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Saturday 24 March 2012
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The reign of His Majesty King George Tupou V, 2006-12, was the shortest of any of the monarchs of the Tupou Dynasty, since King Siaosi Tupou I ascended to the throne as the 19th Tu'i Kanokupolu in 1845. King George Tupou V, however, has been a mover and a shaker of Tonga's political, social and economic life, since he entered the civil service in 1970 as Crown Prince Tupouto'a at the age of 22 years. Obituary, by Pesi Fonua.
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Tuesday 28 June 2011
'Aokalani, Nu'usila
'Oku ou faka'amu pe keke mea'i Katalin, kuo hanga 'ehe ngaahi fonua, kau ai 'a e EU 'o fakafaingofua'i 'etau fengaue'aki 'aki hano fokotu'u 'o ha ngaahi 'ofisi 'o kau ai 'a e 'Ofisi Fakafeitu'u 'i Suva, Fisi. 'Oku 'I ai hotau 'ofisi fakafeitu'u 'i Geneva kene fakahoko fatongia ki he WTO. - Dr Fotu K.V. Fisiiahi.
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Wednesday 22 December 2010
North Carolina, USA
I fear for the future of my adopted country when, after four years of supposed progress, it seems like nothing has really changed. I pray my pessimism is unfounded, and indeed that these elections will usher in a new government and a better future for Tonga. However, from a distance, it seems like the power remains in familiar hands, and that these hands have and will continue to be self serving, without the accountability that elected officials must show. - Scott Yurcheshen.
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Wednesday 15 December 2010
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga should have a new Prime Minister Designate by Monday or Tuesday next week. But the intense political competition going on as we are heading for the Second Round of our 2010 Parliamentary Election is that, suddenly, the contest is between a Political Party and a bloc of elected members of parliament. The outcome of this encounter in a country that has no laws to regulate parties is that one group will have a majority in Parliament to form a majority government and because of that, will be able to install a dictator into power. Editor's Comment, by Pesi Fonua.
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Friday 26 November 2010
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
We can say that: "The Battle is over and the War has started" and that is probably the best way to describe the outcome of the first round of Tonga's Parliamentary Election yesterday, as Tongans prepare for the second round of voting by the new members of parliament who are tasked with putting a new government into place within the next 28 days. by Pesi Fonua
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Wednesday 24 November 2010
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Tongan Commoners tomorrow, November 25 will be given the opportunity in Tonga's Parliamentary Election to choose their 17 representatives to enter parliament. This is the first step in setting up a new government. The representatives that they elect tomorrow will become the decision makers in a second round of voting, which is the election of a Prime Minister to lead the country during the next four years. Editor's Comment, by Pesi Fonua.
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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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Thursday 1 July 2010
Salt Lake City-Utah, USA
It is clear that Tongan leaders are neither bringing the Aristotlean Participatory Democracy model known as "the rule of the many." Nor do they plan for a Representative Democracy model (egalitarianism). - Sione Akemeihakau Mokofisi.
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Sunday 13 June 2010
2010

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The legality of parliament's voting on a very important motion and two reform bills legalizing Political Reform has become an issue that the Tonga Legislative Assembly has to address in order for the proposed political reform and the November 25 parliamentary general election to proceed. ...It wasn't that the House didn't know what they were doing. It is clear from the minutes that members were fully aware that they were passing an amendment that had not been drafted. They were also aware that they did not understand the bills and had not debated them before raising their hands in unison. In the Minutes, People's Reps 'Akilisi Pohiva and 'Isileli Pulu are on record saying that it was most unusual for the House to pass bills without even understanding the bills and the proposed amendment, but they both expressed their trust in the Minister of Justice and the Cabinet to go ahead and draft good bills. EDITOR'S COMMENT By Pesi Fonua.
Sunday 14 March 2010
Salt Lake City-Utah, USA
May I ask Mr. Chan: Must our social duties to strengthen national security, people's safety, and national economic stability be trusted to untested personal opinions? How many opinions are out there, and whose opinion shall we rely upon? - Sione Akemeihakau Mokofisi
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Wednesday 3 March 2010
Tofoa, Tongatapu
I write to express my great concern about the incorrect . . . article in Matangi Tonga about Lord Dalgety being under 'House Arrest". I am aware that you were informed yesterday (Tuesday March 2) of the facts about Lord Dalgety's bail conditions by my brother Tavake Afeaki. Surely, we have learnt one thing from the Ashika tragedy and Inquiry - which is that we must all fulfil and discharge our duties fully and completely.... If you consider you were misled by the Police 'Press Statement', then by all means state this in your article. -Afeaki
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Tuesday 19 January 2010
2010

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The true colours of Tonga's People's Representatives came to light during the debate in Tonga's quest for a new and more democratic system of government... Editor's Comment, by Pesi Fonua.
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Tuesday 22 December 2009
San Diego-California, USA
'Oku 'I ai 'a e faka'apa'apa lahi atu ki he Mafi 'o Amerika Samoa mo 'eku malie'ia 'i he kaveinga 'oku ne lave ki ai. - Lou 'Uhila
Sunday 20 December 2009
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Kuo 'omai hotau tala pea tuku mai mo e siate folau ki he liukava fakahisitolia 'i hotau fonua ni. Kuo finangalo 'a Tupou ke tuku mai ki hono kakai ke nau fili e kapiteni, kau 'ofisa pea mo e toenga 'o e kauvaka ke nau fakalele hotau vakaa. 'Oku 'i ai e tu'amelie he kuo tau kau he pue 'o e temokalati ka 'oku hange pe 'oku kei fai pe "tu'atamaki ki he taunga he fu'u tavahi". -Samiu Sika
Wednesday 16 December 2009
Kailua-Kona-Hawaii, USA
Kataki pe mu'a ka e hao atu 'eku lave faka'osi pe 'eni ki he tohi 'a Posoa Finau 'oku pehe, "Tuku 'a e fakamole space mo e kai pinati fakaveve." 'Oku ha 'i he Talanga 'i he lea faka-Tonga. -'Aisea Tu'akihekolo Tu'ikolovatu
Sunday 13 December 2009
Sydney, Australia
Kataki pe kae fakaa'u atu 'a e ki'i fakamaama ko'eni kia 'Aisea Tu'ikolovatu ko e 'uhinga ko e toe heke holo 'oku lau ki ai. Sea hange ko 'eku lau kimu'a, 'oku fu'u fakamole space 'aupito 'a e me'a 'oku 'uhinga kiai. Tuku ke u toe fakamole space atu hono tala atu "Ko e fu'u me'a motu'a pe ia" 'oku tau 'osi 'ilo'i hono faito'o ko e to'o 'a e kau faihala ki tu'a mo kumi ha kakai ke nau fai lelei'i hono fua honau ngaahi fatongia. Ko e toe heke holo ha 'oku ke 'au'au pinati ki ai? -Soa Finau
Sunday 13 December 2009
Hihifo, Niuatoputapu
Since the tsunami came to Niuatoputapu we are very blessed on the island to recwive much assistance from abroad. Not just from foreign countries and organisations but also from many individuals who have given their money and their effort. I would like to thank with all my heart everyone, and make mention of those I do know. - Paea Fifita
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Friday 11 December 2009
Kailua-Kona-Hawaii, USA
'Oku ou fakatokanga'i 'oku ke fu'u emotional he taimi 'oku ou lea ai ki he komiti 'akapulu fo'ou. 'Oku ou ki'i hu'uhu'u na ko ha memipa koe 'o e komiti fo'ou? Ka mavahe pe mei ai 'oku 'i ai hao 'ofa'anga he loto komiti. -'Aisea T. Tu'ikolovatu
Friday 11 December 2009
San Diego, California
Fakamalo atu kia Posoa mo 'Aisea 'i he fokotu'u fakakaukau 'oku fai ki he maa'imoa 'akapulu. 'Oku mahino mai 'i he felafoaki 'a e ongo tangata ni 'a e fiema'u ke fai ha tokoni lahi ki he komiti ni. Mei he taimi ni ki he World Cup 2011 'oku ou poupou atu ki he fu'u matu'aki mahu'inga ke tonu 'a e fili 'o e kau va'inga mo teu'i 'a e fanau va'inga tupu hake ke nau mateuteu fe'unga ki he ngaahi fe'auhi lalahi 'oku hanga mai mei mu'a 'o 'ikai ke ngata pe 'i he World Cup ka 'oku hoko atu ki he teuteu hu 'a e fe'auhi toko 7 ki he 'Olimipiki. -Lou 'Uhila
Wednesday 9 December 2009
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tulou atu kae tali atu 'a e me'a 'oku hala kaka mai ai 'a 'Aisea mei Hawaii. Sea ko e me'a 'oku ke 'uhinga ki ai ko e ngaahi fu'u me'a motu'a mo ha mahino. Pea he 'ikai keke lava keke ha'u mo ha'o fo'i 'ilo motu'a ne 'ikai ke ngaue lelei 'o fakalele 'aki ha taumu'a ngaue fo'ou. Kuo 'osi mahino 'a e kato ua 'a e komiti mo e siokita kuo lahi ne fai 'e he komiti kimu'a, kuo 'osi atu 'a Sakopo Lolohea, Sangster Saulala mo Tu'i Uata. -Posoa Finau

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