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Lord Ma'afu - Tonga's Lands & Environment Minister

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14 January 2011

The Honourable Lord Ma'afu was re-appointed as Tonga's Minister for Lands, Survey, Natural Resources as well as Minister for Environment and Climate Change by the Lord Tu'ivakano, Tonga's new Prime Minister.


Maʻafu Tukuiʻaulahi, styled Lord Maʻafu, is a Tongan politician, former military officer, and member of the Tongan nobility.

He served as a commissioned officer in the Tonga Defence Services for more than twenty years, before serving as Private Secretary to King Taufaʻahau Tupou IV from 2001 to 2006.

He went into politics in 2008, elected to the Legislative Assembly as a Nobles' Representative for Tongatapu, receiving ten votes from fellow electors of the nobility in the general election in April. In July 2009, he was appointed Minister for the Environment and Climate Change in Prime Minister Feleti Sevele's Cabinet.

He retained his seat in the November 2010 general election, again receiving ten votes. He was then appointed Minister for Lands, Survey, Natural Resources, Environment and Climate Change in Prime Minister Lord Tuʻivakanō's Cabinet ; legislation enacted in 2010 prescribed that only a Nobles' Representative could be appointed Minister for Lands.

In 2011, he was nominated by the Lord Tu'ivakano, new Prime Minister for Tonga as the Minister for Lands, Natural Resources, and Environment and Climate Change a portfolio he recently held.


His Majesty, King George Tupou V has appointed Hon. Ma'afu, Noble and Hereditary Estate Holder of Vaini, as the new Minister for Environment. The appointment is effective from July 28th 2009 .This Cabinet port folio was last vacated by Hon. Semisi Cecil Cocker, several years ago, when he was appointed Tonga's Consul General in San Francisco.

The new Minister was educated in New Zealand before he embarked on an illustrious career, in the Tonga Defence Services. spanning for 25 years from 1975 until 2000. He went on to become the Private Secretary to His Majesty, King Taufa'ahau Tupou IV for several years before he resigned to undertake a Political career when elected to Parliament as number 2 Representative of the Tongatapu Nobles until his new appointment to become the Minister for the Environment.

He enrolled at the Tonga Defence Services on March 3rd 1975 and was commissioned on the same year to become Platoon Commander of the Tonga Royal Guards and on several occasions, became the Aid de Camp to His late Majesty, Taufa'ahau Tupou IV. He also attended many Military Exercises and Training courses overseas, which he successfully completed as he worked his up the ranks to become the Commanding Officer of Land Force in 2000. He is one of not so many commissioned officers posted to Reserve.

The details of his Employment and Posting as well as the Military Training and Activities from the TDS Headquarters, are listed herewith:-

Employment Posting:

1975 -Commissioned
1975 - Platoon Commander-Tonga Royal Guards
1976 - Administration officer,TDS HQ
1977 - ADC to His Majesty
1980 - Military Liaison Officer to Foreign Affairs
1982 - Officer Commanding of the Royal Tongan Marines
1983- 89 ADC to his Majesty
1991-Commanding Officer of Land Force
1994-Commanding Officer of Land Force & Training
1998- ADC to His Majesty
2000-Commanding Officer of Land Force
2001-Post to Reserve.

Military Training/ Activities:

1975 - Commission Course (RNZA)
1980 - RN Infantry Platoon Commander/Platoon Sergeant Course (RNZA)]
1980- Junior Staff Officer (Non-Op) Course (RNZA)
1983- Regimental Officers Basic Course (Infantry-Australia)
1984- Lieutenant to Captain Course
1984- Shooting Coach
1991-Naval Staff College (USA) 1991)
1991-Attended Sixth Annual Military Operation & Law Conference in Honolulu ,HI
1993 -Accompanied the TDS Commander to New Delhi ,India on Official Duty
1994 - OC of the Tonga Defence Services Company HQ for the Peace Keeping Contingent deployed to Boungainville ,PNG
1995- Attented Pacific Armies Management Seminar(PAMS) XIX in Honolulu , HI
1995- Attented PARC VII in Victoria British Colombia ,Canada
1995- Attented the Regional Seminar for Pacific Defence Forces in Fiji
1996- Attented Pacific Armies Management Seminar(PAMS) XX in Thailand
1996-Attented IPC Meeting (Tafakula 96 Ex)
1997- Asia Pacific Security Studies in Honolulu,HI
1997 - ADF Peacekeeping Seminar in Australia
2000- Multinational Planning Augmentation Team (MPAT) Honolulu

Civilian Education:
Attended Wanganui Collegiate School where he sat the University Entrance Examination


- HM King Taufa'ahau Silver Jubilee Medal
- Long Service & Good Conduct Medal\
- General Service Medal (Bougainville)
- The US Army Commendation Medal


Issued by the: Ministry of Information and Communications, Nuku'alofa, 2011.

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