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  • From the Courts
    Friday 28 July 2006 8:30pm

    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    :

    A TONGAN noble, Lasike, was acquitted on a rape charge this afternoon, July 28 by Chief Justice Robin Webster at the Nuku…’alofa Supreme Court.

    Lasike was charged with one rape charge and two indecent assault charges.

    Chief Justice Robin Webster told the court in a summary of his decision that the aspects of the complainant…’s own evidence in chief before she was cross examined raised a number of doubts in his mind about the nature of the alleged incident and the credibility of the complainant.

  • Letters
    Friday 28 July 2006 8:18am

    East Palo Alto, California, USA
    : I just want to clear the air with the truth from endless rumors from Tonga to USA, because it breaks my heart to know that my aunty did her best and after everything she has done she is disrespected, ignored and not given the gratitude she deserves. I want everyone to know that VInisia was well taken care of in USA by her aunty Kolotina from day one to the day she was laid to rest. -Jane Ramona Taufa
  • Talanga 'i he lea faka-Tonga
    Thursday 27 July 2006 6:12pm

    Barrow, Alaska
    :

    ‘Etita,

  • From the Courts
    Thursday 27 July 2006 5:30pm

    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    :

    THE trial of nobleman Hon. Lasike on a rape charge ended today, July 27 in the Nuku’alofa Supreme Court.

    During the criminal trial, which started on Monday, July 24, the Crown called 10 witnesses and the defence called two witnesses, including the accused Hon. Lasike.

    The presiding judge, Chief Justice Robin Webster on the first day of the hearing suppressed the details of the hearing.

  • Politics
    Thursday 27 July 2006 4:13pm

    USA
    :

    Editor,

    Of all the things I have written about in this Forum, readers should take them with a grain of salt for it is coming from a small minded person. My mother-in-law constantly reminds me that. Do not doubt the expert. Truth being exposed, I want to voice what is brewing in my small mind regarding what the future holds for the Kingdom of the Friendly People.

  • Letters
    Thursday 27 July 2006 3:30pm

    Auckland, New Zealand
    : As ‘Ofa-ki-Tonga points out, the threat of earthquakes has always been there but for Tonga and many of its Pacific neighbours, the compounding effect of a tsunami following a big shake should add weight to his call for some work to be done to prepare our population should one strike.
  • Economy
    Wednesday 26 July 2006 5:18pm

    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    :

    TONGA has deferred its membership of the WTO until July next year, the Tongan Prime Minister, Dr Feleti Sevele told the Tongan media yesterday, July 25.

    The delay he said did not mean that Tonga was withdrawing its WTO membership application, but to give Tonga more time to improve its tariff system.

  • Education
    Tuesday 25 July 2006 6:57pm

    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    :

    STRESSED by a critical teacher shortage Tonga’s Ministry of Education now wants to hire 85 new teachers to fill some of the vacancies left by the 227 staff and teachers who accepted the government’s voluntary redundancy package on June 30.

  • Culture and Society
    Tuesday 25 July 2006 9:05am

    Long Beach, California, USA
    :

    Editor,

    Not too many people are aware of the gigantic volcanic ridge that separates the Kingdom of Tonga and the Fijian Islands, and the fact that this same ridge extends in a north-south direction from the southern most island of Tonga, `Ata, through Kao and Tofua Islands in the Ha`apai Group, to Fonualei in the Vava`u Group, and also Tafahi and Niuafo`ou in the extreme north, and even all the way to the Samoas.

  • Talanga 'i he lea faka-Tonga
    Tuesday 25 July 2006 8:41am

    Lethbridge Park, NSW,Australia
    :

    ‘Etita,

  • From the Courts
    Monday 24 July 2006 5:33pm

    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    :

    THE hearing of a rape charge against the Noble Lasike started at the Nuku’alofa Supreme Court this morning, July 24, before Mr Justice Robin Webster.

    Noble Lasike pleaded not guilty to the charge in early May, when the hearing date was set.

    The Crown will call 10 witnesses during the criminal trial, which is expected to end on Thursday July 27.

  • From the Courts
    Monday 24 July 2006 5:20pm

    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    :

    A DATE has yet to be set for the trial of Shoreline whistleblower Piveni Piukala.

    The directional hearing on the case brought by the Shoreline Power company against its former employee Piveni Piukala, has been adjourned to September 15, when it will be heard by Mr Justice Anthony Ford in Chambers at the Nuku’alofa Supreme Court.

  • Talanga 'i he lea faka-Tonga
    Monday 24 July 2006 4:31pm

    USA
    :

    ‘Etita,

    Tuku mu’a e ki’i faingamalie ko ‘enii’ ke fai atu ai ha ki’i tokoni ki he fanga tokoua mo e fanga tuofafine ‘oku talanoa lolotonga ‘oku ‘ata’ e lotofale ‘o e Matangi Tonga ke fai ai ha poolave faka-famili.’

  • Parliament
    Monday 24 July 2006 10:18am

    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : The new People’s Representative for Ha’apai in the Tonga Legislative Assembly is ‘Osai Latu of Pangai, Ha’apai, who won a July 20 By Election well ahead of his nearest rival, former MP Teisina Fuko.
  • Royalty & Nobility
    Monday 24 July 2006 9:30am

    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    :

  • Politics
    Monday 24 July 2006 8:24am

    USA
    :

    Editor,

  • Politics
    Sunday 23 July 2006 5:24pm

    USA
    :

    Dear Editor,
    >
    I am writing this letter with regards to that of Hao’uli’s adamantly putting the King in the wrong.

  • Politics
    Saturday 22 July 2006 4:33pm

    USA
    :



    `Etita,

  • Talanga 'i he lea faka-Tonga
    Saturday 22 July 2006 12:53pm
    :

     ‘Etita,

    Tuku pe mu’a keu toe fakatapu fo’ou atu ki he tu’unga kotoa ‘oku tonu ke
    fakatapua kau toe lava atu he matapa ‘oku kei fakaava mai ‘e Sefita Hao’uli.

    Teu feinga keu fakanounou pea ke ‘oua teta sisina e taimi mo e faingamalie ke hu mai ai ha taha kehe mo ha toe fakakaukau kehe. Ko ‘eku lave faka’osi ‘eni ki he he’eku fakakaukau ki he Tu’i mo hono langilnagi.

  • Politics
    Saturday 22 July 2006 12:31pm

    Salt Lake City, Utah, USA
    :

    Dear Editor,

    May I respond to Mr. Hao’uli’s most recent letter
    (July 21, 2006) to Sione Kava in which he made
    reference to my referring to him, and his colleagues,
    a “liberal” instead of a “pro-democrat”.

    With due respect Mr. Hao’uli, as a fellow journalist,
    I’m sure you are fully aware of the scope of our right
    to “freedom of speech.”

    What angers some Tongans is our (journalists) misuse
    of that right in making false accusations,
    unsubstantiated claims, and even distasteful
    references to His Majesty, and to others.

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