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Wednesday 7 September 2005
UK
Prosperity has followed Tonga in the past decades. But it has outweighted the abuse of power and failures of this Government. The inflations, tax rise, consumption tax and other economical blunders have cost this Government to its knees today. - William Mariner
Tuesday 6 September 2005
Arizona, USA
The ride has rather been a bumpy one, but given the fact that this was one of the "first" collective fights by the people, against the unrighteous and tyrannical dominion of the Tongan government, 'oku te manatu ki he lau 'a e kau leka, it wasn't bad start at all. - Sione Laione
Sunday 4 September 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The way you are maintaining the website on a daily basis and still continue to provide the same quality service for all other services you offer, is absolutely amazing. Specially considering that its all done by a 4 member team. - Sven Quick
Sunday 4 September 2005
London, United Kingdom
The stalemate has been resolved. The Government has waited this long to implement the civil servants wants. The 60%, 70% and 80% rise was affordable by this Government all along. The public confidence and trust has cost this Government dearly. - William Mariner
Friday 2 September 2005
Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
This is reflected in the current situation in Tonga, and in the midst of all the upheavals and unrest now experienced by the locals and witnessed by the rest of the world, there is only one assertion I can conclude with that Tonga needs nothing less than a ...“socio-political revolution...” that will revitalize Tongan democracy, if such ever existed, and move the country toward social justice. - Francis Kolo
Friday 2 September 2005
Arizona, USA
As I contemplate the on-going struggles between the PSA and the Tongan Government, I feel compelled to vocalize the frustrations that I have been experiencing every time a new article, related to the strike, is released on your website. To my fellow Tongans currently on strike, heed ye not to the monster (Government) yonder! - Sione Laione
Friday 2 September 2005
Australia
I am a civil servant who somehow got a chance to work here in Australia on a working visa. I have been an active member of the striker movement from the Ministry of Health and I was very happy to see our Hon Minister on the lawn at Pangai Si'i. I am pretty sure that there is no place like Tonga but it will take a lot of courage and sacrifice before such goal will be achieved. - Siu Fietonu
Friday 2 September 2005
New Zealand
The Prime Minister of Tonga has been quoted so many times in Parliament, claiming that people are being incited to riot. Are they? Or, is it the case of people finally getting up to do what is right for Tonga: to demand a change in the way their future is constantly being determined by a handful, whose interests are far from that of making a better life for "ordinary" Tongans? - Finehika Vavatau
Friday 2 September 2005
New Zealand
As you said, a German-owned hotel. Guess what? German is not Tongan. Guess what too, it's Palangis who go to the Pacific and exploit our naivity in human nature that destroys us. Don't come to Tonga ever if that is your wish, coz your kind is not needed, your one minute visit gives you no insight into anything, so keep you rubbish to yourself. - Tei ‘Akaveka
Friday 2 September 2005
Australia
I am writing to express how sad I am about the situation in Tonga. I am sure that I cannot relate to what the government workers are going through because I am not employed in Tonga. I am not a scholar nor am I a politician. - Seini N Kelemete
Friday 2 September 2005
Australia
I sense that the two issues, pay increases for PSA workers, and a move to change the country's political framework, are being driven to achieve the same purpose - equity in pay rights for workers, and a change to the country's political framework. - Jason Faletau
Wednesday 31 August 2005
Auckland, New Zealand
What was initially meant to be a PSA-Government issue has created concerns at the regional and international levels. Culturally, we have protocols for solving our problems and the PSA has gone through that peacefully. - Justin Kepa
Wednesday 31 August 2005
Auckland, New Zealand
We holidayed in Tonga back in 1994 quite by chance - we had intended to holiday in the Soloman Islands - but we missed our flight due to a mix up with our travel agent and had to quickly choose another destination - and so we found ourselves in the glorious Vava'u Islands. The scenery and people were a delight but the poverty that surrounded us was truly shocking. What was more shocking was the obvious corruption that was practiced so openly, which effectively caused the poverty. - Brett Margison
Tuesday 30 August 2005
California, USA
My heart was full of sadness after I heard what happened to our home. Uoleva is one of the most respected homes in Tonga and I don't understand why they burned it or what a respectful home has done to the people of Tonga. - Melelatai Mulikiha‘amea Family
Tuesday 30 August 2005
Moss Beach, Ca.,USA
In my earlier comments, I noted that the public servants strike in Tonga is laced with danger and perhaps one of disruption as much as optimism. The lack of resolution on the crisis in Tonga has put a cavity on the optimism but accelerated the level of danger and disruption to a potential conflagration...like a volcano that has been passively active but soon to have a devastating eruption. - Mele Payne Lynch
Monday 29 August 2005
Sydney, Australia
Public Servants of Tonga you have been deceived, you thought that the PSA was working for industrial reform, you thought they were working for the people, but all they have done is hold you and the rest of the country hostage to their own demands. - S. Lepailuangahau
Monday 29 August 2005
UK
To imagine how these less fortunate civil servants survived all these years is astonishing. With power prices increasing, fuel prices in record high and inflation in Tonga, one tends to wonder how the average Tongan who can support 6 children will carry on like this. - William Mariner
Monday 29 August 2005
Honolulu, Hawaii
In my humble opinion, the leadership and members of the civil servants/PSA, were treated like second class Tongans, (i.e. I quests that's how the "status quo", in Tonga still looks down at us commoners, a second class status, well, I have news for all of you "HOU'EIKIS", we're not, we're all human being and very proud being Tongans), maybe that is some of the "Hidden Unspoken Issues" that has not been brought out in the open, for an honest and frank discussions. - M. T. Tuaileva
Monday 29 August 2005
UK
I was so moved when I was reading about all the uncountable people who have worked as cleaners and rubbishmen for more than ten odds years and yet still earning as much as T$54.00 fortnightly or even less weekly. I have recently visited Tonga just to catch up with family and friends, and to my suprise the inflation is shocking. - Annette Dougal
Monday 29 August 2005
Auckland, New Zealand
A march in support of striking workers and their demands for a fair pay increase and democracy will be held this Saturday (Sept 3rd) at noon. Marchers will gather at the bottom of Queen Street. Tongan Community youth leader, Niulala Helu, said he will be marching. - Mike Treen

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