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Thursday 4 November 2010
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Government of Tonga this morning, November 4 handed out about $1.2 million pa'anga to the next of kin of 14 victims who died in the sinking of the MV Princess Ashika ferry in August last year. Each family received a cheque of $80,000 pa'anga.
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Saturday 2 October 2010
Christchurch,New Zealand
I was overwhelmed to read in our local paper (Press) of your amazing generosity to my lovely city, and wish to say as a solo citizen, thank you, thank you. God bless you all for your compassion and generosity. - Diane Shepheard.
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Sunday 19 September 2010
Pangai, Ha'apai
Since the postal service has been privatized, the quality of the mail service has deteriorated significantly. If the government wants to privatize services to save money, that's fine. But if a privatized service becomes sub-standard, then it's time to take another look at what it means to us when the government hands over a basic community service to a private enterprise. - P. A. Langi.
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Monday 13 September 2010
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
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.
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Friday 2 July 2010
Portland, Oregon,USA
The last two letters, about Fare-well Payoffs said it all, I can not add anything to it. I believe it is time for Tongans to wake up and stand up for righteousness. You need a good old fashion Tea Party movement. - Cliff.
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Thursday 20 May 2010
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
To say Tonga is an absolute monarchy is blatantly false; Tonga is a Constitutional Monarchy. To claim that Tonga's judiciary is not independent is also not true. Mr. Mokofisi's claims are unfounded because he contradicts and does not take into account the proven history of Tonga's judiciary independence and integrity demonstrated on a number of levels and issues. - Daniel K. Fale.
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Wednesday 19 May 2010
Nomuka, Ha'apai
As long as we glue "monarchy" to whatever form of government we create, we should not be surprised whenever the King and the Privy Council manipulate or coerce the Judiciary. It happened in the past. It's happening now. And, it will happen again as long as Tonga's current "political sun" still shines. It is a logical consequence of being under a monarchy. - Senituli Penitani.
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Friday 14 May 2010
Fiji
While is true that legal ideology is underpinned by various philosophy and values, the appointment of judicial offices must be seen as neutral and remain neutral. You cannot have appointments of judicial officers infested with politics and then later expect the judiciary to fully function without political interference especially in small developing nations in the Pacific. - F. Kavaha'apai.
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Wednesday 12 May 2010
Nomuka, Ha'apai,Tonga
Proponents of "living constitutions" are progressive justices who believe that the meaning of the constitution evolves. No judicial or political puppeteer exists in American judiciary, only judicial oligarchy. How can we be sure that Tonga will be secured from what is happening in America as millions of babies are permitted by Judiciary to be executed through abortion in the name of liberty and personal freedoms? - Senituli Penitani.
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Wednesday 12 May 2010
Hawaii,USA
Please allow me to respond to Soni Uata’s letter, "Mr Cauchi: A captain abandoning ship."Did you really want him to stay and serve at the pleasure of the king, or as an independent prosecutor? How can anyone accomplish anything at all if he is blind folded with mouth taped and his hands are tied behind his back Mr. Uata? You can explain to me but only one type of people that can still perform well in the situation mentioned above . . . puppets. - 'Aisea T. Tu'ikolovatu.
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Tuesday 11 May 2010
Suva, Fiji
Political problems have escalated to the extent where the independence of the judiciary is called into question and the AG resigning from his post. It is sad that even well qualified expatriates are leaving the Kingdom's shores. I really can't blame them. If our own scholars and well educated people are leaving because they are tired of hitting their heads against the brick wall, then don't expect other qualified expatriates to remain long. - F. Kavaha'apai.
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Tuesday 11 May 2010
USA
Despite the high praises for Mr. Cauchi by many people, I see his departure as a captain abandoning ship when the seas get too rough. Now he is back in Australia in the comfort of his own home while injustice continues in Tonga's Judiciary. And what of the Ashika victims? They will continue live on with the memories of their loss without any real hope for justice. - Soni Uata.
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Sunday 9 May 2010
USA
May all the leaders and people in Tonga including, royalty, political, religious, businesses and family, learn from Mr. Cauchi. - Fuai'api Sime.
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Wednesday 5 May 2010
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
I wish everyone all the best for the future. I am happy to have helped during the year I have been Attorney General. - John Cauchi.
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Monday 3 May 2010
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Government finds it incomprehensible that the former Attorney General, Mr John Cauchi, persists in claiming that the Attorney General and the Judicial Services Commission have a role in the appointment of Judges even though he knows for a fact that the appointment of Judges in Tonga, under the present Constitution, is the prerogative of His Majesty The King, with the consent of the Privy Council. - Lopeti Senituli.
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Thursday 22 April 2010
Pangai, Ha'apai
Tonga has been wounded by the tragedy of the MV Ashika . . . deeply wounded. The doctor (the Royal Commission of Inquiry) has delivered a diagnosis. Now it's time to take the medicine, and heal the wound. - P. A. Langi.
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Friday 16 April 2010
Salt Lake City, Utah, USA
Scolding one's elders in public to attract attention to himself, Mr. Amerika Samoa exhibits the Ugly American attitude that he detests: arbitrary critiquing without logic, and ignoring cultural protocols. We owe it to each other as Tongans to be respectful even in heated debates. - Sione Akemeihakau Mokofisi.
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Tuesday 13 April 2010
Pago Pago, American Samoa
Concerned Citizens: I suggest that Tonga has far too many fault finders, problem seekers and horn blowers; a whole bunch of whining rats. What Tonga needs are compassionate souls and intriguing minds with sensible solutions to its problems. - Mafi 'o Amerika Samoa.
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Monday 12 April 2010
Suva, Fiji
The government and the economy look certain to sink to the bottom of the ocean just as the Ashika did. And as with the Ashika, it may never be recovered unless a sea change at the Cabinet level is brought about immediately. - Dr Saia Kami, Dr Lopini Havea, Dr Lia Maka, Mr Maletino Hola, Mr Kulu 'Anisi Bloomfield, Mr Tonga Finau, Mr Siaosi Sovaleni, Mr Edwin Liava'a, Mr. Soane Lolesio, Rev 'Ikani Taliai Tolu, Mr Piveni Piukala, Mr Siaosi O Vailahi Pohiva.
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Tuesday 9 March 2010
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The distribution has begun of the $1.1 million pa'anga Ashika Relief Fund to the next of kin of the 74 people who were lost at sea, and the 54 survivors from the sinking of the MV Princess Ashika in Ha'apai waters on August 5, 2009.
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