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Friday 6 January 2006
Long Beach, California, USA
Ko e fa`unga `o e Fale Alea lolotongá `oku toko 30, `a ia ko e kau Minisita mo e ongo Kovana `e toko 12, Hou`eiki Nopele `e toko 9 pea mo e kau Fakafofonga `o e Kakaí `e toko 9, `o fakakatoa ia ki he toko 30. - ‘Ofa ki Tonga
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Wednesday 4 January 2006
Sydney, Australia
Disappointment in the so-called political reformists (those who have submitted proposed changes to the political system) in Tonga, for want of details in their proposed reforms, has been voiced in this forum and I must say that those who share the sentiment have a valid point. The reformists talk about constitutional changes and appointments of Ministers but, as far as I am aware, are silent on the nature of the political system they want to replace the present one with. - Lisiate Ikaafu
Wednesday 4 January 2006
Tallahassee, Florida,USA
I am dismayed to read articles in the Matangi that have portrayed Tonga's entry into the WTO as terrible move for the Tongan people. With all due respect to OXFAM, (who has made it their business to criticize the world's largest trading organization), Tonga's entry into the WTO is a milestone for the nation. - John Maloney
Wednesday 4 January 2006
‘Api ko Siatahi, USA
His Majesty Taufa'ahau Tupou IV directed Tonga through tough times since he became the King. His love for his people is unmatched. I would like to make an attempt to voice my belief in his vision. Please bear with me as I share these humble thoughts. - Siosaia Moimoiangaha
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Thursday 29 December 2005
London, United Kingdom
I am alarmed that the current Prince Regent, Lavaka Ata has lost touch with reality and of family sense with this insensitive misjudgement. With Christmas gone and New Year coming, Lavaka Ata has just opened more doors to more enemies over some Royal Cow! Now, we've got Tongans and Samoans having a legitimate reason for his resignation. - William Mariner
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Thursday 29 December 2005
USA
The year (2005) is about to turn and leave us all in the dust and 2006 is upon us. I have patiently waited to see the Political Reformers (Edwards, Niu, Pohiva, et al) detailed plan for this reformation. So far, nothing worth spitting! I am restless and I am close to giving up on some of our own reformers. So far, they claim to have THE plan but they are not willing to share it with the public. What's up with this? - TamaFoa
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Wednesday 28 December 2005
UK
I would like to thank all the staff in Matangi Tonga for their contribution towards supplying numerous unbiased and informative news from the mainland during this most interesting year for all Tongans. - William Mariner
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Wednesday 28 December 2005
Auckland, New Zealand
It is that time of the year where we are reminded of the birth of Christ more than two thousand years ago. Certainly the day has been overshadowed by the commercial promotions of the business community and most, if not all, are focusing on parties, food and clothes but I believe it is very important for us to reflect on the spirituality of the day. - Sailosi Finau
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Thursday 22 December 2005
Suva, Fiji
I have been reading heaps of writings, suggestions, comments and opinions of academics, commoners, government and fellow Tongans abroad. What I can't seem to figure is the crux of the problem. Is it the government or the people or perhaps both? - Feleti S.
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Sunday 18 December 2005
California, USA
Please give Kaveinga e Folau, (Journey and Purpose), thanks on the great piece of writing, King wanted people to achieve economic freedom . I can only say Brilliant, outstanding, distinguished, first-rate. - Siosaia Moimoiangaha
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Sunday 18 December 2005
U.K.
It seems like the people of Tonga are divided in whether or not to change the system of rule. The old ailing monarchy system is the only system that Tongans have known for nearly four generations of Tupou's. - William Mariner
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Wednesday 14 December 2005
Auckland, New Zealand
I wish to extend my gratitude to the Hon. Minister of Finance for his courageous sharing with the public the economic outlook for Tonga and the serious situation that the government is facing, especially in rectifying the budget hole for the next financial year, more tendency to higher inflation and fighting the trade balance to ensure acceptable level of foreign reserve and local money supply. - Henry Alexanda Tonga
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Monday 12 December 2005
Auckland, New Zealand
I spent time in Tonga to harvest my squash plantation. For our deteriorating economy cannot be revived by just writing letters to the editor, but by boosting exports. Then I planted watermelon on the same plot, and Fa'one Hefa's farm tour composition for Tonga College is true: "Ngaahi fu'u fo'i meleni. 'Ikai ke fa'ahi!!" 'Oku lea'aki foki e Kolotau 'o Hule e!! - Sailosi Finau
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Wednesday 7 December 2005
Auckland, New Zealand
It's official. Marching is the new national hobby. If the strolling-down-main-street variety can pull off three big ones in one day, marching is well ahead of soccer, netball, volleyball and you can hold on to your marbles! Cricket is so passe and rugby didn't do itself any favours by limping home with a sorry looking record against Italy and France last week. - Sefita Hao'uli
Wednesday 7 December 2005
USA
Tonga's system of government is good, but the system by itself is insufficient to bring about continued order, prosperity, and progress. What is needed is a common foundation of a moral and cultural absolute to 'undergird' our political system. - Malini V. Tukutau
Monday 5 December 2005
Auckland, New Zealand
Can I for the time being park the discussion on the alleged shortcomings of today'’s reformists for now and ask if my learned friend is able to put the current regime under the same scrutiny? - Sefita Hao'uli
Saturday 3 December 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
What is going to happen in Tonga on December 5, 2005? The date has been earmarked by constitutional reformers as a deadline for government to make an immediate response to their demands for people to have the right to choose all members of parliament. Editor's Comment by Pesi Fonua.
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Friday 2 December 2005
Australia
It is Democrazier than I thought. Although my mention of King George Tupou I was for a different purpose, it is great that Hao'uli has taken us through the missionary position or version of Taufa'ahau'’s history and thus we come to our first point of disagreement. - Inoke Fotu Huakau
Friday 2 December 2005
Moss Beach, Ca.,USA
The post strike leaves politicians and reformers seducing the public while introducing the monarchy to a new vulnerability with explosive demands for a new civilization and revolutionary change. This government reform can be profound yet superficially stimulating depending on the moral, wisdom, logic, clarity, reasons and honest common sense of the political and government leaders. - Mele Payne Lynch
Thursday 24 November 2005
UK
Pina Media Freedom Award 2005. thank you once again to a good journalist and for freedom of press you have given Tonga and overseas Tongans around the world. -William Mariner

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