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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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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.


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  Website:

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New Transport Sector Board Appointees

Five new Shared Directors for Tonga's Transport Sector Public Enterprises have been named by the Ministry of Public Enterprises, on May 9, 2016. 

The Minister of Public Enterprises, Hon. Poasi Tei, with His Majesty’s Cabinet’s consent, has appointed the Shared Directors (SDs) for the Transport Sector, comprised of the following Public Enterprises (PEs):

  1. Ports Authority Tonga
  2. Tonga Airports Limited
  3. Friendly Islands Shipping Agency

The successful Shared Directors appointees for the Transport Sector are:

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

Mr. Edwards has been appointed as Chairperson, with Dr. Fotu as Deputy Chairperson. The appointees have been equally granted an initial service term of one year with a possible extension of up to three years.

Fairness & Due Process

The Ministry commenced implementing policies and guidelines on the Reform Shared Directors for Public Enterprises Program, as approved by Cabinet on 12 June 2015. 

The selection and appointment processes were implemented in accordance with the Public Enterprises Act and 'Guidelines for a Skills Based Selection and Appointment Process for Public Enterprises Directors'. The Cabinet also approved for the Hon. Minister of Public Enterprises to appoint members of an Independent Selection Committee (ISC) to select the appropriate directors, subsequently, submitting it to the Minister for his discretion and Cabinet’s consent. 

The Shared Directors vacancies for the Transport Sector were advertised on local newspapers and websites, with the availability of Post Descriptions on request. The Transport Sector ISC was appointed as an independent and impartial pre-screening body to analyze and shortlist applicants for interview, prior to submitting a proposal of prospective appointees for the Minister’s due consideration and approval.

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Issued by: Ministry of Public Enterprises, P.O. Box 19, Nuku'alofa, Kingdom 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.  Website:


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.

PITA20thAGM-group photo Ministers meet-greet Forum

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.

PITA20thAGM-Group Photo CEO Forum

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

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