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Wednesday 1 December 1999

Hong Kong, China
Tonga is one country that has been trying to access the Chinese market. The King of Tonga, Taufa‘ahau Tupou IV, successfully facilitated the missing link when a Bilateral Trade Agreement was signed between the two countries during the king’s State Visit to China in October. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 14, no. 4, December 1999.
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Wednesday 1 December 1999

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Exploring an unknown destination without a map, may not be the wisest thing for anyone to do, but Canadian, Wanda Ariano, said that the experience of being lost on ‘Eua island was the highlight of her trip to Tonga.
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Wednesday 1 December 1999

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
These young people were smiling because they received certificates on November 5 at the completion of a six week course on Food and Beverage Preparation, and Customer Service. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 14, no. 4, December 1999.
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Wednesday 1 December 1999

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The last session of the Tongan Legislative Assembly of the century was closed by King Taufa‘ahau Tupou IV on November 22, at Queen Salote Memorial Hall with Cabinet ministers and the Members of Parliament. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 14, no. 4, December 1999.
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Wednesday 1 December 1999

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
Tonga will be the first country in the world to welcome the Year 2000, at the stroke of midnight on December 31, an hour ahead of any one else.
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Wednesday 1 December 1999

Hong Kong, China
Tonga's King Taufa'ahau Tupou IV talks about his first visit to China since Tonga officially established diplomatic relations with the People’s Republic, and terminated its 26-year-old diplomatic relationship with Taiwan. Interview by Pesi Fonua
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Wednesday 1 December 1999

Hong Kong, China
The meeting between HM King Taufa‘ahau Tupou IV and Jiang Zemin, the President of the People’s Republic of China, at the Great Hall of the People, Beijing, on October 7 was the highlight of the first State Visit to China by the King of Tonga. Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 14, no. 4, December 1999.
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Wednesday 1 December 1999

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Royal Tongan Airlines new Boeing 737-200, began servicing the Tonga – Auckland – Samoa – Niue route after an inaugural flight over Tonga with King Taufa‘ahau Tupou IV on November 12. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 14, no. 4, December 1999.
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Thursday 19 August 1999

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The New Zealand Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Rt. Hon. Don McKinnon with a 40-member delegation, including nine Members of Parliament, four students, journalists and military personnel spent two nights in Tonga August 17-19 during a six country Pacific tour.
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Wednesday 18 August 1999

Mexico City, Mexico
The study by Harvard University’s School of Public Health released this week, reinforced the belief of many in the development community that a vast amount of medical supplies donated to poor countries was inappropriate and even harmful. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 14, no. 3, July 1999.
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Saturday 10 July 1999

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
Three decades after Tonga banned whaling, in line with an international treaty, the taste of whale fat lingers on, and blubber enthusiasts joined the curious to watch a whale being butchered in Nuku‘alofa on July 10. Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 14, no. 3, July 1999.
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Thursday 1 July 1999

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Bank of Tonga celebrated its 25th anniversary on July 1 in style, by making a record profit for the 1998-99 financial year of over $4 million. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 14, no. 3, July 1999.
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Thursday 1 July 1999

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
Any hope by the people of Tonga for their representatives and the Tongan parliament to pass a budget that could revive the economy by allocating a substantial amount of money as incentive to boost production in Tonga’s three main sectors, Agriculture, Fisheries and Tourism, was wishful thinking. From the House by Pesi Fonua. Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 14, no. 3, July 1999.
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Thursday 1 July 1999

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
High interest rates on loans from banks, particularly from the Tonga Development Bank, have caused concern among business people who say that it further restrains economic development due to a lack of capital funds. Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 14, no. 3, July 1999.
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Thursday 1 July 1999

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Radio Tonga’s Tavake Fusimalohi wanted to launch his station in time for the Millennium but Privy Council has deferred the licence. The new TV proposal has been criticized on OBN TV7 in July by Racine who has drawn the King into the debate over the control of Tongan television. Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 14, no. 3, July 1999.
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Thursday 1 July 1999

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A $700,000 machine that was bought by the Government of Tonga last year for the construction of asphalt roads is sitting idle at the Ministry of Works depot in Nuku‘alofa. Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 14, no. 3, July 1999.
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Thursday 1 July 1999

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
Three native American whalers, Tom Happynook, his son Brian, and a cousin, Larry Johnson visited Nuku‘alofa during the second week of July, after visiting Australia and New Zealand. Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 14, no. 3, July 1999.
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Thursday 1 July 1999

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
A proposal to set up a casino at Royal International Airport Inn-still under construction-has brought objections from church and community members in Tonga who are opposed to gambling. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 14, no. 3, July 1999.
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Thursday 1 July 1999

Nuku‘alofa, Tongatapu
The concept of Free Trade according to ‘Aisake Eke, Tonga’s Chief Accountant and the Secretary for Finance, is based on a belief, “that Free Trade will bring about economic growth, because of a bigger market”.
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Thursday 1 July 1999

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The writings of Tonga's late Queen Salote Tupou IV are being put together by Princess Nanasipau‘u Tuku‘aho, and scholars Dr. Adrienne L. Kaeppler, Dr. Elizabeth Wood-Ellem, and Dr. Melenaite Taumoefolau. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 14, no. 3, July 1999.
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