Just when Tongans around the world are comfortable with Prime Minister Tu'ivakano's new democratically elected government, the opposition dropped this bomb in Parliament House with the filing of a no confidence vote, on the first democratically elected Prime Minister in the history of Tonga. - MT Tuaileva,
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Thursday 28 June 2012
Monday 18 June 2012
Salt Lake City, Utah
Late Island's coastline is rugged for landing by large boats, but a dinghy could find a suitable landing place on the northern shorelines. I was stranded on Late Island for a week with two Vava'u strangers as guides when I was 18 years old. - Sione Ake-mei-hakau Mokofisi.
Saturday 3 March 2012
To those of us here in Tonga who have been affected by redevelopment contract administration, the whole episode reeks of a cover up and manipulated contract awards, so Dr [Teena] Brown Pulu's claim of unsubstantiated allegations is likely to be challenged on several fronts. - Henry Garrahy.
Thursday 23 February 2012
I am writing to you to see if your school would be interested in twinning with my school as part of the “Olympic Spirit” in preparation for the upcoming Olympics. I thought it would be great for our children to see where the athletes have come from and learn about their culture and lives. - Dave Rogers, Burscough Priory Science College.
Tuesday 10 January 2012
My 'Ikale Tahi team for the 2011 Rugby World Cup, including players who won't/can't/not allowed to play. - Lano Fonua.
Monday 9 January 2012
Auckland, New Zealand
"Project Revival" is intended to support Tonga's private sector, because it is very weak. Total exports is only around $US22 million a year. Income from Tourism is probably around $40 million a year etc. We need to increase it by supporting what is happening in Tonga at the moment. Semisi Pone.
Tuesday 27 December 2011
We the Tongan students at the Australian National University (ANU) are extremely proud to register our humble appreciation and excitement over the recent achievement by Her Royal Highness, Princess Angelika Tuku'aho of a second Master's degree. Nesi, 'Ana, Tonga mo Peni.
Friday 16 December 2011
Auckland, New Zealand
It did not shock me that the Forum Secretariat reported last week that there is a crisis in Tonga, but we are so lucky the IMF has given Tonga a grant of $9m to help us through the next 6-12 months. But we have to think now of what to do about the current economic situation. We can easily make $10 million/yr from rootcrops, $10 million/yr from tourism, $10 million/year from squash and maybe $5 million/yr from bananas if we are lucky. We can try increasing fish export. We can also substitute imported fruits with local fruits. These can all be achieved within the next 5 years. Semisi Pone.
Wednesday 23 November 2011
It is not rocket science to figure out the impact of a monopoly in the market. Before Digicel (formerly known as Tonfon) came into business there was only one telecommunication provider in Tonga, the Tonga Telecommunication Ltd. During those days, an overseas phone call cost about $3 to $5 paanga per minute. Today, it costs less than $1 paanga to call overseas. What was the cause of this? It was caused by something called "competition". Leny Tukia.
Wednesday 16 November 2011
Talau, Neiafu, Vava'u
A sense of déjà vu came over me when I heard of the government's decision to impose on Vava'u a one-overseas-shipping service. People understand that competition will determine the costs of services. The farcical explanation given by the Acting PM for the one-shipping service policy is not only laughable, it is downright insulting. - Tuitokaloto Fakatakatau Taufa.
Wednesday 9 November 2011
Sapa'ata, Niuafo'ou (Tin-Can Island)
On behalf of the Parents and Teachers' Association, we would like to approach you with a request for your financial assistance in order to be able to purchase the necessary book prizes for the Niuafo'ou District High School Prize Giving Ceremony, scheduled for November 29, 2011. Letters from students are attached. -Viliami Vea, 'Aloma Kata, Tevita Kata, Latai Lama, Susitina Peei (Niuafo'ou District High School); and 'Ana Emberson, the Niuas Foundation.
Saturday 3 September 2011
Another peoples' power uprising and another tyrant takes off with his tail between his legs. This time it's Muammar Gaddafi. But it's too late. The Gaddafis failed to read the writing on the wall. Next stop for them is the International Criminal Court - if they are lucky! Rajend Naidu.
Wednesday 31 August 2011
Pago Pago, American Samoa
Will this "Faster Internet Service" create job or just faster service. I am now wandering why I spend extra money on a car that can go from 0 miles/hour to 60 miles/hour in 60 seconds here in American Samoa when the speed limit is 30 miles/hour and suicidal to go at any speed over 50 miles/hour. Do we really need a "faster internet service" and much more so than improvement to our infrastructure, hospitals, schools etc.? - Sione Lousiale Kava
Saturday 20 August 2011
Pago Pago, American Samoa
Hi ai a e He, Hi ai a e He Tonga E, Tonga E, tu'u 'o va'inga mokomoko pe Hi ai a e He, Hi ai a e He Ikuna pe Ikuna'i te tau fiefia pe Hi ai a e He, Hi ai a e He Ko e va'inga keta fakaha ho ta anga'i tangata Hi ai a e He, Hi ai a e He Malohi, Fo'i pe Mahanga, Te u kei Tonga pe ki he ngata'anga. Hi ai a e He, Tonga. Mafi 'o Amelika Samoa.
Friday 19 August 2011
Salt Lake City, Utah, USA
The Internet and World Wide Web (www) hold the keys to global knowledge once the privilege of a few who were lucky to be educated overseas. This is more powerful than the mere use of e-mails, visiting Websites, and chatting on your mobile phone. A computer makes world information available "ubiquitously" (anywhere, and everywhere). Sione Akemaihakau Mokofisi
Friday 5 August 2011
Auckland, New Zealand
Since the appointment of Commander Chris Kelley, and based on public perception of his impeccable performance, he has been instrumental in restoring both local and overseas faith in local law and order - the foundation that must be laid before any society can talk prosperity. - E.L. Saafi.
Friday 8 July 2011
Tonga can not simply shut down a main diplomatic mission because of her poorly financial situation. Relations have to be nurtured . . . I would also like to know whether any diplomatic mission uses emails and the telephone as the main- or only method of establishing and maintaining its relationships? - Katalin Baranyi.
Wednesday 6 July 2011
I would like to know if you could help me in locating a man who went to Tonga and has not yet returned. His name is Tione Maille. - Faye Attwood.
Thursday 30 June 2011
A focus on the cost figure without paying due consideration to the practical processes by which these costs contributes to the economy borders on negligence. In that, I agree with Katalin that closing of foreign consular offices (under the label of cost-savings) needs very careful consideration. Peni Fukofuka.