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Monday 22 March 2004
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Rodney Katoa Holani 22, was given a two year suspended sentence and banned from driving for three years, by Chief Justice Gordon Ward at the Nuku'alofa Supreme Court on March 3 for reckless driving which resulted in the death of Pauline Fatongia Fineanganofo (48).
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Monday 22 March 2004
Pangai, Ha'apai
Six young men were found guilty at the Supreme Court, Pangai, Ha'apai, on charges relating to the death of a 67-year-old man at Nomuka on 18 April 2003.
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Monday 22 March 2004
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Starting in July heads of Tonga's government departments will be required to sign a working contract with government, setting out the duration of their service and their salaries.
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Tuesday 16 March 2004
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The King and the Queen of Tonga will be mourning for 100 nights over the loss of their second son, the late Hon. Ma'atu, who died on February 17.
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Tuesday 16 March 2004
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga may not be in the good books of the USA with regards to its human rights record, but it is definitely a treasured partner of the USA in its war against terrorism.
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Tuesday 16 March 2004
Nuku'‘alofa, Tonga
Viliami 'Ofahengaue, better known as Willy O, the former Wallaby has finally been confirmed by the Tonga Rugby Union as national coach for the 'Ikale Tahi.
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Monday 15 March 2004
Sydney, Australia
Previously, I asked the question what is a true Tongan? or what have we inherited? and had the opportunity to read the many comments, concerns and views sent in by many Matangi Tonga readers. It is amazing to see that so many people do care and want the best for both the country and the people. Its is healthy to question, comment and express a view that will not only challenge our thoughts but our hearts, spirits and values that we cherish as Tongans. - Andrew Fifita J.P.
Thursday 11 March 2004
Nuku'‘alofa, Tonga
The bad smell of Tonga's lost $US26 million Trust Fund keeps emerging whenever Jesse the jester thinks it is time for a wise crack.
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Wednesday 10 March 2004
Nuku'‘alofa, Tonga
A funding crisis has led to the cancellation of the new 2004 school program planned by the 'Unuaki 'o Tonga Royal Institute, also known as the UNITEC Tonga Royal Institute UTRI. Dr Makafalani Tatafu, the director, said that the Institute would not be able to offer the Foundation Level Form 7 and the technical courses that he announced in December 2003, in affiliation with UNITEC New Zealand.
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Wednesday 10 March 2004
Nuku'‘alofa, Tonga
A 38 year old man was sentenced to five years imprisonment for rape and one year for indecent assault, after picking up his victim at a bus stop.
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Thursday 4 March 2004
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Tonga Development Bank will allocate a $2.5 million fund to be made available for loans to squash growers this year, according to the bank's Commercial Loans Manager, Simi Sefanaia.
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Thursday 4 March 2004
Nuku'‘alofa, Tonga
A young Tongan rugby player died after being hit by a "vicious" double tackle during a club match in Houmakelikao, Tongatapu, on Saturday.
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Wednesday 3 March 2004
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
'Alani Taione, a self-proclaimed Media Activist, from New Zealand, is the first person to be charged under Tonga's controversial new Newspaper Act.
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Wednesday 3 March 2004
Nuku'‘alofa, Tonga
Tamasi Kailahi, (23) of Holonga, Tongatapu, walked out a free man from the Nuku'alofa Supreme Court on March 2, after a jury dismissed the Murder and Causing grevious bodily harm charges against him.
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Wednesday 3 March 2004
Wellington, New Zealand
Oh dear! Tonga is in such a sad state, I can almost hear everyone crying with frustration. - P. Woodward
Tuesday 2 March 2004
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Political activist Lopeti Senituli, has left his job as Director of the Tonga Human Rights and Democracy Movement after disagreements, and on March 1 became the new Director of the Tonga Community Development Trust.
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Tuesday 2 March 2004
Manchester, United Kingdom
It is very interesting how the US Ambassador elaborates the uniqueness of Tonga in his previous ABC radio interview.- A. Tu'i
Tuesday 24 February 2004
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga has been in mourning since the death of Hon. Ma'atu on February 17, with many businesses, homes and government buildings displaying black and violet bunting as a mark of respect for the King's second son.
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Tuesday 24 February 2004
Nuku‘‘alofa,Tonga
Hon. Ma'atu's coffin was placed on Catafalque to be carried by about 500 pall bearers to Mala'e Kula.
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Friday 20 February 2004
Salt Lake City-Utah, USA
I have been enjoying your website tremendously. Believe it or not, I found the site by mistake. - Joe Katoa

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