Book written in Tongan provides definitions of political terms

A handbook that provides more than 100 terms, ideas and a brief section on Tonga’s new constitutional setup will be released Saturday 20 in Auckland.

The book, titled Fakahalafononga, gives definitions and interpretations in Tongan language on certain terminologies and ideas commonly used in reference to “power relations between the organs of government”.

It is the second since edition one was first released in 2009.

The author Dr Malakai Koloamatangi said: it “was to provide Tongans, wherever they were, with the tools to participate meaningfully in politics particularly during the 2010 Tongan campaign and elections. It has become clear since then that Tongans living in the diaspora also found the handbook useful”.

“The launch on Saturday is meant to be a quick and simple ‘in-house’ affair but with the involvement of the media (of course everyone is welcome to attend). Proper launches will be held in Tonga next week and in other parts of Auckland and New Zealand after that.

“Translated, the title reads: Pathway to democracy: political terms and ideas for the present and future”.

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