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Friday 2 February 2007
Pago Pago, American Samoa
Power production was sold to the Shoreline only after the approval of the Parliament. It included the concurrences of all the People's Representative. Before visiting the issue at hand, it is appropriate and proper to interview my representative in the parliament who voted yes to the sales of the power producing authority and responsibility to Shoreline. I, being from Tongatapu would like my representative at the parliament, Mr. Pohiva, Mr. Pulu and Mr. Edwards to explain the reasons why they agreed on the sale. -Sione L. Kava
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Thursday 1 February 2007
New South Wales, Australia
The point is that in every action that the Government of Tonga takes it must be accountable and transparent. If it is not ...– this mere shortfall alone will inhibit the rebuilding of our beloved country and society. -Viliami Lakasi
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Thursday 1 February 2007
Salt Lake City, Utah, USA
Mr. Viliami Lakasi questions the validity, and the "repayment terms" of the Government loan to Shoreline in his letter (Jan. 31, 2007). Perhaps in good times Mr. Lakasi's inquiry could be viewed with interest. But in view of what happened on November, 16, 2006, I would say Mr. Lakasi is on the insensitive side. - Sione Ake Mokofisi
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Wednesday 31 January 2007
New South Wales, Australia
I read with interest the letter recently published by the Director of the Tonga Electric Power Board and the Minister for Transport. As a tax payer can I please ask what are the terms of this 'loan'? - Viliami Lakasi
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Friday 26 January 2007
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Tongan government injected $2 million into the Shoreline Power company to pay its fuel bills and prop it up following the destruction of its head office in the November 16 riots, it was revealed today. The government will now have to raise an estimated $60 million to buy back its power generation facility from Shoreline Power. By Pesi Fonua.
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Friday 3 November 2006
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Shoreline Power, Tonga's sole power generator signed a "Preliminary Sale Agreement" with Northpower of Whangarei, New Zealand, on October 31, Soane Ramanlal, the Chief Executive Officer for the Shoreline Group of Companies announced this afternoon in Nuku'alofa.
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Tuesday 5 September 2006
Auckland, New Zealand
The argument in Parliament at present centres around the size of the electricity price hike - which is the short-term issue. But alongside should be a more sustained discussion on the long-term solution to power supply. Tonga is not on its own on this issue as many countries are just as vulnerable as we are. But it's time like this that size does matter and for once - small is beautiful. Oil is a non-renewable source and as it dwindles at source, the price will continue to climb. There are alternatives abound which we should now consider seriously.
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Monday 4 September 2006
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Tonga Electric Power Board today, announced a 5.21 seniti increase in the price of electricity that by the end of the year could translate into a 35.6% increase for domestic consumers.
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Friday 1 September 2006
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
This week's request by Shoreline Power for an electricity tariff increase to offset the rising cost of diesel fuel has brought into the limelight again the business of electricity generation and how Tonga is dealing with the complexity of a global economy where the price of a certain commodity is decided elsewhere. Editor' Comment, by Pesi Fonua.
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Monday 15 May 2006
Moss Beach-California, USA
While Tonga is still struggling with tension to rebuild herself from an economic earthquake, the $60M loan to buy back Shoreline is the overture to a tsunami. Prime Minister, Feleti Sevele equating religion to economy in his news release last week was a hopeful attempt to shape the people's frame of reference and soften the blow. - Mele Payne Lynch
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Monday 8 May 2006
Melbourne, Australia
The Continuing Saga of the mess of the Electricity Supply in Tonga must not be allowed to continue. But we must also ensure that the govt and Shoreline do not drag us all to jump from the frypan and into the fire. -Sione Tapani Mangisi
Thursday 27 April 2006
Moss Beach, CA, USA
With the wretched economic climate in Tonga, the people can ill afford to ignore the malfeasance and graft typically exercised by those in power to potentially manipulate the terms of acquisition of Shoreline. Both Government and Shoreline should not exercise complete autonomy in this venture because the interest of the consumers is at stake. Therefore, the process and result need to exist in symbiosis with the community. Shoreline has not provided much financial, operational & maintenance details to suggest a compelling economic proposition thus this creates ample opportunity for critical errors exacerbated by various factors. - Mele Payne Lynch
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Tuesday 18 April 2006
Sydney, Australia
The fiasco concerning Shoreline and its operation is a dilemma created by the government themselves. From your article of the same (8 April), it is clear that both the government and Shoreline operatives have collided with their various public statements, and in turn raises many questions. Shoreline is now returning the favor, giving the government the first option to buy back the electricity business. -Jason Faletau
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Sunday 16 April 2006
Moss Beach-California, USA
Shoreline's recent announcement for sale is one of the intense climacterics of the moral, economic and political hardships and factions in the Kingdom. There is scuttlebutt that Shoreline's undisclosed multi-million dollar sales price is approximately T$60 Million and prior to Prince Lavaka's resignation as Prime Minister, Crown Prince Tupouto'a and members of the royal family were in favor of a T$100 Million loan from China to facilitate the purchase of Shoreline resulting in a royal dispute and subsequently Lavaka's resignation. = Mele Payne Lynch
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Thursday 23 March 2006
Kolofo'ou, Tonga
'Olive Ramanlal has good reasons to be alarmed by the presence of the Secretary of the Human Rights and Democracy Movement in Tonga, Mr. 'Akilisi Pohiva with two cameramen, outside her gate. In the late 1990's and in 2000, particularly during the seizure of the Chaudhury Government in Fiji, Mr. Pohiva pointed to the unrest there and talked up the threat posed by Asian immigrants here. - Electricity Consumer
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Saturday 11 June 2005
Auckland, New Zealand
The Shoreline issue becomes bolder and bolder as the night goes by and I believe this remains a crucial issue to discuss with its impact on the overall development of Tonga. On my earlier articles, I insisted on the importance of information for the decision makers. Let me give the public some ideas on the issue and I hope this will help enlightening also the government, TEPB and the Politicians. - Henry Alexanda Tonga
Wednesday 25 May 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Chairman of Shoreline Power, Crown Prince Tupouto'a, this morning, May 25, offered to return Tonga's electric power operation to government in return for a large settlement of an amount to be assessed.
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Friday 20 May 2005
Auckland, New Zealand
I must thank 'Inoke Fotu Huakau for his letter of 2 May about this planned march. As you have put it Editor, this is a Shoreline protest march. From what I have gathered, this is largely because the power tariff is unjustifiably too high and part of this is because the Shoreline Executives are getting hefty remuneration packages. -Sailosi Finau
Monday 18 April 2005
Auckland, New Zealand
It is rather unfortunate that we still have people like Peter P Goldstern in the kingdom or put it this way, it is only in the kingdom that we still find people like Mr Goldstern. Yes, only in the kingdom can Mr Goldstern put his strings of B.Sc and M.Sc into perfect use! Have we forgotten Dr Wong, the court jester and the like? -Sailosi Finau
Monday 11 April 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
You might be interested in the following issues with which I am assisting Shoreline - Peter P. Goldstern
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