The PITA 20th AGM started its activities from the morning of 25 April 2016 with the PITA CEOs forum followed by an informal Meet & Greet forum by the MINISTERS & LEADERS from the Pacific attending the event and who are responsible for Telecommunications.
Later in the afternoon, with a packed full house for the opening session, the President of French Polynesia and Minister of Telecommunications, his Excellency Edouard Tereori Fritch welcomed everyone, congratulated PITA on its 20 years of critical roles and relevance for the Pacific Islands, and spoke on the need for all to work together, before formally opening the the PITA 20th AGM.
Over 300 delegates attended from Pacific & Oceania countries, developed countries from US, Asia and as far as Europe and Middle East continents. The PITA 20th AGM is kindly hosted by the OPT French Polynesia and held at the Intercontinental Hotel TAHITI.
Source: PITA website
Upon the direction of the CEO, the Social Committee for the Ministry of Public Enterprises (MPE) proposed as a way to promote healthy living for the staff to begin with a 30min-1hour walk along Vuna Road, Kolomotu’a Area. The initial stages of this health promotion programme is to have the health promotion walk once every week on Thursday’s which started on the 14th April 2016.
We plan to increase the number of days in a week we have the exercise and also include cardio workouts such as Zumba. It is important to allow staff to get use to the exercise first before increasing the workout, as suddenly overworking the body may have detrimental effects instead.
We hope that not only will this programme promote a healthier lifestyle for the staff but encourages teamwork and proactiveness.
“A Healthy Body is a Healthy Mind”
Photo Source: Ministry of Public Enterprises
Tu‘utu‘uni ‘a e Fakamaau‘anga Lahi ‘i he Fakamaloloo‘i ‘a e ongo Talekita
mei he Poate ‘a e Komisoni Fakamafola Lea ‘o Tonga
‘I he tu’utu’uni ‘a e Fakamaau’anga lahiʹ, na’e pehe ai na’e ‘ikai ke makatu’unga ‘a e tu’utu’uni ‘a e Minisitaʹ ki he Ngaahi Pisinisi ‘a e Pule‘anga ke fakamalolo’i ‘a Lady Dowager ‘Eseta Fusitu’a and Lady Dowager Tuna Fielakepa mei he Talekita Poate ‘a e Komisoni Fakamafola Lea ‘o Tonga (TBC) ‘o fakatatau ki he kupu 14 (6) mo e 14 (7) ‘o e lao ki he ngaahi pisinisi ‘a e Pule‘angaʹ, ka na’e tefito ia ke fakakakato ‘a e tu‘utu’uniʹ aia na’e tomua fakapapau’i ke fakahoko ‘a e fakalelei (reform) ki he ngaahi Talekita ‘o e Poate ki he ngaahi pisinisi ‘a e Pule‘angaʹ.
Koe ngaahi fakamatala na’e ‘aveʹ ki he fakamaau’anga lahi na’e kau ki ai ‘a e ngaahi fetohi‘aki, ngaahi tu’utu’uni ‘a e Kapinetiʹ mo e fakamatala fuakava pe “affidavit” ‘a e Pule Lahi ‘o e Potungāue ki he Ngaahi Pisinisi ‘a e Pule‘anga (CEO). Kaekehe, ne mahino mei he tu’utu’uni ‘a e fakamaauʹ na’e ‘ikai lava ‘e he ngaahi fakamatala ko ‘eni ke fakapapau’i ki ai koe ‘uhinga tefito ‘o e tu’utu’uniʹ na’e faiʹ ne makatu’unga he kupu 14(6) mo e 14(7) ‘o e lao ki he ngaahi pisinisi ‘a e Pule‘angaʹ.
Na’e fakamahino ‘e he fakamaau’anga lahi na’e ‘ikai ‘iai ha ngaahi fakamatala fe’unga ke fakahaa’i ‘a e ngāue mo e ngaahi fokotu’u ‘a e kömiti si‘i (sub-committee) ‘a e Kapinetiʹ ki he Kapinetiʹ fekau’aki mo e fakamaloloo’i ‘a e ongo Talekita mei he Poate Talekita ‘a e Komisoni Fakamafola Lea ‘o Tonga (TBC). Na’e kau ‘i he ngaahi fakamamafaʹ ‘a e fakamaau’anga lahi ‘a e ‘ikai ke ‘iai ha fakamatala fuakava pe “affidavit” ‘a e Minisitaʹ ‘o fakamatala ange ai e ngaahi ‘uhinga moe puipuitu’a ‘o e ngaahi tu’utu’uni na’e loto mo fakahoko kiai ‘e he Kapinetiʹ fekau’aki mo hono fakamaloloo’i ‘a e ongo Talekita ‘o e Poate ‘a e Komisoni Fakamafola Lea ‘o Tonga (TBC).
Na’e ‘ikai ‘ave ha fakamatala fuakava ‘a e Minisitaʹ ‘o fakatatau pe ia ki he fale’i fakalao na’a ne ma’uʹ ‘o peheʹ na’e fe’unga pe ‘a e ngaahi fakamatala kuo ‘aveʹ kene fakahaʹ e ‘uhinga totonu ‘o e tu’utu’uniʹ. Pea ko e tu’utu’uni ‘a e fakamaauʹ na’e makatu’unga pe ia he ngaahi fakamatala na’a ne ma’uʹ, fakataha mo e ngaahi fakamatala fakamahino he taimi ‘o e hopoʹ.
‘I he taimi ni, ‘oku te’eki ai ha tu’utu’uni ‘a e Kapinetiʹ ki ha hoko atu mei heni. Koe me’a mahu’inga ke fakatokanga’i heniʹ, ko e founga na’e fakahoko’aki e ngaahi ngāue ko ‘eni ‘e he Minisitaʹ fakataha mo e Kapinetiʹ, ne fai’aki e laumalie lelei, fielangafonua, faka’apa’apa, mo e toka’iʹ. Koe tu’utu’uni ne fakahokoʹ ‘oku ‘ikai koha tu’utu’uni ia ‘oku fiefia ai ha taha (he koe nofo-‘a-kainga peʹ ‘etau nofo hotau fonuaʹ ni), ka koe feinga ia ‘a e Pule’angaʹ ki he ngaahi fokotu’utu’u ‘e lelei fakalukufua ki hotau fonuaʹ ni.
‘Oku hokohoko atu pe ‘a e fakalelei (reform) ‘a e ngaahi poateʹ, ‘a ia ‘oku ‘amanaki ke kamata ‘i he ‘aho 1 ‘o Me 2016 ‘a e hoko atu ki he Sekitoa Fefononga’aki (Transport Sector), ‘a ia ‘oku kau ki ai ‘a e Poate Ma’u Mafai Ki he Taulangaʹ (Ports Authority Tonga), Poate ‘a e ngaahi Mala’e Vakapuna (Tonga Airports Ltd), mo e Kautaha ‘o e MV ‘Otuanga’ofa (Friendly Islands Shipping Agency). Hili ia ‘e hoko atu leva ki he Sekitoa Ngöue (Agriculture Sector) ‘a ia ko e Kautaha Fakamaketi a Tonga (Tonga Market Corporation Ltd), mo e Kautaha Vao‘akau ‘a Tonga (Tonga Forest Products Ltd), pea ‘e toki vakai e Tonga Export Quality Management pe ‘e kau ki ai pe ‘ikai.
Tukukehe ange ‘a e lelei ange ‘a e totongi ‘inasi moe tupu fakalukufua ‘a e ngaahi pisinisiʹ he taimi niʹ, ‘oku kamata haʹ mai ‘a e lava ke ngāue fakataha ‘a e ngaahi poateʹ ki he ngaahi ngāue ‘oku lava ‘o fakahoko fakatahaʹ ‘o kau kiai mo e fetokoni’aki fakataukei ‘oku fakahoko ‘i he poate Utilities mo e
Fetu’utaki.ʹ ‘Oku lahi ‘a e ngaahi ngāue ia ‘oku fai ‘a e tokanga ki ai he taimi niʹ (ko e fakaikiki e toki fakaha atu ia ‘i ha taimi kehe ‘i he kaha’u), ka ko hono aofangatukuʹ ‘eni:
Fika fetu’utaki moe Tu’asila:
Potungāue ki he Ngaahi Pisinisi ‘a ePule’anga,
P. O. Box. 19,
Fika Telefoni: (+676) 28-144 / 28-808
Fascimile: (+676) 24-598
Supreme Court’s Ruling on
Tonga Broadcasting Commission Director’s Termination
Lord Chief Justice O. G. Paulsen’s ruling held that the Minister for Public Enterprises’s, Hon. Poasi Tei, decision to terminate Lady Dowager ‘Eseta Fusitu’a and Lady Dowager Tuna Fielakepa’s appointments as Directors for Tonga Broadcasting Commission (TBC) was not in accordance with the Public Enterprises Act (PEA), s 14(6) and s 14(7), in contrast, it was a pre-determined discretion to facilitate necessary reformation on the Boards of Directors (BOD) for Public Enterprises (PEs).
The evidences submitted included correspondences, Cabinet decisions and the Chief Executive Officer for Public Enterprise’s (CEO) affidavit. However, the Court opined the above evidences were not sufficient to prove the decision was based on the PEA, s 14(6) and s 14(7).
The Supreme Court (Court) pointed out a lack of evidence on the Sub-Committee to Cabinet’s proceedings determining the termination of the two (2) Directors from the BOD for TBC and any reports to Cabinet thereof. The Court further emphasized concern in an absence of an affidavit from the Minister supporting the ethos of Cabinet decisions and his discretion in terminating the two (2) TBC Directors.
The Minister did not submit an affidavit based on legal advice that the evidences submitted, including the CEO’s affidavit, were sufficient to prove the rationale of the decisions. The Courts decision was based on the submitted evidences acquired and reasonings in trial.
Presently, Cabinet has yet to confirm on a way-forward on the above. It is important to note that the Minister and Cabinet’s methodology were adopted with respect, good intentions and in the public’s interest. The decision implemented was not pleasant nor considered with ease, especially regarding our fellow countrymen, nevertheless, this is part of today’s Government’s motion at a greater Nation.
The PE BOD reforms continue in application to the Transport Sector, comprising of Tonga Airports Limited, Ports Authority Tonga and Friendly Islands Shipping Agency, to take effect on 01 May 2016. Subsequently, the PE reform shall apply to the Agriculture Sector, comprising of Tonga Market Ltd and Tonga Forest Product Ltd. The inclusion of Tonga Exports Quality Management Ltd has yet to be confirmed.
In addition to the financial increases the PE reform shall impose on PE revenue and dividends in the immediate future, the Utilities and Information & Technology Sector PEs have been co-operating successfully on non-financial priorities and shared specialties. Furthermore, the Ministry of Public Enterprises and its PEs are currently addressing other priorities (details shall be available at a later date), however, the following principle results are as follows:
Ministry of Public Enterprises,
P. O. Box. 19,
KINGDOM OF TONGA.
Telephone: (+676) 28-144 / 28-808
Fascimile: (+676) 24-598
Arrival of New Landfill Compactor in Tonga
The Australian Government through DFAT and the Asian Development Bank have jointly funded the purchase of a new landfill compactor for the Waste Authority. Weighing an impressive 22 tonnes, this machine is specifically designed to crush rubbish at landfill sites, which increases the life span of the landfill site.
The new landfill compactor
“A landfill site is an important asset for Tonga” said Mr Malakai Lomu Sika, the CEO of the Waste Authority. “By having this machine here, we will preserve the site for many more years.”
Hon. Poasi Tei, Minister for Public Enterprises is cutting off the ribbon, before handing over the new compactor to representative from Waste Authority Limited (WAL)
The Nuku’alofa Urban Development Project has been funded by the ADB and DFAT to improve urban infrastructure and services. “Water supply and waste management are essential services to urban living, and this is where the project has a strong focus” said Mr Sevenitini Toumoua, the Deputy Team Leader. “We are happy to see this Bomag compactor manufactured in Germany arrive on site. At a value of $475,000 US Dollars, it is a significant investment”.
From left to right: Three (3) invited guests, Australian Deputy High Commissioner to Tonga - Kathleen Bombell, Hon. Poasi Tei (Minister for Public Enterprises), Mr. Carl Sanft (Chairman - WAL Board of Director), Dr. Nailasikau Halatuituia (Director - WAL Board of Director), Mr. Sione H. Taione (Director - WAL Board of Director) and Mr. Malakai Lomu Sika (CEO - WAL)
The contractor for the supply of the machine is Intracor Commodity Exports from New Zealand. Training and commissioning is taking place at the Tapuhia Landfill from Tuesday the 22nd March through to Thursday 24th March. Concurrently Intracor will also be commissioning a new crane lift truck, training Tonga Water Board staff in the safe use and maintenance of this equipment. This truck has a value of approximately $102,000 US Dollars, and will be used in TWB operations.
Please contact Malakai Lomu Sika on 7863855 for further details from the Waste Authority; or Sevenitini Toumoua on 7702165 for details from NUDSP.