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Wednesday 18 May 2005
Before and during the election, proposals and counter proposals were offered to solve our problems within the kingdom. It seemed everyone was optimistic about the future as they used the Crown Prince and the Shoreline as their whipping boy. Then, the Professor split with his entourage to form the People's Democratic Party. I wonder what was so hard and unpalatable at the Temo's Camp that broke Yoda's last nerve?
Saturday 14 May 2005
Ko e to’onga mo’ui pule’ia, ko e imisi ofi ia e tukunga mo’ui ‘oku ‘I ai e tangata he ‘e to loto ai ‘e ne mo’ui fakalaumalie ‘i hono va mo e ‘Otua, ‘e ne mo’ui fakamatelie ‘i hono va mo Natula pea pehe ki he fakasosiale ‘i he fakafa’ahinga. Ko e to’onga mo’ui eni ‘oku uho ‘aki e me’a k oe PULE’IA mo e PULEKEHEA. Ko e ngaahi fehu’i ‘oku tau fehangahangai mo ia ‘i he politiki hange ko e foungapule (‘aitolosia); mafai (authority) mo e ha fua, ko e tepu ia ‘o e to’onga mo’ui koeni. He ko e Politiki ko e saianisi ‘ia ‘o hono PULE’I ‘o e sosaieti, pea ko e taha ‘o hono ngaahi me’angaue tefito ko e MAFAI. - ‘Inoke Fotu Hu‘akau
Saturday 14 May 2005
Auckland, New Zealand
I have noted that in the last 10 years or so the term 'corruption' has been widely used in Tonga and in most cases, it is levelled against those in authority, particularly against the Royal family and the government. And of course, the term is mostly used in the political arena and by the media for various agendas and in most of the cases they have been right in its application.
Thursday 12 May 2005
I have so much concern with companies that market a traditional Pacific Islands product claiming to be theirs. Firstly, I am a Pacific Islander who has been conducting proper scientific research on Noni for a very long time. - Edgar Cocker
Thursday 5 May 2005
According to the APALC report, 6% of Tongans in California have a Bachelor Degree. My interest is the comparison between the Tongans in New Zealand (National level) and California (one State). The latest 2001 New Zealand population census recorded 40,716 Tongans of which 23,334 are aged 15 and above. Thus the figure in the quote above, implies 9,771 (24% of Total Tongan), or 5,600 (24% of age 15 and above) Tongans in New Zealand have a Bachelor Degree. -Raelyn L. 'Esau.
Monday 2 May 2005
Ko e lea tau e mala’e ‘o e politiki ‘i he fonua mo e kuonga kotoa pe ko e fo’ilea koia ko e .”KAKAI” (people). Ka ko e lea’ni ‘oku mafulifuli hono ‘uhinga, ‘a ia ko hono kakano ia, ‘o makatu’unga ‘i he va (relation) ‘o e “founga fakahoko ngaue’ mo e “kaveinga’ ‘a ia ‘i he faka-politikale ‘oku nofo kainga ai e ongo fakakaukau ‘e ua: -'Inoke Fotu Hu'akau
Monday 2 May 2005
When Professor Futa Helu withdrew his support from 'Akilisi Pohiva and Dr Feleti Sevele, and endorsed Clive Edwards as the Number One candidate for Tongatapu in the recent March parliamentary election, he initiated a split in Tonga's Pro-democracy Movement. Tonga now has two Demo camps, the Tonga Human Rights and Democracy Movement and the People's Democratic Party, which have begun to be critical of each other. - Editor's Comment by Pesi Fonua
Thursday 28 April 2005
The amount of drama and diplomacy played by greedy politicians and certain members of the royal family is quite appalling. Shoreline Company is for one. I think that it is about time that the people run their own electricity company. It is evident that in the hands of the wrong people, the Shoreline Company has become a disaster to the people as well as a liability to the kingdom itself. feleti s.
Friday 22 April 2005
The sudden rise of Dr Feleti Sevele to a prominent position in Cabinet, as Acting Prime Minister, this week is food for thought, taking into consideration that he is a full-blooded Demo who has been pushing for political changes in Tonga for years. Editor's Comment by Pesi Fonua.
Thursday 21 April 2005
I was a government employee in Tonga for almost 10 years. I am now residing in Australia as an Australian citizen. Are they distributing any Superannuation Fund statements to it's members? I have not received a single statement since I left the Tongan public service in 2001.
Thursday 21 April 2005
Leaving the comfort of my poor upbringing at Foa for a new land, I am still amazed at many things that have not changed. Juan de Mariana once said, - "Taxes are commonly a calamity for the people and a nightmare for the government. For the former they are always excessive; for the latter they are never enough, never too much." Tama Foa
Monday 18 April 2005
Auckland, New Zealand
It is rather unfortunate that we still have people like Peter P Goldstern in the kingdom or put it this way, it is only in the kingdom that we still find people like Mr Goldstern. Yes, only in the kingdom can Mr Goldstern put his strings of B.Sc and M.Sc into perfect use! Have we forgotten Dr Wong, the court jester and the like? -Sailosi Finau
Friday 15 April 2005
San Francisco, USA
Tonga is caught between a rock and a hard place. Its poor economic status and its leaders drive to re-appropriate what is left for themselves, will be definitely the death of the kingdom as we know it. No, don...t push the panic Oh My God! button just yet. I am talking about 30 to 50 years from now. This seems to be a long time, but it is not. It may be sooner if the king fails to change how the island kingdom is governed.
Thursday 14 April 2005
FROM OUR ARCHIVES: The saying today in Tonga that some people can get away with million dollar day-light robberies, while others may be sent to jail for stealing the neighbour’s chicken, is very true if you look at what has been happening during the past few months. The March parliamentary election has stretched some people’s imaginations to the limit so that they do things that an ordinary bible-carrying, big ta'ovala wearing Tongan would not do, which is simply cheating in order to get a few votes. - Editor's Comment by Pesi Fonua
Tuesday 12 April 2005
As I read the March 17th edition of The New Zealand Herald, I finally realized how close Tonga is getting to another "Civil War". Professor Futa Helu was quoted as saying, "The King is decrepit and the Crown Prince has no other interests but his own businesses. If the Prince continues to abuse his power, there will be a popular revolt, maybe bloodshed" These are strong predictions from Yoda, the wisest of the Jedis (masses of the Star Wars). -Tama Foa
Monday 11 April 2005
You might be interested in the following issues with which I am assisting Shoreline - Peter P. Goldstern
Friday 8 April 2005
North Harbour, New Zealand
Tongan juries often bring in verdicts of manslaughter (killing by an unlawful act such as assault, without the intent to kill) rather than murder (intentional killing of another, or recklessness as to the outcome of a grievous assault) when the facts clearly support a finding of murder. -David Garrett
Monday 4 April 2005
Though I vigorously believe that there is hardship poverty (but not extreme poverty) in Tonga, the important question remains why poverty exists at all on an island blessed and endowed with important assets and commercial resources like the latest technological tools, such as satellite transmissions and the internet dot to domain. These are communal resources should be shared by all, instead of being the privilege of the elite few in the country. -Dave Tonga
Monday 28 March 2005
As the latest Tongan Government political reform initiative begins to unfold, following the appointment of Cabinet ministers from elected members of Parliament on March 21, we are witnessing a number of interesting political happenings. At the same the Temo's position as an opposition to government has been weakened - they have lost their fighting edge with their acceptance of the government proposal for a piece-meal political reform program. Editor’s Comment