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  • From the Courts
    Monday 30 July 2007 6:15pm

    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : “Young girls need to be protected from sex predators like yourself”, Tonga’s Chief Justice told a 65-year-old man in sentencing him to six years in prison, at the Nuku’alofa Supreme Court today.
  • Press Releases
    Monday 30 July 2007 5:37pm

    Noumea, New Caledonia
    :

    The recent amalgamation of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community’s (SPC) Women’s and Youth Bureaus, Cultural Programme, and Community Education and Training Centre into the Human Development Programme (HDP) sets an interesting new direction, says the programme’s new Advocacy and Communications Officer.

  • Letters
    Sunday 29 July 2007 8:44am

    Pago Pago, American Samoa
    : I strongly suggest and highly recommended that before a decision is made to re-deploy a Tongan unit to Iraq, that you give this deployment very careful consideration while you the choice is still up to you and definitely before you put any sons or daughters of Tonga in harms way.- Mafi ‘o Amerika Samoa
  • People
    Friday 27 July 2007 8:30pm

    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Disappointed but not discouraged was the mixed feeling of the Tongan Rugby star, Tevita Vaikona (32) when he was not selected for the ‘Ikale Tahi 2007 World Cup team to play in France during September and October.
  • Business
    Friday 27 July 2007 6:47pm

    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
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  • From the Courts
    Friday 27 July 2007 6:14pm

    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : A 21-year-old mother Meleane Mahe must stay out of trouble or otherwise she will have to serve eight months imprisonment, she was told after receiving a suspended sentence in the Nuku’alofa Supreme Court today.
  • Press Releases
    Friday 27 July 2007 1:34pm

    Apia, Samoa
    :

    SAMOA’S public health service has stepped up preventative measures for protection from the viral disease mumps.

  • Press Releases
    Friday 27 July 2007 1:10pm

    Brussels, Belgium
    :

    THIS week a WTO General Council meeting is set to endorse a draft decision by the WTO Committee on Subsidies to extend the transition period for the phasing out of export subsidies in a number of developing countries. The decision will make it easier for a range of governments to maintain virtually free licence to exploit their workers and repress trade union rights in Export Processing Zones (EPZs).

  • Press Releases
    Friday 27 July 2007 12:54pm

    Auckland, New Zealand
    :

    Tulou, tulou, tulouna lava.

    A shining star has been removed from the Pacific sky.

    The Otara communities are deeply saddened by the loss of the Cook Islands’ most famous son, Sir Thomas Davis, who died yesterday aged 90 on Rarotonga.

  • Politics
    Friday 27 July 2007 12:26pm

    Pago Pago, American Samoa
    :

    Editor,

    This may be of interest to one or two of your readers.

    I read Senituli’s concern about Ms. Paynes letters to the Editor.

    I believe I know just enough about Ms. Payne and her line of thinking to offer an opinion.

    Mele Payne has been saying this all along:

    1. Tonga needs to develop its economy

    But she is mad arguing this:

    2. Any economic development is impossible with the current government in power, so she, rigorously argues to the point of being rude pushed for this:

    3. A Political Change

  • Government
    Friday 27 July 2007 11:51am

    San Mateo, California, USA
    :



    Editor,

    The current political events taking place in our humble kingdom seemingly have greater impact today than any other in recent times. While a tri-partite committee has been formed to potentially propose another democratic platform that can just as easily be dismissed and discarded by the government. Similar the late Tu’ipelehake report.

  • Photo News
    Thursday 26 July 2007 5:30pm

    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Hundreds of Tonga High School students and ex-students celebrated the 60th anniversary of their school by parading through central Nuku’alofa this morning.
  • From the Courts
    Thursday 26 July 2007 4:20pm

    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : A jury has found Sione Halafuka Vea (75) not guilty of the charge sedition at the Nuku’alofa Supreme Court today, July 26.
  • Government
    Thursday 26 July 2007 3:41pm

    UK
    :

    Editor,

  • Press Releases
    Thursday 26 July 2007 12:20pm

    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    :

    I wish to inform the public there is no truth in the report published in the Talaki newspaper of 25 July 07 that stated:

    Clive Edwards informed the meeting of the Public Servants last Saturday that, “The Deputy Prime Minister revealed to us during the meeting of the Tripartite Committee saying that the King had already accepted the People’s Model and that such Model should be the one that we should utilize. But the Prime Minister and some others are the ones insisting that the king’s nominees should be included in this model.”

  • Politics
    Thursday 26 July 2007 9:09am

    Provo, Utah,USA
    :

    Editor,

    Lopeti Senituli’s letter is another clear demonstration of his incompetence and it reflects negatively on the Prime Minister’s office. It is a blemish they cannot afford at such a sensitive and urgent time in Tonga’s political history. Every letter from Mr. Senituli, much like the policies dictated from that office, has been reactive and defensive but never proactive or preventive.

  • Politics
    Thursday 26 July 2007 5:48am

    New Zealand
    :

    Editor,

  • From the Courts
    Wednesday 25 July 2007 7:29pm

    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    :

    THE trial of a 75-year-old man charged with sedition is drawing to a close after counsel completed their final submissions at the Nuku’alofa Supreme Court today.

    Sione Halafuka Vea appeared for the second day of his jury trial presided over by Mr Justice Warwick Andrew, when final submissions were made by Defence counsel Sifa Tu’utafaiva and Crown Prosecutor Peter Little.

  • Environment
    Wednesday 25 July 2007 1:51pm

    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
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  • Education
    Wednesday 25 July 2007 1:25pm

    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
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