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Thursday 2 September 2004
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's former Secretary of Foreign Affairs Mr Sonatane Tu'akinamolahi Taumoepeau-Tupou, has been appointed as the new Minister of Foreign Affairs, receiving his letter of appointment this morning.
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Thursday 2 September 2004
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Immigration Division has confiscated the passports of some Tongans who are allowed dual citizenship by second countries. An exception is for people born overseas to Tongan fathers and they may hold dual citizenship because this category is currently not covered under the current legislation. In response to requests from Matangi Tonga Online readers who are concerned with this issue, the following is a copy of the current Nationality Act. - Government of Tonga
Wednesday 1 September 2004
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
On the third day of the Judicial Review, challenging the amendment to Clause 7 of the Tongan Constitution and the introduction of restrictive media laws, Dr Rodney Harrison finished his 77-pages submission.
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Wednesday 1 September 2004
Australia
What are the disadvantages to the Kingdom of Tonga for permitting Dual Citizenship? I live overseas but am still proud to be Tongan. I was born a Tongan and will die a Tongan. I will continue to visit Tonga - my mother land. Now listen to me, I'm a Tongan, Tongan, Tonga 4ever. - Curious Citizen.
Tuesday 31 August 2004
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Day two of the Constitutional Judicial Review proceeded with the legal counsel for the Plaintiffs, Dr Rodney Harrison making his submission, setting out facts to support his claim that the amendment of Clause 7 of the Constitution and the introduction of restrictive media legislation last year was unconstitutional.
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Tuesday 31 August 2004
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The 173 plaintiffs in the civil jurisdiction being heard this week in the Supreme Court of Tonga, before the Chief Justice, Mr Justice Webster, include seven People's Representatives, along with district and town officers, religious leaders, and individuals from throughout Tonga.
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Monday 30 August 2004
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The 33rd Annual Conference of the South Pacific Chiefs of Police was officially opened this morning by Tonga's new Minister of Internal Affairs, responsible for the Department of Police and Prisons, Hon. James Cecil Cocker.
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Monday 30 August 2004
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A Judicial Review challenging the Amendment to Clause 7 of the Tongan Constitution last year, started in the Nuku‘alofa Supreme Court this afternoon.
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Saturday 28 August 2004
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Prime Minister HRH Prince 'Ulukalala Lavaka Ata announced in a Press Release late last night that it had become "necessary that the tenure of office of three of Tonga's ministers ended". They were named as: Hon. William Clive Edwards, the Minister of Police, Prisons and Fire Services; the Hon. Dr Masasso Paunga, Minister of Labour Commerce and Industries; and Hon. 'Aisea Taumoepeau, Attorney General and the Minister of Justice.
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Friday 27 August 2004
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
At the moment there is no air service to either of the two Niuas or to ‘Eua and the Peau Vava‘u DC3 and the FlyNiu Airline DASH8 can land on the air strips on the islands.
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Friday 27 August 2004
Bedford, United Kingdom
Tonga rugby players Sione Ofa and Sione Timani played their first game in English rugby last weekend and made their presence felt against a UK Division One team.
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Friday 27 August 2004
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Heneli Saafi 21, found guilty for manslaughter by negligence by a jury on August 13, was this morning sentenced by Mr Justice McElrea at the Supreme Court, Nuku'alofa to a two years suspended sentence.
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Thursday 26 August 2004
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Since the Prime Minister, Prince 'Ulukalala Lavaka Ata, announced yesterday his intention to reshuffle the Tongan Cabinet, the Coconut Wireless Network (CWN) has been speculating on who will become his new ministers and whether any existing ministers will be forced to resign.
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Thursday 26 August 2004
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
From the House, Minute No. 29, Tuesday 3 August 2004, calls to restrict Tongan Tobacco not included in the Tobacco Act if it were only for personal use.
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Thursday 26 August 2004
London, United Kingdom
Malo e lelei! I worked in Mailefihi/Siuilikutapu College, Neiafu, Vava'u for a year in 2000. I am always keen to keep up to date with what's going on in Tonga and your website is great for me - Malo, Lisiate Best.
Wednesday 25 August 2004
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's Prime Minister Prince ‘Ulukalala Lavaka Ata will give up some of his many portfolios, he announced today before going to a Cabinet meeting.
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Wednesday 25 August 2004
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A tornado struck the centre of the village of Ha'alalo in central Tongatapu on Saturday, August 21, blowing off the roof of the village hall, destroying a home with a family inside, hitting a primary school, knocking out the local kava club house, and damaging trees.
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Wednesday 25 August 2004
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A tornado struck the centre of the village of Ha'alalo in central Tongatapu on Saturday, August 21, lifting the roof of the village hall, destroying a home with a mother and two children inside, hitting a primary school, knocking out the local kava club house, and damaging trees.
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Wednesday 25 August 2004
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
From the House, Minute No. 28 Monday August 2. Queries voiced as to why government made a new tobacco law knowing the existing law could not be enforced.
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Monday 23 August 2004
Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
The Chairman of Shoreline Communication Ltd., Crown Prince Tupouto'a, this morning, August 23, signed a multi million dollar supply and build contract with Huawei Technologies of China. Huawei Technologies, a high-tech enterprise which specializes in research and development, production and the marketing of communications equipment, was awarded the contract by Shoreline Communication Ltd. for the upgrading and the expanding of its Tonfön wireless telephone network.
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