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  • 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
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    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
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    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
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    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
  • Letters
    Saturday 24 June 2006 6:24pm

    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
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    Editor,

    It is unfortunate that M. Havea chooses to reinforce the offensive allegations that more than two dozen small island and developing nations voted in favour of the sustainable use of the world's whale resources at the recent IWC meeting in St. Kitts and Nevis because of financial incentives from Japan.

  • Government
    Saturday 24 June 2006 1:42pm

    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
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    TONGA’S Privy Council has agreed to allow dual citizenship for Tongans and urgent legislation will go to the House this year to make it a reality.

    “The decision should bring joy to the hearts of every Tongan - here and overseas,” said the Prime Minister Hon. Dr Feleti Sevele, in announcing that the Privy Council yesterday morning, June 23, had approved a submission from the Tongan Cabinet to make dual citizenship for Tongan citizens lawful.

  • Business
    Friday 23 June 2006 6:39pm

    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
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    TONGA’S estimated 60,000 television viewers have never had so many channels to choose from.

    A battle is raging between local and foreign television providers for a lion’s share of the market mainly on the island of Tongatapu. Sky TV and its Tongan agent, the Tonga Broadcasting Commission (TBC) and Tonfön Television, a privately owned local company are the main players with both companies offering a Pay to View service with multiple channels.

  • Letters
    Friday 23 June 2006 5:55pm

    Honiara, Solomon Islands
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    Editor,

    Solomon Islands was one of the countries that voted with Japan on the pro-whaling debate which won a majority vote over the last couple of days. Sadly, again, the Minister of Fisheries for Solomon Islands, Mr. Nollen Leni went against his government and cabinet's decision to abstain from voting, disobeying a cabinet directive and he is yet to face the consequences when he comes back here in a few days time.

  • Politics
    Friday 23 June 2006 9:15am

    Sydney, Australia
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    …‘Etita,

    Fakamolemole kae tu…’u atu e ki…’i fakahoha…’a ko eni …‘i he paenga talanoa he vahaope.

  • Letters
    Friday 23 June 2006 8:30am

    Mounu, Vava'u
    : I read with interest comments supporting the resumption of whaling in the Kingdom. If the Government did allow whaling to resume, the whale watching industry would collapse- Allan Bowe
  • Talanga 'i he lea faka-Tonga
    Friday 23 June 2006 6:02am
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    …‘Etita,

    Kuo ho…’ata malie e ola …‘o e hopo huufi …‘o e Falealea. …‘Oku lolahi e ngaahi me…’a ia te tau ako mei he hopo ni ka …‘oku fakahisitolia hono fehu…’ia …‘e ha …‘Eiki Nopele …‘a …‘Ene …‘Afio …‘a e mafai fakakonisitutone …‘o …‘Ene …‘Afio/Pilinisesi Pule. Lau tokua ko e kau Nopele ko e ngaahi to…’ukupu kinautolu …‘o …‘Ene …‘Afio.

  • Outer Islands
    Thursday 22 June 2006 4:30pm

    Neiafu, Vava'u
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    Latest news from Vava…’u, from Dianne Schultz

    New ferry for inter-island transportation

    When Sailing Safaris launched its new landing craft, Marnis on Saturday June 17, it was a dream come true for the owners, Linda, Owen Manktelow, and Ongo Kaihea, and also for the people in the outer islands of Vava’u.

    Ongo said that the 14.95 m Marnis, called after a daughter of the governor of Vava’u, will make travelling easier between the islands of Vava’u and also between the outer islands and the main town, Neiafu.

  • Travel
    Thursday 22 June 2006 2:30pm

    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
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    Four new entrants in the 2006 Miss Heilala Pagant bring the number of contestants to 10, but registration is still open.

    The new entrants include one from New Zealand, two from Australia, and one from the USA.

    The only New Zealand contestant so far is Nanise Finau Lavulavu (18) Miss JL Stonemason Ltd. NZ, a travel and tourism student.

  • Letters
    Thursday 22 June 2006 8:39am

    Auckland, New Zealand
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    Dear Sir

    Call me a whale-watcher if you like but '‘Ofa-ki-Tonga'’s enthusiasm for whalemeat for the kingdom is unlikely to find favour in this part of the world where killing whales and dolphins for food is seen as barbaric. The recent Japanese success at the IWC was made possible by support from some Pacific nations who took money and changed their stance. And here in New Zealand there is a call for retribution through the withdrawl of aid or something similar.