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Speaker of the Legislative Assembly - Lord Fakafanua

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Traditionally the Speaker of the House was appointed by the King from the Nobles of the Realm. Since the Political Reforms and the 2010 election, the Speaker of the House is to be eleted only from the Lords in the House. The Speaker performs a large number of functions which are defined by the Constitution, but fall roughly into three categories:

  1. Power to rule, determine and punish members for all issues that arise in the House
  2. Power to control the Office of the Legislative Assembly and it's officers and
  3. the power to have the casting vote when votes are equal.

Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Tonga  - Lord Fakafanua

Since July 2012, Lord Fakafanua, Noble Representative No. 1 Ha'apai was elected by the House as Speaker succeeding Lord Lasike.

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The Lord Fakafanua (Fatafehi Kinikinilau Lolomana‘ia Fakafanua), is one of thirty-three hereditary estate holders of the Tongan Nobility. Son of the Late Fakafanua (Tutoatasi Fakafanua) and Her Royal Highness Princess ‘Ofeina, the Lord Fakafanua was bestowed with the title Fakafanua on the 24th of April 2006. Lord Fakafanua's estates include Ma'ufanga (Tongatapu) and Faleloa (Ha'apai).

Lord Fakafanua's political career began when he was elected as representative for Ha'apai, during the April 2008 general elections, and again re-elected in November 2010.

On 19 July 2012, Lord Fakafanua became the youngest incumbent to be elected as Speaker of the Tongan Legislative Assembly following Lord Lasike's removal from office.

 

Public Enterprises (government)

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The people employed by these organizations are not part of the public service and they are bound to operate in accordance with the Public Enterprises Act and/or the Act that governs them.

These organisations are managed by their respective Boards independent of Government except where an Act provides

The current Public Enterprises are listed

  1. Ports AuthorityTonga (PAT)
  2. Waste Authority Limited (WAL)
  3. Tonga Airports Limited (TAL)
  4. Tonga Broadcasting Commission (TBC)
  5. Tonga Communications Corporation Limited (TCC)
  6. Tonga Development Bank (TDB)
  7. Tonga Cable Limited
  8. Tonga Post Limited
  9. Tonga Power Limited
  10. Tonga Forest Products Limited (TFP)
  11. Tonga Water Board (TWB)
  12. Tongatapu Market Limited (TML)
  13. Tonga Export Quality Management Limited (TEQM)
  14. Friendly Islands Shipping Agency Limited (FISA)
  15. Tonga Asset Managers and Associates Limited (TAMAL)

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Issued by: Ministry of Meteorology, Energy, Information, Disaster Management, Environment, Climate Change and Communications, Nuku'alofa, Tonga, 2015. For more information, please contact the Ministry of Public Enterprises on +676 28144.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 06 April 2016 12:12 )
 

Tonga Public Enterprises - Board Members

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LIST OF CURRENT PE DIRECTORS

as at March 2015

1. TONGA BROADCASTING COMMISSION (5)

Names

Post

1.       Mrs. ‘Eseta Fusitu'a

Chairlady

2.       Mrs.Tuna Fielakepa

Director

3.       Rev Siotame Havea

Director

4.      Mrs Tupou Pasikala Fiu

Director

5.      Mr 'Ahongalu Fusimalohi

Director

2. TONGA WATER BOARD (5)

Names

Post

1.       Dr. Litili ‘Ofanoa

Chairman

2.       Dr. Mr. Siale 'Akau'ola

Director

3.       Mr. Karl Taufaeteau

Director

4.       Mr. Simione Helu

Director

5.       Mr. 'Isileli PUlu

Director

3. TONGA FOREST PRODUCTS LIMITED  (TFP) (4)

Names

Post

1.       Mr. Sione 'Uhilamoelangi Liava'a

Chairperson

2.       Dr. Leimoni Taufu'i

Director

3.       Mr. Lata Tangimana

Director

4.       Dr. Viliami Manu

Director

4. PORTS AUTHORITY TONGA (PAT) (5)

Names

Post

1.       Mr. Steve Edward

Chairman

2.       Mr. Busby Kautoke

Director

3.       Mr. Carl Sanft

Director

4.       Dr. Mr. Ngongo Kioa

Director

5.       Mr. Richard Prema Director

5. TONGA AIRPORTS LIMITED (TAL) (2)

Names

Post

1.       Mr. Va'inga Palu

Director

2.       Mr. Michael Bloomfield

Director

6. TONGA MARKET CORPORATION LIMITED (TMCL) (4)

Names

Post

1.       Mr. Simione Sefanaia

Chairman

2.       Mr.Lamipeti Havea

Director

3.       Mrs. Fuiva Kavaliku

Director

4.       Mr. Losini Koloamatangi Director

7. TONGA POWER LIMITED (TPL) (4)

Names

Post

1.       Mr. Carl Sanft

Chairman

2.       Mr.Ringo Fa'oliu

Director

3.       Mrs.Fuiva Kavaliku

Director

4.       Mr.Siosaia Moehau

Director

8. TONGA ASSET MANAGERS AND ASSOCIATES LIMITED (TAMA) (3)

Names

Post

1.       Mr. Tevita Va'inga Palu

Chairman

2.       Mr. Semisi Tapueluelu

Director

3.       Mr. Tatafu Moeaki

Director

9. TONGA COMMUNICATIONS CORPORATION (TCC) (4)

Names

Post

1.       Ms. Lorna Aloma Johansson

Chairlady

2.       Dr. Mr. Uili Fukofuka

Director

3.       Mr. Pita Moala

Director

4.       Dr. Mr. Taniela Palu

Director

10. TONGA DEVELOPMENT BANK (TDB) (4)

Names

Post

1.       Lord Matoto

Chairman

2.       Mr. Paula Taumoepeau

Director

3.       Ms Leapaola Vaea

Director

4.       Ms. Leta Kami

Director

11. TONGA POST LTD (TPL) (4)

Names

Post

1.       Mr. Tapu Panuve

Chairman

2.       Faka'osi Maama

Director

3.       Ms. Gladys Fukofuka

Director

4.       Ms. 'Ofeina Filimoehala

Director

12. TONGA CABLE LIMITED (TCL) (3)

Names

Post

1.       Lady 'Eseta Fusitu'a

Chairlady

2.       Dr. Mr. Leimoni Taufu'i

Director

3.       Mr. Samiuela Fonua

Director

13. FRIENDLY ISLANDS SHIPPING AGENCY (FISA) (3)

Names

Post

1.       Mr. Paula Taumoepeau

Acting Chairman

2.       Ms Lesina Tonga

Director

3.       Mr. Halahuni Langi

Director

14. WASTE AUTHORITY LIMITED (WAL) (2)

Names

Post

1.       Mr. Malakai Vakasiuola

Director

2.       Mr. 'Atolo Tu'inukuafe

Director

16. TOTAL EXPORT QUALITY MANAGEMENT (TEQM) (3)

Names

Post

1.       Mr.Tsutom Nakao

Chairman

2.       Mr.Lamipeti Havea

Chair

3.       Dr. Mr.Viliami Manu

Director

 

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Issued by the: Ministry of Meteorology, Energy, Information, Disaster Management, Environment, Climate Change and Communications, Nuku'alofa, 2015. Authorized by the: Ministry of Public Enterprises, 2015.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 20 January 2016 12:16 )
 

Government Ministries- 14 Ministries (January 2018)

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MINISTRY NAME: Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Minister Responsible: Prime Minister Hon. Samiuela 'Akilisi Pohiva
Chief Executive Officer: Mr. Mahe 'Uli'uli Sandhurst Tupouniua
Core Functions: Foreign Affairs -  policy and negotiations labour mobility
MINISTRY NAME: Prime Minister's Office
Minister Responsible: Prime Minister Hon. Samiuela 'Akilisi Pohiva
Chief Executive Officer: - Ms. 'Olita Tupou (Title: Acting Chief Secretary and Secretary to Cabinet)
Core Functions: Prime Minister's Office's - central coordination role, Secretariat to Cabinet
MINISTRY NAME: Ministry of Finance and National Planning
Minister Responsible: Hon. Dr. Pohiva Tu'i'onetoa
Chief Executive Officer: Mrs. Pilimilose Balwyn Fa'otusia
Core Functions: Finance - finance,  Government budget, treasury, fiscal policy
National Planning - national planning development and growth policy
MINISTRY NAME: Ministry of Revenue and Customs
Minister Responsible: Hon. Mateni Tapueluelu
Chief Executive Officer: Mrs. Makitalena Fifita (Acting CEO)
Core Functions: - Inland Revenue, Customs Department, Tax and Revenue Services
MINISTRY NAME: Ministry of Police, and Fire Services
Minister Responsible: Hon. Mateni Tapueluelu
Police Commissioner: Mr. Stephen John Caldwell
Fire Commissioner: Mr. Lofia Heimuli
Core Functions: - Policing, community safety and fire services
MINISTRY NAME: Ministry of Public Enterprises
Minister Responsible: Hon. Dr. Saia Ma'u Piukala
Chief Executive Officer: - Mr. Sione 'Akau'ola
Core Functions: -Public enterprises supervsion broad policies
MINISTRY NAME: Ministry of Internal Affairs
Minister Responsible: Hon. Losaline Ma'asi
Chief Executive Officer: Mr. 'Onetoto 'Anisi (Acting CEO)
Core Functions: -District and Town Officers, Governors and Government Representatives, women, culture, youth, sports, employment, district development communities, social protection and community projects.
MINISTRY NAME: Ministry of Justice and Prisons
Minister Responsible: Hon. Vuna Faka'otusia
Chief Executive Officer for Justice: Mrs. Temaleti Manakovi Pahulu
Prisons Commissioner: Mr. Semisi Tapueluelu
Core Functions: -Law reforms and revision, reporting and commission, Liaison with Lord Chancellor and Attorney General
MINISTRY NAME: Ministry of Health
Minister Responsible: Hon. Dr. Saia Piukala
Chief Executive Officer: Dr. Siale 'Akau'ola 
Core Functions: -Health, Clinical and Public Health, dental services, diagnostic services

MINISTRY NAME: Ministry of Education and Training
Minister Responsible: Hon. Penisimani 'Epenisa Fifita
Chief Executive Officer: Mr. Claude Tupou
Core Functions: -Education and Training policy

MINISTRY NAME: Ministry of Commerce, Consumer, Trade, Innovation and Labour
Minister Responsible: Hon. Dr Tevita Tui Uata
Chief Executive Officer: Mr. Edgar Cocker 
Core Functions: -Policy for commerce, industry, labour, consumer protection and regulatory functions

MINISTRY NAME: Ministry of Infrastructure and Tourism
Minister Responsible: Hon. Semisi Kioa Lafu Sika
Chief Executive Officer: Mr. Ringo Kalahuni Fa’oliu
Core Functions: -Transports, works utilities (water and sanitation); construction
MINISTRY NAME: Ministry of Agriculture, Food, Forests and Fisheries
Minister Responsible: Hon. Semisi Tauelangi Fakahau
Chief Executive Officer: Dr. Viliami Toalei Manu
Chief Executive Officer for Fisheries: Dr. Tu'ikolongahau Halafihi
Director for Quarantine: Dr. Viliami Kami
Core Functions: -Policy for Agricultural development, Food security/quality, Forestry services and Fisheries regulatory policy
MINISTRY NAME: Ministry of Lands, Survey and Natural Resources
Minister Responsible: Lord Ma'afu Tukui'aulahi
Chief Executive Officer: Ms. Rosamond Bing
Core Functions: - Lands, Survey, Natural resources and spatial/urban planning
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Issued by the: Ministry of Meteorology, Energy, Information, Disaster Management, Environment, Climate Change and Communications, Nuku'alofa, 2018.
Last Updated ( Thursday, 09 August 2018 15:10 )
 

Tonga - Statutory Bodies

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STATUTORY BODIES

In many areas of public activity the Government has by Act set up separate organizations to deliver and operate essential public and other commercial services. These are not then under the direct control of government and are regulated by statute. These organizations may be either Public Enterprises or Statutory Bodies:

Statutory Bodies inclue the:

These Bodies are established and regulated by their Act.


 
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