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Saturday 26 September 1998

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
Mr Justice Gordon Ward, who was Chief Justice for Tonga 1992-1995 will return as Chief Justice starting on November 16 under local appointment. When Mr Justice Ward left Tonga in 1995, it also concluded a 90-year working relationship between Tonga and the United Kingdom.
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Saturday 26 September 1998

Neiafu, Vava'u
Neiafu, Vava‘u is undergoing a $7 million pa‘anga face lift, and will soon have a new market, a new town jetty, and a wharf complex including a cargo shed and a passenger shelter.
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Saturday 26 September 1998

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
The musical works of Queen Salote Tupou III are being revived by four guardians of Tongan history and culture, Dr Melenaite Taumoefolau, Dr Adrienne L. Kaeppler, Princess Nanasipau‘u Tuku‘aho, and Dr Elizabeth Wood who are compiling all the poems and songs that were written by the late Queen.
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Saturday 26 September 1998

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
International pianist, Dr Marilyn Meier, has married an ‘Atenisi arts student, Tevita Tulikihakau, whom she met in Brisbane, last January.
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Saturday 26 September 1998

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
Hiram Pang, a Hawaiian, and his wife Amelia, from Neiafu, Vava‘u, visited Tonga in August, “just for holiday and to see some old friends.”
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Saturday 26 September 1998

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
With regards, to our declining economy, and the proposals that have been put forward for a recovery package, it appears that it will take a major crisis to turn these proposals into actions, because they are all tied up in a phenomena known in Tonga as, “fu‘u lahi ‘a e politiki”, or “too much politicking”. By Pesi Fonua. From Magazine Tonga Magazine Vol. 13, no. 3, October 1998.
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Saturday 26 September 1998

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
Tonga’s National Reserve Bank wants Tongans to cut down on overseas spending to slow the decline of the foreign reserves, and on September 14 announced new measures to restrain bank lending.
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Saturday 26 September 1998

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
Two passengers died when a rental car left the road at high speed and smashed into a coconut tree in the early hours of September 13, east of Fatai village on Tongatapu.
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Saturday 26 September 1998

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Nuku‘alofa’s sole television broad-casting station, TV7, run by the Oceania Broadcasting Network, has declined to broadcast news items prepared by Radio Tonga staff.
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Saturday 4 July 1998

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
Since the Tonga Legislative Assembly began its 1998 session on May 18, it has yet to put together a package to revive the Tongan economy. During the past three years the economy has experienced negative growth, a decline which is expected to continue unless an aggressive revival program is put into place soon. Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 13, no. 2, July 1998.
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Saturday 4 July 1998

A special Kava Ceremony was held at the Royal Palace, Nuku‘alofa on June 30 to honour the Hon. Salote Lupepau‘u Tuita, for her 21st Birthday.
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Saturday 4 July 1998

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
FROM OUR ARCHIVES: Enjoying a night out in Nuku‘alofa during the warm-up to the Heilala Festival on June 18 were guests attending the opening of the Waterfront Café on Hala Vuna. From Matangi Tonga Magazine, Vol. 13, no. 2, July 1998.
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Saturday 4 July 1998

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
The evening concerts of the Tonga Music Association's Annual Music Festival from June 14 to July 4 held at various venues, brought crowds into Nuku‘alofa to enjoy the free entertainment.
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Saturday 4 July 1998

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
At 80, HM King Taufa‘ahau Tupou IV, the King of Tonga, means different things to different people. If the King’s words are his people’s command, then their wishes are his obligation—an agreement that was instilled by tradition and culture, and which was later put into writing in the Constitution of 1875. Editor's Comment by Pesi Fonua.
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Wednesday 1 July 1998

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
"The main thing is to have good manners, be smart, know what you are doing, then there is no reason why a person is not given the opportunity." HM King Taufa‘ahau Tupou IV at 80. Interview by Pesi Fonua, from Matangi Tonga Magazine, Vol.13 no. 2, July 1998.
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Monday 27 April 1998

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Millennium Celebration. 'Be in the right place, at the right time, doing the right thing' might be a proven recipe for success, but as Tonga thinks about staging a grand celebration to welcome the new millenium, there seems to be a missing ingredient. By Pesi Fonua.
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Monday 27 April 1998

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
Member of Parliament, ‘Akilisi Pohiva, was acquitted on two charges of defaming King Taufa‘ahau Tupou IV, which were brought against him by the Crown. The charges followed an interview of ‘Akilisi Pohiva by Michael Ybarra of the American Wall Street Journal.
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Monday 27 April 1998

Niuafo'ou, Tonga
Tonga Telecommunications opened its new domestic satellite system, DOMSAT, to link Tongatapu, Ha‘apai, Vava‘u, Niuatoputapu and Niuafo‘ou in February 1998.
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Monday 27 April 1998

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
HRH Princess Sālote Pilolevu Tuita (46) is the chairperson of Tongasat, a private company which is the agent of the Tongan government, for managing its satellite slots in space. Tongasat is responsible for negotiating with organizations to launch and operate communications satellite systems in the orbital arc positions held by the Kingdom of Tonga. Princess Pilolevu granted this interview to the Matangi Tonga in early February, and talked about the operation of Tongasat, their initiative to form a new satellite communications consortium for the Asia Pacific region, and the new Pacific Asia Global Holdings company that she has established with its headquarters in Hong Kong. The Princess also talked about her other business interests, as well as her views on the status of Tongan women in modern Tonga. Story & pictures by Pesi Fonua
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Monday 27 April 1998

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Tongan Privy Council on Friday March 20 made three new government appointments, effective from March 23, in a cabinet shake-up which followed the arrest of a Minister. The appointments follow the resignation of the Minister of Lands, Survey and Natural Resources, and Governor of Ha‘apai, Fakafanua, who was on bail and facing either criminal charges of fraudulent conversion, extortion and accepting bribes.
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