FROM OUR ARCHIVES December 6, 2004. In this age of globalisation and Free Trade we are told we need to label our precious products. Therefore we should make sure that our "Made in Tonga" stamp sticks as Tongan youth move overseas to pursue their careers. Tonga has to handle its citizenship issue carefully. After years of being relaxed with the dual citizenship issue, why is government now disowning Tongans who have made us proud in the world sporting arena? - Editor's Comment by Pesi Fonua.
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Monday 6 December 2004
Saturday 20 November 2004
As a new generation of young Tongan Royals are coming of age, it raises the question of how can Tonga keep the Royal blood blue, while the number of people who are eligible for the Royal offspring to chose their spouses from is shrinking.
Friday 12 November 2004
On November 10 King Taufa'ahau Tupou IV and his Prime Minister, Prince 'Ulukalala Lavaka Ata, made a historical decision to appoint four new Cabinet Ministers from the 18 members of parliament who will be elected in the General Election in February 2005. Editor's Comment, by Pesi Fonua.
Friday 29 October 2004
I would like to thank your readership for their great response on my request for Rugby Talent. I think they have unearthed a few future stars and hopefully these players will develop and shine for Tonga in the 2007 World Cup, helping Tonga to take it's rightful place as one of the most respected teams in the world. -Pieter du Tiot
Thursday 28 October 2004
When the Tongan government launched its Economic and Public Sector Reform Program in April 2002, it was hailed by government, the Private Sector, and the public, as the beginning of a "Fight Back" economic recovery initiative. Editor's Comment - By Pesi Fonua
Wednesday 27 October 2004
The king arrived in Hong Kong by CX102 on 13 October for a private visit, flew to Beijing by CA108 on 18 October and were back to Hong Kong by CA117 on 19 October, then left for Sydney by CX101 on 21 October.
Friday 22 October 2004
Tonga's process of law making at the moment is a matter of great concern. The recent overturning by Chief Justice Webster of the conflicting media laws, means we have to take a closer look at how laws are made in this country. Editor's Comment, by Pesi Fonua.
Wednesday 20 October 2004
Johannesburg, South Africa
I am a rugby agent in South Africa who specializes in placing Souther Hemisphere rugby players with clubs in the UK, Italy and France.I already represent seven former or current International players. - Pieter du Toit
Friday 15 October 2004
It is nearly one year since November 2003 when Tongans lost their right to Freedom of Speech as a defence. After last year's Constitutional amendment, Tonga went back 128 years to the days when people were allowed to speak or to express an opinion only if it was in line with that of their superiors or chiefs. Editor's Comment, by Pesi Fonua
Friday 15 October 2004
Taupo, New Zealand
I would like to share with your readers about the consequences of a lack of mental health services in Tonga, and lack of awareness of mental health issues by Tongan people. - Rachel Williams
Friday 15 October 2004
I had recently planned a trip to Niuatoputapu, but had to cancel when Tongan Airlines went bankrupt. Since that time there has been totally confusion and lack of transportation to the Niuas. Now they say the DC3's cannot use the runways. - Dick Watt
Monday 11 October 2004
Further to the Parliamentary discussions held over the past few days with regard to diapers and other hazardous waste we would like to point out to the people of Tonga what we as a commercial sector business are doing. -v Roger and Lee Miller
Wednesday 29 September 2004
I would like to see anything about the health of the people in Tonga or something to promote health. - Hiki Holani
Monday 20 September 2004
I too have been an avid reader of comments regarding the two airlines in Tonga. Before, I lay down my comments in regards to this issue, I would like to state that my company works closely with Peau Vava'u by means of facilitating bookings that originate from overseas. I wanted that to be clear so people who read the following comments understand the source and whilst I will write as accurately as possible, people need to be able to make up their minds on the validity of my comments. - Tele Faletau
Tuesday 14 September 2004
Without a unified approach Tonga will remain behind the rest of the Pacific Region which is currently enjoying a huge boom in tourism dollars and economic forcasts thanks to the worries of Terrorism and global economic down turn across the world, tourists are now looking for a safer and more affordable holiday destination. - Andrew Fifita
Monday 13 September 2004
I don't know if you have some kind of a forum about the grounding of Air Niu, but we only can comment for our guests on Fafa Island Resort who have been using both airlines, and the Fly Niu was the preferred airlines with most guests. -Josef Sanladerer
Friday 10 September 2004
I would be most grateful if you could try to get Peau Vava'u views in some of your articles - it may help to balance things up a little. I am seeking your kind cooperation and help with this matter.- Soane Ramanlal
Tuesday 7 September 2004
Leighton Buzzard, United Kingdom
Are there any players travelling from your country to the UK in the near future who want to still play and enjoy their rugby?
Thursday 2 September 2004
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Immigration Division has confiscated the passports of some Tongans who are allowed dual citizenship by second countries. An exception is for people born overseas to Tongan fathers and they may hold dual citizenship because this category is currently not covered under the current legislation. In response to requests from Matangi Tonga Online readers who are concerned with this issue, the following is a copy of the current Nationality Act. - Government of Tonga
Wednesday 1 September 2004
What are the disadvantages to the Kingdom of Tonga for permitting Dual Citizenship? I live overseas but am still proud to be Tongan. I was born a Tongan and will die a Tongan. I will continue to visit Tonga - my mother land. Now listen to me, I'm a Tongan, Tongan, Tonga 4ever. - Curious Citizen.