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Tuesday 22 September 2009
Adelaide, Australia
Ko e liliu fakapolitikale mo'oni ... Koha Kau fakafofonga Falealea Fakapotopoto Poto ma'a Tonga 'ikai ko e kau fakafofonga Falealea Tokolahi ange. (Quality not Quantity). -Siale Christopher Kava
Wednesday 9 September 2009
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Tongan Parliament is making itself irrelevant to the political reform process that it set for 2010, by failing to agree on the fundamentals for a new system of government for Tonga, and at the same time has left itself out of the decision-making process of the Constitutional and Electoral Reform Commission by not meeting the July 6 deadline for submissions. Editor's Comment.
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Tuesday 11 August 2009
USA
We all know of Pulupaki and Olovaha's un-seaworthiness, we've experienced and seen it first hand. We all remember the stench from the overflowing toilets below, your nostril wouldn't allow you to forget. We all know the unsuitability of an old-whaling ship as a passenger carrier and yet we all understand a 3rd world budget provides for a 3rd world transport system, but is it right we accept it? No! - Sesika Vea
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Monday 10 August 2009
Australia
When the coup occurred in Fiji in 1987 and my father lost his business and sold the Ashika to the Patterson Brothers Shipping in 1989 and we migrated to New Zealand and then to Australia and in the meantime lost my father on the way. The ship never lost its name and very sadly ended this way. - Concerned Aussie
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Wednesday 22 July 2009
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Please allow me to respond to the accusation by the Langafonua Tu'uloa Party that the Government is being disrespectful of the Commission by amending the Constitution so as to enable Nobles' and People's Representatives appointed to Cabinet to retain their seats in the current Legislative Assembly.
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Sunday 21 June 2009
Suva, Fiji
Many of your readers will, I know, share the sorrow and regret at the news of the passing of Emeritus Professor Ronald Gordon Crocombe on Friday, 19 June 2009 in Auckland en-route to Rarotonga from Nuku'alofa. He will be remembered most of all by the thousands of people whose lives he touched through his teaching and writing on the Pacific and through the person he was. -Morgan and Eileen Tuimaleali'ifano
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Saturday 20 June 2009
Salt Lake City-Utah, USA
Your report (Fix it with flowers, 19 June, 2009) best illustrated the People's Representatives anti-growth mentality, lack of business knowledge, while salivating for Big Government to control business and finance. -Sione A. Mokofisi
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Friday 23 January 2009
USA
As one of the first generation Tongan living here in America, and witnessing this momentous day of celebration, of the inauguration of the first African American President of the United State of America, I never believed it in my wildest dream, that this day could ever happened in my life time.
Tuesday 21 October 2008

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Following the current discussions in the Tongan parliament about the exact role and the composition of Tonga's Commission for Political Reform, it is now glaringly obvious that parliament does not have a clear vision of the new system of government that they intend to impose on us. Editor's Comment by Pesi Fonua.
Monday 3 March 2008
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The forced resignation of the Minister of Finance on Monday, February 25 may well be seen as a major step taken by the Tongan government in its pursuit of an economic and a political reform program for Tonga. Editor's Comment, By Pesi Fonua.
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Wednesday 16 January 2008
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
In spite of our national eagerness to embrace the economic and political reform programs that were introduced by government during the first few years of a new century, the reality was that the strong words that were used to describe the reforms and win public support were followed by the indifference and elements of uncertainty that the reforms were implemented with. Editor's Comment, by Pesi Fonua
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Friday 28 December 2007
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
As Government strengthens its control over the flow of information from its ministries to the public and exerts more influence on the editorial content of its two national media organisations, the Tonga Broadcasting Commission and the Ko e Kalonikali Tonga newspaper, it unwittingly creates confusion. Editor's Comment, by Pesi Fonua.
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Sunday 16 December 2007
Sydney, Australia
I am less confident that the proposal set forth by Mr Christopher Harder will resolve anything in the current as well as the future political situation of Tonga. To be sure, I do believe in apologizing and forgiveness in response. However, to think that an apology from all parties involved in the heinous crimes of 16/11 and a pardon from the King of Tonga will rectify the current political situation in Tonga is unavoidably laughable. -Rev Dr Ma'afu Palu
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Thursday 13 December 2007
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Malo mu'a e tau mo e ngaue lahi hono fakakakato mai e ngaahi ongoongo' ke 'inasi ai e Tonga kotoa pe 'i he fo'i kolope. Ne u fakatumutumu he lahi 'eku tangi he lau e tohi 'a Mr C Harder mo e ngaahi akonaki na'a ne vahevahe mai kihe kakai 'o e fonua'. Ko e me'a malie ko e 'ikai ke u kau 'i he komiti Lao 'a Tonga 'oku nau vakai'i e kole laiseni 'a e motu'a ni he ne u mei foaki ange ai pe 'ene laiseni Lao' 'ana pea liliu tangata'i Tonga ai pe he 'osi 'eku lau 'ene tohi. - S. Moimoiangaha
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Thursday 29 November 2007
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The status of Tonga's political reform remains exactly where it was stuck when the members of parliament voted on it before the closure of parliament at the end of October 2007. Editor's Comment. By Pesi Fonua
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Monday 19 November 2007
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's 16/11 has been labelled as a 'Day of Shame' by the new Ministry of Information. But now, one year on, there has been no enthusiasm by anyone to remember what happened in Nuku'alofa on that day. Editor's Comment by Pesi Fonua.
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Thursday 6 September 2007
Salt Lake City-Utah, USA
Our leaders in government (which includes Peoples Representatives who are lawmakers) are held to a higher standard of conduct than Mr. Ordinary Citizen. Leaders are in responsible positions, and they can easily use their authority unjustly. It is the same in Tonga as it is in America. -Sione A. Mokofisi
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Saturday 4 August 2007
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
I trust your professional journalism can let me offer a dissenting view to yours. For the sake of creating an open discussion and God willing give us all a road for reconciling to the tragic event of 16/11, for at the end, we are all victims. From the teenage boy who picked up the rock that will undoubtedly spend time in jail; the person who sparked the match that will not see him families while in jail; those families who lost loved ones; those families who lost everything and their livelihood; government officials and PR's that were caught up in the cross-fire and indeed the King himself. When all is said and done, we have all lost a part of Tonga and indeed a part of us that we have now to turned on each other. -Thomas Monson Uata
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Thursday 19 July 2007
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The decision by the Tonga Legislative Assembly to select three People's Representatives, Clive Edwards, 'Akilisi Pohiva and 'Uliti Uata to be members of a Tripartite Committee to vet political reform proposals for Tonga is as much a set back in our strive for political reform in Tonga in the 21st century as was the destruction in Nuku'alofa on November 16 last year. Editor's Comment by Pesi Fonua.
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Sunday 29 April 2007
London, United Kingdom
Many thanks to David Tapiaka for his letter on 27/04 "A call for Overseas Tongans to invest in Tonga" publicly supporting my letter published last month calling for Tongans abroad to invest in Tonga and help re-build our little Kingdom. I am pleased to report that the feedback from Tongans at home and abroad has been overall amazingly positive. - Senolita Swan
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