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  • Parliament
    Monday 11 October 2004 4:59pm

    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    :

    From the House, Minute No. 56, Wednesday October 6 2004

    - annual report of the Ministry of Police.


    Speaker - reminded the House that there were still a few Bills and Annual Reports to be presented to the House. He said that the National Pension Scheme Bill was yet to be debated by the House.

    He called on the new Minister of Defence, Hon. ‘Aloua Fetutolu Tupou, to make his maiden speech in the House.

  • Letters
    Monday 11 October 2004 3:30pm

    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Further to the Parliamentary discussions held over the past few days with regard to diapers and other hazardous waste we would like to point out to the people of Tonga what we as a commercial sector business are doing. -v Roger and Lee Miller
  • From the Courts
    Friday 8 October 2004 2:56pm
    :

    Nuku’alofa, Tonga

    Tonga’s controversial media laws have been declared void and invalid by the Chief Justice R. M. Webster MBE, following a judicial review, called for by 173 plaintifs.

    In the Nuku’alofa Supreme Court this morning he declared that the Media Operators Act 2003 and the Newspaper Act 2003, were both void and invalid.

  • Education
    Thursday 7 October 2004 11:12am
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    Nuku’alofa, Tonga

  • From the Courts
    Monday 4 October 2004 4:45pm

    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    :

    Tonga recorded its fourth suicide case this year, with the death of a young man at the village of Malapo, Tongatapu, on Saturday October 2.

    Deputy Commander of Police, Taniela Faletau said that four suicides had been reported to the Police during the past nine months, compared to the total of five suicides for Tonga in 2003.

    A 17 year old male is the youngest of the four suicides this year, he said, and the oldest was a 28 year old. Three of the suicides occurred in Tongatapu, with one in Vava…’u.

  • Parliament
    Monday 4 October 2004 4:25pm

    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    :

    From the House, Minute No. 48, Wednesday 22 September 2004.

    Speaker - dissolved the Legislature into the Whole House Committee and the Acting Chairman Noble Tu’i’afitu took his Chair. He called for debate to continue with the Bill to amend Clause 6 of the Order in Public Places Act (regarding working on Sunday).

  • People
    Sunday 3 October 2004 10:59am

    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Telesia Kaitapu (20) the reigning Miss Heilala loves to sing and dance, and to fly, and this month she will be representing Tonga in the Miss South Pacific Pageant 2004-05 to be held in American Samoa, October 24-29. Interviewed by Linny Folau
  • Parliament
    Friday 1 October 2004 7:47pm

    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    :

    From the House, Minute No. 51, Tuesday September 28, 2004.

    - Annual Report of the Environment Department

    - Vahai’i calls for a Diaper War

    - Pohiva said that if Ministers could not solve this small problem of plastics and diapers what were they capable of solving?

    - There was a power cut.


    Speaker - reminded the House that there was still a lot of work to be done. He said there were Bills and Annual Reports from government ministeries.

  • Environment
    Friday 1 October 2004 7:31pm

    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    :

    Dozens of volunteers who went out last weekend as part of the Clean Up the World Day, believe that Tonga needs to clean up its act because there is an awful lot more rubbish out there to pick up - they were overwhelmed by it and some groups ran out of bags.

  • Parliament
    Thursday 30 September 2004 6:34pm

    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    :

    An attempt by the Tongan Government to introduce the death penalty for possession of all illicit drugs was defeated in the Tongan Legislature on Monday.

    From the House, Minute No. 50, Monday September 27, 2004:

    Speaker - called on the Minister of Agriculture and the Minister of Education to come forth for the taking of the oath of three acting Ministers, Acting Minister for Foreign Affairs (Fekita ‘Utoikamanu), Acting Minister of Defence (Tau’aika ‘Uta’atu), and an Acting Minister of Finance (Meleseini Faletau Lomu ).

  • Visitors
    Thursday 30 September 2004 5:58pm

    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    :

    Commonwealth countries must ensure that measures to tackle terrorism do not unduly impinge on the rights of the people, said Ms Betty Mould-Iddrisu, the Director of the Legal and Constitutional Affairs Division of the Commonwealth Secretariat, visiting Tonga this week.

    Betty came from London to participate and to speak at the 23rd annual meeting of the Pacific Islands Law Officers Meeting ,PILOM, which opened at the Janful International Dateline Hotel on September 27.

  • Travel
    Wednesday 29 September 2004 5:09pm

    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    :

    Peau Vava…’u Airwaves confirmed today that it will not bring in a 10 seater Islander aircraft for its outer island services. It plans instead to bring in a third DC 3 aircraft that will arrive in November.

    Mosikaka Moengangongo, Project Manager for Peau Vava…’u said that they will bring in a third DC3 to service the two Niuas and ‘Eua.

  • Health
    Wednesday 29 September 2004 4:50pm

    Robinvale,Australia
    :

    Hi,

    I love your website and you are to be congratulated for a hard job well done….  However I would like to see anything about the health of the people in Tonga or something to promote health.

  • Government
    Wednesday 29 September 2004 4:09pm

    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
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  • Education
    Tuesday 28 September 2004 2:56pm
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    Nuku’alofa, Tonga






    "There are also concepts of democracy, transparency, and accountability, and they have not been conventionalised because we have not really talked enough about those concepts. We have to equip our language to be able to carry out its function of conveying ideas and concepts of everyday life… it will enable the language to survive as a living thing…"

  • From the Courts
    Tuesday 28 September 2004 2:46pm

    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    :

    Tohitangi Manu, of Kolofo…’ou appeared at the Nuku’alofa Supreme Court yesterday, September 27, charged with manslaughter by negligence.

    It was alleged that due to his reckless driving on Monday 8 February, 2003 he caused the death of 13-year-old …‘Asipeli Vaipulu of Sopu.

    Tohitangi , a man in his mid-40s, also faces two alternative charges for driving without due care or attention to the person using the road, and drunken driving.

    The Crown filed these two alternative charges in case the accused was found not guilty on the charge of manslaughter by negligence.

  • Pacific Islands
    Tuesday 28 September 2004 2:42pm
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    Press Release, Forum Secretariat.

    Suva, Fiji:

    The Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat today refuted allegations that it was embroiled in a “turf war” with the Pacific Power Association (PPA) over implementation of a EUR11.4 million energy project in five Pacific ACP countries.

  • Economy
    Tuesday 28 September 2004 2:24pm

    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    :

    Tonga’s official foreign reserves held by the National Reserve Bank for August, stood at $78.4 million, an amount equivalent to 4.8 months of imports of goods.

    The August foreign reserves dropped by $11.1 million from the July figure of $89.5 million, the equivalent of 5.5 months of import.

  • Economy
    Tuesday 28 September 2004 2:13pm

    London, UK
    : Britain is planning a new effort to help poor countries reduce their huge debts by offering to pay off 10 percent of the total owed to international agencies and challenging other nations to follow suit, said Gordon Brown, the chancellor of the Exchequer.
  • Pacific Islands
    Tuesday 28 September 2004 2:09pm
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    Press Release, Regional Tuna Association

    Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia:

    A newly formed tuna industry association says that tuna stocks in the Pacific are coming under too much pressure from poorly regulated foreign fishing fleets. It wants Pacific Island governments to be stricter about the number of licenses that are issued to fishing vessels.