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  • Letters
    Friday 15 September 2006 10:15pm

    Fangaloto,Nuku'alofa,Tonga
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    Editor,

    I wish the people of Wanganui the best of luck for they have elected Michael Laws as their leader, a man who makes great pronouncements out of ignorance. His comparison of our late King to Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe clearly shows that he does not know what he is talking about.

    We call such people in our society empty-headed and silly. Perhaps in Laws' case it was a carry over from his role as a leader in the reality TV show Treasure Island.

  • Business
    Friday 15 September 2006 6:01pm

    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : The new king of Tonga, King George Tupou V today announced that he will dispose of all his commercial interests in the kingdom.
  • Editorials
    Thursday 14 September 2006 3:05pm

    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : When Taufa’ahau Tupou IV came to the Tongan throne on July 4, 1967, for most Tongans it was the dawn of a new era. The new king, at 49, epitomised what Tongans of the 1960s perceived to be a perfect 20th century monarch. Editor’s Comment, by Pesi Fonua.
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  • Letters
    Wednesday 13 September 2006 7:30pm

    Düsseldorf, Germany
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    Editor,



    On the sad occasion of His Majesty's pass a'away I feel I really must express my and my wife's sincere condolences to Her Majesty Queen Halaevalu Mata'Aho, the Royal Family, and all of the Tongan people.

    We have fond memories of King Taufa'ahau Tupou IV., of His kindness, of His pro-German attention and - especially for our great delight - of His appreciation of music.

    Our good wishes also goes to the Crown Prince who will be the successor of the kind-hearted monarch.



  • Royalty & Nobility
    Wednesday 13 September 2006 4:30pm

    Wellington, New Zealand
    : The New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark today confirmed she would attend the funeral of His Majesty King Taufa‘’ahau Tupou IV of Tonga, in Nuku‘alofa on Tuesday 19 September.
  • Royalty & Nobility
    Wednesday 13 September 2006 4:30pm

    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Thousands of Tongans are lining the roads on Tongatapu as the funeral procession of His Late Majesty King Taufa’ahau Tupou IV passes by on its way to the Royal Palace where he will lie in State for five days.
  • Royalty & Nobility
    Wednesday 13 September 2006 4:15pm

    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : The state funeral of Tonga’s late King Taufa‘’ahau Tupou IV, on Tuesday September 19, will be attended by the New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark, the Maori King, and both the Governor Generals of New Zealand and Australia.
  • Talanga 'i he lea faka-Tonga
    Tuesday 12 September 2006 7:06pm

    USP,Suva, Fiji
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    ‘Etita,

    ‘Oku mau ongo’i mamalu mo fakatulou atu kae fakaa’u
    atu si’i tengihia mei he vahanoa mei he Taulanga Suva
    ‘a e si’i tu’unga matu’a mo e finematu’a mei he
    polokalama MBA ‘i USP.

  • Royalty & Nobility
    Tuesday 12 September 2006 6:00pm

    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
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  • Talanga 'i he lea faka-Tonga
    Tuesday 12 September 2006 12:13pm

    Auckland, New Zealand
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    ‘Etita,

  • Talanga 'i he lea faka-Tonga
    Tuesday 12 September 2006 8:46am

    Canberra, Australia
    :

    ‘Etita,

    Kei fakamalumalu atu he Tala ‘o Lo’au mo e Talamalu e Fonua, pea
    ke ‘oua na’a taku ko ha’ate manongisia, ka e ‘oatu ‘a e fie kaunga
    mamahi mei he Sosaieti Fakatotolo `a e Lo’au (Lo’au Research
    Society), keu fakatulou pea fakatapu mo e Ha’a Tu’i La’a kuo Unga
    Fonua.

  • Talanga 'i he lea faka-Tonga
    Tuesday 12 September 2006 8:20am

    Australia
    :

    ‘Etita,

  • Royalty & Nobility
    Monday 11 September 2006 7:45pm

    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Tonga begins a month of State mourning today, when flags will be flown at half-mast for the late King Taufa’ahau Tupou IV, the Prime Minister Hon. Dr Feleti Sevele announced on national radio this evening.
  • Letters
    Monday 11 September 2006 5:30pm
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    Editor,



    God has parted the Heavens and took into Him our beloved Son of Tonga.



  • Royalty & Nobility
    Monday 11 September 2006 4:00pm

    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
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    FOLLOWING a Tonga Privy Council lunchtime meeting the Prince Regent was sworn in as king and he is now Tupou V, according to Australian media.

    Information released by the Prime MInister's Office to Australian media confirmed that the funeral date would be Tuesday next week after the king lies in state for five days at the Palace.

  • Royalty & Nobility
    Monday 11 September 2006 3:00pm

    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
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    The date of Tonga's Royal Funeral has yet to be made official, but observers awaiting an official announcement today are forecasting a Saturday or Sunday burial for the late King Taufa'ahau Tupou IV.

    Following a midday meeting of the Privy Council, a spokesperson for the Lord Chamberlain's Office said that the Prime Minister had instructed that the details of funeral programme should not be released until he makes his press statement later today on national television.

  • Talanga 'i he lea faka-Tonga
    Monday 11 September 2006 2:37pm

    New Zealand
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    ‘Etita,

    ‘Oiaue!! ‘Oiaue!! Kuo too ‘a e La’aa ‘Ofeina ‘o e ‘Otu Tonga. ‘Oiaue ‘a e Tama Langi ‘ofa ‘i hono kakai e !! Ha’ele a Tama he ‘e kei Lakoifie lelei pe ho’o ngaahi maa’imoa ‘i homau ngaahi lotofale tu’a ni.

    Fakafeta’i pe kia Sihova he na’a ne foaki mai pea kuo ne toe to’o atu, kae malo’ia aipe ho huafa ma’oni’oni e!!

    Fakatauange kene tootoofaa a ‘i he nonga moe fiemalie ‘a e ‘Otua, pea kene kei foaki nonga mai ki he Ta’ahine Kuini kae’uma’aa ‘a e Fale ‘o Ha’a Moheofo.

    Tu’a ‘ofa atu

    Molumalu ‘o Ha’angata

    Soosoo Tuiivai

  • Royalty & Nobility
    Monday 11 September 2006 12:00pm

    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Tonga’s Privy Council is now gathering in Nuku’alofa for a midday sitting today, and is expected to make an announcement early this afternoon regarding the Accession to the Throne of King Tupou V.
  • Talanga 'i he lea faka-Tonga
    Monday 11 September 2006 11:32am

    New Zealand
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    ‘Etita,

    Fakafeta’i Sihova ho’o fakakola’aki ‘emau mo’ui ha Tu’i ‘ofa. Fakafeta’i ho’o mokoi ke fakatu’uta lelei atu homau Hau ke kau fakataha ‘i he fakafea’o ki he ‘Afiona, ‘a e Hau Ta’eliua. Ke ‘i he Ta’ahine Kuini, Pilinisi Pule, Pilinisesi Pilolevu mo Ha’a Ma’afu, ‘a e fiemalie ‘i he Kelesi ‘o e Laumalie Ma’oni’oni, lolotonga ‘a e po’uli kuo ne kapasia e ‘otu Tonga.

    Tu’a’ofa mo e Hufia

    Longolongo’aevalu

    direction2u [at] xtra [dot] co [dot] nz

  • Talanga 'i he lea faka-Tonga
    Monday 11 September 2006 8:21am

    Canberra, Australia
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    ‘Etita,

    Kuo lava atu …‘eni hono fakahu …‘a e ngaahi founga pule fakaanganga ko ha fokotu…’u fakakaukau fakapolitikale mo fakakonistutone ki ha founga pule…’anga fo…’ou ketau nga…’unu ki ai he senituli 21, pea kuo lava atu foki mo e tanaki …‘a e ola …‘o e ngaahi …“Talanoa…” …‘a e Komiti …‘a e Tama Tu…’ipelehake kuo pekia mo Dr Sitiveni Halapua ne faka…’ata he Falealea mo e Fakataha Tokoni …‘a …‘Ene …‘Afio.

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