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COMMENTARY: A question of responsibility

Where does the responsibility of the Police Commissioner lie? Is it to the Police Minister and Cabinet? To the king and the Privy Council? Or...

Abandonment of six amendments means accountability is “like a car without a wheel”

Tonga had been left without a fully working system of government accountability, MP Siaosi Pōhiva said today. Hon. Pōhiva, son of the Late Prime Minister...

Banned Utah-based lawyer wants sitting MPs replaced by women, says kingdom’s democracy reforms a “laughing matter”

A US-based Tongan lawyer who was banned from entering the kingdom in 1992, claims sitting MPs should be replaced by women because they might have better ideas. Filia Uipi said people complained about politics, but they kept electing the same MPs. “We cannot stay in the status quo,” Uipi said.

Lavulavus killing whale watching industry claims Sika, as experienced operator says new licenses put extra pressure on whales

.....whose company lost its license, said the minister had pulled the licenses of six experienced operators and gave them to inexperienced new operators.

Release of dead fridges and meat let down team monitoring food imports, says Town Officer

Food Division authorities have been accused of being indecisive and letting down the Vava’u taskforce team. The Neiafu Town Officer, Vāvā Lapota said the order...

Speaker orders House live broadcast turned off to allow MPs to debate response to king’s opening speech; former Education Minister wanted to use words that...

The Speaker of Parliament ordered the live broadcast of the House’s debates to be turned off on Monday to allow the MPs to freely...

Seat belt, texting-while-driving laws proposed, overseas travellers can drive without Tongan driver license

Public consultation has started on the Government's proposed changes and laws to the traffic and land transport requirements. Two Bills required all passengers wear seat...

Will a domestic airline ever fly again – and how long before it is bankrupt asks Prime Minister

Prime Minister Pōhiva Tu’i’onetoa said asking whether the government was going to start its own airline was the wrong question. “It should be asked whether...