Tonga

Tonga PM says he needs advice from AG’s office on Bloomfield deportation

“This case is fragile,” Mr. Tui’onetoa said.

“Someone must come and give me the court decision and advise me of what I should do.

“While we are waiting for that we should not do anything that goes beyond our understanding, especially myself.”

Bloomfield has been charged by the Attorney General of Fiji with offences concerning general dishonesty and theft alleged to have been committed in Fiji between 2011 and 2014 when he was acting head of the Oceania Customs Organisation.

The Attorney General sought to extradite Bloomfield to Fiji to stand trial.

Price of petrol increases in Tonga

Wholesale petrol has increased by 2.91 seniti per litre. 

All price changes include consumption tax.

However, the price of kerosene, diesel and LPG have decreased.

Kerosene and diesel have decreased by 0.98 seniti per litre and 1.09 seniti per litre respectively.

LPG prices in Tongatapu and Vava’u have dropped by 0.08/kg and 0.07/kg respectively for this quarter.

The Tonga Competent Authority approved the new prices.

     

Samoa, Tonga and Niue to feature in league double-header

New Zealand Rugby League announced yesterday the Kiwi Ferns would face Fetū Samoa at Mount Smart Stadium on 7 November as part of the team's 25th anniversary year, with the Tonga and Niue women's teams squaring off in the curtain-raiser.

The Kiwi Ferns won the corresponding fixture 46-8 in June last year and the head of Rugby League Samoa's New Zealand chapter, Geoff Muliaga Brown, says discussions about a possible rematch have been happening ever since.

"The Kiwi Ferns are building on what was done last year but also they're trying to develop for the World Cup," he said.

Tonga receives humanitarian supplies from New Zealand

New Zealand’s High Commissioner to Tonga, Tiffany Babington handed over supplies worth NZD$170,000 to the Minister for MEIDECC, Poasi Tei last week.

The supplies include 100 family tents and 500 hygiene kits.

They were donated under the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT).

In April this year, Tropical Cyclone Harold damaged 896 houses. 42 of those houses were completely destroyed in Tongatapu and ‘Eua and part of the supplies will be distributed to these families

Auckland based 'Moana Pasifika' Super Rugby team bid unveiled - but are Fiji on board?

According to Stuff.nz the team is backed by All Black legend Bryan Williams, as well as the former Attorney Generals of both Samoa and Tonga. The group that wants to represent all of the Pacific nations, and are proposing to work closely with Counties-Manukau rugby union, who are based in south Auckland.

ADB Vice-President reaffirms support for Tonga's Development, COVID-19 response

Discussions will also include ongoing efforts to respond to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

Although Tonga remains COVID-19-free, the country’s borders are closed.

In his first virtual mission to the Pacific region, from 10 to 11 September, Saeed will pay a virtual courtesy call with Tonga Prime Minister Pohiva Tuionetoa. He will also meet with Tonga’s Minister for Health Amelia Tu’ipulotu, Minister for Infrastructure and Tourism ‘Akosita Lavulavu, and other senior government officials.

Tonga shops to have cash registers

The Legislative Assembly unanimously approved the bill touted as helping collect tax revenue and ensure consumer protection.

The Minister of Inland Revenue and Customs, Tevita Lavemaau, said the bill provided a mandate to instruct all businesses to provide a cash register for recording sales data.

 

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New safety measures hit the road in Tonga

It is now illegal to use a mobile phone while driving, or to use a car without a registration plate.

Children must also be seated when a vehicle is in motion, and they can no longer sit on the driver's lap.

Playing loud music, extreme tinting and the addition of blinking, colourful or distracting lights have also been prohibited.

The new laws will be published on the Crown Law website on Friday, with police beginning compliance checks that day.

The Ministry of Infrastructure says the laws will make Tonga's public roads safer.

Tonga’s women lawyers appointed King’s Counsel

A welcome ceremony is expected on 21 September to mark the appointment of the silks.

“…the two new ‘silks’ will take their bows and receive their letters of appointment,” a statement said of the two new members of the Privy Council.

Kaniva News reports the king through his Privy Council oversees the appointments of other key public servants such as the police commissioner, judges and the attorney general.

     

Former Tonga MP appeals conviction

Lord Tu'ivakano was in April handed a two year suspended sentence after he was found guilty of making a false statement so that two Chinese nationals could get a passport.

He was also convicted of possessing a firearm and ammunition without a licence.

Our correspondent, Kalafi Moala, said the former prime minister claims to have substantial new information.

"They're challenging that because they [claim to have] other new evidence or new witnesses that basically providing information that is contrary to what was presented at the case."