Yearly Archives: 2012

ICE survives Super Cyclone EVAN

WOW!!..in all the excitement and confusion of having ICE face Cyclone Evan and getting ready to depart for Antarctica…then the joy of knowing the the boat had survived ..I did not put a blog up…sorry!!…but all is well.. Grant had topped up the batteries and double checked the boat as the Cyclone approached and expecting […]

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Latest on Tongan Wrecks!

Following the removal of the Anchor, the same ship moved a few miles further along, to the possible wreck site of the Port Au Prince and started ripping up more artifacts for about a week, before returning to Nuku Alofa. The people of Ha’ apai were upset and a growing number of Tongans overseas became […]

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The Plunder continues, a SAD DAY!

Well as you know, there have been many things I have not been able to talk about over the past two years. Some of it has now pushed to the surface. It is my firm belief, that the single most significant wreck in Tonga, the “Port au Prince”, is currently being blatantly and systematically plundered, […]

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Our final alert!

Sent: Thursday, 22 November 2012 Subject: RE: National Treasure removed? Dear Lord Vaea Earlier today I received a very distressing email and I have been pondering what best to do with it. The email suggests certain activities may be taking place as we speak, that if true, show a blatant disregard to the cultural sensitivities […]

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Our Aproach to Tonga Tourism.

Sent: Tuesday, 20 November 2012 5:05 AM Subject: FW: National Treasure removed? To CEO TOURISM; TONGA Dear Mr Tatafu Moeaki I refer to the recent removal of an anchor in Ha’ apai, which may have belonged to the “Port au Prince”. Details are below. The Honorable Lord Vaea has been kind enough to point out, […]

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My first letter of concern.

Copied to the Honorable Prime Minister, the Honorable Deputy Prime Minister, The Honorable Lord Vaea and the Minister of Commerce, Tourism and Labor. Friday 16th Nov. 2012 To: His Royal Highness Crown Prince Tupouto’a Ulukalala Your Royal Highness We refer to the recent raising and removal of a centuries’ old ships anchor, from Ha’apai, on […]

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The email that started it all!

Fins and Flukes Tuesday, November 13, 2012 Our saddest day in Ha’apai in seven years. We are extremely upset that what may be an anchor from the Port au Prince ship has today been removed from the reefs of LifukaIsland, Ha’apai. I originally found the anchor, that was removed today, in 2009 and the story […]

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Cultural Vandalism?

Cultural Vandalism in Tonga? Who cares! An open letter to the people of the “Friendly Isles” An incident of cultural Vandalism occurred in Ha’ apai on Tuesday the 13th November, that should make Tongans very angry. But who really cares? Today In the National Cultural Center, a once proud indoor exhibit, of the only sailing […]

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