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Wednesday 27 October 2004
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
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
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
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.
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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
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
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
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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
USA
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
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
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
Robinvale, Australia
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
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
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
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Tuesday 14 September 2004
Sydney, Australia
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
Fafa, Tonga
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
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
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
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
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
Australia
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.
Thursday 26 August 2004
London, United Kingdom
Malo e lelei! I worked in Mailefihi/Siuilikutapu College, Neiafu, Vava'u for a year in 2000. I am always keen to keep up to date with what's going on in Tonga and your website is great for me - Malo, Lisiate Best.
Sunday 15 August 2004
London, United Kingdom
As a prospective visitor from the United Kingdom intending to stay in your Kingdom during January 05 I had hoped that after the demise of Royal Tongan Airlines the authorities would have learnt some basic lessons. - David Chapman
Wednesday 4 August 2004
Sydney, Australia
I wasn't aware that we Tongan who have acquired citizenship overseas, were not allowed to renew our Tongan Passport when it expires. This was a shock to me last month when I arrived at the immigration office, Nuku'’alofa. I am asking you to generate a bit of discussion about this issue as I personally believe that we are being hard-done by. - Poli Tuaileva
Wednesday 23 June 2004
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
In light of the Government’’s success in adding "the cultural traditions of the Kingdom,"as a new conditionality on the freedom of speech and expression in Tonga, one can be forgiven for jumping to the conclusion that perhaps the Government wants the media and the Tongan people in general to revert to pre-Constitution Tongan standards in which back-chatting the chiefs was punishable by a serious flogging if not death. By Lopeti Senituli.
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Tuesday 1 June 2004
Federal Way-WA, USA
I saw a story in the May 31 edition of the Tacoma News Tribune. The story was headlined "Violent death, no justice for Peace Corps volunteer". The story written by TNT reporter Les Blumenthal revisits the stabbing death of Peace Corps Volunteer Deborah Gardner in 1976 in Tonga. The case has resurfaced in a book "American Taboo,'' written by Philip Weiss. - Mike Lane

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