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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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Wednesday 12 March 2014
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
‘Oku ou fifili ‘i he taimi lahi pe na’e hu’u ki he ha ‘a e fo’i hiki vahenga ‘a e kau ngaue fakapuleanga. ‘Oku fa’a taka ‘i he ngaahi ha’ofanga ‘a e lea ‘o pehe “ko hotau fonua ‘ofa’anga eni”. Fai mu’a ‘etau ‘ofa fonua pea ‘ai ke ‘asi he’etau ngaue ka ‘oku ‘ikai ko e me’a ‘oku lau pe mo lea ‘aki. – HalaVuna.
Tuesday 4 February 2014
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The ability of the domestic industry to compete in the southern long-line albacore fishery has hit the point of no return. Tying-up vessels and sending employees home is now the reality that is faced by the Pacific Islands Tuna Industry Association members that have an interest in this fishery. Tonga has one domestic vessel left – down from a high of 26. - PITIA
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Friday 17 January 2014
Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
Eleven months from now, in November 2014 Tongans will go to the polls to elect new members of parliament. As Tongans are preparing to pick their teams to find solutions to Tonga’s many problems, it is important to look at some of the immediate challenges that are confronting Tonga’s More-Democratically-Elected Government (MDE). Editor’s Comment, by Pesi Fonua,
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