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Monday 1 March 2010
Salt Lake City-Utah, USA
Finally, we have a public apology from PM Dr. Feleti Sevele for the government's egregious carelessness that led to the Princess Ashika disaster (Ashika Inquiry...24 Feb. 2010). In our custom, his humility finally invokes one of the most important cultural protocols that binds us all as "Tongans"; no matter what class in society we were born to. -Sione Akemeihakau Mokofisi
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Monday 1 March 2010
Paris, France
Futa is gone, and it is hard for his family, for everyone in Tonga and for his friends living thousands of kilometers away to realize he's not here anymore. -Marie-Claire Bataille-Benguigui & Georges Benguigui
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Tuesday 23 February 2010
Levuka, Fiji
I have been following your coverage of the enquiry and commend your work. As a resident of Levuka and frequent passenger on the Ashika I am not surprised this tragedy occurred.
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Tuesday 23 February 2010
Auckland, New Zealand
Tonga quietly buried one of her most influential scholars and visionaries when they laid Ilaiasi Futa –ki- Ha'angana Helu to rest at Telekava cemetary in Nuku'alofa this week. Quietly, that is, for someone who has had a prominent role in shaping Tongan society over the last half-century.
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Monday 22 February 2010
Auckland, New Zealand
While I agree with your correspondent Josephine Latu of Tofoa that the Ashika commission of enquiry teaches Tonga a lesson, I am more concerned about what lessons Tonga wants to learn from this. That list will be too long to go into here but we can expect it to be longer by the time the Commission reports on its findings. -Sefita Hao'uli
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Monday 22 February 2010
Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
wish to add my voice to the siren songs being sung over Chinese orbital slot fees payable to Tongasat being used to buy the doomed 'bathtub'. I recall rosy reports from Parliament 17 months ago (11 September 2008) where immense gratitude was expressed in Parliament by PM Sevele to TongaSat because TongaSat was supposed to have become a successful national development 'project'. -Samuel 'Ofeina'helotu Tupou
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Friday 19 February 2010
London, UK
The enquiry to the MV Ashika is shedding more light to Tonga's Governmental Department dealings as appalling. -William Mariner
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Friday 19 February 2010
Tofoa,Tongatapu

Editor,

Thank the good Lord for the Royal Commission of Inquiry into the Ashika.

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Tuesday 16 February 2010
Canterbury, United Kingdom
I would like to extend my sincere commiserations to the family of Professor Futa Helu, the nation of Tonga and the large number of people worldwide, who valued and were inspired by his life story, life work and extensive writings. Professor Helu's impact and influence extended not only through his school and university that pioneered new methods and encouraged more critical values in Tonga, but also worldwide through all the scholars who had the privilege to share conversation with him and be influenced by his sharp and engaged scholarship. -Dr Mike Poltorak
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Sunday 14 February 2010
San Francisco, USA
According to a statement made by the Minister for Information and Communications, Hon. 'Eseta Fusitu'a, on February 11, 2010; the construction of a new Olovaha in Japan "was delayed for three years because of protests and objections from Mr Uliti Uata . . .," a member of parliament from Ha'apai. -Siosaia Fatani.
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Tuesday 9 February 2010
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
This is a show to make the public believe government is actually doing something about corruption. Government doesn't help rugby league and the local players, and those that do help within the approved authority of the law are not even given one ounce of assistance. - Siosaia Moehau.
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Tuesday 9 February 2010
Pago Pago, American Samoa
I was a young student at 'Atenisi when it was in Kolofo'ou. I have been a great admirer of Futa since Atenisi Institute was relocated to a block away from my family's resident in Kolomotu'a. -Sione Lousiale Kava
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Sunday 7 February 2010
Hanover, USA
Futa Helu was an extraordinary person, a strong and compassionate teacher. I first met him when I brought a group of Dartmouth College students to study the music of Tonga for three months in 1973.
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Friday 5 February 2010
Pago Pago, American Samoa
It has been said that , "if it looks like a duck, walk like a duck and quack like a duck, more than likely, it is a duck". Incompetence in any language and form is still incompetence.
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Saturday 30 January 2010
Pangai, Ha'apai
Both the MV Pulupaki and the MV Punalei are now tied up at the wharf here in Pangai, Ha'apai. The report from crew members of the MV Punalei is that "It almost sank" before the MV Pulupaki towed it into Ha'apai. It appears that there are serious problems with this vessel.
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Wednesday 27 January 2010
Sudbury, Ontario, Canada
I want to thank you for your efforts in producing an online news service. I read with great interest the many articles you have published in particular dealing with the environment. Your coverage of the Ashika tragedy has been extensive, thought provoking and informative. It has given us insight into your government and its people. -Don Mark
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Sunday 13 December 2009
Hihifo, Niuatoputapu
Since the tsunami came to Niuatoputapu we are very blessed on the island to recwive much assistance from abroad. Not just from foreign countries and organisations but also from many individuals who have given their money and their effort. I would like to thank with all my heart everyone, and make mention of those I do know. - Paea Fifita
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Sunday 13 December 2009
Auckland, New Zealad
I am pleased and encouraged to see our government talking to the Cubans about health. -Sefita Hao'uli
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Sunday 6 December 2009
Auckland, New Zealand
The lack of interest in the tender from the Shipping Corporation of Polynesia is understandable. -Sefita Hao'uli
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Friday 4 December 2009
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
I believe Mr. Tu'ikolovatu has the right to speak his opinion but his judgement on the 'Ikale Tahi's performance is rather formless. We all have high expectations of our team because we know they can perform far better than the previous results. - Samiu Sika

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