By Kalafi Moala
Nuku’alofa, Tonga – The chiefly title of Hu’akavameiliku has been bestowed on Hon. Siaosi Sovaleni, aged 50, Minister of Education and Training, at a ceremony held at his home in Ngele’ia, yesterday 27 January.
The title was last held by Mr. Sovaleni’s late father, Dr. Langi Kavaliku.
It is a chiefly title (not that of a noble) but with estate in the village of Ha’asini.
The title was originally given by the late King Taufa’ahau Tupou IV in 1969 to Mr. Sovaleni’s father.
Lord Vaea was at the ceremony officiating on behalf of His Majesty Tupou VI.
Mr. Sovaleni is the people’s representative for Tongatapu 3, being first elected to Parliament in November 2014. He was also Deputy Prime Minister from 2015 – 2017.
He was educated at Tonga High School, and obtained Bachelor and Masters degrees from University of Auckland, Oxford, and USP.
150 Seasonal workers arrive safely in Tasmania
The second flight to Tasmania carrying 150 seasonal workers from Tonga has arrived safely, and the workers are undergoing quarantine protocol before they start on their work assignment.
Tasimani Telefoni from the Tonga High Commission in Canberra was on site to welcome the seasonal workers, and so was Sione Palu Vaka, liaison officer for the hiring companies.
Of the 150 workers, 49 are men, and 101 are women. 132 will work for the company OPW, and 18 for Burlington.
The direct flight from Tonga was chartered by the hiring companies.
Australia, as well as New Zealand, are in urgent need of seasonal workers as without them, much of the work of harvesting, particularly fruit trees, will not be done, and fruit would be wasted.