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Monday 2 March 2015

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga’s relationship with the People’s Republic of China is relatively young. Our diplomatic relationship was formalized 16 years ago on November 2, 1998. By Pesi Fonua.
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.
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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.
Wednesday 11 February 2015
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Office of the Prime Minister is obligated to respond in brief to questions and criticisms raised by the liberal news media, and is dubbed to be the wider views of the public at large, as to why the New Government has been slow in instigating the changes they proposed to the constituents and the people of Tonga, prior to election. - Prime Minister’s Office, Government of Tonga.
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Tuesday 10 February 2015
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Prime Minister Pōhiva’s recent favouritism appointments are the actions of a dictator. - Sione A. Mokofisi – MBA.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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”.
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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.
Tuesday 9 December 2014
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Ko e me’a mahu’ingna taha ki hotau fonua he momeniti ko’eni ke fai mo mou fokotu’u ho’omou Kanititeiti ki he Palemia. He kuo tau hange ha me’alele ‘oku pikisia pe ia he pelepela ‘o hono fale tau’anga te’eki a’u ki he hala. - ‘Inoke Fotu Hu’akau.
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Friday 5 December 2014
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Ko e lakanga Palemia ko e Taki Ngaue Ma’olunga taha ia he fonua, pea ‘oku ‘ikai ko ha lakanga ia ke fakapale’i ‘aki ha taha. Ko e fakapale ia ‘oku lahi ‘a e ngaahi Metali Fakalangilangi ‘a e fonua ke fai ‘aki ‘a e ngaue koia. ‘E ‘ikai fakahoko ‘aki ia ‘a e Palemia. – ‘Inoke Fotu Hu’akau.
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Monday 1 December 2014
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Ko e kamata ko’eni ‘a Tonga he hala-fononga ‘o e faka-temokalati ange kuo tau hoko ai ko e fuofua fonua kuo ma’u ‘e ha kau Fakafofonga Tau’ataina ‘a e tokolahi ke fokotu’u ha Pula’anga. Pea ‘oku fokotu’u atu heni ke tali ‘e he kau Fakafofonga Tau’ataina ‘a e faingamalie kuo foaki kia kinautolu ‘e he kakai ‘o e fonua. – ‘Inoke Fotu Hu’akau.
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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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