Tonga Government has promised to hand out $80,000 in compensation to families for each of the victims who died in the sinking of the MV Princess Ashika last August, on the condition that the next of kin will not file any civil claims against Government.
It is irresponsible for Tonga to continue funding all these off-island offices at this time. I think that the EU and other lending institution will find Tonga financially responsible if it cuts down on its expenses. Mafi ‘o Amerika Samoa.
The Government of Tonga will close down for the Christmas and New Year holidays between December 23 and January 2.
I would like to comment on the letter by ‘Ana Emberson, asking for prizes for the annual prize giving of the Niua Fo’ou High School. The Niua Development Committee is happy to receive any requests for assistance from Niuafo’ou. Viliami Liava’a.
Reef Shipping is surprised to learn that a decision is pending to grant an exclusive licence to carry cargo between New Zealand and Ha’apai and Vava’u in Tonga. Reef hopes that the opportunity to go on serving the people of Vava’u will not be arbitrarily taken away from it by the Tongan Government, without any prior consultation or opportunity to argue its case. - Phillip McNicholl.
I was interested to see “the whisper in your ear” incident. The previous government had little regard for proper procedure. Tonga is now paying the price for the neglect of the previous government. John Cauchi.
In case some of your readers are interested, I did take up the Hon Minister of Police’s offer to “… whisper in my ear”, as reported in your article, “Tongan businesses struggle to pay rising fees and taxes, MPs told” (9 October 11). The Hon Minister “whispered” that Cabinet’s decision to allow businesses whose licences were revoked to re-open, was done whilst he, as Minister for Labour, Commerce and Industries, was not in Nuku’alofa. He did not offer any other information. Lopeti Senituli.
Government has this month reshuffled its Cabinet Ministers in Police, Tourism, Justice and Labour to new portfolios and while the new Ministers have taken up their new posts, effective from Thursday, September 1, there has been no official statement announcing the changes.
Under a proposed new structure of the Tongan government, aimed to be in place by 1 July 2012, it is proposed there will be only 13 line ministries, which will include a new Ministry of Internal Affairs.
Sio ki he ‘enau ta’eufi ‘ikai ke nau toe fie hoko atu konituleki ‘a e palangi kae ngaue’aki pa’anga tokoni ne ha’u mo e palangi ke fai’aki e ngaue?. Mou hange tofu pe ko e kau kilia ‘i he toko hongofulu ne ma’a honau kili, ‘ikai ha hounga mo toka’i ‘a e mana kuo fai ki he ‘enau mo’ui. - Lou ‘Uhila.