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  • Press Releases
    Tuesday 14 August 2007 5:40pm

    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    :

    THE Prime Minister has today extended the emergency power made on August 13 by 30 days. Acting on the advice of the Minister of Police that he still is of the opinion that public order continues to be seriously threatened and it is necessary for the purpose of maintaining public order that this proclamation has been made.

  • Government
    Tuesday 14 August 2007 5:09pm

    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    :

  • Business
    Tuesday 14 August 2007 5:05pm

    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : 2007-08-14 17:05:00 +1300 Mr Bob Carmichael the Australian Pacific Investment Commissioner is in Tonga, scouting for investment opportunities for Australian companies.
  • Culture and Society
    Tuesday 14 August 2007 9:54am

    Nu'usila
    :

    ‘Etita,

    Fakamolemole, tuku mu’a ke ‘ata pea ngofua, ke fai atu ha popoaki fiekaungamamahi ki si’i ‘Ta’ahine Kuini Fehuhu, he peaukoso kuo ne kapa si’ono lotofale, ‘o mole ai si’i Latuniua mo Kalolaine.

    Uisa e ko e pule ‘oku haohaoa pea ta’ele’eia
    Ke toli pea tui mei he ‘uuni kakala ‘o Talalo Sia
    ‘A e Heilala fu’itahi e ‘api ko Matahiva
    Ne faiteunga’aki si’i ngaahi fatongia
    He lotu, famili mo e fonua
    Fai’anga ia e tue moe fiefia
    Toka a si’i Latuniua he nonga ‘a e ‘Otua
    Kuo lava e fakapuepue ka ke malolo a

  • Press Releases
    Monday 13 August 2007 6:11pm

    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    :

    COMMENCING August 15 the price of all international air tickets for passengers departing the Kingdom of Tonga will increase by $30 due to the inclusion of a $10 Security Fee and a $20 Airport Development Fee. This is in addition to the $25 Passenger Service Charge collected at departure.

    An additional $2 security fee will apply to all departing domestic flights.

  • Royalty & Nobility
    Monday 13 August 2007 6:00pm

    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : ‘Amelia Latuniua Taumoepeau-Tupou (62) passed away at the Vaiola Hospital, in Nuku’alofa yesterday, August 12, after an illness. A sister of the Queen Mother, her death comes less than three weeks after the loss of another sister Kalolaine Lataifalefehi Fakafanua on July 26.
  • Press Releases
    Monday 13 August 2007 5:56pm

    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    :

    THE National Reserve Bank of Tonga is concerned that there is some confusion amongst the public regarding the suspension of credit ceilings on lending to the private sector.

    The National Reserve Bank of Tonga wishes to further advise the public that credit ceilings were removed in February 2007 to allow banks to consider lending for the recovery of those who were affected by the civil disorder in November 2006. Therefore, there is No Limit to the bank lending mandated by the National Reserve Bank of Tonga.

  • Parliament
    Monday 13 August 2007 4:03pm

    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    :

    From the House, an English translation summary from the Tongan vernacular, by Pesi Fonua.

    THE House plunged into a debate on the issue of the right of the people to present petitions to the House.

  • Politics
    Sunday 12 August 2007 12:23pm

    Salt Lake City, Utah, USA
    :

    Editor,

    I concur with your 19 July, 2007 editorial: “Tonga’s political reform process overshadowed by a sense of injustice.”

    Regretfully, the accused People’s Representatives (‘Akilisi Pohiva, ‘Uliti Uata, Clive Edwards, ‘Isileli Pulu, Lepolo Taunisila) continue working as if nothing had happened. They have breached the hopes and most sacred blessing the public bestows on an elected official in a democratic society: The “Public Trust.”

  • Talanga 'i he lea faka-Tonga
    Saturday 11 August 2007 11:59am

    UK
    :

    ‘Etita,

    ‘Oku tau fakamalo ki he Tonga kotoa ‘i he poupou kuo fai pea fili ai ‘etau timi ke fakafofonga’i kitautolu kihe ipu ‘a mamani pea ‘oku tau fiefia ai. ‘Oku ou lotu atu kihe si’i ni’ihi ne ‘ikai fili he ‘oku uesia ai ae tokotaha kotoa i honau takitaha famili. Mou fiemalie pe he ko e to pe i mamani.

  • From the Courts
    Friday 10 August 2007 6:57pm

    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    :

    A TOTAL of seven years imprisonment was imposed today on a ringleader in the destruction of a Chinese shop in Nuku’alofa, in the first major prison sentencing handed down on crimes committed during the riots of November 16 last year.

    “Rioters will not be tolerated by the court and will be punished accordingly,” Chief Justice Anthony Ford told Ma’ake Kali (30) married of Popua, stating “you willingly took part in the mayhem that prevailed on this day”

  • Economy
    Friday 10 August 2007 6:15pm

    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    :

    TONGA’S Foreign Reserve of July fell by $1.3 million from $91.6 million in June, to $90.3 million in July, an amount equivalent to 4.3 months of imports of goods.

    The National Reserve Bank of Tonga reported on August 9 that the Reserve movements resulted “from the foreign exchange operations that the NRB carries out with the commercial banks and with the Government of Tonga.”

    Despite the fall the Foreign Reserve of July was higher than the figure for the same month last year, July 2006 which was $86.3 million.

  • Rugby
    Friday 10 August 2007 5:01pm

    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    :

    THE Tonga Rugby Football Union announced the Firepower ‘Ikale Tahi 2007 Rugby World Cup 30 Man Squad and Management this morning, August 10, a day before the ‘Ikale Tahi leaves for New Zealand.

    The ‘Ikale Tahi will play one warm-up game in New Zealand against an Auckland B side on August 15 before they leave for the United Kingdom on August 16. They will have another warm-up game in the UK on August 24 before they leave for France.

  • Education
    Friday 10 August 2007 2:44pm

    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
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  • From the Courts
    Friday 10 August 2007 12:33pm

    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    :

    A 50-year-old father and his 22-year old daughter were acquitted of incest charges at the Nuku’alofa Supreme Court on August 8.

    The Chief Justice Hon. Justice A. D. Ford acquitted the two accused of the charges because he was not convinced beyond reasonable doubt by the evidence presented by the Crown during the 10-day trial.

    The onus of proof to prove the crime alleged beyond reasonable doubt was on the Crown’s shoulder, and they failed to do so in this case.

  • Press Releases
    Friday 10 August 2007 11:48am

    New York, USA
    :

    THE Coalition for the International Criminal Court (CICC) - an international network of more than 2,500 non-governmental organizations advocating for a fair, effective and independent Court - urged governments to ratify or accede to the Rome Statute, the founding treaty of the International Criminal Court (ICC).

  • Parliament
    Thursday 9 August 2007 1:33pm

    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    :

    THE reform model proposed for the new Tongan parliament will have more Cabinet Ministers than all other Members of Parliament combined, allowing the Prime Minister and the King to appoint probably 15 or even up to 19 ministers in a 26 member House.

  • Politics
    Thursday 9 August 2007 12:56pm

    Reservoir, Victoria,Australia
    :

    ‘Etita,

  • Business
    Wednesday 8 August 2007 4:31pm

    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
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  • Politics
    Wednesday 8 August 2007 9:23am

    Oregon,USA
    :

    Editor,

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