Stand a Noble

Collapsed parliament after Cyclone Gita. Photograph: Matangi Tonga.   Tonga’s 9 nobles’ representatives to Legislative Assembly must take back our country.  ‘Akilisi Pohiva’s Democratic Party disorder has dragged us down to rock bottom.  There’s no two ways about it: stand a noble for Prime Minister at the second parliamentary ballot.  As for Tongan voters registered […]

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44 Gallon Drum

A 44 gallon drum at Tuingapapai Free Wesleyan Church of Tonga in Mangere. Photograph: Teena Brown.   In theory, Tonga’s Legislative Assembly of 26 representatives elected from the people and the nobles sat on the week of Monday 5 March to discuss Cyclone Gita’s recovery plan.  In reality, the useful detail that emerged was the […]

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China, Tonga agree to promote strategic partnership

Chinese President Xi Jinping (2nd R) and his wife Peng Liyuan (1st R) pose for a group photo with Tonga’s King Tupou VI (2nd L) and his wife Queen Nanasipau’u, in Beijing, capital of China, March 1, 2018. Xi held talks with Tonga’s King Tupou VI on Thursday. (Xinhua/Pang Xinglei) BEIJING, March 1 (Xinhua) — […]

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National Security Risk

Akilisi Pohiva. Photograph: Fale Alea o Tonga. Was Tonga’s Prime Minister, Akilisi Pohiva, a national security risk to his own country?  Parliament morphed into a shuddering scene on 18 January.  The annual swearing in ceremony looked somewhat staged to the public audience.  Arriving with his medical physician, the Prime Minister’s recital was cut short by […]

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