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  • Travel
    Wednesday 12 July 2006 7:39pm

    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Airline Tonga introduced a 50-seater Convair aircraft to its domestic air service on July 3, servicing the Tongatapu-Vava‘u-Ha‘apai route twice daily from Monday to Saturday.
  • Business
    Wednesday 12 July 2006 7:39pm

    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : The Tonga government’s proposed sale of its shareholding in the Westpac Bank of Tonga was not finalized, said the new chairperson for the Westpac Bank of Tonga Board, Ms Jane Kittel, who is currently in Tonga on a five-days visit.
  • Letters
    Wednesday 12 July 2006 8:27am

    Seattle, USA
    : The NCPR committee came last Saturday to keep the original plan that was scheduled for Seattle meeting. ‘Aisea Taumoepeau & Fatai Pale held the meetings followed after the community prayer by all different faiths in the Seattle area who came to mourn the loss of Prince Tuipelehake and Princess Kaimana.- Fatima ‘Aho
  • Parliament
    Tuesday 11 July 2006 7:39pm

    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : The Tongan Legislature has adjourned its proceedings and postponed the Parliamentarians national tour in July because of the Royal funeral of the late Prince Tu’’ipelehake and the late Princess Kaimana Tuku’’aho, according to Tevita ‘‘Ova the Chief Clerk of the House.
  • From the Courts
    Tuesday 11 July 2006 7:03pm

    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Shoreline whistleblower, Piveni Piukala, pleaded not guilty to two criminal charges under Tonga’s Computer Crimes Act at the Nuku‘alofa Supreme Court, this morning, July 11.
  • Defence
    Tuesday 11 July 2006 7:02pm

    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : The Tabar, a destroyer of the Indian Navy, arrived in Nuku’alofa yesterday, July 10 on a three-days good will visit.
  • Royalty & Nobility
    Tuesday 11 July 2006 7:00pm

    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : THE late Prince Tu’ipelehake and the late Princess Kaimana will not be buried at the Mala’e Kula Royal Tombs, the burial place of the Tu’i Kanokupolu dynasty.
  • Politics
    Monday 10 July 2006 6:04pm

    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Despite the untimely death last week of Prince Tu’ipelehake, the chairman of the National Committee for Political Reform (NCPR), the Talanoa meetings that were scheduled for the USA are to continue.
  • Royalty & Nobility
    Monday 10 July 2006 6:00pm

    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : The funerals of the late Prince Tu‘ipelehake and the late Princess Kaimana will be held in Tonga on Friday July 21.
  • Royalty & Nobility
    Monday 10 July 2006 2:30pm

    East Palo Alto, California
    : A memorial service was held in East Palo Alto, California, late on Friday July 7 for the Tongan royal family members, Prince Tu‘ipelehake, 56, Princess Kaimana, 46, and their driver, Vinisia Hefa, 36, who were killed in a vehicle accident in nearby Menlo Park, on Wednesday, July 5. Princess Mele Siu‘ilikutapu, sister of Prince Tu‘ipelehake attended the service.
  • Letters
    Monday 10 July 2006 8:15am

    Hawaii
    : I have been researching why the retail price of Tonga maile leis exported to Hawaii are less expensive than local Hawaiian maile and Cook Islands maile leis here. Maile workers in Hawaii receive $12 US per lei and the Cook Islands are receiving $11.50 NZ per lei. - Dave Thompson
  • From the Courts
    Saturday 8 July 2006 6:15pm

    Redwood City, California
    : The teenage driver charged with the killing of two members of the Tongan royal family and their driver after slamming into their car pleaded not guilty on Friday, July 7 (US time) to vehicular manslaughter, according to AP news service.
  • Royalty & Nobility
    Friday 7 July 2006 10:30pm

    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : News of the sudden dealth of Tonga’s “People’s Prince” Prince Tu‘ipelehake (56) and Princess Kaimana (46) in a car accident on a California highway yesterday, has shocked Tongans as the news slowly spread in the Kingdom today.
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  • Rugby
    Friday 7 July 2006 4:39pm

    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : The ‘Ikale Tahi and the Cook Islands will meet at Nuku’alofa’s Teufaiva Stadium, tomorrow, July 8 for their second World Cup qualifying game.
  • Royalty & Nobility
    Friday 7 July 2006 8:30am

    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Two members of Tonga’s Royal family, HRH Prince Tu’ipelehake and Princess Kaimana, died in a car accident in San Francisco last night according to Tongans living in the area, but this has yet to be officially confirmed by the Palace Office in Tonga.
  • Health
    Thursday 6 July 2006 5:09pm

    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : A gift of $10,000 pa‘anga was donated to Tonga’s Vaiola Hospital by the Halaholo Family on July 5 to help the hospital buy a new ambulance.
  • Government
    Wednesday 5 July 2006 6:14pm

    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : The Tonga Government urgently needs new workers to replace its rubbish collectors who have taken their redundancy package and gone home.
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  • Royalty & Nobility
    Tuesday 4 July 2006 5:00pm

    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Tonga’s aging King Taufa’ahau Tupou IV for the first time was unable to attend the July 4 military parade - this year marking his 88th birthday - and the inspection of the parade was carried out by Crown Prince Tupouto’a at Mala’e Pangai in Nuku’alofa.
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  • Travel
    Tuesday 4 July 2006 3:54pm

    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Wearing colourful traditional costumes the 13 contestants for the 2006 Miss Heilala crown appeared in a Tau’olunga dance competition last night, July 3, at the Queen Salote Memorial Hall in the event that is a highlight of the annual pageant.
  • 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 somem $22 million in a massive cash handout this week.

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