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Friday 11 December 2020

Queanbeyan, Australia
I agree with you that the PACER Plus trade agreement is of questionable benefit for Tonga. But I do not share your concern for Tonga’s trade deficit. Over the last year, Tonga’s foreign reserves have increased about 19% to the equivalent of nearly 10 months’ imports. If the balance of trade were a problem for Tonga, its foreign reserves would be declining. - Leigh Harkness
Monday 12 June 2017
Washington, USA
I cannot over emphasize the potential gravity of development in and around the reclaimed Popua landfill. I recommended this area not be used for a landfill from its onset in the 1980's. I can't say how extremely disturbed I was to see the area around it now being developed as a children's park that I was told was being funded as a Chinese gift. Richard Stoll, environmental engineer.
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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.
Tuesday 4 February 2014
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The ability of the domestic industry to compete in the southern long-line albacore fishery has hit the point of no return. Tying-up vessels and sending employees home is now the reality that is faced by the Pacific Islands Tuna Industry Association members that have an interest in this fishery. Tonga has one domestic vessel left – down from a high of 26. - PITIA
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Wednesday 27 November 2013
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Pacific Island nations of Fiji, Samoa and Tonga have pulled off many upsets in the Rugby World Cup, but we have yet to see one in the cup final. The Pacific Island nations are disadvantaged in rugby, and they could drastically improve their performance on the world stage. - Andrew Joakim.
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Tuesday 23 July 2013
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga College and Tupou College are no longer fit for the purpose. For decades their owners' incompetence have held to ransom the education of their own students and those of other secondary schools as well. ...To end this once and for all, these two social menaces should be deregistered and bring their owners their senses. - Sefita Hao'uli
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Wednesday 17 April 2013
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The events of Wednesday, April 10, 2013 which led to the Tonga Rugby Union Board deciding to oust Chairman Epeli Taione and Chief Executive Officer Mrs Emeline Tuita was long overdue. What happened on April 10 should be a pointer to all those wanting to get onto the bandwagon. - Iliesa Tora
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Tuesday 19 March 2013
Tasmania, Australia
The changes to the Constitution [clause 23] regarding the ability to continue to sit in the assembly or hold any office means that a "convicted" person who is sentenced to less than 2 years can still sit in the assembly and hold office. This does send a rather odd message to the public and the world - that the Tongan house of parliament and the Cabinet will allow a convicted person, whose character is thereby reduced, to still hold office! - John Cauchi
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Thursday 29 December 2011
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
We have in our beautiful country, a group of men who beg or penipeni people on the streets of Nuku'aolfa to buy alcohol, and they are drunk 90% of the time. They are a real menace to society. – Concerned Citizen.
Monday 22 November 2010
Salt Lake City-Utah, USA
A "welfare state" does not produce wealth; it produces dependents on government aids and expatriates' remittances. Our Tongan Pride in feeding our families from our own hard work has diminished because there is no meaningful work available. - Sione Akemaihakau Mokofisi.
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Wednesday 13 October 2010
Salt Lake City-Utah, USA
'Ofa 'oku totonu e launga 'a Paula K. Kava mei Vava'u. Kapau 'oku mo'oni a Paula, 'oku tanaki leva 'a e Pule'anga ki he mamafa 'a e koloa. 'Oku 'ikai ko e maketi tau'ataina ia, he ko e pule'i filifili-manako ia ke fa'iteliha e pisinisi tokosi'i hono malu'i e mamafa 'a e koloa, pea fakalahi ta'etotonu 'enau tupu. - Sione Akemeihakau Mokofisi.
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Friday 14 May 2010
Salt Lake City-Utah, USA
Mr Senituli Penitani throws in the "abortion" issue to the discussion of judiciary independence hoping to "muddy the water". Reminding Mr. Penitani that I never stated a preference for the American System of justice. I wrote that whichever system Tonga selects (Westminster: British, NZ, etc. American, or Australia: hybrid American-Westminster), they all share a common respect for the "independence" of the Judiciary. - Sione Akemeihakau Mokofisi.
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Sunday 9 May 2010
Salt Lake City, Utah, USA
Whichever system Tonga's transformational government adopts, the independence of a Judiciary Branch is paramount in establishing people's respect and trust in such a government. An Absolute Monarch rules an oligarchy that denies the full democratic benefits of egalitarianism in a society. - Sione Akemeihakau Mokofisi.
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Tuesday 4 May 2010
Salt Lake City, Utah, USA
Mr Lopeti Senituli must know that the present system of which he speaks (The King appoints the judges . . . 03 May 2010) makes King George Tupou V an "Absolute Monarch" instead of Tonga being a "Constitutional Monarchy." Inquiring minds are asking: With the King appointing judges, doesn't it subject the Judiciary to the will of the King and Cabinet? With due respect, Mr. Senituli knows very well that the days of the status quo are numbered - six months. This is why the "democratic transformation" is taking place: to follow the mandate of the Constitution. - Sione Akemeihakau Mokofisi.
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Thursday 3 September 2009
Ko 'eku ki'i fehu'i pe 'aku hili hono lau e ngaahi feme'a'aki 'a e Falealea 'i he Lipooti ko ia 'a e Komisoni ki he liliu fakaolitikale. 'I he'eku lave'i vaivai ne 'ikai ha ngaahi fokotu'u (recommendation) ne ha he lipooti ko eni. Ka 'i he ngaahi feme'a'aki 'a e Falealea 'oku nau tipeiti kinautolu 'o hange kuo 'osi maau e lipooti. - v
Sunday 16 August 2009
Alaska, USA
Malo e tau mo e ngaue lahi hono tufaki mai e ngaahi ongoongo kemau lave 'inasi ai he ngaahi tuliki 'oku mau fokoutua ai. Tuku pe mu'a e ki'i faingamalie ko'eni' ke u vahevahe atu e ki'i fakakaukau ko'eni' 'o felave'i mo e kafo kuo hook ki he Ashika 'o kafo pea tauanga'a ai e Tonga kotoa pe he fo'i Kolope'. - Joshua Nehasi
Saturday 15 August 2009
San Diego-California, USA
'Oku toki mahino mamalie mai heni 'a e to'onga mo'ui 'oku tau mo'ua kotoa ai ko e 'ai'ai noa'ia 'o 'ai ai 'eni ki he mole 'o e mo'ui ha fu'u kakai tokolahi. Ko hono mo'oni 'oku fele 'a e ngaahi tafa'aki 'oku fu'u fiema'u ke fai sio ki ai, tokolahi kitautolu 'oku tau pehe loto pe Fefe nai kapau na'e? Fefe nai kapau na'e toe fakapotopotoange 'a e kau kumi vaka mahino mai ne fu'u ngaue mo 'ilo lahi ki ai 'a e minista Paul Karalus, ko e ha me'a 'oku toe kehe ai 'a e kumi vaka mo ha'o kumi me'alele. Sio ki he hisitolia 'o e vaka ne kumi, me'a ne ngaahi, fakafo'ou, ko e ha ngaahi me'a 'oku fiema'u ke fakalelei'i kimu'a pea toki fai hano fakakaukau'i pe'e 'aonga ke kumi fakatatau ki he tukunga 'oku 'iai 'ae vaka mo hoto ivi fakapa'anga. Pea pehe ai ke ongo'i 'eke kau tama ko 'ena na'a nau kau hono alea'i 'oe vaka he 'oku mole ha'amou pa'anga ai. - Lou 'Uhila
Friday 14 August 2009
Fontana-California, USA
Tuku mu'a kihe motu'a tu'a ko kita ke fai atu ha ki'i fk-hoha'a tu'a fekau'aki pea mo e fk-tamaki na'e hoko ki he Pilinisesi Ashika 'i he potu tahi Ha'apai. Ko e ta 'oku ongo ki he loto 'o e tangata pea mo e fefine kotoa pe si'i 'otu Tonga. Ka e tautau tefito ki si'i ngaahi famili kuo huki tonu ai 'a e fk-tamaki kuo hoko. 'O mole ai ha mo'ui si'onau ngaahi famili he fk-tamaki ne hoko. - S.Taufa
Monday 8 June 2009
Aukland, Nu'usila
'Oku ou fakamalo atu ki he houe'iki memipa 'o e Komisoni he ngaue lahi mo ma'ongo'onga kuo mou feinga he vaha'a taimi nounou ne tuku atu ke mou fakahoko ai. Ko hono mo'oni ko e toe eni 'a e hou'eiki memipa 'o e Fale Alea ke nau feme'a'aki ki ai pea pehe ki he konga faka'osi 'o e lipooti pea mo e konga lahi taha hono toe fakafoki ki he kakai 'o e fonua. -Pola Loiti
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Friday 5 June 2009
Salt Lake City, Utah, USA
I am ashamed to be a Tongan with the latest news of 540 domestic violence cases, and six murdered deaths reported in less than two years (Four deaths . . . 03 June, 2009), a clear manifestation of how sick many Tongan men are in the abuse of Tongan women. Friday, June 5, 2009 - 05:36
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