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More money for Health and Education

Nuku'alofa, Tonga

Highlights from Tonga’s newspapers, April 14-17, 2008. An English translation summary by Tevita Fonua.

The Taimi on April 14 reports that the Ministries of Education and Health will each get an extra $3 million in this year’s budget.

Commenting on a meeting between Prime Minister Feleti Sevele and the Roman Catholic clergy last Tuesday, the Kele’a on April 16, sees it as a backward leap for the church.

The Talaki reports that the People’s Committee for Political Reform is going to file to the Ministry of Justice some complaints against the Minister of Police and a Rev. Siaosi Palu.

When Malia Teu of Nukuhetulu handed a three-foot banded iguana to journalists they had no idea what it was. The reptile species settled in Tonga before the arrival of the first Polynesians.

According to the Kalonikali on April 17, more people have registered to vote in this year’s election than in 2005.

The Taimi on April 17 reports that the government received $1.1 million from TCC last Tuesday, the corporation’s net profit for this financial year.

Finance Minister Afu’alo Matoto was reported as saying that the government may have to sell its stake in Westpac as well as other assets, to raise enough money to buy back the electricity utility from Shoreline.