Kalafi Moala examines how this important global initiative to protect women and promote gender equality has been adopted in Pacific island states, as Tonga remains one of the last to ratify it. Tonga’s ratification comes with conditions.
As Fiji threatens not to attend the upcoming Pacific Islands Forum meeting in PNG and Australia postpones a planned summit of leaders, Kalafi Moala probes the regionalism debate.
Kalafi Moala examines the mix of traditional and emerging elites who shape our societies. He argues that emerging elitism takes advantage of the existing traditional socio-cultural structures to keep the majority of the populace in strict adherence to the status quo.
'Akilisi Pohiva is the first commoner to become Tonga's Prime Minister. Kalafi Moala argues that Pohiva's election is of historical significance at this juncture of Tonga’s march into a full democracy as he holds hope for a new Tonga - a small nation that must change in every sphere of development.
Tonga’s judicial reform has proven to be flawed, unworkable and autocratic in structure. It should serve as a caution to other Pacific nations who are going through their own reform activities, particularly in relation to the Judiciary, writes Kalafi Moala.
Nobody seriously proposed that Tonga give up Minerva Reef in exchange for Fiji's Lau islands. It was a political joke, culturally and appropriately funny, especially when his remarks were directed at a Fijian reporter who lives in Tonga, writes Kalafi Moala.