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This category highlights the appointment of new Ministers for a Government Department as well as Ministers who are on Acting Appointments for a particular portfolios.

Hon. 'Isileli Pulu - Tonga's Minister for Tourism

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14 January 2011.

The Hon. 'Isileli Pulu was appointed as the new Minister for Tourism by the Lord Prime Minister, Lord Tu'ivakano earlier this year.


'Isileli Pulu is a Tongan politician and Member of the Tongan Parliament. He is a member of the Human Rights and Democracy Movement and the Democratic Party of the Friendly Islands.

Pulu was first elected to Parliament for the island of Tongatapu at the 2002 election.bHe had previously run in the 1999 election, but was unsuccessful.

In 1999 Pulu was convicted of defamation and fined $1,500 for a letter to the Times of Tonga.

In 2002 Pulu was charged with sedition and forgery over the publication of a letter claiming king Taufa'ahau Tupou IV had a secret fortune. He was acquitted by a jury in may 2003.In 2003, he challenged then-Police Minister Clive Edwards' use of police housing.He also opposed government plans for a media clampdown aimed at preventing criticism from the Times of Tonga.

After the 2006 Nuku'alofa riots Pulu was accused of encouraging the riot and inciting two men to burn down the Shoreline building, in which eight people were killed. He was arrested in January 2007 and charged with abetting murder and arson, and sedition. He was acquitted of the former charges by a jury in July 2008. The sedition charges against him and a number of other pro-democracy MPs were dismissed in September 2009.

Pulu was elected to the seat of Tongatapu 4 in the 2010 elections.Following the election and selection of a Prime Minister he accepted the position of Minister of Tourism in the new Cabinet.


Issued by the: Ministry of Information and Communications, Nuku'alofa, 2011.
Last Updated ( Monday, 17 January 2011 14:20 )

Hon. Sunia Fili - Finance & National Planning Minister

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14 January 2010

The Hon. Sunia Manu Fili has been nominated by the Prime Minister, Lord Tu'ivakano to be appointed as Tonga's new Minister for Finance and National Planning with effect from early January 2011.


Sunia Manu Fili is a Tongan politician and Member of the Legislative Assembly of Tonga. He is a former member of the Human Rights and Democracy Movement.

Fili graduated with a BA from the University of the South Pacific in Fiji. He worked as a lawyer and high school teacher before entering politics. He was first elected to the Legislative Assembly as People's Representative for Eua at the 1999 election.

In September 2009 Fili was the only member of the Tongan Parliament to support the ratification of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women.

Fili was re-elected in the 2010 election.


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

Last Updated ( Monday, 17 January 2011 14:17 )

Hon. Lisiate 'Aloveita 'Akolo - Labour & Commerce Minister

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14 January 2010

The Hon. Lisiate 'Aloveita 'Akolo was re-appointed as Minister for Labour, Commerce and Industries this year.


Lisiate is a graduate of Victoria University of Wellington and American University.He worked for the Tonga Commodities Board and Tongan Development Bank, before becoming CEO of the South Pacific Tourism Organization in 2000.

In October 2006 he was appointed to the Tongan Cabinet as Minister for Labour, Commerce and Industries.

He stood in the 2010 election in the seat of Vava'u 14 and was successful.

Last Updated ( Monday, 17 January 2011 14:11 )

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.

Last Updated ( Monday, 17 January 2011 15:17 )

Hon. Viliami Uasike Latu - Police & Prisons Minister

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14 January 2011

The Prime Minister Lord Tu'ivakano nominated Viliami Uasike Latu as the new Minister for Police, Prisons and Fire Services in early January.



Dr. Viliami Uasike Latu started his primary education at the Nuku'alofa Government Primary School Nuku'alofa then from there to the Free Wesleyan Primary School at Nuku'alofa, GPS Ngele'ia, and GPS Leimatu'a Vava'u before he entered Vava'u High School in 1985. He then attended Tonga High School in 1988 where he completed his secondary education in 1990.

He commenced his education at the tertiary level at the ‘Atenisi University in the Kingdom of Tonga where he graduated with an Associate of Arts (A.A) Degree in 1993 and a Bachelor of Arts (B.A) Degree in 1995. He then entered the University of Auckland, New Zealand, in 1996 where he completed a Graduate Diploma in Arts Degree in 1997 and a Master of Arts (MA) Degree in Political Science in 1999. After serving the Civil Service of the Government of Tonga for several years, he continued on to pursue doctoral studies at the Ritsumeiken Asia Pacific University in Japan as a Government of Japan Scholar (MEXT) where he graduated with a Ph.D. in Asia Pacific Studies in 2006.

Parliament History


- First elected to Parliament in the 2010 General Election.

- Appointed as the Hon. Minister of Police, Prison & Fire Services

Employment History

Dr. Viliami Uasike Latu was employed as a High School Teacher at the Mailefihi & Siu'ilikutapu College in the Vava'u group in 1991. In 2000 upon returning from his education abroad, he joined the Prime Minister's Office as Assistant Secretary from 2000-2003. After graduated with a Ph.D. from Japan in 2006, Dr. Latu resumed duty at the Prime Minister's Office as Principal Assistant Secretary from 2006 to 2007. In early 2008, he joined the Ministry of Education, Women Affairs & Culture (MEWAC) as Assistant to the CEO and Public Relations Officer for the Ministry before being appointed as Clerk of the House/CEO of the Legislative Assembly of the Kingdom of Tonga in May the same year, 2008. He was appointed on the 1st January 2011 as the Minister of Police, Prisons, and Fire Service.


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

Last Updated ( Thursday, 09 June 2011 13:51 )
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