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Ministry of Public Enterprises

The Government of the Kingdom of Tonga would like to respond to issues raised by the media in regards to the investment agreement recently executed by the Tongan Government and the Ngati Tahu Ngati Whaoa Trust (‘the Trust’) from New Zealand

In respect of the judgment made by the New Zealand High Court against the current Chairman of the Trust, this was a private matter which does not in any shape or form relate to, or affect the Agreement that exists between the Trust and the Tongan Government.

The Tongan Government understands that the members of the Trust have full confidence in the current Chairman and his leadership and managerial abilities, and so the Tongan Government will continue to respect the office holders of the Trust.

The Trust has committed to the terms and conditions of the Agreement.

The Tongan Government is confident that its interests under the Agreement are protected, and that both parties have rights to remedies if required.

The Tongan Government is also confident with the level of due diligence that it carried out before executing the agreement with the Trust, and it sees no justifiable basis to change that position now.

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PULE'ANGA TONGA

ONGOONGO TUKUATU

Talekita Poate Fakatahataha ‘o e Ngaahi Kautaha Pisinisi ‘a e Pule’anga ‘i he Sekitoa Fefononga’aki

Na’e fakanofo ‘e he ‘Eiki Minisita ki he Ngaahi Kautaha Pisinisi ‘a e Pule’anga, Hon. Poasi Tei ‘i he loto ki ai ‘a e Kapineti ‘a ‘ene ‘Afio, ‘a e kau Talekita Poate Fakatahataha’i ‘o e Sekitoa Fefononga’aki. Ko e Sekitoa Fefononga’aki ‘oku kau ki ai ‘a e ngaahi Kautaha Pisinisi´ni:

 

  1. Poate Ma’u Mafai ki he Uafu ‘a Tonga
  2. Kautaha ki he ‘u Mala’evakapuna ‘a Tonga
  3. Kautaha Vakatahi ‘Otumotu Anga’ofa 
     

Ko e kau Talekita na’e fokotu’u ki he Sekitoa Fefononga’aki ‘oku kau ki ai ‘a:

  1. Mr. Stephen Edwards
  2. Dr. Cpt. Sione Tu‘itupou Fotu
  3. Mr. Viliami Takau Jr
  4. Mr. Tomifa Paea
  5. Ms. Heleni Po’uliva’ati Toli   
     

Kuo fakanofo ‘a Mr. Edwards ko e Sea pea mo Dr. Fotu ko e Tokoni Sea. ‘Oku foaki tatau ki he kau Talekita kotoa ‘a e ‘uluaki teemi ngāue ko e ta’u ‘e taha (1) mo malava ke fakalōloa ki he ta’u ‘e

tolu (3).

Puipuitu’a: Potupotutatau & Totonu e Founga Fakahoko Ngāue

Na’e kamata hono fakahoko ‘e he Potungāue hono ngāue’aki e ngaahi tu’utu’uni mo e fakahinohino ‘i he Polokalama liliu ki he kau Talekita Fakatahataha’i ‘o e ngaahi Kautaha ‘a e Pule’anga fakatatau ki he tu’utu’uni ‘a e Kapineti ‘i he ‘aho 12 ‘o Sune 2015.

Ko e founga fili mo e fakanofo´ na’e fakahoko fakatatau pea mo e Lao ki he Kautaha Pisinisi ‘a e Pule’anga pea mo e ngaahi fakahinohino ki he founga fili 'o ha Talekita fakatatau ki he poto'i ngāue mo e founga fakanofo 'o ha Talekita , pea toe tali ke fili ‘e he ‘Eiki Minisita ‘o e Potungāue ’a e Komiti Fili Tau’atāina (ISC) ke nau fakahoko ‘a hono fili ‘o e kau Talekita ‘o toki fokotu’u atu ki he ‘Eiki Minisita ke ne tali pea pehe ki ha loto ki ai ‘a e Kapineti.

Ko e ngaahi lakanga Talekita ‘ataa´ni ‘o e Sekitoa Fefononga’aki na’e tu’uaki ‘i he ngaahi nusipepa mo e 'initaneti, pea na’e ‘atā ke ma’u e ngaahi fakamatala ‘o e lakanga ‘o ka fiema’u. Ko e Komiti ki hono fili e kau Taulekita ki he Sekitoa Fefononga’aki ko e sino tau’atāina mo potupotu tatau ki hono ‘analaiso mo fili ‘a e kau Talekita Poate, mei he kau tohi ngāue e ni’ihi ke faka’eke’eke, ki mu’a hono fakahū e fokotu’u ‘o kinautolu ‘oku ‘amanekina ke fokotu’u ki he ‘Eiki Minisita ke ne me’a’i mo tali.

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Tuku atu mei he: Potungaue ki he Ngaahi Kautaha Pisinisi 'a e Pule'anga, P. O. Box 19, Taufa'ahau Road, Nuku'alofa, Kingodom of Tonga  Tel: (+676) 28 144 / 28 808  Fax: (+676) 24 598  Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..to  Website: www.mpe.gov.to

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