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Tourism Minister acted unlawfully when ending appointments of four Directors of Tonga Tourism Authority

(Radio & TV Tonga, Nuku’alofa, 21/12/2016)

The Chief Justice Owen Paulsen yesterday ruled that the Minister of Tourism acted mistakenly and unlawfully when he ended appointments of four Board of Directors of Tonga Tourism Authority – TTA.

The Minister made the decision deemed to be unlawful on the 17th of June 2016.

The decision is to end the contract of the plaintiffs – which are Tomifa Paea, Simana Kami, Finau Uata and Kisione Pakalani.

The plaintiffs have also sought orders quashing the Minister’s decision and returning them to the Board or alternatively, damages.

Chief Justice Paulsen stated he did not hear from the counsel on these alternatives and so to reserve his decision on what further relief should be granted pending a further hearing, which counsel should arrange with the Registrar of the Court.

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