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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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Thursday 29 October 2015
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Now that Government has found a way to levy a 1% taxation on remittances...it adds to the high currency transaction fees that the banks and fund transfer operators are already charging ordinary folks. Instead of finding ways to improve the economy, Government is once again robbing people of the only source of income from the hard labor of their loved ones living and working overseas. – Sione Ake-mei-hakau Mokofisi.
Thursday 29 October 2015
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Mr Prime Minister...You forget that the Constitution demands absolute integrity from our law makers. ...when you passively and aggressively requested the House to release your Minister from the impeachment process, you violated justice; you trashed the Constitution and travestied justice. – Tamanomuka.
Saturday 24 October 2015
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
If the Cabinet Minister Lavulavu was an ordinary Tongan public servant, he would have been arrested by the Police and charged with corruption and other criminal offences. But because he is a minister of the Crown, the Prime Minister of Tonga, ‘Akilisi Pohiva, together with his cabinet and his followers, voted to set him free. – Senolita Swan.
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Thursday 22 October 2015
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Impeachment would be too much since Lavulavu would not stand alone. [The PM] is the one who is responsible for his irresponsibility. – Tamanomuka.
Friday 16 October 2015
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
"By allowing a government body to decide what a society is able to view online borders on a society being closely monitored and eventually censored." – Anthony Tuipeatau.
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Tuesday 13 October 2015

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
By allowing a government body to decide what a society is able to view online borders on a society being closely monitored and eventually censored. ...Regulating internet content using filtering technologies and administered by a single government body not only provides a false sense of security but the potential to evolve into full censorship is a concern that should not be ignored. ...The focus should be on education and empowerment to ensure parents and children are safe online rather than a government legislated filter. - Anthony Tuipeatau
Sunday 11 October 2015
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
I urge the Tongan media community to raise their voices against this unconstitutional law, and thus suppress our free speech rights. Lawmakers are hiding behind the vulnerability of our children to propose laws, which will take away our free speech rights under the constitution. – Sione Mokofisi.
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Wednesday 7 October 2015
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The restructuring of the boards for Public Enterprises (shared boards) scheme is an ill-advised business model. – Sione Mokofisi.
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Sunday 20 September 2015
Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
I’m energised by the discussions last week at the 46th Pacific Islands Forum Leaders Meeting. Leaders have embraced an opportunity to tackle a range of important regional issues. There was deep engagement and robust debate. - Dame Taylor, Secretary General, Pacific Islands Forum.
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Tuesday 15 September 2015
Went to Talamahu Markets to buy some tomatoes but was met with indifference or envy. ...People in Talamahu should lift their game or go home. - George Wolfgramm
Saturday 12 September 2015
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Any authority given power by the government to block and/or age restrict open internet access in Tonga needs to be very aware of the huge negative impact such restrictions will bring down upon the whole community.
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Friday 11 September 2015
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
I would like to thank Lord Tu’ilakepa for taking the fight against nepotism to Parliament. Sadly, most of the People’s Representatives voted against the motion thereby closing the door on democracy in favour of an undemocratic, unconstitutional, uncivilized nepotistic leadership style. -Senolita Swan
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Thursday 30 July 2015
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
On behalf of the Australia West Papua Association (Sydney), I am writing to you concerning the deteriorating human rights situation in West Papua.
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Sunday 7 June 2015
Pago Pago, American Samoa
It should not take a rocket-scientist to see that in vain we claim to build a Pacific Nation's economy when the biggest chunk of the budget goes into payroll. Investment is where we should spend most of our budget instead. - Desert WarLord
Friday 29 May 2015
Pago Pago, American Samoa
Those who think that equality for all including women, can be accomplished without ratification of CEDAW, are deluded. ... People should march to the Palace to assure that the Constitution is solid against abortion and same-sex marriage ... not against CEDAW. - Sione Lousiale Kava
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Monday 25 May 2015

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
We are concerned at a few levels about illicit trade of cigarettes being imported into Tonga without health warnings and certificates of origin. - John Paul Chapman.
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Friday 22 May 2015

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The way forward for us as a nation, is as equals. At Talitha Project, we strive for the equality of men and women as we believe that in God’s eyes we are all the same, in that we are His children. CEDAW’s purpose and establishment is reinforcement of that belief, and we will stand by it in full support. - Vanessa Heleta
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