Insight for 6 May 2012 - Tonga: The Future

Karen Mangnall reports from Nuku'alofa onthe challenges facing Tonga and the new King.


tonga sailorsKing Tupou VI was installed as Tonga’s new Monarch at the end of March,  but his powers are very different to those held by his Father.

The King's brother, George Tupou V relinquished many of his powers as Tonga moved toward greater democracy.

Radio New Zealand's Pacific Correspondent, Karen Mangnall, was in Nukualofa for the late King's funeral and reports on what challenges might lie ahead for the new King.

Coming Up on Insight

8:12 am Sunday 24 May: Vanuatu & Tussles Over Cyclone Aid

Mopther and childWaiting for help ( RNZI/ Koroi Hawkins )

Just over two months ago a super cyclone named Pam tore through the Pacific Island nation of Vanuatu killing 11 people.

Tens of thousands, in the mostly subsistence farming communities, were left without homes or food gardens.

Controversy emerged over the slow distribution of aid in the face of enormous need.

Radio New Zealand International's reporter, Koroi Hawkins, flew into Port Vila two days after the cyclone hit and spent the next two weeks covering the human impact of the disaster.

In this Insight, he examines Vanuatu's approach to disaster management and asks whether the government made the right decision in prioritising assessments over immediate action or whether people were made to suffer unnecessarily as a result.