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Thursday 19 November 2015
Minister Lavulavu has done everything possible to avoid his upcoming trial. In the meantime the Prime Minister sits by and does nothing, allowing his government (and ours) to be dragged through the mud and embarrassment of yet another 'Etuate Lavulavu scandal. - Peni Katoa.
Thursday 12 November 2015
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Hon. Lord Fusitu’a squandered a great opportunity this week to make history for Tonga on the world stage. He took center stage yesterday (5 November) at the Conference of State Parties (CoSP) in St. Petersburg, Russian Federation.
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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.
Wednesday 28 October 2015
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Ko e faito’o ‘a e Pule’anga ke solova ‘aki ‘a e ngaue pango ‘a Lavulavu: ‘Uluakii - Pehee ‘e he Palemiaa ke tohi tangi mai ‘a e kakaii ki he Tama Tu’ii ke fai ha fili fo’ou; Uaa – Pehe ‘e Minisita Eke ke fai ha tohi tangi ki Falealea ke toe fai ha hopo fo’ou.
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Saturday 24 October 2015
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Mahino pee na’e fili ‘a Lavulavu ia ki he Palemiaa ‘i hono paloti’i ‘i Fale Alea ‘i he kamata ‘a e Pule’anga lolotongaa, pea ko e ‘totongi fakafoki’ nai ‘eni ‘oe paloti koiaa, he ko e politikii ia, ka ‘oku ‘ikai ko e ngaue faka-e-sevanitii ia ‘o fakatatau mo ‘enau fuakavaa. – Sione Tu’itupou Fotu.
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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.
Thursday 22 October 2015
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Tonga government’s foreign relations, its education system and its stance on the rule of law are issues that have suddenly confronted the public with mass confusion during the past few days. The authorities must now clarify where we stand or risk further loss of credibility. Editor’s Comment by Pesi Fonua
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Sunday 18 October 2015
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Ko e tau’ataina ke te leaa kuopau ke poupou’i, tatau pe ‘oku ‘ikai sai’ia ai ‘a e tokotaha koiaa ki he me’a ‘oku te lea ‘akii. Ko e me’a ‘oku fai ‘a e tokanga kiaii, ko ’etau hehema ke fa’u ha lao ke solova ‘aki ha palopalema fakasosiale. Ko e palopalema tefitoo ia ‘oku fakalaumalie, kae ‘ikai koe fakaesino. Koehaa ‘a e me’a ke faii? Ko e tali nounou kiaii ‘a e Kalisitianee, solova ‘aki ‘a e founga fakaelaumalie ko e ‘fanau’i fo’ou’ ‘a ‘ete mo’uii he ‘e tu’uloa leva ‘a hono olaa, pea he ’ikai tete toe fie sio pe ngaue’aki ‘a e ‘website’ ‘oku haa ai ‘a e ngaahi me’a kovi mo fakalieliaa. - Sione Tu’itupou Fotu.
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Friday 16 October 2015

Brighton, United Kingdom
A close inspection of traditional pre-war rituals reveal a chant or act of some description designed to inspire bravery and valour on the battlefield. I would much rather see two teams perform something deep and meaningful than to witness another attempt to mock a culture. That is the challenge that lies ahead and perhaps when the next Rugby World Cup is held in Japan we might also celebrate the diversity of cultures that contribute towards the game that is rugby. – Malcolm Mulholland.
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
Ka fokotu’u Pisinis ‘a e Pule’angaa, ‘e fili ‘a e Poate ke nau fakalele, pea ‘oku fakafatongia’aki ‘a e kau Talekitaa ke nau tataki ‘a e Pisinisii, ka ‘oku ‘ikai ‘uhinga ia ke nau ‘micro manage’ ‘a e Pisinisii, pea ‘oku mahu’inga ‘aupito ke mahino ‘a honau fakangatangata’angaa. – Sione Tu’itupou Fotu.
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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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Saturday 10 October 2015
Suva, Fiji
Today (10 October), on the occasion of the European and World Day against the Death Penalty, the European Union and its Member States reiterate our strong opposition to the use of capital punishment.
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Wednesday 7 October 2015
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
‘I he ngaahi ‘aho ni ko e tui fakafo’ituitui ‘a e kakai ‘oku konga lalahi ‘e ua – ‘conservative’ mo e ‘liberal’, pea ‘oku na tu’u fehangahangai ‘i he taimi lahi ‘aupito. – Sione Tu’itupou Fotu.
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