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Monday 31 January 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Kingdom Air Services Limited was a company formed by five local business men (including two former Royal Tongan pilots now both working overseas and myself) in conjunction with a significant offshore investor, to apply for a domestic air services license following the collapse of Royal Tongan Airlines in March 2004. The local shareholders were to hold only a minority interest (25% between them) in the company. -Steve Edwards
Monday 31 January 2005
California, USA
We have just returned from Tonga after two months 'eva and it was one of the most interesting and enjoyable times I've ever had, living a bit far away from the capital at one of the villages, and looking at how people in Tonga handle and are perceiving political and social happenings in our Kingdom. - Fuai'api Sime
Friday 28 January 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The lengthy explanation of HRH Tupouto'a confirms in detail his knowledge of what was going on, his involvement and participation. These explanations contradict what he previously said viz: ...."I was opposed to the anti-media laws on the grounds that they were not our style of doing things in this country".... How can HRH be opposed when he allowed the Bills to go through and presided over meetings where he gave advice and directions on how to maintain a united front to secure enactment of the Bills? - Clive Edwards.
Friday 28 January 2005
Kolofo'ou, Tonga
The heavy artillery for the ongoing misleading assault was provided by the former Minister of Police who also signed the agreement that transferred the operations of the Tonga Electric Power Board to Shoreline, while he was in government. - Sitiveni Finau
Friday 28 January 2005
Saipan, Northern Marianas Islands
Why are we still exporting vanilla beans in its raw form, squash in green form, fish, seaweeds, Kava, and many more? We can easily process them and export to earn higher value (value adding). Why are we importing frozen fruits and vegetables, frozen meat, etc? Processing and preservation of these products can be easily done in Tonga. We need to invest more in applied research and product development.-Edgar Cocker
Tuesday 25 January 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
There is no confusion on my part as to what transpired in the Cabinet Meetings and I shall leave it at that. The only other witnesses are the other Cabinet Ministers and I have no intention of dragging them into this debate because I do not need their help to defend myself from the likes of Clive Edwards. - hrh
Tuesday 25 January 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
In the Privy Council Meeting which was held before the vote over the Media Bills were about to come up in Parliament, I alluded to the fact that that this had become a cause célèbre among large sections of the public and I knew that there was dissent within the Cabinet ranks. ... Clive Edwards made an impassioned submission in support of the legislation. hrh
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Tuesday 25 January 2005
Saipan, Northern Marinanas Islands
Did Clive Edwards really have power to intimidate commoners? Was it really a power or was it a "Kakala Pe"? That essence has just gradually faded away as time goes by. -Edgar Cocker
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Monday 24 January 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
After Government had lost the first set of actions against it by the media, it looked at the Prohibited Publications Act and the Customs Act. I recall what was said and it’’s a matter of words whether it was proposed, suggested, implanted or hinted that Government should look at the American situation on the media and adopt it here. After that, Crown Law engaged Senior Counsel from overseas to put in place what would be appropriate legislations. - Clive Edwards
Monday 24 January 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Regrettably I must again write to inform you of another of Clive Edwards's lies. He said to you that I had announced that there was a plot for a coup by some ministers. The real story is as follows. - hrh
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Friday 21 January 2005
Glasgow, Scotland
It was good to see the two Siones are playing in England. I hope the other guys who stayed on are making their way in the rugby world. -Alex.Mack
Friday 21 January 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
I read in Clive Edwards's interview that he accused me of proposing the Media Operator's Act. This is wholly untrue but as Edwards is running for parliament his wild accusations are, I suppose, understandable. I was opposed to the anti media laws on the grounds that they were not our style of doing things in this country. - hrh
4 comments
Tuesday 18 January 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Candidates for Tonga'’s March 17 parliamentary election, with few exceptions, have one campaign theme, that we hear over and again: "Tonga must change its political system". Editor's Comment by Pesi Fonua.
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Wednesday 12 January 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Anyone running for Parliament should be required to declare his or her business interest.
Thursday 6 January 2005

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
There is an urgent need for Tonga to take a decisive action in 2005 on how to move forward with its economic and political reform programs. Editor's comment by Pesi Fonua.
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Tuesday 4 January 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The letter of HRH Prince Tupouto'a on the subject of the high power costs, is informative and historical BUT purposely refrains from providing any sensible explanation. It did not address the issues, which have and are causing the public outcry over the costs of electricity nor did it attempt to alleviate the general concerns and plight of people who are so adversely affected. - Clive Edwards.
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Thursday 30 December 2004
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Generations from now, Tongans will repeat those sentiments, over and over again, as they commemorate 10 November 2004, as the date when HM King Taufaha'au Tupou IV, gave his people the ultimate gift - a role in the selection of some of his Cabinet Ministers, and thus acknowledging that they have an integral role to play in the democratic governance of the Kingdom of Tonga. By Lopeti Senituli
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Wednesday 29 December 2004
USA
Those of us that reside away from the Kingdom but try and stay in touch with our family/friends there have been so grateful since the Crown Prince has started his company and lowered prices considerably for telephone calls. They are still higher than anyplace else an overseas Tongan would be expected to call, but hopefully new phones will mean new volume and even lower prices. Congratulations to Tonfon, it doesn't seem that would have happened with the old monopoly.
Tuesday 28 December 2004
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
I have noted the public outcry over the recent increase in the price of electricity and thought you might consider the following. In my opinion, considering the substantial forces arraigned against the non-oil producing countries by major global financial forces, any claims by certain unethical political candidates to provide, at a stroke, a panacea for the burden of high power costs are false. -Tupouto'a
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Monday 13 December 2004
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
When the world, and Tonga, commemorated Human Rights Day on December 10, the USA, the world's only Super Power, in leading its war against terrorism declared that weak and authoritarian states are a threat to the United States. Editor's Comment by Pesi Fonua.
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