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Tuesday 19 January 2010
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The true colours of Tonga's People's Representatives came to light during the debate in Tonga's quest for a new and more democratic system of government . . . Editor's Comment, by Pesi Fonua.
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Wednesday 9 September 2009
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Tongan Parliament is making itself irrelevant to the political reform process that it set for 2010, by failing to agree on the fundamentals for a new system of government for Tonga, and at the same time has left itself out of the decision-making process of the Constitutional and Electoral Reform Commission by not meeting the July 6 deadline for submissions. Editor's Comment.
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Wednesday 5 August 2009
Port Vila, Vanuatu
The Pacific Islands News Association (PINA) continues to struggle to establish itself as a champion of Media Freedom in the Pacific Islands.
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Wednesday 18 March 2009
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Following the posting of my Editorial, Fresh new parliament needs fresh new members on February 23, there has been some aggressive flak from a People's Representative and reactions from political observers that attempt to distract from the points that were made. Editor's Comment.
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Monday 23 February 2009
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
As we are rushing to gather ideas to structure a new system of government, it is only wise for us to stop and have another critical look at what the Tongan parliament has forced on us to determine over a ridiculously short period of time. EDITOR'S COMMENT.
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Thursday 22 January 2009
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
'Public Participation' is a principle that the Tonga government appears to be striving to effect as we are trying to implement our economic and political reform programs. . . . The setback is an apparent reluctance by the Tongan people to participate in consultations in a meaningful and constructive way. Editor's Comment.
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Monday 12 January 2009
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The opening of the new Japanese Embassy in Nuku'alofa on January 1 added a new member to the small diplomatic community in Tonga. Editor's Comment.
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Friday 2 January 2009
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
As we face the New Year of 2009, it is time to reassess our perceptions and the reality of our economic and political reform programs. Editor's Comment.
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Monday 3 November 2008
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's attempt at producing a new and more democratic form of government is a slog. When the Constitutional and Electoral Commission Act came into force on July 23, it was hailed as a milestone in Tonga's rush to have a new system of government by 2010. But since July the Commission has been a ship adrift without a sail or a rudder and not a soul aboard. Editor's Comment.
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Tuesday 21 October 2008
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Following the current discussions in the Tongan parliament about the exact role and the composition of Tonga's Commission for Political Reform, it is now glaringly obvious that parliament does not have a clear vision of the new system of government that they intend to impose on us. Editor's Comment by Pesi Fonua.
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Friday 11 July 2008
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
he Tongan parliament once again has found itself in a "Tower of Babel" situation, when their work toward establishing a new political system for Tonga had to stop because members either have changed their minds, don't want to understand each other or simply don't know what to do next. Editor's Comment By Pesi Fonua
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Tuesday 3 June 2008
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
On opening Tonga's Legislative Assembly last week, the Princess Regent, HRH Princess Pilolevu, noted the historical significance of the 2008-10 parliamentary session. But while the seriousness of the reform mission is being underlined by our leaders, a more immediate concern has not been addressed - and that is the fact that the integrity of the current Tongan Parliament itself remains questionable. Editor's Comment, by Pesi Fonua.
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Monday 3 March 2008
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The forced resignation of the Minister of Finance on Monday, February 25 may well be seen as a major step taken by the Tongan government in its pursuit of an economic and a political reform program for Tonga. Editor's Comment, By Pesi Fonua.
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Wednesday 16 January 2008
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
In spite of our national eagerness to embrace the economic and political reform programs that were introduced by government during the first few years of a new century, the reality was that the strong words that were used to describe the reforms and win public support were followed by the indifference and elements of uncertainty that the reforms were implemented with. Editor's Comment, by Pesi Fonua
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Friday 28 December 2007
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
As Government strengthens its control over the flow of information from its ministries to the public and exerts more influence on the editorial content of its two national media organisations, the Tonga Broadcasting Commission and the Ko e Kalonikali Tonga newspaper, it unwittingly creates confusion. Editor's Comment, by Pesi Fonua.
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Thursday 29 November 2007
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The status of Tonga's political reform remains exactly where it was stuck when the members of parliament voted on it before the closure of parliament at the end of October 2007. Editor's Comment. By Pesi Fonua
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Monday 19 November 2007
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's 16/11 has been labelled as a 'Day of Shame' by the new Ministry of Information. But now, one year on, there has been no enthusiasm by anyone to remember what happened in Nuku'alofa on that day. Editor's Comment by Pesi Fonua.
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Thursday 19 July 2007
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The decision by the Tonga Legislative Assembly to select three People's Representatives, Clive Edwards, 'Akilisi Pohiva and 'Uliti Uata to be members of a Tripartite Committee to vet political reform proposals for Tonga is as much a set back in our strive for political reform in Tonga in the 21st century as was the destruction in Nuku'alofa on November 16 last year. Editor's Comment by Pesi Fonua.
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Thursday 9 November 2006
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Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tension is mounting in the Tongan Parliament this week over the direction of the Political Reform that has been set in motion since the end of 2004. The drama is also a decoy by the politicians to distract public attention from the massive salary increase - backdated for two years - the Members have just taken for themselves.
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Thursday 14 September 2006
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
When Taufa'ahau Tupou IV came to the Tongan throne on July 4, 1967, for most Tongans it was the dawn of a new era. The new king, at 49, epitomised what Tongans of the 1960s perceived to be a perfect 20th century monarch. Editor's Comment, by Pesi Fonua.
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