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Democracy Dies in Darkness

Tonga’s Prime Minister ‘Akilisi Pohiva. Photograph: Kaniva New Zealand. Dear leader thought he gave tremendous press conferences.  If the truth be told, jounalists came out dazed, muttering the pressers were terrible.  Bamboozling the audience, “his crazy stories” – as veteran journalist Kalafi Moala described it to the Nuku’alofa Times – had gotten out of hand. […]

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By the River of Babaylon

Tonga’s Prime Minister ‘Akilisi Pohiva. Photograph: Melino Maka. Overnight Dear Leader seemed to have developed a headache.  One minute he was in Tonga building the river of Babylon on a swampland reclaimed by toxic rubbish like asbestos.  The next he was in New Zealand wailing cry me a river. In Auckland on Monday 15th May, […]

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Speak truth to power

Tonga’s Prime Minister ‘Akilisi Pohiva. Photograph: Alex Perrottet. Dear Leader, Tonga’s Prime Minister ‘Akilisi Pohiva, was obsessed with dismantling Tonga Broadcasting Commission (TBC).  His fixation dominated the airwaves. Announcing on Radio New Zealand that “replacing the leadership of the state broadcaster is all part of a plan to introduce positive change in the country,” his […]

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Not Mr Apple, visit Mr Budget

Tonga’s Prime Minister ‘Akilisi Pohiva. Photograph: Fale ‘Alea o Tonga. Under the Dear Leader regime of Tonga’s Prime Minister ‘Akilisi Pohiva, something odd happened every year just before the sitting of parliament.  Desolate gloom cloaked the land, and no one dared talk about the budget.  It appeared this small island developing state was convinced Mr […]

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