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  • Culture and Society
    Sunday 2 April 2006 4:19pm

    Ashton Village,UK
    :

    Dear All,

    I was most saddened to read in today’s Daily Telegraph of the decision of my Government to leave Tonga, I can assure you that I speak for all of my countrymen in the UK when I say you will be greatly missed, you have enriched our lives tremendously and you have stood by or side during war, that will sacrifice will never be forgotten.

    We have been great friends over the centuries and I hope we can continue to have a good relationship in the new world order.

    Very best wishes for the future,

    Steve Falder

  • Government
    Friday 31 March 2006 3:00pm

    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Hon. Dr Frederick Vaka’uta Sevele, (61) has been appointed as the new Prime Minister of Tonga, as from 30 March 2006, he confirmed last night, calling it, “a new era in cooperation with the private sector…who will drive the economy”.
  • Parliament
    Thursday 30 March 2006 5:39pm

    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
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    THE Tongan Noble Vaha’i of Fo’ui, Tongatapu, and Noble Luani of Tefisi, Vava’u, were chosen as the two new Noble’s Representatives to the Tongan parliament, this morning in a by-election held at the Palace Office, Nuku’alofa.

  • Visitors
    Thursday 30 March 2006 4:55pm

    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
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  • Talanga 'i he lea faka-Tonga
    Thursday 30 March 2006 2:56pm

    Auckland, New Zealand
    :

    Dear Editor

    Many thanks for your Editorial …“Tongan pride, have we lost the will to be the best?…” I would like to look at the other side of the same coin and ask the questions …“Have we lost the foundation to be the best? and Have we lost the patience to be the best?…”

  • Politics
    Thursday 30 March 2006 1:10pm

    London, UK
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    Editor,

    It is not surprising in your editorial that Tonga today has lost it’s die hard attitude as a nation. This has diminished slowly during the years, as the most controversial reign in the history of Tonga since 1875 constitution was established.

  • Talanga 'i he lea faka-Tonga
    Thursday 30 March 2006 9:27am

    California, USA
    :

    ‘Etita,

  • Government
    Wednesday 29 March 2006 5:58pm

    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    :

    TONGA’S Acting Prime Minister, Dr Feleti Sevele this afternoon, announced the appointment of three new Public Services commissioners, who are drawn from the private sector to replace the cabinet ministers who were running the PSC.

  • Parliament
    Wednesday 29 March 2006 5:56pm

    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    :

    The nobles of Tongatapu and Vava’u will hold a by-election tomorrow, to choose their new noble’s representatives to the Tongan parliament.

    The by-election will allow Tongatapu nobles to elect one representative to take the parliamentary seat of the late Hon. ‘Ahome’e who died last month, and the nobles of Vava’u to elect a representative to take over the seat of Noble Veikune, who was stripped of his noble title and lost his seat in the House after he was found guilty of bribery charges in the Supreme Court on January 25.

  • Politics
    Wednesday 29 March 2006 3:23pm

    California, USA
    :

    Dear Pesi,

    I agree with the picture you…’ve just drawn of the Tongan situation. Sad, tragic but true and if folks don…’t wake up and see that writing on the wall then they will have to accept the consequences. So much could be done, so much could be avoided and so much could be built by all sectors to return to be the best!!! I don…’t know what it will take…….but it will have to be major and yet for the benefit to all and by all. Hopefully that will happen before the country physically sinks or financially crashes.

    ‘Eleni Mone

  • Politics
    Wednesday 29 March 2006 6:32am

    Auckland, New Zealand
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    The Editor

    I would like to thank the editor of Matangi Tonga, Mr Pesi Fonua, for his most enlightening commentary on the current state of affairs in Tonga re. …“Tongan pride, have we lost the will to be the best?…” Specifically, his reference to the complex interplay of both cultural and historical tensions which have been responsible for the transformation of Tongan society over time and space is well put.

    Colonised or Protected? What…’s the difference?

  • Politics
    Tuesday 28 March 2006 5:28pm

    Melbourne, Australia
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    Dear Editor,

    I was motivated by your comments and decided to respond as attached.

    There are some very fundamental changes that Tonga needs and not just band aid fixing of major issues.

    How the Political Power Structure in Tonga ought to Work.

    The Monarchy.

    The monarchy ought to stay but with limited powers to be determined by parliament.

  • Letters
    Tuesday 28 March 2006 4:30pm

    Hamilton, New Zealand
    : I really do hope one day the electricity returns to its rightful owners, the Government of Tonga. - Mele Rogers
  • From the Courts
    Monday 27 March 2006 10:19pm

    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    :

    POLICE Magistrate Peau Pifeleti this morning announced that there is a case against Noble Lasike on an alleged rape charge.

    Peau said he would file his decision with the Nuku’alofa Supreme Court on May 8 for a hearing date to be set.

    A preliminary inquiry into a criminal case, alleging that the Hon. Lasike raped a 25-year-old woman was concluded at the Nuku’alofa Police Magistrate’s Court on Monday March 20, but the presiding Magistrate, Peau Pifeleti withheld his decision until today.

  • Government
    Monday 27 March 2006 11:41am

    Melbourne, Australia
    :

    Dear Editor,

    It was disheartening to learn that someone has apparantly given the above residence to Latufuipeka. One is led to believe that the Prince
    Regent Tupouto’a made this announcement.

    This beautiful residence ought to be designated as the official residence of the Prime Minister of Tonga. As the country moves towards a democratically elected government and PM, there is a real need for a proper and permanent prime ministerial residence.

  • Government
    Friday 24 March 2006 6:16pm

    Nuku...’alofa,Tonga
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    The Tonga Privy Council this morning, March 24 approved the restructuring of government ministries, for a leaner government with 14 ministries to replace the existing 16 ministries on July 1.

    Paula Ma…’u, the Deputy Secretary of the Prime Minister…’s Office said that most of the current ministries would remain in place, and a few would merge with others.

  • Health
    Friday 24 March 2006 3:50pm

    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
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    Photos by Linny Folau

  • Education
    Friday 24 March 2006 3:47pm

    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
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  • Letters
    Thursday 23 March 2006 11:30am

    Kolofo'ou, Tonga
    : ‘Olive Ramanlal has good reasons to be alarmed by the presence of the Secretary of the Human Rights and Democracy Movement in Tonga, Mr. ‘Akilisi Pohiva with two cameramen, outside her gate. In the late 1990’s and in 2000, particularly during the seizure of the Chaudhury Government in Fiji, Mr. Pohiva pointed to the unrest there and talked up the threat posed by Asian immigrants here. As the Chinese community endured armed robberies and damage to their properties, Mr. Pohiva watched with glee. I can recount the many other instances Mr. Pohiva has openly and unashamedly flouted human rights in this country over issues such as religious liberty, gender equality and of course racism. - electricity consumer
  • Youth
    Wednesday 22 March 2006 3:11pm

    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
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    A two-day National Youth Summit of youth from ten Pacific island countries was officially launched in Nuku’alofa yesterday, March 21.

    The Youth Summit, an initiative of the Commonwealth Youth Program (CYP) brought representatives from regional youth organisations to discuss and formalize a strategic development plan of youth activities for the next three years.