Tonga

How Tonga’s World Cup campaign is inspiring the Titans in 2018

The NRL centre was part of the side’s courageous semi-final run at the Rugby League World Cup and, on returning this week to Titans training, said he had already drawn some comparisons between the sides.

The addition of Michael Gordon and Brenko Lee to the Titans’ backline has offset the departure of high-profile fullback Jarryd Hayne, as new coach Garth Brennan instils a workmanlike culture at the club.

Tonga PM recovering well, expected to attend swearing in of Parliament

Pohiva is expected to attend the swearing in ceremony of Members of Parliament in Nuku’alofa on Thursday.

Tonga’s Reserve Bank warns illegal foreign exchange dealers

The Bank said there were shops in Tongatapu and the outer islands offering unlicensed foreign exchange services, including cash conversion.

Only dealers authorized by the Reserve Bank are allowed to move money in and out of Tonga.

“Providing foreign exchange services without the required license is an offence,” the Bank said.

Illegal dealers have been warned to immediately stop what they were doing.

The Reserve Bank warns that Individuals face three years in prison and fines of up to TP$20,000.

Tonga PM admitted in hospital

A Ministry of Health spokesperson told Kaniva News, Pohiva has been moved to the Intensive Care Unit to avoid being disturbed by visitors.

Pohiva was admitted at the Medical Ward last Friday.

His daughter ‘Ana Pōhiva Koli said via Facebook the Prime Minister was comfortable and fine.

Koli thanked the kāinga and friends for their prayers in which she said were contributed to the Prime Minister’s speed recovery.

     

New Cabinet Ministers meet staff

Deputy Prime Minister, Sēmisi Sika, Dr Saia Piukala and MP Mo’ale Fīnau joined the new Minister of Labour Dr Tu’i Uata in a meeting at the Labour and Commerce office.

They also joined new Internal Affairs minister ‘Akosita Lavulavu in her first meeting with her staff in her office.

Labour and Commerce CEO, Edgar Cocker has confirmed to Kaniva News he and his staff met their new Minister Dr. Tu’i Uata this morning.

It is understood other cabinet ministers held meeting with their staff this morning.

Tonga’s King Tupou VI appoints new government

Kaniva News understands letters of appointment were delivered by the palace office to the Prime Minister and all his proposed new cabinet ministers over the weekend.

The appointment was made after Prime Minister ‘Akilisi Pōhiva submitted his cabinet lineup to the king on Thursday.

It is understood the king was expected to have an audience with the Prime Minister sometime soon.

The Prime Minister’s office is expected to officially announce the new cabinet positions this week.

Tonga and PNG on Ukraine migration risk list

The two are the only Pacific countries on the list of 70 nations which Ukraine defines as being at migration risk.

The new vetting measures don't apply to heads of state and government, members of parliamentary and government delegations.

Cruise ship visitors are also exempt.

The new measures target Russian citizens who are now subject to a tighter registration process.

The list of 70 includes large African, Middle Eastern and Asian countries, such as Nigeria, Egypt and Pakistan as well as all former Portuguese colonies in Africa.

Mangere man William Soane wanted by New Zealand Police

Soane is 20-year-old and is actively avoiding Police.

Kaniva News reports he has ‘Tonga’ tattooed on the outside of his right calf.

Any sightings of Soane should be reported to Police immediately and he should not be approached.

Information on Soane’s current whereabouts can be shared with Constable Daniel Ross of the Glen Innes Criminal Investigation Branch on 04 212 3534.

Alternatively information can be shared anonymously via CrimeStoppers on 0800 555 111.

     

Prime Minister ‘Akilisi Pōhiva submits cabinet lineup to king

Dr. Uata is not an elected Member of Parliament.

According to the Constitution, the Prime Minister may appoint no more than four cabinet ministers from outside Parliament.

Pōhiva named Tongatapu 2 MP Sēmisi Lafu Sika as Deputy Prime Minister when his lineup was submitted to the palace office yesterday.

Appointment of Prime Minister

The submission was made after His Majesty King Tupou VI appointed Pōhiva as Tonga’s Prime Minister until 2021.

NZ bus company charged over crash which killed 3 Tongans

One of its buses was carrying 53 members of the brass band from Mailefihi Siuʻilikutapu College in Tonga, when it plunged down an embankment at State Highway 2, south of Gisborne.

It is believed the bus went through a barrier at Wharerata and crashed down the bank about 10.30pm on 24 December, 2016.

The band had been touring New Zealand to raise funds for the college’s 70th anniversary.

New Zealand Herald reports the charges were laid by WorkSafe at the Waitakere District Court on 21 December 2017, just days before the one-year anniversary of the crash.