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  • Letters
    Thursday 2 June 2011 7:00am

    Suva, Fiji
    : Bula Matangitonga, I drew this and just thought I’d share it with Matangitonga Online. This is just a view on Lt Col Mara, Tonga and Fiji. Vinaka Saki Vakaciwa saki [at] saki [dot] net [dot] au ( saki [at] saki [dot] net [dot] au)
  • Talanga 'i he lea faka-Tonga
    Thursday 2 June 2011 6:29am

    'Okalani, Nu'usila
    : Kataki kae fokotu’u atu e ki’i tohi ni fekau’aki mo e Headline “Ha me’a ‘oku hoko mali ‘o Fielakepa Li’aki ‘a Nopele Fielakepa ‘e hono mali” ‘a e Taimi ‘o Tonga Vol 22, Fika 21/Pulelulu 25 Mē, 2011. ‘Oku mau fie fakahā heni ‘a ‘emau ongo’i faka’ofa’ia mo fakatumutumu ‘i he ma’ulalo faufau kuo a’u ki ai ‘a e loto mo e ‘atamai ‘o e tokotaha na’a ne tohi ‘a e article … - Johnny Taione.
  • From the Courts
    Wednesday 1 June 2011 9:19pm

    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : A 37-year-old man from Vaini was found guilty on two counts of attempted armed robbery and carrying arms with the intention to commit an offence, when he threatened a man with a .22 bolt-action rifle at the Yellow Pier in April 2010.
  • Parliament
    Wednesday 1 June 2011 9:16pm

    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : The historical opening of the first session of Tonga’s newly reformed parliament will be held tomorrow Thursday, June 2 with a state opening by King George Tupou V, including the fanfare of brass bands and marching students that will be missed by the Prime Minister Lord Tu’ivakano.
  • From the Courts
    Wednesday 1 June 2011 9:06pm

    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Liu Lirong who was sentenced to 10 years imprisonment on Monday, May 30 is appealing both her conviction and sentence for people trafficking, trading in prostitution and keeping a brothel.
  • Health
    Wednesday 1 June 2011 11:40am

    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Tonga’s first Tobacco-Free Village, Kala’au, is taking a stand against tobacco-related deaths by declaring itself to be a “smoke-free” area, and the village is being rewarded by the Ministry of Health.
  • From the Courts
    Tuesday 31 May 2011 10:08pm

    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Another drugs charge has been filed against Lord Tu’ilakepa a former Speaker of the Tonga Legislative Assembly and a current Vava’u Nobles’ Representative.
  • Women
    Tuesday 31 May 2011 9:46pm

    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Three students from the primary, secondary and tertiary levels in Tonga became the first winners of Westpac Women’s Education Grants that assists with the cost of their local education.
  • Pacific Islands
    Tuesday 31 May 2011 4:05pm

    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Since the end of the Cold War, the larger Western powers, the US and UK, started to lose interest in the Pacific. From a Western security perspective, the day-to-day management of the region was handed over to Australia and New Zealand. Unfortunately, in an increasingly multipolar world, all sorts of new foreign policy options are available. By Cleo Paskal.
  • Press Releases
    Tuesday 31 May 2011 6:44am

    Noumea, New Caledonia
    : Health workers throughout the Pacific region will raise their voices of warning about the dangers of tobacco smoking to a higher level today, May 31, as countries and territories mark World No Tobacco Day. - SPC.
  • From the Courts
    Monday 30 May 2011 10:55pm

    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Ms Liu Lirong (45) a Chinese national who was found guilty on seven counts, including human trafficking, keeping a brothel and trading in prostitution was sentenced to 10 years imprisonment by Justice Robert Shuster in the Nuku’alofa Supreme Court this afternoon, May 30.
  • Royalty & Nobility
    Monday 30 May 2011 9:29pm

    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Prominent Polynesian leaders including the Maori King, the Head of State of Samoa, the Paramount Chief of Samoa, along with Fiji’s first lady, and a guest of Tonga’s king, the Fijian Lt. Col. Tevita Mara, gathered at the Royal Palace in Nuku’alofa yesterday to celebrate the 85th birthday of HM the Queen Mother Halaevalu Mata’aho.
  • Letters
    Sunday 29 May 2011 6:30pm

    Sydney, Australia
    : I read in the Matangi Tonga that the former Fiji military strongman Ratu Tevita Mara “wants a democratic government back in Fiji”. Although I would like to see a return to democratic rule in Fiji, I will not be joining any opposition of which Ratu Mara is a part. - Rajend Naidu.
  • Pacific Islands
    Friday 27 May 2011 7:35pm

    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Lieutenant Colonel Ratu Tevita Uluilakeba Mara, one of the four Fijian senior military officers who with Commodore Bainimarama overthrew the democratically elected government of Fiji on 5 December 2006 has confessed that what they did was illegal.
  • Photo News
    Friday 27 May 2011 6:44pm

    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Thousands of students celebrated the Queen Mother’s 85th birthday on May 27 with a colourful presentation of brass bands, marching and traditional dances.
  • Business
    Friday 27 May 2011 5:47pm

    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : A Pasifiki Trade Fair Vava’u Lahi 2011 held in Neiafu for the first time on May 19, featured over 30 product and service booths, as part of the Forum Trade Ministers Meeting.
  • Royalty & Nobility
    Friday 27 May 2011 11:50am

    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : A five-day celebration for the 85th birthday of the Queen Mother Halaevalu Mata’aho started this week with a colourful garden party at the Free Wesleyan Church President’s residence in Nuku’alofa, on May 25.
  • Arts & Entertainment
    Thursday 26 May 2011 5:42pm

    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Nine prominent artists from New Zealand visited Nuku’alofa after a voyage exploring the Kermadec Islands, documenting the unique natural wildlife there in order to raise public awareness.
  • Letters
    Thursday 26 May 2011 11:15am

    Salt Lake City, Utah, USA
    : Lt. Ratu Tevita Mara should file for a Tongan political asylum status. He is a victim of a repressive dictatorship under Dictator Bainimarama who usurped power in Fiji’s 2006 coup de’ tat from a democratically elected government. - Sione Mokofisi.
  • Press Releases
    Wednesday 25 May 2011 3:57pm

    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : “Claims of Fijian sovereignty need careful scrutiny, with recent events leading to the destruction of the Minerva Reefs. At this lonely outpost a perfectly innocent navigational beacon, … faced the full might of Fijian Sea Power, on the instructions of the military regime, was deployed to attack a defenseless and inanimate object.” – Prime Minister’s Office.

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