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Hon. Ma'afu Tukui'aulahi, also appointed LSNR Minister

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9 September 2010

His Majesty, King George Tupou V has appointed Hon. Ma'afu, Noble and Hereditary Estate Holder of Vaini, as the new Minister for Lands, Survey and Natural Resources (MLSNR), effective from 6 September, 2010. This Cabinet portfolio was last held by the Hon. Tuita, who is now being appointed as Tonga's Consul General in San Francisco.

Currently, Hon. Ma'afu is also the Minister for Environment and Climate Change, a portfolio he has held since July 2009.

For over twenty years (1975-2000), the Hon. Ma'afu served the Tonga Defence Services as a commissioned officer. In 2001, he was appointed as the Private Secretary to His Majesty the King until 2006.

Before his appointment into Cabinet, Hon. Ma'afu Tukui'aulahi was elected in the 2008 General Election as the Nobles' Representative Number 2 for the Tongatapu Group serving his first ever term as Member of Parliament.

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Issued by the: Ministry of Information and Communications, Nuku'alofa, 2010.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 29 September 2010 00:25 )
 

Hon. 'Eseta Fusitu'a, Minister for Information and Communications

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Hon. ‘Eseta Fusitu'a, is the first Tongan woman to graduate with a Bachelor's Degree, which she did from Auckland University in 1964. She went on to obtain a NZ Diploma of Teaching Certificate in 1965. In 1976 she graduated with a M.A. in History from the Australian National University in Canberra, Australia. She joined the Civil Service as an Assistant Teacher at Tonga High School from 1965 to 1967, before joining the staff of St. Edmunds College in Canberra as Senior History Teacher in 1973 until 1981. In 1982 she served as Deputy Secretary to His Majesty before being appointed as Acting Senior Education Officer in the Ministry of Education from 1983 to 1990. In 1990 she was appointed as Deputy Secretary in the Prime Minister's Office and promoted to Deputy Chief Secretary and Deputy Secretary to Cabinet in 1992. In 2001 she was appointed Chief Secretary and Secretary to Cabinet, a post she held until her retirement from the civil service in 2008.

In 30 April 2009, the Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon Feleti Vaka'uta Sevele, announced that ,His Majesty in Privy Council has assented to the appointment of  Mrs. ‘Eseta Fuafolau Vakapuna ‘a Ngu Fulivai Fusitu'a as Minister for Information and Communication.


Educational Background:

  • 1964     BA Degree from Auckland University (first Tongan Woman to gain University Degree)
  • 1965     NZ Diploma of Teaching Certificate
  • 1976     MA Degree, ANU, Australia

Professional Histrory:

  • 1965 - 1967 Assistant Teacher, Tonga High School
  • 1973 - 1981 Senior History Teacher, St. Edmunds College, Canberra
  • 1982 - 1982 Deputy Secretary to His Majesty
  • 1982 - 1990 Acting Senior Education Officer, Ministry of Education
  • 1990  Deputy Secretary, Prime Minister's Office
  • 1990     1990 (5/9/90) Acting Secretary to Tonga Traditions Committee (holding Deputy Secretary post at PMO at the same time)
  • 1992 - 2001Deputy Chief Secretary & Deputy Secretary to Cabinet
  • 2001 - 2008 Chief Secretary & Secretary to Cabinet
  • 2009 Alternate/Deputy Chair - Constitutional & Electoral Commission
  • 2009 Minister of Communications

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Issued by the: Ministry of Information and Communications, Nuku'alofa, 2010.

 

Samiu Vaipulu as New Minister for Justice

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10 November 2009

The Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon Feleti Vaka'uta Sevele, today announced that His Majesty in Privy Council has assented to the appointment of Samiu Kuita Vaipulu, the Number 2 People's Representative from Vava'u to the Legislative Assembly, as the new Minister for Justice. The portfolio had become vacant at the end of May this year and Hon ‘Eseta Fusitu'a, the Minister for Information and Communications, has been Acting Minister for Justice to date.

Samiu Kuita Vaipulu, who turns 56 in December, hails from the island of Ovaka in the Vava'u Group. He was first elected into the Legislative Assembly in 1987 and is presently serving his sixth three-year term. At the beginning of his present term in the Assembly in 2008, he established a new precedent when he was elected as the Chair of the Committee of the Whole, a position that had always been held by a representative of the Nobles. He will join Cabinet while he continues in his mandate as one of the two People's Representative from Vava'u to the Assembly.

Samiu Kuita Vaipulu is a Licensed Law Practitioner. He is licensed to practice law in Tonga and to appear on behalf of clients at all levels of the judiciary in Tonga, from the Police Magistrate's Court to the Court of Appeal. He holds a Diploma in Legal Studies from the University of the South Pacific from which he graduated in 1989.

He is a founding member of the Asia Pacific Parliamentary Union (APPU), whose membership covers parliaments from the Pacific Islands countries and those of South East Asia as well as North East Asia. In fact he was elected Secretary General of APPU at its first meeting in 1988 - a post which he still holds. He is also Tonga's representative to the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly which meets annually in Brussels.

The new member of Cabinet also has a long history of involvement with the tourism industry as well as the local shipping and airlines industry.  He was involved with TETA Tours, one of the country's biggest tour operators in the 1970's, and the Shipping Corporation of Polynesia (SCPL), for which he was the Area Manager in Vava'u from 1981 until 1996. He was also associated with Airlines Tonga. His present involvement with the tourism industry is focused on his home island where he is involved with Whale Watch Vava'u Ltd, Mounu Island Resort and Dive Vava'u.

Samiu Kuita Vaipulu is married to Mele Sekola Vaipulu (nee Tongilava) of Tatakamotonga and they have 5 children and 6 grandchildren. His official appointment will be formalised today by the Lord Chamberlain at his residence in Fanga. His appointment will bring the total number of Cabinet Ministers to 16, the same as when Lord Tu'ivakano, Lord Nuku, the Hon Prime Minister and  Peauafi Haukinima were first appointed to Cabinet in March 2005.

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Last Updated ( Tuesday, 28 September 2010 22:14 )
 

New Minister for Revenue Services

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29 October, 2009. Media Release

The Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon Feleti Vaka'uta Sevele, today announced that His Majesty in Privy Council has assented to the appointment of Sione Teisina Fuko, the Number 2 People's Representative from Ha'apai to the Legislative Assembly, as Minister for Revenue Services.

Sione Teisina Fuko, who turned 59 last month, hails from the village of Ha'ano in the Ha'apai Group and was first elected into the Legislative Assembly in 1984. He has been a member of the Assembly for 17 years and is currently serving his sixth term.

The new Minister will be responsible for the Revenue Services Department which was formerly one of the portfolios under the Hon Minister for Finance as the Chief Commissioner of Revenue. The new Minister for Revenue Services' responsibilities includes the Revenue Services Division, Customs & Trade Division, and Technical Services Division. He will also be responsible for administering the Consumption Tax Act.

Sione Teisina Fuko, trained as a teacher at the Piedmont Technical School in South Carolina, USA, and returned to Tonga with a Advanced Diploma in Drafting and Design and taught at St Andrews High School in Nuku'alofa. He joined the staff of the Bank of Tonga (now Westpac Bank) in 1972. In 1977 he left the Bank of Tonga and joined the newly established Tonga Development Bank (TDB). In 1981 he was appointed as TDB Branch Manager in Neiafu, Vava'u, where his area of responsibilities included the 2 Niuas and the Ha'apai Group. He left TDB when he was elected into the Legislative Assembly in 1984. Over the years, he has acquired a Diploma in Banking and a Master's degree in Theology from the Faith Seminary, in Tacoma, Washington.

Sione Teisina Fuko is married to Seketi Longalei Fuko of Ma'ufanga. They have 6 children whose ages range from 34 to 4 years old and 6 grandchildren.

Sione Teisina Fuko will be formally appointed today at his residence in Ma'ufanga by the Lord Chamberlain. He will serve as Minister for Revenue Services whilst continuing his role as one of two People's Representative to the Legislative Assembly from Ha'apai.

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Last Updated ( Tuesday, 28 September 2010 22:14 )
 

Hon. Ma'afu is the new Minister for Environment

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29 July 2009.

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

Awards:

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

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( Issued by the Ministry of Information & Comunication's Website, www.minfo.gov.to , Nuku'alofa. )

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 28 September 2010 22:14 )
 
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