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  • Government
    Monday 3 July 2006 5:16pm

    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    :

    A total of 815 civil servants retired on Friday, June 30, in a mass redundancy that has cost the government some $22 million in a massive cash handout this week.

    The number is fewer than Government had hoped for in its attempt to Tonga’s oversized civil service.

  • Royalty & Nobility
    Monday 3 July 2006 3:00pm

    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Looking frail and in his wheelchair, King Taufa’ahau Tupou IV returned home to Tonga on Saturday July 1, in time for the celebration of his 88th birthday on July 4.
  • Politics
    Saturday 1 July 2006 6:39pm

    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    :

    THE threat of a National Strike and Civil Disobedience ended in oblivion on June 29 when Tonga’s Prime Minister answered a letter of petition before the June 30 deadline set by a loose-knit group of protestors.

  • Parliament
    Friday 30 June 2006 6:11pm

    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    :

    EIGHT candidates were registered on June 29 for the coming Ha’apai parliamentary By-election on July 20.

    The Supervisor for Election, Pita Vuki said that registered candidates were -
    1) Mo…’ale Finau, Hihifo
    2) Kava Fietonu, …‘O…’u…’a,
    3) …‘Osai Latu, Pangai
    4) Sione Teisina Fuko, Ha…’ano
    5) Tevita Niumataevalu Manu, Ha…’ano
    6) Viliami Koloi, Lotofoa
    7) Sione …‘Ofa ki Muli Manu, Holopeka
    8) Sione Mahe Uta, Pangai.

  • Royalty & Nobility
    Friday 30 June 2006 6:00pm

    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Preparations are well underway for the return to Tonga of King Taufa’ahau Tupou IV on Saturday July 1 to celebrate his 88th birthday on July 4.
  • Letters
    Friday 30 June 2006 5:28pm

    Honiara, Solomon Islands
    :

    Dear Editor

    I sincerely apologise for mistakenly thinking that Tonga is a member of the IWC and that it had the ability to vote in the recent meetings. As Whale watching is a growing and profitable industry, I incorrectly assumed that Tonga was involved in the IWC and to have a say in the fate of these magnificent animals.

  • Business
    Friday 30 June 2006 5:25pm

    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    :

  • Australia
    Friday 30 June 2006 5:16pm

    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    :

    THE flags of the Aboriginals and the Torres Strait Islanders will be on display at the Australian High Commission, Nuku’alofa, next week to mark the National Aboriginal and Islanders Day of Celebration, NAIDOC.

    The Aboriginal flag was designed in 1971 is rallying symbol for the Aboriginal people, and a symbol of their race and identity. The black represents the Aboriginal people, the red the earth and their spiritual relationship to the land, and the yellow the sun, the giver of life.

  • Talanga 'i he lea faka-Tonga
    Friday 30 June 2006 8:21am

    Auckland, New Zealand
    :

    …‘Etita

    …‘Oku ou kaunga kau mo e Tonga tokolahi …‘i he mata me…’a toufeiva …‘i he ngaahi fakalakalaka …‘oku ha sino mai …‘i he vaha…’a …‘o e Pule…’anga (…‘aia teu ui koe …“Timi Fo…’ou…”) pea moe kakai …‘o e fonua (tatau pe …‘i Tonga mo muli foki).

  • Pacific Islands
    Thursday 29 June 2006 6:20pm

    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    :

    by Pesi Fonua

  • Letters
    Wednesday 28 June 2006 5:50pm

    New Zealand
    : Withh great happiness to be known as Tongan again! Thank you to the Privy Council, HRH Prince Tupouto’a, Honourable Prime Minister and all decision makers for allowing our heart to return to our beautiful Island Kingdom of Tonga. Dual Citizenship will no doubt bring happiness to all Tongans overseas. - Longolongo’aevalu
  • Travel
    Wednesday 28 June 2006 10:45am

    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    :

    Story and photos by Linny Folau

  • Politics
    Tuesday 27 June 2006 5:55pm

    USA
    :

    Editor,

    Feeling the exuberance in the air regarding the Dual Citizenship Act, I am among the very few that are very confused from this good news. This confusion has nothing to do with the Act but it is mostly due to my ignorance of several Royal hierarchical protocols. My observation got my two brain cells excited about this Prince Regent and Princess Regent thingy.

  • Government
    Tuesday 27 June 2006 5:39pm

    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    :

    The Tonga government yesterday June 26 started distributing Letters, outlining its redundancy offer to 871 civil servants who are interested in a voluntary Redundancy Program worth $28 million.

    The Minister of Finance told parliament last Tuesday that government would finance a $34 million redundancy and back pay package with a $10 million loan from the Asian Development Bank, and the sale of its 40% shares with the Westpac Bank of Tonga which will bring in $34 million.

  • Talanga 'i he lea faka-Tonga
    Tuesday 27 June 2006 5:35pm

    New Zealand
    :

    Tangata’eiki,

    Kataki mu’a kae toe fakakau atu pe kita he talanga he ‘oku malie pea faka’enekete e me’a ‘oku hoko hotau fonua ne tuku ki Langi.

  • Travel
    Monday 26 June 2006 7:20pm

    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
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  • Royalty & Nobility
    Monday 26 June 2006 5:30pm

    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : TONGA’S King Taufa’ahau Tupou IV will return to Tonga on Saturday, July 1, in time for the celebration of his 88th birthday on July 4.
  • Business
    Monday 26 June 2006 5:18pm

    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
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  • Letters
    Monday 26 June 2006 8:00am

    USA
    : You put joy in my heart and a smile on my face knowing that my kids will be one day recognized in writing that they’re Tongans. My prayers goes out to the Decision Makers in Tonga and all supporters of dual citizenships. Good News!
  • Letters
    Saturday 24 June 2006 6:30pm

    Sydney, Australia
    : “Dual Citizenship - is now Lawful”. This is a very welcoming outcome! The outcry and the persistence of our campaigns in the past few years has certainly made the difference. “We can now, once again, call Tonga - HOME!”- Polikalepo Tuaileva