Sione Taione

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Percy Sione Havea Taione
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Member of Parliament
for Tongatapu 8
Assumed office
25 November 2010
Preceded by none (constituency established)
Majority 5.0%
Personal details
Born 2 September 1971
Útui[citation needed], Vavaú, Tonga
Political party Democratic Party of the Friendly Islands
Alma mater University of the South Pacific

Percy Sione Havea Taione (born September 2, 1971[1]), more commonly known as Sione Taione, is a Tongan politician. He belongs to the Seventh Day Adventist Church and serves as an Elder for the Malapo Church in Tonga.

He attended Beulah Primary School and continued to secondary at Beulah College. He continued onto tertiary education and obtained a Diploma in Law from the University of the South Pacific. He began working in the Supreme Court as a translator in 1990 and in 1997 became an interpreter. He became the Supreme Court Registrar in 2005. In all he has been working at the Supreme Court of Tonga for 20 years. He is one of the first qualified mediators in Tonga and is also the legal advisor for the Tongan Public Service Association (PSA) before going into politics. There is only one other qualified mediator in Tonga.

His career in national politics began when he was elected People's Representative for the eighth constituency of Tongatapu in the November 2010 general election. Standing as a candidate for the Democratic Party of the Friendly Islands, he obtained 34.1% of the vote, seeing off nine other candidates.[2][3][4]

In July 2014 Taione was dumped as a Democratic Party candidate.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Official biography on the website of the Tongan Parliament
  2. ^ Official biography on the website of the Tongan Parliament
  3. ^ November 2010 election: results for Tongatapu, Matangi Tonga
  4. ^ "Election second round: in search of a Prime Minister", Matangi Tonga (editorial), November 26, 2010
  5. ^ "Tonga Democratic Party dumps four MPs". Radio New Zealand International. 2014-07-18. Retrieved 2014-07-16.