Staff of the Ministry of Ombudsman have paid tribute to pioneer of the Ministry, Siaosi Taimani ‘Aho on social media.

‘Aho, 79, died peacefully on April 27 following an undisclosed illness.

The Ministry tweeted on Saturday that ‘Aho was Tonga’s first Commissioner for Public Relations in 2001.

The post was established under the Commissioner for Public Relations Act 2001, to carry out duties similar to those of a traditional Ombudsman.

Siaosi Taimani ‘Aho

The law was changed in 2016 and the title of the Commissioner for Public Relations was replaced with Ombudsman.

‘Aho, who was the Public Relations Commissioner until 2004, was also a former Minister of Justice, Attorney General and Police,

He was also Tonga’s first High Commissioner to New Zealand and the United Kingdom.

He was laid to rest today April 30 at Fasi’s Takaunove cemetery.