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Tongan society today experiences a divide between traditional island communal ways of accountability and that of urban and individualistic accountability. This paper considers this divide and explains the problems and tensions that arise in the context of Tongan accounting practice in New Zealand. Tongan society is divided geographically with as many people living overseas as there are living in Tonga. This spread of population represents a people struggling to keep faith with their old systems of accountability while having to embrace a modern capitalistic economy in their new home away from Tonga.
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