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Monday 30 March 2015
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Lord Vaea identified the Tongan language as the foundation of our democracy. Poor quality of writing – and the lackluster quality of statesmanship by politicians − is a threat to our language, therefore posing a threat to our democracy. – Sione Ake-mei-hakau Mokofisi.
Thursday 26 March 2015
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Tongan Government and people lose hundreds of thousands of dollars each whale watch season. – Selia Simmons.
2 comments
Tuesday 24 March 2015
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A new multi-million-dollar software is now being cleared through Cabinet, to be purchased from the PM ‘Akilisi Pohiva’s son and his partner Paula Piveni Piukala to replace the existing computer program that has been used by the Education Department. – Sione Ake-mei-haku Mokofisi.
2 comments
Tuesday 17 March 2015
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
I recall your 2009 report on the Parliament’s 21-1 vote against ratifying CEDAW; it included Prime Minister Pōhiva who voted against ratification. It is, therefore, as clear as noonday to me that Parliament has not passed legislation re-authorizing the ratification of CEDAW if it has previously voted against it. – Sione A. Mokofisi.
Sunday 15 March 2015
Suva, Fiji
It is without doubt that the atmospheric dynamics of TC Bavi and TC Nathan on TC Pam, saved Fiji … This is what we can truly call an “Act of God”, without any doubt in my mind. - Dr Sushil K. Sharma.
Sunday 15 March 2015
The Prime Minister summoned Acting Attorney General ‘Āminiasi Kefu to the PMO with instructions (directives) on how to handle the Tu’ilakepa vs. Crown case. – Sione A. Mokofisi.
1 comment
Sunday 15 March 2015
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Prime Minister summoned Acting Attorney General ‘Āminiasi Kefu to the PMO with instructions (directives) on how to handle the Tu’ilakepa vs. Crown case. – Sione A. Mokofisi.
Thursday 26 February 2015
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
I have in possession the latest “Hon. Prime Minister’s Letter to Acting Attorney General,” Mr. ‘Āminiasi Kefu. In all seriousness, this is an egregious misuse of Executive power, breaching the “separation of powers” in our Constitution. - Sione A. Mokofisi.
3 comments
Wednesday 25 February 2015
Minnesota, United States
You folks at MTO do a fantastic job! I was wondering if you might be able to do a story about the Tongatapu to Vava’u Fibre Optic Cable project’s progress? - Daniel
Thursday 12 February 2015
Auckland, New Zealand
Now is the time with a new government in place, to go cap in hand and approach Air New Zealand with a famous Tongan phrase: “Fakamolemole, can you help us”. – Dieter Dyck.
Tuesday 10 February 2015
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Prime Minister Pōhiva’s recent favouritism appointments are the actions of a dictator. - Sione A. Mokofisi – MBA.
2 comments
Monday 9 February 2015
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga’s “de facto” new government of Prime Minister ‘Akilisi Pōhiva, who masterminded the hijacking of the majority ballots cast by voters on November 27, 2014 general elections, is basking delightfully in power today. Thanks to the local media’s adoration of this political “sophism” … - Sione A. Mokofisi – MBA.
1 comment
Monday 9 February 2015
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Mr. Prime Minster my wish is this: Keep your son, give him a rocking top level grade government salary with a radical pension plan, hire another relative as your uniformed driver and please have the Treasury buy a brand new Pajero for yourself as PM with a personalized license plate preferably saying “YO PM.” - Gabe Fatafehi.
3 comments
Sunday 1 February 2015

London, UK
I would like to thank ‘Eliesa Fifita, Sione Mokofisi and many others at home and around the world for speaking out against nepotism on Matangi Tonga and on the social media networks. – Senolita Swan.
7 comments
Friday 30 January 2015
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
I join Senolita Swan’s oped (Democracy and Nepotism, Saturday 24, 2015) regarding newly elected Prime Minister ‘Akilisi Pōhiva’s nepotistic appointment of his son as Personal Assistant. It’s a gross misuse of power in a democratic society. - Sione A. Mokofisi.
Saturday 24 January 2015
London, United Kingdom
Hon Prime Minister ‘Akilisi Pohiva, in order to preserve the dignity of democracy in Tonga, you may have the right to choose your son as your own PA but for the rest of your political career, you do not have the moral right to preach about democracy in Tonga or anywhere else anymore. Your action has crippled democracy in the Kingdom, sadly for a very long time. - Senolita Swan.
3 comments
Thursday 8 January 2015
Kailua, Hawaii
I’m very saddened, when reading headlines on RNZ News, “Citing lack of experience, Tourism Tonga wants new Minister”.
1 comment
Thursday 11 December 2014
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The PACER Plus negotiations were launched at the Cairns Pacific Forum Leaders Meeting in 2009, marked the start of negotiations on PACER-Plus, a trajectory that has actively discounted the concerns of the Forum Island Countries (FICs) in favour of the policy interests of Australia and New Zealand. – Pacific Civil Society.
Wednesday 18 June 2014
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Tongan Government has opted for the choice of issuing Government bonds as part of its financing plan for its 2014/15 budget. - Tatafu Moeaki, CEO, Ministry of Finance and National Planning.
Sunday 15 June 2014
Salt Lake City, Utah, USA
The $26M to be collected from the sales of “Government Bonds” I suppose is a novel idea for Tonga. For transparency sakes, bond sales should first be explained to the folks in detail. We wouldn’t want another “Passport Sales” fiasco, do we? - Sione Ake-mei-hakau Mokofisi.

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