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  • Outer Islands
    Monday 3 April 2006 7:14pm

    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
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  • Politics
    Monday 3 April 2006 12:24pm

    Auckland, New Zealand
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    Editor

    Barely a day after my last posting wherein I asked fellow Tongans to be patient and appreciate government…’s commitment to the democratization process and the changes that are taking place, came the announcement of Hon. Sevele…’s appointment as PM. So appointed Acting PM by the son and then confirmed PM by the father. Do people see something in there?

  • Politics
    Monday 3 April 2006 5:49am

    Auckland, New Zealand
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    The Editor,

    Hold on a minute. This wasn…’t in the script. A Prime Minister elected by
    the people? That…’s supposed to come near the end isn…’t it? In fact it
    should be the end-game itself, the grand finale, the climax with the
    deafening crescendo. But here we are with the National Committee for
    Political Reform barely a meeting or two to canvas the communities…’
    views on political reform and we have ourselves a Prime Minister who,
    history will show stood shoulder to shoulder with the the pro-democracy
    supporters.

  • Travel
    Sunday 2 April 2006 7:05pm

    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
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    A DECISION on which of two airlines operating in Tonga will win the monopoly right to operate the domestic air service has not been made, Viliami Ma’ake, the Director of Civil Aviation said on March 31.

    Although March 31 was set as the date when an announcement was to be made, Viliami said that a review of the services offered by Peau Vava’u Airways and Airline Tonga was ongoing. The review is carried out by a Ministerial Committee, independent from the Ministry of Civil Aviation.

  • Letters
    Sunday 2 April 2006 4:45pm

    Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
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    The Editor

    I am writing to contribute a positive input into the current industrial situation in Tonga.

    We hear this phrase again and again but I believe it is one of the most vital, fundamentally important sources of energy for inspiration and persistence to aim for success in this global, industrial world. Here I am talking about Tonga …‘Mo…’unga ki he Loto…’ and a Tongan own …‘Kupesi…’.

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

    Ashton Village,UK
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    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
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    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
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    ‘Etita,

  • Government
    Wednesday 29 March 2006 5:58pm

    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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.