempt to win through to the World Cup final for the first time.

 Disappointed Kiwi fans will at least be able to cheer on familiar faces with 10 of their squad members having also represented the New Zealand side.

Tonga Supreme Court discharges senior policeman without conviction

Tevita Fifita, who was then Chief Superintendent of Police in charge of the Central police station at Nuku’alofa, appeared before Lord Chief Justice Cato.

Kaniva News reports Fifita was charged with attempting to pervert the court of justice by asking a police mechanic to replace a number plate on a vehicle.

He was also charged with reckless driving and using an unauthorised number plate.

The incidents occurred on November 18-19 last year.

Lighting of the biggest Christmas Tree in Tonga

This is an annual event hosted by Digicel Tonga to the public and with the driving of its Christmas Campaign with a theme ‘Bringing Joy Home this Christmas’.

The event kicked off with a Santa Parade from Faua Wharf to the Digicel Square lead by the military band and followed by supporters, customers and staffs of Digicel Tonga.

Activities such as jumping castle, face paint, colouring section and Christmas photo booth for kids was lined up for the event.

Tonga stakeholders call for more ocean forecasts

This follows a successful ocean science training and stakeholder engagement workshop last week,

“Ocean conditions play a key role in the economy and in the lives of Tongans, from tourism and coastal development to shipping and subsistence fishermen,” said CEO of the Ministry of Meteorology, Information, Disaster Management, Climate Change, Environment, and Communications, Mr. Leveni Aho at the workshop opening on Monday. “Forecasts and early warnings for ocean-based hazards are critical for early action.”

Tonga has sights on another tier-one scalp

Sio Suia Taukeiaho credits their success to the overwhelming support from their fans.

“Them just signing their songs gave us goose bumps. That's probably one of the reasons why a few of the boys left other countries to come play for Tonga because we know the fans will always turn up.”

It was a jovial Tonga who turned out to training on Mount Smart number three, with the boys from the Pacific believing that they can claim another tier-one nation scalp.

Grandfather charged over accidental shooting in Tonga

The alleged incident occurred on Saturday night, November 18 at Hofoa.

Matangi Tonga reports the accused called police for assistance regarding his son who was reportedly drunk and causing disturbance at home.

Police assault alleged in Tonga, while Canterbury cops praise league fans

Post-match celebrations after the defeat of Samoa turned violent after a group was assaulted by police, it has been claimed.

The New Zealand Herald has reported allegations that one of the group, schoolboy Francis Norris, was kicked and punched.

He was one of a group of 11 people, including a brother of former Warrior and Tonga wing Manu Vatuvei.

The Herald posted video of him limping.

Tongan police said the matter was being investigated after Norris’s family complained.

Lord Tangi appointed Interim Speaker of Tonga’s Legislative Assembly

The appointment was made under Clause 61 of the Constitution of Tonga.

A government statement said the Interim Speaker will invite elected representatives of the Legislative Assembly to submit a nomination for Prime Minister designate.

Lord Tangi will call a meeting of the elected representatives of the Legislative Assembly, who will then vote in a secret ballot to elect the Prime Minister from the nominated representatives. The Speaker and the Deputy Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Tonga will also be elected.

Tonga's elections conducted professionally, Commonwealth

The country went to the polls last week a year earlier than scheduled after the King dissolved parliament in September.

But Prime Minister 'Akilisi Pohiva's Democratic Party won a resounding victory in the peoples' electorates, with 14 candidates - including two women - winning seats.

The observer group's chair, Margaret Wilson, said the election was conducted thoroughly by officials and the results reflected the wishes of the people.