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Monday 13 November 2006
Salt Lake City-Utah, USA
Of course, modern Tongans no longer hold that misconception (that palangis are selfish with their money), 200 years later. But I'm getting an ugly gut-feeling that Mr. Joe Smith still thinks that most Tongans "“are lazy and leach off one another".” -Sione A. Mokofisi
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Saturday 4 November 2006
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tongan MPs should learn something from Tuvalu. I read on the Pacnews of 27 October that the Small island state of Tuvalu makes Big decisions like freeze on allowances and overseas travels of MPs until cash flow problems improve, said new Prime Minister, Apisai Ielemia. "When my government came to power, we put in place some measures that we think would improve our finances. "“These are allowances of all MPs, cabinet ministers and backbenchers have been frozen until such time our economy can cope with it. There is also a freeze on overseas travel for cabinet and civil servants." - Seini Pua Mafi
Wednesday 25 October 2006
USA
Before my medication starts wearing off, may I ask anyone in the forum to call the police. There is a robbery in progress in our Parliament. But, don'’t be alarmed. The PRs are there to save the day. Wait! I could be wrong. Oh Wait! I am wrong. The elected Representatives are now electing themselves as legal thieves on your behalf, and Wait! We are being robbed. Call the Police! - Tama Foa
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Thursday 5 October 2006

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The King and the Government of Tonga should allow the people to elect all the members of the Tongan parliament, Dr Sitiveni Halapua told the Tongan Legislative Assembly today (5 October 2006).... At question time a People's Representative 'Akilisi Pohiva asked how deeply had the NPCR and the people discussed Section 75 of the Constitution - the right of members of parliament to impeach Cabinet Ministers, because there had been 10 impeachment cases since 1912, but no ministers had ever been impeached in Tonga.
Tuesday 6 June 2006
Melbourne, Australia
The Tongan Government floats about aimlessly. At this time of political turmoil, the Royals would not want one of their own to be blamed when the wheels falls off the govt yet again. Their answer would be to say that it was one of your candidates. -Sione Tapani Mangisi.
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Thursday 1 June 2006

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Over a thousand people took to the streets of Nuku'alofa today, in a national march to present to the Palace a letter of petition calling for "political reform". Photos by Linny Folau/ Matangi Tonga.
Wednesday 31 May 2006
Papatoetoe, New Zealand
After reading PSA's plan to go on strike and the reasons for their proposed strike make me question whether they are still ok or not.
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Tuesday 30 May 2006
Moss Beach-CA, USA
Tonga is on the verge of declaring a "state of emergency" and we all know that it is not a natural disaster that causes the crisis; it is a human creation. It is a triumph of matter over mind and morality. With catastrophe looming over Tonga, there are many who take this matter much too lightly. Shoreline (in this case Crown Prince Tupouto'a) and the Public Servants Association (PSA) are some who are unfazed with Tonga's bankruptcy reality.
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Tuesday 23 May 2006
USA
I have heard from various sources how our beloved King enjoys good humors and play jokes on his friends. At this stage of his life, I was thinking he is busy meditating and preparing to meet his Maker. Boy was I wrong! Our beloved king is still active being a jokester. - Tama Foa
Friday 10 February 2006
Moss Beach-California, USA
The various political reform committees are leaping forward with courage and while their intentions and energy are perfectly aligned, we are faced with such a seismic moment in this strange chaos where follies are blended with all sorts of crimes. -Mele Payne Lynch
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Wednesday 7 December 2005
Auckland, New Zealand
It's official. Marching is the new national hobby. If the strolling-down-main-street variety can pull off three big ones in one day, marching is well ahead of soccer, netball, volleyball and you can hold on to your marbles! Cricket is so passe and rugby didn't do itself any favours by limping home with a sorry looking record against Italy and France last week. - Sefita Hao'uli
Wednesday 7 December 2005
USA
Tonga's system of government is good, but the system by itself is insufficient to bring about continued order, prosperity, and progress. What is needed is a common foundation of a moral and cultural absolute to 'undergird' our political system. - Malini V. Tukutau
Monday 5 December 2005
Auckland, New Zealand
Can I for the time being park the discussion on the alleged shortcomings of today'’s reformists for now and ask if my learned friend is able to put the current regime under the same scrutiny? - Sefita Hao'uli
Saturday 3 December 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
What is going to happen in Tonga on December 5, 2005? The date has been earmarked by constitutional reformers as a deadline for government to make an immediate response to their demands for people to have the right to choose all members of parliament. Editor's Comment by Pesi Fonua.
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Friday 2 December 2005
Australia
It is Democrazier than I thought. Although my mention of King George Tupou I was for a different purpose, it is great that Hao'uli has taken us through the missionary position or version of Taufa'ahau'’s history and thus we come to our first point of disagreement. - Inoke Fotu Huakau
Thursday 17 November 2005
USA
I read about other's urgency to change the kingdom before the new king is crowned. Whether it is sooner or later, it will be the day history will judge us by how well we take care of the kingdom during our watch. Long term peace is never an accident. - TamaFoa
Thursday 17 November 2005
UK
The success of the Strike will go down in History for all of Tonga to be proud of. A combined effort from all Ministries and non-civil servants was impressive. To stay focused and to halt a nation and bring the Government to their knees was decisive and clinical. - William Mariner
Friday 28 October 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
It is heartening to read articles that make really good sense! When I read the numerous exchanges, I wonder if we ever take time to really think about what is going on, what needs to be done, and how to go about it. This country of ours is unique in this world because of many reasons. Amongst those is the fact that we have an absolute monarchy, the only surviving one throughout the Pacific. We have an honor system that is exercised in our families, extended families, villages, islands, and collectively as a people. The ideals that Tonga was built on were the work of past kings, chiefs, of warriors, of people who were known for their courage and leadership. - M. Latu
Thursday 20 October 2005
USA
I give credit to Mr. Laki Niu and others for their call for change in the constitution. These proposals are indeed commendable but I beg to differ from Mr. Niu's approach. I have not seen his total proposal, but based on the little information I have, I believe a monster is in the making. - Tamafoa
Tuesday 27 September 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Following the success of the Public Servants strike, and the people's first taste of political power, Minority rule, which has been the tradition in Tonga's Constitutional Monarchy, is coming under great pressure to change to be in line with the aspirations of Tongans today for a more democratic form of government. Editor's Comment by Pesi Fonua
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