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Wednesday 22 November 2006
Pacific
How is it that the Government and its National Security Agencies allow the situation to get to a point where our capital continues to be engulfed with flames?For now, this event is unimaginable to go this far, and we can only read and listen to news overseas with immense disappointment for leaders who were involved, especially in inciting the riot in the first place, and also at all political parties involved for failing to put an end or at least prevent such acts from happening. - Molisi Manu'atu
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Wednesday 22 November 2006
Neiafu, Vava'u
Kole ke u hufanga he ngaahi talaaofaki kae'uma'a 'a e ngaahi tu'unga 'oku fa'a tapaekina hono fakatapua. 'Io kia Tupou V kae'uma'a e hou'eiki tauhi fonua; kau taki lotu mo e si'i kakai 'o e fonua. Fakamolemole pe 'a e haofanga ni kae'uma'a 'a e paengalafo 'o e Matangi Tonga kae tuku mu'a ke u hao atu hee mei he vao ate; he kuo te'ialoto pea mau kafo tu'unga'a he kuo lavea 'a e sino pea kafo ai pe ngaahi va'a 'akitaua tangata mo e fefine Tonga. 'Isa na'a mo hota kainga 'i muli na 'oku nau kau he lavea noa he ko e loto'i Tonga si'i kauvaha mai 'enau tu'a-'ofa-'eiki he vahanoa na ki Tonga ni si'onau tupu'anga.
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Wednesday 22 November 2006
Sunnyvale, USA
How sad it is to hear what is happening in Tonga. I was shocked to hear that the peaceful little island I grew up in and always held in high views has diminished its friendly reputation because of these ignorant rioters. Is this what they call democracy? What happened to the values that we grew up with? - M. Niukapu
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Thursday 1 June 2006

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Over a thousand people took to the streets of Nuku'alofa today, in a national march to present to the Palace a letter of petition calling for "political reform". Photos by Linny Folau/ Matangi Tonga.
Tuesday 21 March 2006
Suva, Fiji
Although the Pacific has experienced conflicts and will likely do so in the future, democracy will prevail and grow much stronger in the region, believes Peter Forau, the Deputy Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat. By Mary Lyn Fonua.
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Wednesday 25 May 2005
Suva, Fiji
So where is Tonga heading? In fact Tonga is quite a unique case. The country has very little natural resources to speak of, except its people whose remittances sustain the economy. Because the Tongans are very attached to their homeland and are proud of their heritage and identity, so in some sense they are being held economic hostage by the rulers, as the only tangible influence they can exert is to withhold sending money home. But that only punishes their loved ones.
Tuesday 24 May 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Ko e FAIHALA (injustice) ko e taha ia ha kaveinga malie mo fihi hono talanoa ‘i, he ko e angamaheni hono talanoa ‘i ‘ona ‘e nofo ia ‘i he FAITOTONU (justice). ‘Oku pehe leva ko e Faihala ko e nunu ‘a ia ‘o e mo ‘ui TA ‘E-FAITOTONU. Pea ko e ‘Ngaue hala ‘aki ‘o e Mafai ‘ (Corruption) ko e taha pe ia ‘o e ngaahi fotunga mahino pe nunu ‘a ‘o e mo ‘ui ta ‘e-faitotonu. ‘A ia ko e kupu si ‘i pe ia ‘o e to ‘onga mo ‘ui FAIHALA. Ke fakava ‘e ha sosaieti, ‘oku vakili leva ‘e he tangata hono ngaahi tefito ‘i ‘ulungaanga ‘o to ‘o uho mai ‘a ia tene lava ‘o fataki e kaveinga fakama ‘uma ‘uluta ‘e ne mo ‘ui fakasosiale, pea ‘oku nofo loto ai ‘ene fakamaau ki he lelei mo e kovi (molale) kae ‘uma ‘a e totonu mo e hala (...‘efika) ‘o ‘e ne mo ‘ui. Ka ‘oku mahu ‘inga ke mahino he ‘ikai te tau talanoa ki he faihala ‘o hange ‘e lava ‘o to ‘o faka ‘aufuli mei he ‘etau mo ‘ui. - ‘Inoke Fotu Hu‘akau
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Saturday 14 May 2005
Sydney, Australia
Ko e to’onga mo’ui pule’ia, ko e imisi ofi ia e tukunga mo’ui ‘oku ‘I ai e tangata he ‘e to loto ai ‘e ne mo’ui fakalaumalie ‘i hono va mo e ‘Otua, ‘e ne mo’ui fakamatelie ‘i hono va mo Natula pea pehe ki he fakasosiale ‘i he fakafa’ahinga. Ko e to’onga mo’ui eni ‘oku uho ‘aki e me’a k oe PULEIA mo e PULEKEHEA. Ko e ngaahi fehu’i ‘oku tau fehangahangai mo ia ‘i he politiki hange ko e foungapule (‘aitolosia); mafai (authority) mo e ha fua, ko e tepu ia ‘o e to’onga mo’ui koeni. He ko e Politiki ko e saianisi ‘ia ‘o hono PULE’I ‘o e sosaieti, pea ko e taha ‘o hono ngaahi me’angaue tefito ko e MAFAI. - ‘Inoke Fotu Hu‘akau
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Saturday 14 May 2005
Auckland, New Zealand
I have noted that in the last 10 years or so the term 'corruption' has been widely used in Tonga and in most cases, it is levelled against those in authority, particularly against the Royal family and the government. And of course, the term is mostly used in the political arena and by the media for various agendas and in most of the cases they have been right in its application.
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Friday 6 May 2005
Auckland, New Zealand
I take my hat off to the PDP and congratulate them for a 'landslide' victory over the THRDM. I say landslide since they have existed for only 22 days but they have gained 1 seat in the people's 11 places in Parliament (9 PR and 2 Cabinet ministers). Compare that with the 8 seats by the THRDM who have been in existence for more than 10 years.
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Wednesday 3 November 2004
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Early in 2005, Tongans will exercise their democratic right and go to the polls to elect their representatives to the Tongan Legislative Assembly. Editor's Comment by Pesi Fonua
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Thursday 30 May 2002

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
Lopeti Senituli, the full time Director of the Tonga Human Rights and Democracy Movement says that his organisation wants to change Tonga’s structure of government, first with a mass movement and then later by introducing political parties. Interview by Pesi Fonua. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 17, no. 1, May 2002.
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