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Friday 22 July 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The public has a right to know about MP ‘Akosita Lavulavu’s state of mind while her husband was misusing his authority. Was she just a silent partner who went along for the ride? – Sione Mokofisi.
Sunday 17 July 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Senituli Penitani contrives to cover-up the evils of non-separation of Church and State. He further sugar-coded Tongan Christian history as corruption-free, unlike European Christian churches. There’s enough historical evidence to show that the joint Church religious influence and Government political authority corrupts. – Sione Mokofisi.
Friday 15 July 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
When talking about the Separation of Church and State, we need to be reminded of the different historical, political, and social contexts in which this principle was being defined, perceived, and rehashed. – Senituli Penitani.
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Tuesday 5 July 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Bakeries closure on Sundays takes us back to a 400 years old question of Church and State working hand in hand to control commerce, and people’s liberty. -Sione A. Mokofisi.
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Monday 6 June 2016
Niuku'alofa, Tonga
Claims about the weaknesses or failures of the old education system are not based on any research or valid evidence, rather it is based on personal perceptions. The latest change to the internal assessment again is a clear example of the ad hoc changes that are taking place where the claim against the evil of internal assessment is unfounded and not based on any valid evidence. - Dr. Visesio Pongi
Monday 6 June 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
I was a little confused after reading your article: Tonga’s new foreign exchange levy starts 1 June to pay for Pacific Games. In the article it said that this “tax” was needed to help fund the 2019 Pacific Games? How was Tonga going to finance this event when they went and bid to have Tonga host these games?
Saturday 4 June 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Prime Minister ‘Akilisi Pōhiva’s empty rhetorics on educational reform is a cover-up for his nepotism schemes. First, he hired his own son as Personal Assistant. Then he created the false alarm with the examination computer system in the Education Department to facilitate hiring his other son and partner’s computer company.
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Wednesday 1 June 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
This is an opportune time for us to build education in Tonga based on what we have learned from the great teachers and leaders of the Ministry of Education and the different schools in the past. We must improve education, not destroy it. - Dr Sitiveni Halapua.
Wednesday 10 February 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
There is no better time than the present for the Prime Minister to consider appointing a female to a Ministerial portfolio, following the dismissal of ‘Etuate Lavulavu from his Ministerial portfolio. …Only four women have ever been elected by the Tongan people into parliament in the 63 years since 1951 when Queen Sālote gave women the right to stand as candidates. -‘Ofa Guttenbeil Likiliki, WCCC Director.
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Thursday 28 January 2016
Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
All the preliminary works for the Teufaiva Stadium Upgrade Project have been ready for months, but the Prime Minister has not done his part in funding the necessary funding. This is what’s delaying the start of the project. …This is a National Project, not to be treated as a personal and political football. - Takitoa Taumoepeau
Monday 18 January 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The pressing need in Tonga’s education system today is the lack of available computer and Information Technology (IT) in the Kingdom, particularly with the Internet. - Sione Mokofisi.
Friday 1 January 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Government officials of the former governments who were involved in the passport scandal are soon to be arrested.
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Wednesday 2 December 2015
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
We are a people destined for failure because of the corruption we have allowed in our government. Crime is on a steep rise but that is to be expected…when our leaders set such a poor example. We have lost all dignity as a people. – ‘Aisea ‘Amanaki.
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Monday 30 November 2015
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
This is perhaps the most embarrassing and disappointing news about a Tongan government in the most recent times. This PM was well known for preaching against the previous Kings and their system of government, for not allowing justice and the voice of the people to be heard by the Government. - Rev Dr Ma’afu’otu’itonga Palu
Sunday 29 November 2015
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Prime Minister ‘Akilisi Pohiva has brought Tonga to an all-time moral low! The “new standard” for government officials is that it is okay to be corrupt as long as you admit you are corrupt when you get caught. We must remove the Prime Minister Now! – Sione Masa.
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Thursday 19 November 2015
Minister Lavulavu has done everything possible to avoid his upcoming trial. In the meantime the Prime Minister sits by and does nothing, allowing his government (and ours) to be dragged through the mud and embarrassment of yet another ‘Etuate Lavulavu scandal. - Peni Katoa.
Thursday 12 November 2015
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Hon. Lord Fusitu’a squandered a great opportunity this week to make history for Tonga on the world stage. He took center stage yesterday (5 November) at the Conference of State Parties (CoSP) in St. Petersburg, Russian Federation.
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Wednesday 11 November 2015
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
With the current exchange rate…of banks on NZD, this levy would reduce their margin on foreign exchange transactions by 60%. …This seems like a huge tax so one would expect that the banks would simply reduce the TOP paid out or increase the TOP to be paid by 1c for every unit of foreign currency received or paid out. - Peter Goldstern
Monday 2 November 2015
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
One cannot imagine the ignorance of a government that is bankrupt bidding to host games that will cost the government $80,000,000 and produce zero benefit to the people of Tonga. It is déjà vu of the $100,000,000 that China lent us to rebuild Nuku’alofa. The money was never accounted for and spent mostly on the rich and wealthy leaders who controlled the money. - Peni Katoa.
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Saturday 31 October 2015
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
For 20 years we have heard from ‘Akilisi Pohiva how dishonest and corrupt previous governments have been. Now, the PM’s government in my opinion has been the worst government in 30 years. It is unwilling to hold its own parliament and cabinet to the same rule of law that the rest of us are held to. – ‘Aisea ‘Amanaki.
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