Thanks to Nau ‘Ahosivi for forwarding the results from the Office of the Tohi Fanongonongo:

People’s Representatives – Tongatapu

TONGATAPU 1

Hingoa Katoa ‘o e Fili

Poutele Kaho Tu’ihalamaka 270

‘Eliesa Fifita 38

S. ‘Akilisi Pohiva 1657 58%

Taniela T. Palu 567

Siosifa M. Taumoepeau 13

‘Inoke F. Hu’akau 105

TONGATAPU 2

Katoa ‘o e Fili

Tevita K. Fotu 49

Semisi K. L. Sika 849 37%

Mele T. ‘Amanaki 65

Malia V. ‘Alisi Taumoepeau 306

Sione T. Fonua 181

Semisi ‘U. Mila 12

Siale ‘A. Puloka 111

Sitafooti ‘Aho 25

Viliami Tangi 641

TONGATAPU 3

Pesalili Kailahi 23

Sione Liava’a 83

Betty Blake 103

Falakiko K. Taufaeteau 35

Viliami Takau 289

William C. Edwards 681

David K. Vaka 191

Semisi N. T. ‘Ata’ata 12

Penisimani Vea 257

Sitiveni Halapua 1047

TONGATAPU 4

Tupou Loto’aniu 74

‘Ahongalu Fusimalohi 223

‘Etuate Sakalia 215

Mele T. Linda Ma’u 71

‘Etika Koka 302

Christopher Mafi 24

‘Isileli Pulu 1274

TONGATAPU 5

‘Ofa Tautuiaki 24

Sione Langi Vailanu 98

Siale Napa’a Fihaki 302

Hekisou Fifita 285

‘Aisake V. Eke 679

Semisi Tongia 233

Sitiveni Takaitali Finau 46

Sione Tu’alau Mangisi 116

Lopeti Senituli 155

Sateki Finau 4

Maliu M. Takai 616

Pita I. Finaulahi 19

Sione V. Loseli 238

TONGATAPU 6

KATOA

Sitiveni Finau 30

Posesi F. Bloomfield 389

Viliami Moimoi Vaea 169

Sepeti Vakameilalo 24

Siosifa T. Tu’utafaiva 735

Latu T. Tu’i’iasoa 17

Sione Tu’alau Vimahi 47

Fale’aisi V. Tangitau 18

Sione F. Maumau 279

Lesieli H. Niu 61

Siosiua Holitei Fonua 163

Hemaloto Tatafu 40

Siosaia Moehau 731 2076

‘Ofa ki tokelau Fakalata 16

Melino M. Tangi 50

TONGATAPU 7 KATOA

‘Anau ki Lifuka 89

Mavetangi Manavahetau 240

Peato T. Takai 117

Sione V. Fa’otusia 429

Siosifa F. Sikuea 160

‘Amanaki P. Molitika 59

Sione S. Saulala 847 2051 32.5%

Guilio M. Paunga 609

Hoatatau Tenisi 15

Finau Lea’aetalafo’ou 23

TONGATAPU 8

Lui ‘Aho 770

Simione K. Silapelu 32

Sioape Tu’iono 118

Nakita Talanoa 20

Simote Po’uliva’ati 66

Mosese S. Manu 83

Siaosi ‘E. Moleni 177

Solo F. La’akulu 5

Fataimoemanu L. Vaihu 474

P. Sione H. Taione 901

TONGATAPU 9

Kaveinga Fa’anunu 908

Konisitutone S. Kami 50

Tonga Tongilava Lemoto 110

Filimone Fifita 241

‘Epeli T. Kalemani 51

Sione U. Faeamani 227

Falati Papani 49

‘Aisake ‘Etimoni Tu’iono 229

Semisi Kailahi 136

Siaosi ‘E. Tu’ipulotu 147

Mosese Latu 22

Viliami Fukofuka 262

‘Ofa Fatai 18

Sevenitini Toumo’ua 414

Samisoni Lotaki Kanongata’a 15

TONGATAPU 10

Semisi P Tapueluelu 792

Latanoa Pikula 64

Soane Vaka’uta Melekiola 77

ZCO Ongosia Uhatafe 104

Malia Peata Sioko Noa 27

Faka’osilea kaufusi 608

Pohiva Tu’ionetoa 613

Kitione Pomaama 61

Fifita Sili 71

Faka’osi Maama 277

Semisi K. Pale 170

Daniel K. Fale 109

People’s Representatives – Outer Islands

EUA 11

Sione Sengililala Moala 667

Tevita Lavemaau 637

Sunia M. Fili 772

HA’APAI 12

Langilangi Vimahi 16

Sione T. Fotu 39

Mo’ale Finau 470

Penisimani t. Fatafehi 8

Tevita ‘Ova 71

Sione F. Mafile’o 38

Mosese M. Fakahua 70

Paula Vi 280

Vili Manuopangai F. Hingano 306

‘Osai Latu pekia

Latiume Kaufusi 174

HA’APAI 13

‘Uliti Uata 1090

Sione Teisina Fuko 253

Lopeti K. Tofa 204

VAVA’U 14

‘Etuate Sulunga Lavulavu 540

Peauafi Pifeleti 209

Tu’amelie F. Kemoe’atu 380

Pita V. Hala’api’api 32

Paula P. Piukala 502

Siale Fifita 51

Lisiate ‘A. ‘Akolo 665

VAVA’U 15

Ualingi Salesi Paea 362

Samiu K. Vaipulu 618

Viliami K. Helu 235

Viliami Pasikala 138

Keuli P. Lavaki 305

Semisi Lavaka 208

VAVA’U 16

Tevita H. Palefau 347

Viliami Uasike Latu 881

Tevita Kaafi Fukofuka 298

‘Atalasa M. Pouvalu 203

‘Aisea Silivenusi 289

NIUA

Pelelo ‘ahomana 208

Sione ‘Iloa 208

Fe’ao vakata 383

Head over to Matangi Tonga Online to see some discussions, if you’re not already Tasilisili’d

Thanks to Nau ‘Ahosivi for forwarding the results from the Office of the Tohi Fanongonongo:

People’s Representatives – Tongatapu

TONGATAPU 1

Hingoa Katoa ‘o e Fili

Poutele Kaho Tu’ihalamaka 270

‘Eliesa Fifita 38

S. ‘Akilisi Pohiva 1657 58%

Taniela T. Palu 567

Siosifa M. Taumoepeau 13

‘Inoke F. Hu’akau 105

TONGATAPU 2 Katoa ‘o e Fili

Tevita K. Fotu 49

Semisi K. L. Sika 849 37%

Mele T. ‘Amanaki 65

Malia V. ‘Alisi Taumoepeau 306

Sione T. Fonua 181

Semisi ‘U. Mila 12

Siale ‘A. Puloka 111

Sitafooti ‘Aho 25

Viliami Tangi 641

TONGATAPU 3

Pesalili Kailahi 23

Sione Liava’a 83

Betty Blake 103

Falakiko K. Taufaeteau 35

Viliami Takau 289

William C. Edwards 681

David K. Vaka 191

Semisi N. T. ‘Ata’ata 12

Penisimani Vea 257

Sitiveni Halapua 1047

TONGATAPU 4

Tupou Loto’aniu 74

‘Ahongalu Fusimalohi 223

‘Etuate Sakalia 215

Mele T. Linda Ma’u 71

‘Etika Koka 302

Christopher Mafi 24

‘Isileli Pulu 1274

TONGATAPU 5

‘Ofa Tautuiaki 24

Sione Langi Vailanu 98

 

People’s Representatives – Outer Islands

EUA 11

Sione Sengililala Moala 667

Tevita Lavemaau 637

Sunia M. Fili 772

HA’APAI 12

Langilangi Vimahi 16

Sione T. Fotu 39

Mo’ale Finau 470

Penisimani t. Fatafehi 8

Tevita ‘Ova 71

Sione F. Mafile’o 38

Mosese M. Fakahua 70

Paula Vi 280

Vili Manuopangai F. Hingano 306

‘Osai Latu pekia

Latiume Kaufusi 174

HA’APAI 13

‘Uliti Uata 1090

Sione Teisina Fuko 253

Lopeti K. Tofa 204

VAVA’U 14

‘Etuate Sulunga Lavulavu 540

Peauafi Pifeleti 209

Tu’amelie F. Kemoe’atu 380

Pita V. Hala’api’api 32

Paula P. Piukala 502

Siale Fifita 51

Lisiate ‘A. ‘Akolo 665

VAVA’U 15

Ualingi Salesi Paea 362

Samiu K. Vaipulu 618

Viliami K. Helu 235

Viliami Pasikala 138

Keuli P. Lavaki 305

Semisi Lavaka 208

VAVA’U 16

Tevita H. Palefau 347

Viliami Uasike Latu 881

Tevita Kaafi Fukofuka 298

‘Atalasa M. Pouvalu 203

‘Aisea Silivenusi 289

NIUA

Pelelo ‘ahomana 208

Sione ‘Iloa 208

Fe’ao vakata 383

Some people just don’t want to lay down dead …

Legal move to block Tonga king’s property sale

WELLINGTON (AFP) – A New Zealand lawyer has launched a legal bid to prevent Tonga’s king from selling a sprawling royal residence in Auckland, arguing it rightfully belongs to the people of the Pacific nation.

Real estate agents in New Zealand’s largest city listed the 1.6 hectare (four acre) estate "Atalanga" in the upmarket suburb of Epsom last month, with some estimates saying it could fetch 10 million dollars (7.6 million US).

Atalanga – that plot of land in New Zealand for centuries tied to Tonga’s Royal Family, in fact and deed, seems to be up for sale. Should it’s future be solely in the hands of the Royal Family ? or should the Tongan National Government have a say in it, considering one of it’s primary objectives was (by the Royal Family) for the betterment of Tonga(ns) and that significant government funds have been spent over the years in maintaining facilities, as well as support staff.

Seems this will not take up much time of the New Zealand judicial process, but possibly an important issue to be aired?

The Video

It should be.

But then again, you’d have to be Rugby mad to even understand this video?

Go Wallabies, Oooops, go Queensland Reds!!!

The Inspiration ?
The Real Deal

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Aussie Jingle Bells

Because my kids sing it.

Dashing through the bush
In a rusty Holden Ute
Kicking up the dust
Esky in the boot
Kelpie by my side
Singing Christmas songs
It’s summer time and I am in
My singlet, shorts and thongs

Chorus
Oh, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells
Jingle all the way
Christmas in Australia
On a scorching summer’s day
Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells
Christmas time is beaut
Oh what fun it is to ride
In a rusty Holden Ute
Engines getting hot
Dodge the kangaroos
Swaggy climbs aboard
He is welcome too
All the family is there
Sitting by the pool
Christmas day, the Aussie way
by the barbecue!

Chorus

Come the afternoon
Grandpa has a doze
The kids and Uncle Bruce
Are swimming in their clothes
The time comes round to go
We take a family snap
Then pack the car and all shoot through
Before the washing up

Chorus

The advantage of being kidnapped by the “Allied forces” is that they don’t kill you. You just get hidden away from society for 1 year or so if you’re lucky, or if unlucky you can serve the rest of your ‘natural life’ as a ward of the state in luxury hotels such as Guantanamo Bay?

Mass grave unearthed

Local Sahwa (Awakening Council) members move the remains of one of the 11 bodies found in mass grave in Al-Jillam district.

Local Sahwa (Awakening Council) members move the remains of one of the 11 bodies found in mass grave in Al-Jillam district.
Photo: AFP

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October 19, 2008 – 11:50AM

Iraqi and US forces have found a mass grave containing 11 decomposed bodies of men believed kidnapped by al-Qaeda militants last year, officials told AFP today.

The mass grave was found in Al-Jillam, 25 km east of the central city of Samarra, said Sheikh Khaled Fleyih Hassan, leader of an anti-al-Qaeda group which discovered the corpses.

Hassan said one of the victims was the son of the Samarra municipality chief and two others were bodyguards of the city’s mayor.

All the 11 men were kidnapped during the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan last October, he said.

Mass grave unearthed – World – smh.com.au

So, what do you do on a pouring / raining afternoon when you’ve got a million and one things to do and another long day ahead of you?

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Well, you get on the train and get yourself over to the nearest park to watch ‘the game!’ We treated ourselves this afternoon and took off to the Sydney Football Stadium to watch the HSBC Waratahs (oops, NSW Waratahs) in their Super 14 round game against the Lions.

We went together with Lita and thoroughly loved the experience of not only watching the ‘big game’ live, but loved the atmosphere.

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We got great seats (obviously there were better for offer, but what we got was pretty good) and we were close up to the action. The Sydney Football Stadium is way cool, with a real great buzz in the atmosphere. Totally forgot about taking a shot of our view, but here we were just beside the 22 line.

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The forwards had a great game, and Vickerman / Mumm  continued their strong efforts.

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Tatafu Polotanau had a strong game as the run-on hooker, with great impact play by Adam Freier when he came on late in the 2nd half as a replacement.

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Alfi Mafi and Tatafu Polotanau came over to our half of the ground to pass out little Waratah Rugby balls for the kids. And there were a lot of the older kids hanging around asking for balls too.

O4 grabbed a ball, but gave it to a thankful young Waratah fan who was standing behind her. Fortunately, there were plenty of balls to go around so we ended up having one each for the kids to bring back.

It was great to see Tatafu after the game spending so much time (in the rain) signing autographs for the young Rah rah fans. All the players and officials had gone in from the rain but he was still out there signing signatures and standing with patrons getting his picture taken.

I’m sure the above normal fans can spend time with their choice of players at the after-match piss-up, but for all young fans, that isn’t going to happen. The only time they’ll get with the players is the few moments after the game when the players are willing to stand around.

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We were seated 13 rows from the playing field, and didn’t get the roof cover protection so we enjoyed the Sydney rain along with the game. Unfortunately, we gated through gate "H" which just happens to be right around the backside from the entrance, quite a long walk when you’re going to the game with a pregnant woman (not O4, but Lita.) Fortunately, whilst the girls scampered back up the stairs, one of the "true" fans, gave us a hint that the easier route out is to just walk around the oval on the inside (same rain as walking around the oval on the outside) except the walk is shorter.

The Waratah crowd is a little sedated, which may be the influence of the wonderful beer culture we have here in Australia. Mind you, the younger stallions seem to behave more excited with more chemicals in their blood so there were a few vociferous moments as the crowd poured out of Sydney Football Stadium, but thankfully everyone seemed to be enjoying the atmosphere.

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At half-time, the girls sent me on a run to get a raincoat for O4, being as we totally forgot the umbrellas in the car, and O4’s jacket didn’t have a hood. I came back without the raincoats to greetings of inquisitive eyes with the question: you didn’t bring any chips?

Girls, there’s lines everywhere at these things, the critical ones being the lines for the toilets so we’ll leave that one until we get back to the train station. Aside from that, the patronage here is most interested in the foamy stuff passing around (alcohol.) Wall to wall bars with a few smatterings of places where you can actually get food.

A wonderful time at the game, and I’ve already been told to book for the next home game.

Cheyenne Morrison has again brought us up-to-date on seeing Tonga around the world.

He has published 2 pages in the "Asia Pacific Tropical Homes Magazine, issue 4.4, October 2007" Kingdom of Tonga Island Dream for Sale (PDF). He also found Tonga being spotlighted in the following recent releases of:

  • National Geographic Magazine
  • ABC TV Australia

National Geographic Magazine

While the King Sleeps
By Matthew Teague, Photographs by Amy Toensing
National Geographic Magazine, November 2007
http://magma.nationalgeographic.com/ngm/2007-11/tonga/teague-text.html

It is somewhat interesting reading about Tonga, presumably taken from the point of view of the someone who is just scanning across the pages and wants a little 2 second peak into the story. Unfortunately the article doesn’t seem to have much substance although I’m sure the author has some finer work. If you want some interesting reading on the Prince/King and general issues then you may be better served with less glossy photographs at Jennifer Kahn’s The Very Modern Prince over at Wired.

The article is weird in that the author acknowledges that this is his first trip to Tonga but then begins to espouses ‘truths’ about things in Tonga as if he is a veteran of the isles, let alone the Kingdom of Tonga. There are some serious factual errors with the article, independent of the pseudo-political analysis.

Thought provoking nonetheless.

ABC TV Australia – Foreign Correspondenct

Tonga Whales
Foreign Correspondent
ABC TV Australia, 23/10/2007
http://abc.net.au/foreign/content/2007/s2062418.htm

Obviously never saw this one,

The pristine waters off the northern island of Vava’u draw travellers from all over the world for a unique experience. Trevor Bormann joined researchers and ‘whale swimmers’ for a close encounter with the humpback on its migration north from polar waters. Local tourism operators are worried that ‘their whales’ will be the individuals killed by the Japanese.

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