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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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Wednesday 7 October 2015
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The restructuring of the boards for Public Enterprises (shared boards) scheme is an ill-advised business model. – Sione Mokofisi.
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Monday 28 September 2015

Bangkok, Thailand
The Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) estimates that the Asia-Pacific region will need to invest between $2.1 trillion and $2.5 trillion per year to fund a comprehensive agenda for sustainable development. Shamshad Akhtar.
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Sunday 27 September 2015

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The big challenge for governments and international partners in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals is that while there is general agreement on the overall framework, there is less clarity on how they will be financed. - Deodat Maharaj
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Sunday 20 September 2015
Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
I’m energised by the discussions last week at the 46th Pacific Islands Forum Leaders Meeting. Leaders have embraced an opportunity to tackle a range of important regional issues. There was deep engagement and robust debate. - Dame Taylor, Secretary General, Pacific Islands Forum.
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Tuesday 15 September 2015
Went to Talamahu Markets to buy some tomatoes but was met with indifference or envy. ...People in Talamahu should lift their game or go home. - George Wolfgramm
Saturday 12 September 2015
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Any authority given power by the government to block and/or age restrict open internet access in Tonga needs to be very aware of the huge negative impact such restrictions will bring down upon the whole community.
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Friday 11 September 2015
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
I would like to thank Lord Tu’ilakepa for taking the fight against nepotism to Parliament. Sadly, most of the People’s Representatives voted against the motion thereby closing the door on democracy in favour of an undemocratic, unconstitutional, uncivilized nepotistic leadership style. -Senolita Swan
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Friday 28 August 2015
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
When the Prime Minister told the House this week that the Reserve Bank should tell the commercial banks to reduce their interest rates and to reduce their profit to not more than $2 million pa’anga per annum - one wonders if the Prime Minister had discussed the issue with his Minister of Finance? Editor's Comment by Pesi Fonua.
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Monday 24 August 2015
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
‘I he uike kuo ’osii na’e toutou haa mai ‘i he TV Tonga ‘a e ngaahi fakamatala ‘a e kakai ‘i he ngaahi mala’e kehekehe ‘a e tu’uaki ‘o pehee ‘oku toko 8 ‘i he toko 10 ‘o e kakai fefine Tonga na’e fakamamahi’i (domestic violence). ‘I he taimi tatau, ke tau tokanga na’a ‘oku ‘i ai ha ‘asenita ‘aha pule’anga pe ma’u mafai muli pe ha taha ‘i Tonga ni pe fakatou’osi, ‘o me’angaue’aki ‘a e isiu ni, ‘aki hano mimio’i (spin) ‘a hono fakamatala’ii, pea tau hamumu ai, kae huu mai ‘a Setane (he ko e tamai ia ‘o e loii) ‘o maumau’i ‘etau ngaahi feinga kotoa.
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Friday 7 August 2015
Suva, Fiji
The first modern King of Tonga, George Tupou I, foresaw that there would come a day when his people would be “destroyed for lack of knowledge”. We ask the Honorable Members of Parliament, do not let this prophetic statement come true. Safeguard and preserve the Popua Sia for future generations and find another site for housing developments. - Lea Kauvaka Hauula, Fiji. Petitioning Prime Minister 'Akilisi Pohiva and Members of Parliament, Kingdom of Tonga.
Thursday 30 July 2015
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
On behalf of the Australia West Papua Association (Sydney), I am writing to you concerning the deteriorating human rights situation in West Papua.
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Thursday 9 July 2015
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tu’utu’uni ‘a e Tama Tu’i Tupou VI ki he Kapineti ke holomui meihe teu fakamo’oni ‘a Tonga he CEDAW, he ko e toko tahamano tupu ‘o e kakai ‘o Tonga ni na’a nau tohi tangi ange ke ‘oua ‘e kau ‘a Tonga ni ‘i he CEDAW . . – Sione Tu’itupou Fotu.
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