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Friday 15 October 2004
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
It is nearly one year since November 2003 when Tongans lost their right to Freedom of Speech as a defence. After last year's Constitutional amendment, Tonga went back 128 years to the days when people were allowed to speak or to express an opinion only if it was in line with that of their superiors or chiefs. Editor's Comment, by Pesi Fonua
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Friday 15 October 2004
Taupo, New Zealand
I would like to share with your readers about the consequences of a lack of mental health services in Tonga, and lack of awareness of mental health issues by Tongan people. - Rachel Williams
Friday 15 October 2004
USA
I had recently planned a trip to Niuatoputapu, but had to cancel when Tongan Airlines went bankrupt. Since that time there has been totally confusion and lack of transportation to the Niuas. Now they say the DC3's cannot use the runways. - Dick Watt
Thursday 14 October 2004
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A Private Member's Bill to amend the Civil Service Act 2004 which had been presented by Fineasi Funaki was rejected and the Law Committee recommended for the House to pass the Bill for an Act to establish a Pension Scheme for the Legislative Assembly 2004. From the House, Minute No. 57, Thursday 7 October 2004
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Thursday 14 October 2004
Auckland, New Zealand
Two new Tongan books were launched in the new Fale Pasifika, at Auckland University's Centre for Pacific Studies last week.
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Tuesday 12 October 2004
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Nuku'alofa office of the Auckland-based, Taimi 'o Tonga newspaper said that the newspaper will start distributing in Tonga again on Friday October 15.
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Tuesday 12 October 2004
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Two Tongan business women, 'Ofa Simiki and 'Elenoa 'Amanaki were last night awarded by the Princess Regent, Princess Pilolelvu Tuita, with the inaugural Westpac Business Women of the Year awards.
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Tuesday 12 October 2004
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Tonga Communication Corporation had connected 9,000 subscribers to its U-Call mobile telephone service by October 2004. Timote Katoanga, Deputy Manager for TCC said that this was a tremendous jump from 2,000 U-Call subscribers recorded in the previous three months.
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Tuesday 12 October 2004
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tohitangi Manu, a man in his mid 40's, was found guilty of manslaughter by a jury of seven at the Nuku‘alofa Supreme Court on October 1.
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Monday 11 October 2004
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Ministry of Police presented their annual report which detailed traffic offenses, burglary and theft as Tonga's top crimes over the past year. From the House, Minute No. 56, Wednesday October 6 2004.
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Monday 11 October 2004
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
Friday 8 October 2004
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.
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Thursday 7 October 2004
Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
The two day Secondary Entrance Examination for Class Six of the Government's Primary Schools finished on October 6 with 3/191 students sitting throughout Tonga.
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Monday 4 October 2004
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 Satuday October 2.
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Monday 4 October 2004
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The House continues to debate the Bill to amend Clause 6 of the Order in Public Places Act (regarding working on Sunday). The amendments would revolve around service providers whom provide "essential services", in the case of this Bill such service providers are in the Airports and Ports realm. From the House, Minute No. 48, Wednesday 22 September 20014.
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Sunday 3 October 2004
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
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Friday 1 October 2004
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Pohiva said that if Ministers could not solve this small problem of plastics and diapers what were they capable of solving? From the House, Minute No. 51, Tuesday September 28, 2004.
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Friday 1 October 2004

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.
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Thursday 30 September 2004
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.
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Thursday 30 September 2004
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.
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