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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
Saturday 21 June 2014
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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.
Wednesday 18 June 2014
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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.
Sunday 15 June 2014
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‘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.
Wednesday 12 March 2014
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
Tuesday 4 February 2014
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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,
Friday 17 January 2014 - 1 comment
Lo’au University is introducing Tonga to the benefits of having access to a huge amounts of information. It brings university education to more students, young and old, and to the villages and islands, at much affordable costs. - Sione Ake-mei-hakau Mokofisi.
Tuesday 14 January 2014
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The Pacific Island nations of Fiji, Samoa and Tonga have pulled off many upsets in the Rugby World Cup, but we have yet to see one in the cup final. The Pacific Island nations are disadvantaged in rugby, and they could drastically improve their performance on the world stage. - Andrew Joakim.
Wednesday 27 November 2013 - 2 comments
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News of radioactive water at Fukushima to be dumped into the Pacific ocean is alarming. Our beloved Pacific ocean that our livelihoods depend on is becoming a nukes waste dump. – Nilesh Goundar.
Monday 25 November 2013
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I can’t recall the last time that we took to the streets after beating our cousins in the Cook Islands in any sport. The street celebration in Nuku’alofa which followed a lack-lustre performance by a team which on paper promised so much but delivered so little is difficult to comprehend. – Sefita Hao’uli.
Saturday 9 November 2013 - 2 comments
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Tonga needs leadership to develop its economy - leadership with a vision to free itself from relying on aid donors to prop-up its struggling economy. Editor’s Comment by Pesi Fonua
Monday 14 October 2013 - 1 comment
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Tonga is a beautiful country and we would love to come back one day- if there is a better and improved airline system. We had two fantastic weeks in Tongatapu and Ha’apai but the last two days have been a nightmare - what upset us the most was the fact that no one seemed to care - the airline has to know that it cannot go on like that! - Simone Eisenbarth
Monday 23 September 2013 - 3 comments
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‘Oku makehekehe mo Paula Kava ‘i he ‘ene fokotu’u ke fakalato efiema’u fakaako ‘aki ‘a hono ngaue’aki ‘a e naunau ‘e langa ke fakalele ‘a e fe’auhi sipoti ‘o e 2019. Ko e fili, ko ho’o fakanaunau e sipoti ma’ae ki’i tokosi’i pe ko ho’o fakanaunau e kaha’u ako kotoa ‘o e fonua? - Sefita Hao’uli
Tuesday 17 September 2013
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Ko e faingamalie koeni ki Tonga ni ke tau host ‘a e sipoti ‘o e pasifiki ki he 2019 te ne hanga ‘o fakaava ‘a e matapaa ke tau langa ai ha campus fo’ou ke fokotu’u ‘aki ‘etau fuofua National University. - Paula Kava.
Monday 16 September 2013
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The resignation of Lord Tu‘iha‘ateiho as the Acting Speaker of the Tonga Legislative Assembly, on Tuesday, 27 August, is the latest fiasco in parliament, since Tonga introduced a new political system at the end of 2010. Editor’s Comment, By Pesi Fonua
Wednesday 4 September 2013 - 1 comment
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In my view, it is unfortunate that the Deputy PM Mr. Samiu Vaipulu lashed out strongly at the NZ government…. In my view, these undiplomatic threatening tones are unnecessary and unproductive. Remember Tongan Government, there is an old saying, “don’t bite the hand that feeds you”. – Meteliko Tuaileva.
Thursday 22 August 2013 - 1 comment
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‘Oku patoloaki ‘e he Sipoti ‘a e ngaue fakataha mo e ‘ulungaanga fakakaume’a, ‘o ‘ikai ngata pe ‘i he tu’unga faka-loto-fonua mo e fakakaunga’api, kae ope atu ki he toenga ‘o e kolope. – Paula K. Kava.
Wednesday 21 August 2013
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In my view as a Tongan from America and was involved with the Olympic Games of 1984 in Los Angeles California, I can tell you that you can do it. – Meteliko Tuaileva.
Sunday 11 August 2013
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It will cost Tonga $USD70 million to host the 2019 Pacific Games, but the Tongan tax payers will contribute less than one tenth of that amount. $USD50 million has been earmarked for capital and infrastructure development and $USD20 million for operational cost. - ‘Ahongalu Fusimalohi.
Friday 9 August 2013
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The consideration by leaders to close two legacy Boys boarding schools in Tonga, needs “cool heads” and “calm hearts”. – Sione Ake-mei-hakau Mokofisi.
Sunday 28 July 2013 - 1 comment
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