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Sunday 11 February 2007
Sydney, Australia
Joe Smith has raised some interesting questions on the above, supported by some equally interesting comparisons. I do not support his comparison of the TDS to that of Samoa's, Fiji's and the US' based only on the total population. One should therefore go beyond the total population and to look at other socio-political, security and economic factors that justify having an army. Perhaps GIGO would rightly apply to Smith's comparison. - Sione Fifita
Sunday 11 February 2007
UK
Do you know how much the Government sold the old TEPB for? I am only curious because if Shoreline was floated on the Stock Exchange, we would end up with thousands of shareholders, not two, unless of course a deal was struck between the two shareholders and the Government. - Senolita Swan
Sunday 11 February 2007
Salt Lake City, Utah, USA
Major Lieutenant Col. Fakalolo stated in an article at tonga-now.to that the TDS (Tonga Defense Service) would be growing to 1500 personnel. The tonga-broadcasting.com also had a recent article about the TDS receiving weapons and ammunition from the US Army. - Joe Smith
Saturday 10 February 2007
Suva, Fiji
Why need the $2 million from government when its directors are receiving hefty salaries. I trust that the money they need is to pay for fuel and not foot the salary of its directors. That would be the biggest crime against Tongan taxpayers. A writer to the editor in response to my last letter wrote that we elect representatives to speak on our behalf. - Freddy Kavaha‘apai
Saturday 10 February 2007
Kolofo'ou,Tongatapu
Many thanks for the opportunity to continue sharing comments with your readers. Just a short response to Lady Swan and Joe Smith. I believe Swan must have floated to the north antarctica when Tonga power was floated in the international financial market. Of course, not one of the thousands of Tongans you quoted were interested in the power then. - Taasi Holiday
Friday 9 February 2007
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Three protest leaders 'Akilisi Pohiva, Tu'i Uata and Semisi Sika pleaded not guilty to charges of obstructing the police and abetting disobedience, at the Fasi Mo e Afi Magistrate's Court this morning, before Police Magistrate, Samiu Palu.
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Friday 9 February 2007
Salt Lake City-Utah, USA
In response to Taasi Holiday's letters concerning Shoreline. If Shoreline is so well managed: Why did they need $2M from the government? Why can you hear the crackle of power leaking from the lines when you walk around the island? - Joe Smith
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Friday 9 February 2007
UK
Thank you Mr Holiday for selling Shoreline, you are doing a very good job. Perhaps the King and his business partner should hire you to be their PR man. I am beginning to warm to the idea that the company is a good investment. -Senolita Swan
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Thursday 8 February 2007
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's plan to become a member of the World Trade Organisation WTO in July this year is now very doubtful, according to Paulo Kautoke, the Chief Executive Officer for the Ministry of Labour Commerce and Industries.
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Thursday 8 February 2007
Kolofo'ou,Tongatapu
Shoreline has proven it's credibility that it can generate and distribute power for the country. This is a fact that no one can deny. Shoreline has delivered its mission in a professional and high quality standard to the country and this is written everywhere as businesses and homes functions well with stable supply of electricity. - Taasi Holiday
Thursday 8 February 2007
Mangere, New Zealand
nitially the selling of the ideas of privatizing power generation and power distribution were acceptable and that was from a view that the government must streamline its functions and put more focus on ...“Quality Assurance...”. The Ministry of Lands, Survey and Natural Resources is having the mandate to develop appropriate policies frameworks and legislative in-place for managing power electricity and renewable energy.
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Wednesday 7 February 2007
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Police Magistrate Samiu Palu this morning adjourned again the court appearance of 'Akilisi Pohiva, Tu'i Uata and Semisi Sika to Friday Febuary 9.
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Wednesday 7 February 2007
Pago Pago, American Samoa
People tend to identify with certain activities in time with more encouragement. People believe certain things especially in the absence of counter claims. The Demo Movement has been running it's mouth and has been winning supporters with half truths and exaggeration. - Sione Lousiale Kava
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Wednesday 7 February 2007
UK
So, now we know that the King is the owner of Shoreline. Is he the sole owner or in part-ownership of the company? Did the Government pay the $2 million pa'anga bill for Shoreline because the King required it or does the Government still have an obligation to finance this company when it is in financial trouble? - Senolita Swan
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Law
Wednesday 7 February 2007
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The accessibility of a whole version of the Tongan laws on the internet, and its availability on a CD, have been hailed as a major achievement by Tonga's Ministry of Justice.
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Tuesday 6 February 2007
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The capital Nuku'alofa was jolted by 5.7 magnitude earthquakes just before mid-night last night, January 5, the first earthquake to be felt at the capital this year.
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Tuesday 6 February 2007
Pago Pago, American Samoa
I am not sure who is still missing the point here. Freddy Kavaha'apai is trying to excuse us the innocent commoners from the problem that has been created by the Tonga Government vs Shoreline dealings. I'd love to think that we commoners, should not be burdened with bailing out Shoreline from its financial mud hole, but we must not forget these facts. - Sione L. Kava
Tuesday 6 February 2007
Kolofo'ou,Tongatapu,Tonga
There has been so much debate and heavy criticism of how Shoreline Power has been opreating as the monopoly supplier of power for the country. Mele Lulu Payne has stated that Tonga is in deep trouble when she refers to the Shoreline and the arrangements to bring the power generation and distribution back to the government. - Taasi Holiday
Law
Monday 5 February 2007
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
William Clive Edwards, the Tongatapu No. 3 People's Representative has been released on bail but is not allowed to leave the country.
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Monday 5 February 2007
Suva, Fiji
Apart from trying to implement political reform, we have a power crisis. I beg to ask whether the rioting and looting aggravated the power crisis or is it just another ''worn out'' problem that decided to resurf its head. If the answer to the former is yes then we ought to set a precedent which will suppress such, permanently. If the latter seems to be the problem than those who were involved should gathered and coerced to find a solution to it. - Freddy Kavaha‘apai

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