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  • Tuesday 30 December 2003 3:26pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : There was no Christmas cheer for the Tongan media from the Tonga Government this year. In the Christmas Eve mail postmarked "Nuku'alofa December 24, 2003" were the Gazetted copies of the government's new Media Legislation, which had been withheld from the eyes of the local press after being signed by the King in November this year.
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  • Tuesday 30 December 2003 3:10pm


    Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
    : Between 2,000 to 3,000 Freedom Marchers gathered at the Catholic Basilica of St Anthony of Padua, Nuku’alofa, at mid-day on October 6, and marched to the Tongan Parliament to present petitions calling for protection of Freedom of Speech, threatened by a Government Bill to change the Tongan Constitution. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 18, no. 3, December 2003.
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  • Tuesday 30 December 2003 3:10pm


    Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
    : These days if Tongans are befuddled by their independent news services, then their government’s information machine is no better. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 18, no. 3, December 2003.
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    Tuesday 30 December 2003 3:01pm


    Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
    : Now that they are illegal, Tongan adoptions will not be recognised by other countries From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 18, no. 3, December 2003.
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  • Tuesday 30 December 2003 3:00pm


    Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
    : How they voted in the House, the 16 members who voted to curb free speech were: Prince ‘Ulukalala Lavaka Ata, James Cecil Cocker, William Clive Edwards, Dr Masasso T. Paunga, Dr Viliami Ta‘u Tangi, Hon. Fielakepa, Siosiua Tupou ‘Utoikamanu, ‘Aisea Havea Taumoepeau, Paula Sunia Bloomfield, Hon. Tuita, Hon. Malupo, Hon. ‘Akau‘ola, Hon. Fohe, Hon. Nuku, Hon. Havea Tu‘iha‘angana, and Hon. Tu‘i‘afitu. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 18, no. 3, December 2003.
  • Tuesday 30 December 2003 12:29pm


    Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
    : Reconstruction of Tonga High School started on October 9, three years after a fire destroyed over $3 million pa’anga worth of classrooms and equipment at the kingdom’s leading secondary school. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 18, no. 3, December 2003.
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  • Tuesday 30 December 2003 12:05pm


    Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
    : Reaching out to Tongan women to explain their rights, and to help eliminate discrimination against them, is the aim of a newly formed women’s working group. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 18, no. 3, December 2003.
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  • Tuesday 30 December 2003 12:04pm


    Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
    : Human smuggling in all it forms remain an unforgivable crime, according to Denis Nihill, the regional Representative of the International Organisation for Migration (IOM). Denis visited Tonga in September. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 18, no. 3, December 2003.
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  • Tuesday 30 December 2003 12:00pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Deep-sea fishing, at the depth of between 500 and 2000 meters could offer a new source of fish for the Tonga Fisheries Industry. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 18, no. 3, December 2003.
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  • Tuesday 30 December 2003 12:00pm


    Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
    : A new professional organisation of Tongan news media was officially registered in Nuku‘alofa as an incorporated society on 11 November 2003. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 18, no. 3, December 2003.
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  • Tuesday 30 December 2003 12:00pm


    Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
    : The saying that when the going gets tough, the tough keep going, is very true with the Nuku‘alofa business community. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 18, no. 3, December 2003.
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  • Tuesday 30 December 2003 12:00pm


    Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
    : Tonga’s Seventh Form students sat New Zealand’s University Entrance and Bursary Examinations for the last time this year. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 18, no. 3, December 2003.
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  • Tuesday 30 December 2003 12:00pm


    Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
    : The new headquarters of the Tonga Defence Services was officially opened by HM King Taufa‘ahau Tupou IV on December 5. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 18, no. 3, December 2003.
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  • Tuesday 30 December 2003 12:00pm


    Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
    : Telecommunications managers in the Pacific are looking at how island communities can take advantage of new telephone and internet technologies. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 18, no. 3, December 2003.
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  • Tuesday 30 December 2003 12:00pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Tricia Emberson the CEO of Tonga’s largest fish exporter, ‘Alatini Fisheries Ltd., who has been operating in Tongan waters for the last 14 years, is a hard core survivor of an industry that has had to ride out the waves of unfavourable weather conditions and export cargo surcharges over the last two years. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 18, no. 3, December 2003.
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  • Tuesday 30 December 2003 12:00pm


    Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
    : Tonga’s annual squash exports for Japan could reach 20,000 tonnes, but people in the industry in November were predicting the price will plummet this year to a disappointing low of between 20 and 15 seniti per kilo. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 18, no. 3, December 2003.
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  • Tuesday 30 December 2003 12:00pm


    Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
    : Tonga’s export market for its treasured yams would increase if Tonga and its main trading partners New Zealand and Australia could agree on ways to eliminate fumigation for this product, say exporters in Nuku‘alofa. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 18, no. 3, December 2003.
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  • Tuesday 30 December 2003 12:00pm


    Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
    : Extreme Poverty does not exist in Tonga, according to an Asian Development Bank report, released in Nuku’alofa at the end of October. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 18, no. 3, December 2003.
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  • Tuesday 30 December 2003 12:00pm


    Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
    : A former technician with the Tonga Telephone and Telegraph Department back in 1957, Alexander James McGregor (80), from Grey Lynn, Auckland, visited Tonga for the third time in November. When he first arrived in Tonga in 1957 homes were thatched huts, and there were no aeroplanes, just ferries. There were a few vehicles and the telephone system operated through one switchboard.From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 18, no. 3, December 2003.
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  • Tuesday 30 December 2003 12:00pm


    Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
    : The Cowley and Sons Bakery this year celebrated the 110 years of their operation in Tonga. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 18, no. 3, December 2003.
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