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  • 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
    :

    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
    :

    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.

  • Politics
    Wednesday 21 June 2006 6:57pm

    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
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    ORGANISED civil disturbance threatened for July 1 by Tongan protesters earlier this month, appears to be nothing but hot air.

    ‘Akilisi Pohiva, the leader of the protesters who numbered about 1000, including seven People’s Representatives, said today that as far as he knows, “no plan of action has been made.”

    The protesters on June 1 presented a petition and an ultimatum to the Princess Regent for action on their several demands linked to a threat of civil disobedience, national strikes and more protest marches.

  • Letters
    Wednesday 21 June 2006 9:15am

    Long Beach, California, USA
    :

    Editor,

    Tonga'’s cultural art of whaling was very quickly done away with by statute in the 1950s because of political pressures from abroad on conservation and environmental issues to ban whaling. This is a classical example of small nations succumbing to more powerful countries because of the funding and financial aid that they are receiving from them.

    Today, Tonga is in a financial crisis and it is imperative that we must take stock of all our available resources to see how we can bail ourselves out of this mess. One of these resources is the whales in our waters.

  • Talanga 'i he lea faka-Tonga
    Wednesday 21 June 2006 8:40am
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    Tangata’eiki,

  • Politics
    Wednesday 21 June 2006 6:21am

    New Zealand
    :

    Tangata’eiki,

  • Agriculture
    Tuesday 20 June 2006 6:49pm

    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    :

    TONGA this year has secured a second market for its squash, Korea, and it is hoped this will encourage growers who have lost confidence after their worst year in 2005.

    The Secretary General of the Tonga Squash Council, Stephen Edwards said today that the advantage of the Korean squash market is that it provides a market for light-weight Tongan squash, ranging from 900 grams to 1.3kg. The Japanese would not buy squash that is less than 1.2kg each.

  • Letters
    Tuesday 20 June 2006 9:15am

    Auckland, New Zealand
    : When Prime Minister Sevele was in Auckland recently he took time out - a few minutes only but long enough to make the point - that our news media need to report more accurately particularly on political events from home. I’ve lifted this very recent piece from one of our more popular internet sources (and it was not the exemplar MatangiTonga) to illustrate why the PM should continue to be concerned….Sefita Hao’uli
  • Talanga 'i he lea faka-Tonga
    Tuesday 20 June 2006 8:38am

    Canberra, Australia
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    …‘Etita,

    …‘Oku hanga he hopo sivile ko …‘eni kuo tau situ…’a mei ai …‘o fakamanatu mai …‘a e ngaahi me…’a lalahi ko …‘eni:

  • Parliament
    Monday 19 June 2006 7:32pm

    Long Beach, California, USA
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    Editor,

    As expected of-course, the Chief Justice has ruled that the opening of the Legislative Assembly by the Princess Regent on June 1st was lawful.

    What an embarrassment for Clive Edwards as a legal counsel and the other 7 PRs and the …“lone ranger…” Noble Representative as lawmakers, to have even pursued such a frivolous case in the courts! What a waste of public time and energy in this needless legal exercise!

  • From the Courts
    Monday 19 June 2006 7:29pm

    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
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    TONGA’S parliament will reopen tomorrow, June 20, following a Supreme Court decision by Chief Justice Robin Webster this morning that the opening of Parliament by the Princess Regent, Princess Pilolevu Tuita on June 1 was lawful.

  • Parliament
    Sunday 18 June 2006 8:20am

    Long Beach, California, USA
    :

    Editor,

    Matangi Tonga reported that the Deputy Secretary at the Palace Office had confirmed on May 31st that the …“Princess Regent will take the King…’s place and officiate in the opening of the Legislative Assembly…”., I am sure Members of Parliament would have found out even earlier than May 31st that the Regent would open the House.

  • From the Courts
    Saturday 17 June 2006 5:36pm

    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
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    TONGA’S Chief Justice Robin Webster will announce his decision next week, after this morning hearing submissions in a case that is challenging the legality of the opening of the 2006 session on June 1 by the Princess Regent.

    For three and a half hours on Saturday morning the Supreme Court heard submissions from legal counselors for the parties to a case brought by eight members of parliament.

  • Talanga 'i he lea faka-Tonga
    Saturday 17 June 2006 9:08am

    New Zealand
    :

    ‘Etita,

  • Rugby
    Friday 16 June 2006 7:16pm

    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    :

    THE ‘Ikale Tahi has a new line-up for their June 17 game against the Junior All Blacks at the Yarrow Stadium, New Plymouth, New Zealand.

    Changes in the ‘Ikale line appear to have been made because of the injury of players such as Siosiua Taumalolo, after the first game with Japan, and Kisi Pulu after game against Fiji, and with the availability of players rather than a drastic change in game plan.

  • Parliament
    Friday 16 June 2006 7:02pm

    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
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    A HEARING to decide the fate of the Tongan Parliament’s 2006 session will start at the Nuku’alofa Supreme Court tomorrow, June 17.

    The Supreme Court office confirmed today, that the two parties to the Civil Case had filed the essential documents and agreed for the hearing to start on Saturday at 9am.

  • Politics
    Friday 16 June 2006 3:40pm
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    Dear Editor,

    I wish to drop in a few words now, here, and then, hopefully it would help improve our economy as a whole.

  • Politics
    Friday 16 June 2006 3:17pm

    Tofoa,Tongatapu
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    Editor

    I write to reply to comments made in a letter from Sione Tapani Mangisi on June 6, regarding the proposal for a Democratic Monarchy developed by Afeaki. I write on behalf of Afeaki, my father, who is ill.

    In his letter, Sione commented that the, …“Afeaki model that was posted on the MT, I do not know about as it appears that it was not meant for public discussion yet……..a secret between their writers and the King I suppose……….”

  • Parliament
    Friday 16 June 2006 8:47am

    USA
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    Editor,

    With all due respect to this audience, it is a …“dog-eat-dog…” world out there. Please if you can, help out with the interpretation of the phrase. I don…’t even know what it means so why pile on the embarrassment. But it is a catchy phrase to use. One does not have to go far to find the hostility in this dog…’s world.