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  • Saturday 30 November 2002 11:02am


    Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
    : Squash exports to Japan for this year’s squash season in Tonga began in October, and the Quarantine Department reported that 10,800 tonnes of squash had been exported by the last week of October. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 17, no. 3, November 2002.
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  • Saturday 30 November 2002 10:31am


    Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
    : Named Man of the Match in a rugby league test between Tonga’s Mate Ma‘a Tonga and the NSW Universities, was Paula Fukofuka (28), a promising young Tongan full-back. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 17, no. 3, November 2002.
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  • Saturday 30 November 2002 9:26am


    Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
    : Looking for a career that offered more challenges, and taking a chance on a new opportunity, led Melenaite Fifita, out of the office and into not one job, but three jobs rolled into one. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 17, no. 3, November 2002.
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  • Saturday 30 November 2002 9:17am


    Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
    : Is Tonga ready to become a member of the World Trade Organisation? The Tongan Minister responsible for Trade, Hon. Dr Masaso Paunga, is confident that Tonga has done all the right things by signing the appropriate international conventions, and free trade agreements, and that Tonga is now ready to become a member of the WTO sometime next year. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 17, no. 3, November 2002.
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  • Saturday 30 November 2002 9:15am


    Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
    : The Hon. Marian Hobbs, the New Zealand Minister for the Environment and the Associate Minister of Education, said in Nuku‘alofa in early October that Tonga and New Zealand had one common problem, a lack of trades-people. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 17, no. 3, November 2002.
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  • Saturday 30 November 2002 9:12am


    Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
    : A sudden surge in the development of the Tonga’s fishing industry saw 48 fishing boats registered to fish in Tongan waters by July 2002. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 17, no. 3, November 2002.
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  • Saturday 30 November 2002 9:11am


    Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
    : The international fight against child pornography on the internet has come to Tonga, after it was revealed that six child pornography domains on the Internet are registered to a Nuku‘alofa address. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 17, no. 3, November 2002.
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  • Saturday 30 November 2002 9:00am


    Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
    : The walk-out by all of the nine People’s Representatives from the Tongan Legislative Assembly on October 21 had to be the highlight of the 2002 parliamentary session, but it was not all what it seemed to be. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 17, no. 3, November 2002.
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  • Saturday 30 November 2002 9:00am


    Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
    : The hottest young voice that is being broadcast on the 89.1 FM airwaves everyday belongs to 20-year-old Melinda Fetuani. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 17, no. 3, November 2002.
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  • Saturday 30 November 2002 9:00am


    Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
    : Tonga’s membership with the WTO is seen as a bench-mark for the success of the government’s Economic Reform Program, that was officially launched in April this year. This economic reform is aimed at energising Tongan industries, offering more employment opportunities, and producing quality products to compete in the world market. Paula Kautoke said that the principle of WTO is for countries to exploit their advantages. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 17, no. 3, November 2002.
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  • Saturday 30 November 2002 9:00am


    Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
    : Va‘inga Palu, Tonga’s Director of Trade, attended the China International Fair for Investment in the Chinese city of Xiamen on September 10 and met the Chinese media. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 17, no. 3, November 2002.
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  • Saturday 30 November 2002 9:00am


    Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
    : Royal Tongan Airlines will resume its international air service on November 25. The new Chief Executive Officer, Logan Appu, said that they would introduce a daily service between Tonga and Auckland, and a weekly service between Auckland, Sydney, Tonga, and Auckland. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 17, no. 3, November 2002.
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  • Saturday 30 November 2002 9:00am


    Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
    : If money talks, then what professional sports people are saying these days is that soccer will replace rugby as Tonga’s national sport in the near future. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 17, no. 3, November 2002.
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  • Saturday 30 November 2002 9:00am


    Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
    : Tonga’s Friendly Islands image has been marred by the increasing number of violent deaths in the country during the past two years. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 17, no. 3, November 2002.
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  • Saturday 30 November 2002 9:00am


    Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
    : The executive members of the Tonga Rugby Football Union are facing the difficult task of restructuring Tongan rugby and fostering the image of Tonga as a great rugby nation. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 17, no. 3, November 2002.
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  • Saturday 30 November 2002 9:00am


    Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
    : Re-stringing tennis rackets is a rare kind of service to be found in Tonga, but it is provided by Siosifa and Donna Taumoepeau, who live in Longolongo. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 17, no. 3, November 2002.
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  • Saturday 30 November 2002 9:00am


    Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
    : The Vava‘u no. 2 People’s Representative, ‘Etuate Lavulavu, is another Member of Parliament who feels that the government’s Economic and Public Sector Reform Program will never work, unless the people are included in the decision-making process. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 17, no. 3, November 2002.
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  • Saturday 30 November 2002 9:00am


    Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
    : The ultimate purpose of the flurry of trade talks in recent years is to prepare Tonga for becoming a member of the World Trade Organisation, when it will introduce free trade and zero tariffs between Tonga and the 136 member states of the WTO. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 17, no. 3, November 2002.
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  • Saturday 30 November 2002 9:00am


    Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
    : Tevita Faha‘ivalu Fotu became the second Tongan to attend the prestigious Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst, in England, graduating last year, and following in the footsteps of Tonga’s Crown Prince Tupouto‘a, who was the first to attend the academy. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 17, no. 3, November 2002.
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  • Saturday 30 November 2002 9:00am


    Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
    : The current economic reform, in preparation for when Tonga becomes a member of the World Trade Organisation, and the hype that this could pull the economy out from its state of stagnation, is the wishful thinking of many people. But the big question remains: are we ready to exploit our WTO membership, or is it going to be just like the other Free Trade Agreements we have signed with other countries, where it will enable us to import more from our partners but export less? From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 17, no. 3, November 2002.
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