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Trump Islands

Tonga’s Prime Minister ‘Akilisi Pohiva. Photograph: Fale Alea ‘o Tonga. The zoo had morphed into a right wing regime that sold half of the Tonga Broadcasting Commission down the river of privatizing state assets.  It sent out a sharp signal that the democratic politics ‘Akilisi Pohiva once staked his thirty-year career on for the people’s […]

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When adults won’t stand up for kids rights

Sefita Hao’uli, Manager of Tongan Government seasonal workers to New Zealand’s recognised seasonal employer (RSE) programme. Photograph: Tonga Broadcasting Commission. It’s no wonder Sefita Hao’uli looked uncomfortable interviewing for Barbara Dreaver on New Zealand Television One News, Thursday June 15th.  His darting eyes appeared to be covering up a soiled, sullied secret. Why had the […]

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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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