Tonga's reputation as the Friendly Islands is being threatened by criminal thugs –thought to be from the same group, who are attacking Tonga's Chinese shopkeepers with a brutality that is breathtaking. Shop surveillance videos released to Matangi Tonga this week show extremely violent crimes. The videos record attacks – in one a gun is fired to the side of a woman shopkeeper – and another where a Pahu shopkeeper, hit by a suckerpunch to the face, falls backward suffering severe head injuries. He remains paralysed and fed on a tube.
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Saturday 19 November 2016
Wednesday 13 July 2016
Obituary. Elizabeth Bott Spillius, a distinguished psychoanalyst and anthropologist who, through a chance friendship with Queen Sālote, made a valuable contribution to studies of Tongan society, has died in London on July 4 at the age of 92 years, after an illness.
Wednesday 11 November 2009
New Zealand, Auckland
I entered into this debate to point out that the CEDAW vote in parliament was nothing more than a weathervane and that there is adequate evidence to warrant concern for the future of Tongan women in Tonga. The responses from some of your scribes have done little to change my view in fact I'm even more convinced that the paradigm shift required is made more difficult by the Daniel K Fale's of this world. - Sefita Hao'uli
Tuesday 20 October 2009
Tonga's parliament discovered an elusive unity of purpose last month, when after months of frustrating debate over the direction of reform the House led by the Prime Minister, decided almost to a man, that some set beliefs and traditions should be upheld and the Constitution should not be changed to allow Tongan women equality under the law. From the House, by Pesi Fonua. FROM OUR ARCHIVES, 20 October 2009
Monday 8 June 2009
Salt Lake City, Utah, USA
Perpetrators of women abuse are to be held accountable for their own actions. This is not a Tongan societal problem. In old Tonga, the brothers or uncles of the abused women would descend on women abusers and beat the crap out of them, and may have even killed them in the process. But in a modern "democratic" society, we provide professional help, and then prosecute them under the law of the country as a deterrence mechanism. Unfortunately, we may have to see some of the guilty murderers hung before Tongan abusive men get the message. -Sione A. Mokofisi
Saturday 6 June 2009
Peauafi Halapio was sentenced to six and a half years in Hu'atolitoli Prison for incest committed with his first cousin who was similarly charged with the criminal offence but was given a suspended sentence.
Monday 7 May 2007
A massive presentation of food for more than 1,200 guests on Sunday May 6 at Nukunuku marked the end of a week-long wedding celebration for Hon. Fanetupouvava'u and Second Lieutenant Siaosi Kiu Tau-ki-Vailahi Kaho. Photos by Adrienne L. Kaeppler and Pesi Fonua
Saturday 5 May 2007
A Traditional Tongan wedding, and exchange of koloa for Hon. Fanetupouvava'u and 2nd Lt. Kiu Tau-ki-Vailahi Kaho was held yesterday at the home of the Hon. Tu'ivakano at Nukunuku. Photos by Linny Folau and Adrienne L. Kaeppler.
Saturday 27 August 2005
London, United Kingdom
His Majesty, the father of our nation, who is abroad while our household is on fire and we the people are in it, speaks volumes than his past history. To abandon your responsibility towards a nation who is currently suffering, indicates lack of conscience or moral emotion towards his subjects. -William Mariner
Friday 26 August 2005
Auckland, New Zealand
I can't sit around and ignore what I believe is unfairness toward our beloved king. The king is nothing else but a socio-cultural and political father to the nation. It surely is not fun for him to maintain the highest degree of respectability, be a model and a leader and try to make everyone of his subjects happy.-Sailosi Finau
Friday 19 November 2004
A day of Royal Birthday Celebrations on November 17 included a Black-tie dinner for about 1,200 guests at Liukava, the residence of the Prime Minister, HRH Prince 'Ulukalala Lavaka Ata and Princess Nanasipau'u, at Kolovai.
Tuesday 17 February 2004
What is a true Tongan? What have we inherited? I was born overseas and I was led to believe that the true Tongan was either the monarchy or persons born in Tonga, bred Tongan and lived the Tongan way of life, culturally, socially and traditionally. The motto on the Tongan coat of arms says: "God and Tonga are my inheritance". For many young Tongans the question is, an inheritance to what? - Andrew Fifita J.P.
Monday 1 December 2003
Dr Adrienne L. Kaeppler, an anthropologist who writes on the arts and material culture, received the Pacific Arts Association...s prestigious Frigate Bird Award this year for her lifetime contribution to and excellence in the study of Pacific Arts. -Matangi Tonga, Vol. 18, No. 3,