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Friday 20 January 2006
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Political reformers who demanded response from the King of Tonga to a petition proposing amendments to the Tongan Constitution, say their January 16 deadline has passed without any word from the king.
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Tuesday 10 January 2006
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's government, civil service and the public, "should know that we are now at rock bottom, we can't go any further, we have to rebuild ourselves and move on from there," says Tonga's Minister of Labour, Commerce and Industries, Hon. Dr Feleti Sevele, interviewed in the New Year.
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Thursday 22 December 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Dr Sitiveni Halapua, is the vice chairman of the newly formed National Committee for Political Reform (NCPR), a parliamentary committee which is taking the first steps to map out a direction for political reform. Interview by Pesi Fonua.
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Tuesday 13 December 2005
Auckland, New Zealand
I enjoyed Kaveinga e Folau's dissertation and his assessement of the current state of the world economy and Tonga's place in it. He posed a number of questions which have been left unanswered. My take from KeF's contribution is that those of us who are not yet digital natives in India or fabricating in China are left to dine on the more sumptious table of innovation and creativity. Agreed. But this is also the take of every trading bloc and developed country outside of these two industrial giants - and so we're going to be up against it in that respect.
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Monday 12 December 2005
Sydney, Australia
In 1977 I was having a drink at Club Tonga one afternoon when the doorman attempted to block this man...’s entry into the club by informing him that he could not come in as he was not a member. This man I later learnt to be the one and only ...– 'Akilisi Pohiva. Standing defiantly in front of the doorman, and making sure that everybody in the club would hear him, declared, "I have already put-in my membership application and that makes it legal for me to enter this here premises."
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Thursday 8 December 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The long awaited handing over to the Palace Office of prosposed amendments to the Tongan Constitution and other acts, in a booklet prepared by the National Committee for Political Reform took place at 2pm today.
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Wednesday 7 December 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
At first it was going to be December 5th, then it was the 6th, then it was the 7th, but now tomorrow, December 8 is to be the day when at 2pm 'Akilisi Pohiva and members of the National Committee for Political Reform will present their booklet, with proposed amendments to the Tongan Constitution and other acts, to the Private Secretary of the King at the Palace Office. By Pesi Fonua.
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Friday 2 December 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's National Committee for Political Reforms chaired by ...‘Akilisi Pohiva is to submit to the Palace Office on December 6 their recommended amendments to certain clauses of the Tonga Constitution.
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Tuesday 29 November 2005
Auckland, New Zealand
Amongst the issues raised by Inoke Fotu Hu‘akau's contribution to the debate is an initial reference to George I, Tonga's foremost reformist Given George IVs stance, Hu‘akau will have to agree that he was a successful proponent and a deliverer of the urgency agenda in recent Tongan history bar none.
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Wednesday 23 November 2005
Sydney, Australia
I am grateful to contributors to the column from Tamafoa, Finau and Latu to Mangisi, Mahina, Haouli, Helu, Uata and recently Mariner for such enlightened discussions of the current state of Tonga. Working in a culturally diverse society like Australia, I have come across two groups whose problems seemed to be much more magnified than others: Firstly, those who have distinct culture, history, geographical locality and yet without a recognized state such as the Kurdish.
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Wednesday 23 November 2005

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's Prince Tu'ipelehake, who has been labeled as the Prince of the Reform Movement, believes that the new National Committee for Reform, established by parliament and expected to meet for the first time before Christmas 2005, will bring about the peaceful political reform that Tonga wants. Interview with Prince Tu'ipelehake, by Pesi Fonua on 11 November 2005.
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Tuesday 15 November 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A group of about 20 people who marched to the Prime Minister's office in Nuku'’alofa today waving Freedom banners were stopped outside the door, and asked to write a letter expressing their concerns.
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Friday 4 November 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
On today's public holiday to mark the 130th year of the Tongan Constitution, a political rally of about 200 people at Pangai Si'i in Nuku'alofa was told that the constitution deprives them of fundamental rights.
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Friday 28 October 2005
USA
As we struggle for political change, it is clear; we are far from where we ought to be. -TamaFoa
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Monday 24 October 2005
Auckland, New Zealand
Although the US is free of the avian flu presently, they may have to look a little closer at your correspondent and our fellow pilgrim Tama Foa. He may have fallen victim. I say this as I was surprised at his recent outburst over Laki Niu's constitutional proposal.
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Monday 24 October 2005
Sydney, Australia
I refer to Tama Foa's previous article "Negotiations can save heartache of violence...‚ in which the writer criticized Laki Niu's recent political campaign. Perhaps, Tama Foa is a little misguided but let me see if I can illustrate the point more clearly. -Jason Faletau
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Wednesday 19 October 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
After two days of camping at Pangai Si'’i in central Nuku'alofa, without receiving a response from Cabinet, Tonga's Constitutional change campaigner, Laki Niu, stepped up his call for democratic changes to the Tongan Constitution today by marching with 30 supporters to the parliament house.
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Tuesday 18 October 2005
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What Laki Niu is doing, is what a lot of Tongans have been talking about in Faikava's!! Expressing their frustrations and anger towards a government's way of rule but not taking action.
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Sunday 16 October 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Tongan people must be set free from a 1,000-year-old bondage, says Laki Niu, a Tongan lawyer, who will camp at Pangai Si'i with a loud speaker tomorrow morning demanding that the Tongan government agree to a new proposal for constitutional change.
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Thursday 22 September 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The two former People's Representatives who were appointed to the Tongan Cabinet in March have rejected claims that they had done nothing for the people.
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