Head of State: HM King Tupou VI
Joined the Commonwealth: 1970
Capital City (location of Parliament): Nuku'alofa
Unicameral/Bicameral: Unicameral - Legislative Assembly (30)
CPA UK & Tonga
CPA UK maintains a positive bilateral relationship with Tonga and the British High Commission in Honiara. Tonga have often engaged with CPA UK’s multilateral programmes and CPA UK will look to engage with Tonga following their 2017 parliamentary elections.
Our Recent Programmes
Pacific Islands Parliamentary Workshop – Wellington, New Zealand, 12-14 April 2018
In partnership with the Parliament of New Zealand, CPA UK hosted the Pacific Islands Parliamentary Workshop in Wellington, New Zealand. The Workshop brought together Members and clerks from across the Pacific to enhance their understanding of parliamentary democracy and their effectiveness as Members. The Workshop also provided the opportunity for the Pacific Members and officials to share experiences, including on the area of disaster resilience.
Election Assessment Mission (EAM) - UK General Election - June 2017.
The EAM was composed of 32 parliamentarians and election officials from across the Commonwealth. The EAM observed the election day procedures and met with candidates, returning officers, electoral officials and staff, civil society groups and other relevant stakeholders across eight constituencies during the period 3-8 June 2017. A key objective of the EAM was to increase the knowledge, skills and importance of election observation methodology amongst Commonwealth parliamentarians.
Pacific Islands Westminster Seminar – Brisbane, 9-11 March 2017
In partnership with the Queensland Parliament, CPA UK organised the Pacific Islands Westminster Seminar in Brisbane. Based on CPA UK’s flagship Westminster Seminar the Pacific Seminar invited parliamentarians and clerks from all CPA branches in the Pacific Region to exchange views and good practice on parliamentary practice and procedure. The Seminar focused on the role of MPs in their community, good practice for parliamentary oversight of the executive, and shared experiences of climate change mitigation.