Vaea on Pohiva: “Let the leadership go”

Lord Vaea speaking to Kalino Latu, publisher of Kaniva Pacific at New Zealand Government House, Auckland on July 28th.  Photograph Credit: Melino Maka. This is the third part of a thirty-minute interview conducted by Dr Teena Brown and Melino Maka with Lord Vaea, leader of the nobles’ representatives in the Tongan parliament.  Vaea was visiting […]

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Melino Maka chairs the Tongan Advisory Council in Auckland, and publishes the news and current affairs website, tonganz.net.

Vaea in the driver’s seat

Lord Vaea, named the leader of the opposition by the Tongan Prime Minister, ‘Akilisi Pohiva, walks into the press room at New Zealand Government House in Auckland on July 28th, 2016. Photograph Credit: Melino Maka. This is the second part of a thirty-minute interview that Dr Teena Brown and Melino Maka conducted with Lord Vaea […]

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Melino Maka (right, sitting) at the press conference for the official visit of Tonga’s Prime Minister, ‘Akilisi Pohiva, to New Zealand Government House in Auckland.  Melino is the Chair of the Tongan Advisory Council in Auckland, and the publisher of tonganz.net.  Photograph Credit: Teena Brown.

Ninjas in the Zoo

Tonga’s Prime Minister, ‘Akilisi Pohiva, gave the impression that ninjas had ransacked the zoo with wide-scale, unstoppable corruption. (Cowlishaw, 2016; Morrah, 2016; Soper, 2016; TNews, 2016).  Pesi Fonua’s Matangi Tonga report verified that since 2015, Tonga had twelve cases of criminal charges brought against people accused of selling illegal passports. (Fonua, 2016a).  Two types were […]

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Prime Minister, 'Akilisi Pohiva first official visit to NZ

Tonga Prime Minister first official visit to NZ

Prime Minister John Key today announced that Tonga Prime Minister Samuela ‘Akilisi Pohiva will visit New Zealand from 27-30 July. “I am very pleased to welcome Mr Pohiva to New Zealand on his first official visit as Prime Minister,” Mr Key says. “New Zealand and Tonga have a strong relationship, built around our long history […]

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