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Sunday 20 September 2015
Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
I’m energised by the discussions last week at the 46th Pacific Islands Forum Leaders Meeting. Leaders have embraced an opportunity to tackle a range of important regional issues. There was deep engagement and robust debate. - Dame Taylor, Secretary General, Pacific Islands Forum.
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Tuesday 15 September 2015
Went to Talamahu Markets to buy some tomatoes but was met with indifference or envy. ...People in Talamahu should lift their game or go home. - George Wolfgramm
Friday 28 August 2015
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
When the Prime Minister told the House this week that the Reserve Bank should tell the commercial banks to reduce their interest rates and to reduce their profit to not more than $2 million pa’anga per annum - one wonders if the Prime Minister had discussed the issue with his Minister of Finance? Editor's Comment by Pesi Fonua.
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Sunday 7 June 2015
Pago Pago, American Samoa
It should not take a rocket-scientist to see that in vain we claim to build a Pacific Nation's economy when the biggest chunk of the budget goes into payroll. Investment is where we should spend most of our budget instead. - Desert WarLord
Friday 29 May 2015
Pago Pago, American Samoa
Those who think that equality for all including women, can be accomplished without ratification of CEDAW, are deluded. ... People should march to the Palace to assure that the Constitution is solid against abortion and same-sex marriage ... not against CEDAW. - Sione Lousiale Kava
Monday 25 May 2015

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
We are concerned at a few levels about illicit trade of cigarettes being imported into Tonga without health warnings and certificates of origin. - John Paul Chapman.
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Friday 22 May 2015

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The way forward for us as a nation, is as equals. At Talitha Project, we strive for the equality of men and women as we believe that in God’s eyes we are all the same, in that we are His children. CEDAW’s purpose and establishment is reinforcement of that belief, and we will stand by it in full support. - Vanessa Heleta
Wednesday 20 May 2015
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
‘Oku ‘iai ‘a e hoha’a ‘a e Women and Children Crisis Centre ki he fakamatala fekau’aki mo e tohi tangi kuo tufaki holo ‘i Tonga ni ‘i he fanauako ke nau fakamo’oni ki ai ke fakaha ‘aki ‘enau ta’eloto ke fakamo’oni ‘a e Pule’anga Tonga ki he CEDAW. - 'Ofa Guttenbeil, WCCC.
Tuesday 12 May 2015
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Kuo tukumai ‘e he kau Taki Lotu ‘ae ‘ikai kenau loto ke tali ‘e Tonga ‘ae CEDAW. Ko e makatu’unga tefito ‘I he’enau lau, koe’uhi pe koe ngaahi faka’uhinga ‘oku fepaki ‘ae ngaahi kupu ‘e ni’ihi ‘oe CEDAW mo e tokateline ‘oe Lotu. Ko e Kupu 10(h) mo e 12(1) ‘oku faka’uhinga’I ki he fakatotama pea pehe ki he Kupu 16 ‘oku faka’uhinga’I ‘oku fekau’aki mo e mali tatau. -Tito Kivalu
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Saturday 9 May 2015

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Today, 9 May, the European Union is celebrating Europe Day...The European Union has a long standing relationship and friendship with Tonga and other Pacific countries. Our partnership is based on our shared values, on common concerns and on common aspirations. We are keen to work closely with our Pacific partners to tackle global challenges - some challenges are so big that only a global response will suffice to overcome them. – EU Ambassador Andrew Jacobs.
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Friday 8 May 2015
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Ko e ngaahi fehu’i ‘e 14 ‘o fakafofonga’i ‘a e setāsio ‘e 14, hala hotau fakamo’ui´, Sēsū Kilisitō/Sisū Kalaisi ki he kolosi´, ne ‘ohake mo fa’u mei he tali ‘a e kau taki lotu ‘i Tonga ki he CEDAW, ‘oku mau kole ki he ‘Otua Mafimafi´ ke tokonia mautolu ‘i he’emau lotua ‘a e ngāue ‘a e pule’anga Tonga´ ki he CEDAW:... -Sr Dr Kalo Sikimeti
Sunday 26 April 2015
The Queen’s urging to reduce the high school dropouts’ rates seemed to fall on deaf ears. To mitigate Tonga’s high school dropouts epidemic, I suggest the following 10 steps... - ‘Afa K. Palu.
Sunday 12 April 2015
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Ain’t it amusing that Prime Minister Pōhiva and his cronies at the PMO, are the same gang who attacked past governments like fangs-bared “watchdogs,” are using the same tactics to silence their critics? – Sione Ake-mei-hakau Mokofisi.
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Tuesday 10 March 2015
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
“How is the new government?” It's a question that most Tongans and people interested in the region are asking these days. Editor’s Comment by Pesi Fonua.
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Wednesday 25 February 2015
Minnesota, United States
You folks at MTO do a fantastic job! I was wondering if you might be able to do a story about the Tongatapu to Vava'u Fibre Optic Cable project's progress? - Daniel
Thursday 12 February 2015
Auckland, New Zealand
Now is the time with a new government in place, to go cap in hand and approach Air New Zealand with a famous Tongan phrase: “Fakamolemole, can you help us”. – Dieter Dyck.
Sunday 1 February 2015

London, UK
I would like to thank 'Eliesa Fifita, Sione Mokofisi and many others at home and around the world for speaking out against nepotism on Matangi Tonga and on the social media networks. – Senolita Swan.
Friday 30 January 2015
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
I join Senolita Swan’s oped (Democracy and Nepotism, Saturday 24, 2015) regarding newly elected Prime Minister ‘Akilisi Pōhiva’s nepotistic appointment of his son as Personal Assistant. It's a gross misuse of power in a democratic society. - Sione A. Mokofisi.
Saturday 24 January 2015
London, United Kingdom
Hon Prime Minister ‘Akilisi Pohiva, in order to preserve the dignity of democracy in Tonga, you may have the right to choose your son as your own PA but for the rest of your political career, you do not have the moral right to preach about democracy in Tonga or anywhere else anymore. Your action has crippled democracy in the Kingdom, sadly for a very long time. - Senolita Swan.
Thursday 8 January 2015
Kailua, Hawaii
I'm very saddened, when reading headlines on RNZ News, "Citing lack of experience, Tourism Tonga wants new Minister".
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