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  • Monday 5 December 2005 5:43pm


    Auckland, New Zealand
    : Can I for the time being park the discussion on the alleged shortcomings of today'’s reformists for now and ask if my learned friend is able to put the current regime under the same scrutiny? - Sefita Hao'uli
  • Saturday 3 December 2005 6:07pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : What is going to happen in Tonga on December 5, 2005? The date has been earmarked by constitutional reformers as a deadline for government to make an immediate response to their demands for people to have the right to choose all members of parliament. Editor's Comment by Pesi Fonua.
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  • Friday 2 December 2005 6:41pm


    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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  • Friday 2 December 2005 12:53pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Tonga's Ikale Tahi rugby union team has completed its 2005 European Tour of Britain, Italy and France with three loses and three wins.
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  • Friday 2 December 2005 12:43pm


    Australia
    : It is Democrazier than I thought. Although my mention of King George Tupou I was for a different purpose, it is great that Hao'uli has taken us through the missionary position or version of Taufa'ahau'’s history and thus we come to our first point of disagreement. - Inoke Fotu Huakau
  • Friday 2 December 2005 12:31pm


    Moss Beach, Ca.,USA
    : The post strike leaves politicians and reformers seducing the public while introducing the monarchy to a new vulnerability with explosive demands for a new civilization and revolutionary change. This government reform can be profound yet superficially stimulating depending on the moral, wisdom, logic, clarity, reasons and honest common sense of the political and government leaders. - Mele Payne Lynch
  • Tuesday 29 November 2005 7:55pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : A large part of the Tonga Side School was destroyed when eight classrooms were gutted by fire on Saturday November 26, including the oldest block of rooms at the school. Photos by Guido Schultz
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  • Tuesday 29 November 2005 7:30pm


    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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  • Tuesday 29 November 2005 7:16pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Stephen Tusler of Australia is the new General Manager of the Tonga Communications Corporation, taking up his two year contract on November 28.
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  • Friday 25 November 2005 6:35pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : When you have over 130 journalists and media people congregated at the International Dateline Hotel for five days, what do you expect them to do?
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  • Friday 25 November 2005 4:05pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Mooring off Tonga's Pangaimotu island this morning, a yacht belonging to one of the world's wealthiest figures, may have a few weeks of idle time in Tonga while its 37 crew members and a controversial parrot on board seek entry to New Zealand.
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  • Thursday 24 November 2005 5:15pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Following in the reggae footsteps fof Lucky Dube's successful Tonga concert earlier this year, will be the superstar reggae singer Maxi Priest who will stop over for one concert on December 14, to be followed by the popular reggae band UB40 for one concert on March 8, 2006.
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  • Thursday 24 November 2005 5:03pm


    Alaska, USA
    : When you acknowledge the less than perfect parts of yourself, something magical begins to happen. Along with the negative, you'll also begin to notice the positive, the wonderful aspects of yourself that you may not have given yourself credit for, or perhaps even been aware of. - Siosaia Moimoiangaha
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  • Thursday 24 November 2005 5:00pm


    Auckland, New Zealand
    : PINA Media Freedom Award. Congratulations Pesi on a well-earned honour for your tireless efforts against the odds. My personal acknowledgement of your wife's contribution and on-going support. - Sef Hao'uli & Tapu Misa
  • Thursday 24 November 2005 5:00pm


    UK
    : Pina Media Freedom Award 2005. thank you once again to a good journalist and for freedom of press you have given Tonga and overseas Tongans around the world. -William Mariner
  • Thursday 24 November 2005 1:30pm


    Colombo, Sri Lanka
    : Anybody who stands up and fights for press freedom and freedom of information deserves to be recognised, respected and honoured though I dare say that press freedom is sometimes abused and becomes a convenient tool. - Neville de Silva
  • Thursday 24 November 2005 1:30pm


    Queensland, Australia
    : Hearty congratulations to both Pesi Fonua and John Lamani from (despite our new anti-terrorism laws, suppression orders and contempt charges) the relative safety of Australia. You have both been brave soldiers for press freedom in the face of oppression. -Professor Mark Pearson
  • Thursday 24 November 2005 1:30pm


    Apia, Samoa
    : Congratulations to Pesi Fonua (editor of Matangi Tonga and chair of the Tonga Media Council) and John Lamani (publisher of the Solomon Star and trustee for Media Association of Solomon Islands). -Peter Lomas
  • Thursday 24 November 2005 1:15pm


    St George, Grenada
    : I have not had the pleasure of meeting Pesi Fonua, but I did have the privilege of being at the Thomson Foundation together with John Lamani in 1986. I have great pleasure in sending them both by sincerest congratulations on what I am certain are richly deserved awards. Keep up the good work guys! -Leslie Pierre
  • Thursday 24 November 2005 1:15pm


    Hamilton, Ontario Canada
    : Congratulations to Pesi Fonua and John Lamani for an honour that makes other journalism awards pale by comparison: recognition for risking their own wellbeing to defend freedom of expression.

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