The flooding in parts of Nuku’alofa is a testimony to an ad-hoc decision-making process in the urban development of Nuku’alofa, Tukua Tonga, the director of the Urban Planning Unit of the Ministry of Land, said today. Flooding during this week’s heavy downfalls of rain, has closed some schools and businesses, made roads impassable, and caused community concern over the associated health risks.
Nuku’alofa Central Business District was entertained with carols on Friday as the Tonga Police and Tonga Defence Services bands brought Christmas cheer to busy shoppers, despite the cloudy and rainy weather. Photos by Linny Folau.
The Friendly Islands Bookshop today moved back to the Tungi Colonnade building in the Nuku’alofa Central Business District, exactly six-years to the day since the riots and fire on November 16, 2006 destroyed the shop, warehouse and stock amounting to $1.2 million pa’anga in unrecoverable losses.
Since Monday, September 10, the Tongan Parliament has been trying to decide what to do with a new motion by the Minister of Justice, Hon. Clive Edwards for a parliamentary select committee to go and find out why protesters burned the Nuku’alofa Central Business District on 16 November 2006. Clive’s new motion riled up emotional and aggressive comments from members of the House who reminded him that there were court cases and they had got off, but if he wanted to go back to the past they might get caught this time. From the House, by Pesi Fonua.
The TOP$118 million reconstruction of the Nuku’alofa Central Business District CBD was completed on Friday 30 March, according to Mr Yang, the manager of the China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation CCECC, the main contractor for the whole reconstruction project.
The completion of the $118 million pa’anga reconstruction of central Nuku’alofa funded by a loan from the EXIM Bank of China is now hanging on a knife-edge. An investigative report leaked to the public this week reveals that high level political manoeuvring to take over the operation could derail the reconstruction by undermining its legally contracted project management. The sensitive report goes to Cabinet today, June 24.
Christopher Harder, a defence lawyer in Tonga’s 16/11 sedition trials, in a surprise move today, has called for apologies from all parties who were responsible for the riots, after carrying out his own investigation into the tragedy. He believes the people responsible should say they are sorry in return for mercy from Tonga’s King George Tupou V.