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Monday 5 February 2007
London, UK
May I suggest that the Riot on 16/11 is a completely separate issue from "Shoreline". Let us not get confused please. The burning of Tonga on 16/11 was a criminal act. In the civilised world, the Law must be applied to all. I am satisfied that justice will be done in Tonga thanks to the help from the New Zealand Police. The Prime Minister has nothing to do with the arrests of the PR leaders. If the Police found evidence that these PR members committed offences in connection with 16/11 then they must be dealt with according to the Law of the Land. Amen.
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Sunday 4 February 2007
Moss Beach-California, USA
The day after the burning of Nuku'alofa reflects the country before the riot, with the problems magnified. Tongans living in Tonga and abroad were shocked by the ruin and squalor Nuku'alofa had been reduced to by the riot. There is plenty of blame to go around. Unfortunately the unprecedented pressure catalyzing political change and the pertinacity of government undoubtedly ignited the riot. -Mele Payne Lynch
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Sunday 4 February 2007
Texas, USA
Mr. Kava slammed the people's representatives for selling or allowing the sale of the former Tonga Power Board to Shoreline. There are two issues here that I would like to find the truth and I am very confident that someone out there who knows the paliament records which hold the real true (answers) to these accusations: - v
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Saturday 3 February 2007
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Matangi published the story on Jan 31, "BP Oil refused critical fuel supply to Shoreline" quoting David Dunkley from Shoreline stating that, "immediately following the riots, BP Oil declined to deliver any further fuel supplies..." Our Minister of Transport, Paul Karalus, is already on record stating that the Government agreed to pay $2million to BP Oil after the riots so that BP would resume fuel delivery to Shoreline to restore power generation. -Sima
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Friday 2 February 2007
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's Heilala Festival will still be held in the first week of July but the main event will be on July 12, the birthday of the Crown Prince Tupouto'a Lavaka.
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Friday 2 February 2007
Hala 'Alipate, Kolomotu'a,Nuku'alofa,Tonga
'Oku ou kole fakamolemole atu ki he kakai kotoa pe 'e ngali fakamatatu'a pe ngali ta'e taau nai 'a e 'uhinga 'a 'eku ki'i fakahoha'a ni ka 'oku ou tui 'oku 'i ai 'a e kakai Tonga toko lahi nofo muli te nau hanga 'o fakamo'oni'i 'a e me'a 'oku talanoa atu ki ai. - S. Tu‘iono Malupo
Friday 2 February 2007
Pago Pago, American Samoa
Power production was sold to the Shoreline only after the approval of the Parliament. It included the concurrences of all the People's Representative. Before visiting the issue at hand, it is appropriate and proper to interview my representative in the parliament who voted yes to the sales of the power producing authority and responsibility to Shoreline. I, being from Tongatapu would like my representative at the parliament, Mr. Pohiva, Mr. Pulu and Mr. Edwards to explain the reasons why they agreed on the sale. -Sione L. Kava
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Thursday 1 February 2007
Australia
Claims that BP Oil refused to supply diesel fuel to Shoreline are quite simply incorrect, Ref. "BP Oil refused critical fuel supply until Shoreline paid debts, says COO", 31/1. - Isikeli Tuituku
Thursday 1 February 2007
New South Wales, Australia
The point is that in every action that the Government of Tonga takes it must be accountable and transparent. If it is not ...– this mere shortfall alone will inhibit the rebuilding of our beloved country and society. -Viliami Lakasi
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Thursday 1 February 2007
Kolofo'ou, Tonga
Joe is quite right that the Tonga police and military are not big enough to deal with an insurgency because Tonga did not need a big police force or military as Tonga was the proud Friendly Islands until the 16/11. You misfits must be proud of what you did to Nuku'alofa and the business people who are the backbone of our economy. ...Tonga needs a new version of democracy- Taasi Holiday
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Thursday 1 February 2007
Salt Lake City, Utah, USA
Mr. Viliami Lakasi questions the validity, and the "repayment terms" of the Government loan to Shoreline in his letter (Jan. 31, 2007). Perhaps in good times Mr. Lakasi's inquiry could be viewed with interest. But in view of what happened on November, 16, 2006, I would say Mr. Lakasi is on the insensitive side. - Sione Ake Mokofisi
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Wednesday 31 January 2007
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Following the events of November 16 BP Oil, the supplier of diesel fuel for Tonga's electricity supply refused to make further deliveries of critical fuel supplies, while demanding full payment and guarantees from the government, a Shoreline executive charges. David Dunkley, the Chief Operating Officer of Tonga's Shoreline Group of Companies said in a statement yesterday that the government in late November had made a payment of just under $2 million directly to BP Oil, in order to resume the supplies of diesel fuel to Shoreline for power generation.
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Wednesday 31 January 2007
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Tongan Government will at the end of February begin its pre-selection process of labourers from around the country who are interested in applying for New Zealand's seasonal labour scheme.
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Wednesday 31 January 2007
New South Wales, Australia
I read with interest the letter recently published by the Director of the Tonga Electric Power Board and the Minister for Transport. As a tax payer can I please ask what are the terms of this 'loan'? - Viliami Lakasi
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Tuesday 30 January 2007
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The public has this week been moving through the ghost town of central Nuku'alofa after most of the restrictions on the flow of traffic into the CBD were lifted on Monday January 22. Photos by Linny Folau
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Tuesday 30 January 2007
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
As a Director of the Tonga Electric Power Board I am very much aware of Government'’s role and duty in ensuring that electric power, as an essential utility, is supplied in a continuous and uninterrupted manner.- Paul Karalus
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Monday 29 January 2007
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Tongan Government'’s Reconstruction Committee will hold a workshop beginning tomorrow to brief local businesses, the community and all other relevant counterparts on the proposed reconstruction plan for the capital Nuku'alofa.
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Monday 29 January 2007
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
'Isileli Pulu, the Tongatapu no. 2 People's Representative to the Tongan Legislature will appear in the Nuku'alofa Supreme Court tomorrow January 30, to review his application for bail.
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Monday 29 January 2007
Sydney, Australia
‘Oku ou tokanga’i ‘i he ngaahi lukuluku fakakaukau ‘oku fakahoko ‘i he vahaope ni ‘oku kei ta’emahino pe ‘a e anga ‘etau lau ki he tu’unga ‘o e Pule’anga ‘o Tonga. Ko e haa ‘a e tu’unga faka ‘Otua ‘o ha Pule’anga ‘o tatau pe pe ko e Pule’anga ‘Amelika pe ‘Aositeleelia pe Nu’u Sila pe ko e Pule’anga Kongo pe ko fee fua? ‘Oku ‘asi mei he ngaahi taalanga kuo fakahoko ha ongo mui’i maea fakakaukau ‘e ua ‘oku fai ai ‘a e fefuusiaki. Ko e ‘uluaki, ko ha ni’ihi ‘a ia ‘oku maatu’aki e’a ‘enau ta’efiemaalie ki he Pule’anga Tonga ‘o nau feinga ke fakae’a ‘a e kovi ‘a e Pule’anga. - Rev. Ma‘afu Palu
Monday 29 January 2007
Sydney, Australia
Allow me to seek a better understanding of the questions raised in Joe Smith's letter of 28 Jan 07. Why does the royal family have lavish homes in Tonga, NZ and USA while there are roads in Tonga that are not paved, many villages in the outer islands without running water, many family homes still use outhouses instead of in-house bathroom/toilets, etc. - Sione Fifita
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