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Wednesday 12 November 2014
Parliament House

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tongan voters will be put on the spot on November 27 to elect a new government that could save the country from its current economic downward spiral, and to start a recovery process that will restore the trust and confidence of the people in the system of government that was implemented in 2010. Until we fully understand how our system works, and why it doesn’t work, we will continue to struggle. Editor’s comment, by Pesi Fonua
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Wednesday 12 November 2014
USA
Neongo ‘a hono tu’uaki e Temokalatí ‘o pehē tokua ko e mafai ‘e ‘i he ‘aofinima ‘o e kakaí, ka ‘oku hoko e Temokalatí ia ko e me’angaue faka-politikale pē ki ha ni’ihi tokosi’i ke nau pule ki he toenga e fonuá. Kuo fakamo’oni’i ‘oku lolotonga hoko eni i ‘Amelika he ‘aho ni, pea me’apango kuo ‘osi kamata e me’a tatau ‘i Tonga he mali siokoloa (marriage of convenience) ko ia ‘a e Temokalati Tonga mo e Kautaha e Kaungaue Fakapule’anga (PSA). – Tevita Vaikona mo Senituli Penitani.
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Tuesday 4 November 2014
USA
Ko e makehe’anga ‘o Tonga he Pasifiki mo e toenga ‘o mamaní — ko hono Tu’i ne Pule Fakaleveleva ka na’e mo’ui kalusefai, pea ko ‘ene visone ko e fakamaau totonu, vahevahe taau, pule ‘a e lao, mo e fai ma’oni’onii ke tafe meia Sihova ki Tonga ko e Selusalema ‘o e Pasifikí. – Tevita Vaikona mo Senituli Penitani.
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Monday 27 October 2014
USA
“Ko e Pule (Mafai) Fakalevelevaa ‘oku Fakaleveleva ‘e ne Faihalá,” ‘o hangē nai ia ha kupu’ilea mei he Folofolá. Pea kuo ngāue’aki ‘e he kau Taki Temokalatí e kupu’ileá ni ke hokataoa’aki e Pule’anga Fakatu’í peá ke fakatonuhia’i’aki e feinga liliu Temokalatí. ‘Okú ma fokotu’u atu ki he Tonga kotoa—’Oku ta’emo’oni e lea ko ‘ená ‘i Tonga pea ko hono ‘uhingá ‘eni. – Tevita Vaikona mo Senituli Penitani.
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Saturday 25 October 2014
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
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Monday 20 October 2014
USA
Ko e fa’ahinga tu’unga faka-politikale oku ui ko e “potupotu tatau faingata’a” pe “uneasy equilibrium,” ‘a e faahinga tu’unga oku ‘i ai a Tongá ‘i he lolotongani, pea kuo pau ke tau feinga ke tauhi e ongome’aa e ua ke potupotu tatau neongo ‘e ne feingata’á — ko e Temokalati pea mo e Pule Fakatu’i pe Pule’anga Fakatu’i Fakatemokalati. - Tevita Vaikona mo Senituli Penitani.
Friday 10 October 2014
USA
Ko e liliu Temokalatí ‘oku ‘ikai ko ha liliu faka-politikale pē, ka ko e liliu ‘o e fa’unga ‘o e sōsaieti Tongá mo e ‘ulungaanga fakafonuá. Kuo pau ke ‘i ai e trade-off — ‘e ma’u mai e tafa’aki ko é, ka e mole atu e tafa’aki ko é. - Tevita Vaikona mo Senituli Penitani.
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Tuesday 30 September 2014
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Ko e fokotu’u fakakaukau ‘eni ke hanga ‘ehe Pule’anga ‘o fokotu’u ha ‘Komisoni Fekumi ki he Mo’oni’ (sort of Truth Commission) he vave taha ke nau fekumi ki he mo’oni kakato ‘o e ‘uhinga na’e hoko ai ‘a e 16/11. – S. Tu’itupou Fotu.
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Monday 29 September 2014
Dubai, UAE
In today’s crisis of extremism, we must recognize that we are just as interdependent for our security, as is clear in the current struggle to defeat ISIS. What we are fighting is not just a terrorist organization, but the embodiment of a malicious ideology that must be defeated intellectually. – Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.
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Tuesday 23 September 2014
Australia
Australia’s increased Aid-for-Trade focus is the same wine in different bottles. Aid-for-Trade, and its counterpart PACER-Plus, are really about ensuring that Pacific markets are open to Australian exports and securing Pacific engagement with the global economy on terms that disproportionately benefit the regions big brothers. - Adam Wolfenden.
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Sunday 21 September 2014
Salt Lake City, Utah, USA
Bainimarama is still a Dictator. He came to power in a coup de dat’. People’s lives were lost in the coup de dat’ that Bainimarama led, and Fiji is still labeled a “human rights” violator by the UN. – Sione A. Mokofisi.
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Sunday 21 September 2014
'Aositelelia
Talu e tu’u e Pule’anga Fakatu’i ‘o Tongá mo e ‘ikai ha ofiofia e kovi ‘a e Pule’anga Tongá ki he kovi ne fai ‘e he Pule’anga Pilitaniá ki he kakai ‘o ‘Initiá pe ko hono ngaohi kovi’i ‘e he kau hinehina o ‘Amelika ‘a e kau ‘uli’ulii, ka na’e uki ‘e Mahatma Gandhi ‘a e laui miliona hono kakaí ke nau fakafepaki melino pea uki ‘e Luther King ‘a e fakafepaki melino pea na’e ola lelei ‘enau feingá. - Tevita Vaikona mo Senituli Penitani.
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Thursday 18 September 2014
Lautoka, Fiji
Bainimarama has steam rolled one and all to an emphatic victory and a win, which may go down in history not to be beaten for another century; further putting closure and totally eclipsing any notion and thoughts of him as a dictator, military ruler or an unelected coup leader. - Dr Sushil K Sharma.
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Sunday 14 September 2014
'Aositelelia
Kau taki temokalatii, kapau ko e taukave ena ‘oku evidence-based, fēfē ke ‘alu fakataha pee ho’omou malanga’I e Temokalatii pea mo ho’omou malanga’i a Kalaisii. Ka liliu hotau fonuaa ‘o lahiange ‘enau muimui kia Sisu ‘i he muimui ki he Temokalatii, te tau a’usia e Temokalati fakamonu’iaa, pea ‘e ‘ikai toe ‘i ai ha 16/11. - Tevita Vaikona mo Senituli Penitani.
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Wednesday 10 September 2014

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga needs to raise the bar on workplace confidentiality because hot gossip with client information is “absolutely inappropriate and intolerable,” says Matangi Tonga reader Soa‘ileata Paseka, who was horrified to hear that the personal financial transactions of a friend were being tattled about in church.
Thursday 4 September 2014
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Fokotu’u atu  Fēfē ke tau muimui pē he founga faka-Pilitaniá, ‘aki hono fili ‘e he kakaí honau kau Fakafofongá, pea fili ‘e he kau Fakafofongá ‘a e Palemiá. Pea tau faka-‘Amelika leva he taimi ko é ‘e fili ai ‘e he Palēmiá ‘e ne kau Minisitā ki he Kapinetí. – Tevita mo Senituli.
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Tuesday 2 September 2014
Apia, Samoa
Many Small Island Developing States SIDS are thought to have economic strength because they enjoy middle income status, and are therefore considered well-positioned to achieve their development goals. However, the reality is often the opposite. By Commonwealth Deputy Secretary-General Deodat Maharaj
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Saturday 21 June 2014
Suva, Fiji
Which is better for financing the budget: foreign aid or debt? That is always the question before Pacific island countries (PICs) each year. The dilemma becomes acute when the future is uncertain with mounting public debts and rising debt servicing obligations. By T. K. Jayaraman
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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.
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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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