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Monday 16 January 2006
Australia
I am sorry to say I find these so called educators (and I use the term loosely) who are threatening to strike yet again just because they are not getting the post they want. I thought the utmost want for them was a fair day's pay for supposedly a fair day's work. And for the benefit of the country they got it and at the cost of 95% of Tongans who don't work for the government, but that is another story as I digress. - A Very Annoyed Parent
Sunday 15 January 2006
Neiafu, Vava'u
Ko e ki'i fakahoha'a ko 'eni 'oku tu'unga pe he hanga hifo ki he fakamatala moe fakamanamana 'a e kau faiako 'o e ngaahi 'apiako 'a e Fonua. 'Oku ou ngaue atu 'aki 'a e 'apiako 'a e fonua he neongo hono ngaue'aki e 'apiako 'a e Pule'anga ka ko e fakakatoa pe ia 'o Tonga katoa. - Siosaia Moimoiangaha
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Friday 13 January 2006
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
My daughter has been in Tonga High School for the past two years, during that time we have had endless problems with teachers not turning up for classes. I had approached the Principal, the Deputy Principal and also the Ministry of Education, at that time to no avail. Some teachers had legitimate reasons for being away but at this time the Education Department does not have a relief teaching system in place. I spoke with students right from the lower forms up to Form 7 and it seemed to be a common occurrence that some teachers at their own will skipped their classes. - Donna Taumoepeau
Friday 13 January 2006
Maui, Hawaii,USA
'Oku ou tui foki Ko Tonga 'oku 'ikai koha fu'u fonua lahi ke faingata'a hono liliu, kuo mou 'osi 'ilo 'a e palopalema 'oku hoko ki Tonga, ko e fehalaaki moe ta'efakalao 'a e ngaue 'a e kau taki tokolahi, ko e ki'i liliu si'i pe ia 'oku tonu ke fai. KO HONO TUKU KI TU'A 'A E KAKAI KOIA, KAE KUMI HANAU FETONGI 'OKU SAIANGE, 'o fakatatau ki he lao 'a Tonga. - Sione Tupola
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Thursday 12 January 2006
‘Oku ou poupou.‘i hono fili ‘ehe kakai 'a honau kau fakafofonga ke nau fai hono pule...’i mo fakalele 'a e Pule...’anga, 'o hange ko e kau Minisita mo e Palemia.... ...‘Oku totonu ko e tokotaha kotoa pe ...‘oku kanititeiti ke kau hono fili 'e he kakai ke hu mai ki he falealea 'o kau ai mo kinautolu 'e to'o mei he fa'ahinga 'e fili mai 'ehe kakai... ke fakanofo ki he ngaahi lakanga faka-Minisita mo e Palemia, ...‘oku totonu ke i ai 'enau taukei (work experiences/extensive leadership) he ngaahi mala...’e... te nau... pule'i, ... pea toe 'i ai mo 'enau... tu'unga fakaako (academic qualifications) 'i he tafa‘aki 'o e ngaahi potungaue ko ia. ‘Oku totonu foki ke .‘I ai ha‘anau taukei pea mo ‘ilo ki he ngaahi ‘ulunganga fakafonua (ethical). - Benedict M. Lemeki
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Tuesday 10 January 2006
Canberra, Australia
'I he'etau tu'u he 'aho ni kuo mahino 'eni 'oku faitatau 'a e ngaahi Kupu lalahi mahu'inga fakakatoa 'i muli mo Tonga, 'o a'u ki he 'Ene 'Afio Taufa'ahau Tupou IV mo hono Fale, ke fakahoko ha fakalelei pe kapikapi fakapolitikale (sosiale, 'ekonomika, etc.), fakalao mo fakakonisitutone ki he'etau Fa'unga Mafai Pule, ko ia ai te u feinga ke tuku kongokonga atu ha ngaahi fakakaukau me he puipuitu'a 'a e founga mo e filosofia (tefito'i tui) "Fakalelei Tufunga Fonua 'a Lo'au" talu mei Toloa mo Heketa, he 'oku ai 'a e tui 'e tokoni 'eni ki he ngaue mahu'inga 'oku tau fonongoa. - Siosiua F. Pouvalu Tofua‘ipangai
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Monday 9 January 2006
Long Beach, California, USA
Kuo nga`uta `a e `Otu Felenitee pea hange kuo pakia fo`ou tokua `a e kakai `o e fonuá `o takua kuo tau tu`uta `i ha kuonga fo`ou he kuo fongofongaola `a e maa`imoa akó pea maama `a e fonuá. - ‘Ofa ki Tonga
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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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