Two years ago today, a floating coffin was sent out from Nuku’alofa, which resulted in the death of 74 of our kainga. Today again is a very sad day for the people of Tonga and its police force as Commissioner Kelley leaves the country under some controversial circumstances as challenged by the Lord Privy Seal. - Pita Taufatofua.
The New Zealand Government has become the first donor to pledge budget support to Tonga, when the New Zealand High Commissioner HE Dr Jonathan Austin and Tonga’s Minister of Finance Hon Sunia Fili, signed a Letter of Intent for the provision of $3 million in Nuku’alofa today, August 3.
His Majesty in Council was at no time consulted by either the Police Minister or the Prime Minister with regard to their decision to act independently of the provisions of the law by not renewing the contract of the Police Commissioner Commander Kelley. - Lord Privy Seal.
Tonga’s first Police Commissioner Chris Kelley will have his final day in office next Friday, August 5 before leaving Tonga the following day, after the Minister of Police in a letter, stated that the Commissioner’s contract would not be renewed.
Financial Aid programmes are designed by rich countries to assist poor countries like Tonga. The reality, of course, is sadly but truly that, as described by Katalin in her letter “someone from THC have to attend and participate in these meetings to defend and advance Tonga’s interests and hopefully maximize our share of the cake”. Yes indeed ladies and gentlemen, we have become a professional beggar. Senolita Swan.
Tonga not ready for major tsunami. Who or what is not ready? The equipment, the people, or the authorities? I claim: the authorities. They are not ready. - Firitia Velt.
The Tonga Broadcasting Commission is celebrating its 50 Years Golden Jubilee in Nuku’alofa on July 1-4, with a groundbreaking ceremony for the instalment of a new national AM Medium Wave Transmission Mast at Popua to replace a 50 year old mast operating since the inception of the service in 1961.
A controversial report on the Nuku’alofa Central Business District Reconstruction, known as “The Prime Minister’s Report” was submitted to Cabinet on Friday, June 24, the Chief Secretary and Secretary to Cabinet, Busby Kautoke, confirmed yesterday.
We are living in an age of austerity, and responsible government must without fail act swiftly to stave off being sucked into the bottomless black hole of debt. We all have to sit up and re-think the way we work; locations of offices and official premises; travelling expenses and even our pensions are being looked at. Senolita Swan.
The cost-cutting or cost-saving measures that I am suggesting is not about improving the economic life of the Kingdom. I believe that at this stage we should try to “stop the bleeding first” until such time the economy recovers enough to get us back to normal operation. Mafi ‘o Amerika Samoa.