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Tuesday 18 January 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Candidates for Tonga'’s March 17 parliamentary election, with few exceptions, have one campaign theme, that we hear over and again: "Tonga must change its political system". Editor's Comment by Pesi Fonua.
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Wednesday 12 January 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Anyone running for Parliament should be required to declare his or her business interest.
Thursday 6 January 2005

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
There is an urgent need for Tonga to take a decisive action in 2005 on how to move forward with its economic and political reform programs. Editor's comment by Pesi Fonua.
1 comment
Tuesday 4 January 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The letter of HRH Prince Tupouto'a on the subject of the high power costs, is informative and historical BUT purposely refrains from providing any sensible explanation. It did not address the issues, which have and are causing the public outcry over the costs of electricity nor did it attempt to alleviate the general concerns and plight of people who are so adversely affected. - Clive Edwards.
4 comments
Thursday 30 December 2004
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Generations from now, Tongans will repeat those sentiments, over and over again, as they commemorate 10 November 2004, as the date when HM King Taufaha'au Tupou IV, gave his people the ultimate gift - a role in the selection of some of his Cabinet Ministers, and thus acknowledging that they have an integral role to play in the democratic governance of the Kingdom of Tonga. By Lopeti Senituli
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Wednesday 29 December 2004
USA
Those of us that reside away from the Kingdom but try and stay in touch with our family/friends there have been so grateful since the Crown Prince has started his company and lowered prices considerably for telephone calls. They are still higher than anyplace else an overseas Tongan would be expected to call, but hopefully new phones will mean new volume and even lower prices. Congratulations to Tonfon, it doesn't seem that would have happened with the old monopoly.
Tuesday 28 December 2004
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
I have noted the public outcry over the recent increase in the price of electricity and thought you might consider the following. In my opinion, considering the substantial forces arraigned against the non-oil producing countries by major global financial forces, any claims by certain unethical political candidates to provide, at a stroke, a panacea for the burden of high power costs are false. -Tupouto'a
1 comment
Monday 13 December 2004
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
When the world, and Tonga, commemorated Human Rights Day on December 10, the USA, the world's only Super Power, in leading its war against terrorism declared that weak and authoritarian states are a threat to the United States. Editor's Comment by Pesi Fonua.
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Monday 6 December 2004

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
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.
2 comments
Saturday 20 November 2004
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
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.
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Friday 12 November 2004
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
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.
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Friday 29 October 2004
South Africa
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
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
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
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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.
2 comments
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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
5 comments
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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

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