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Wednesday 23 June 2004
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
In light of the Government’’s success in adding "the cultural traditions of the Kingdom,"as a new conditionality on the freedom of speech and expression in Tonga, one can be forgiven for jumping to the conclusion that perhaps the Government wants the media and the Tongan people in general to revert to pre-Constitution Tongan standards in which back-chatting the chiefs was punishable by a serious flogging if not death. By Lopeti Senituli.
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Tuesday 22 June 2004
Canberra, Australia
Australia's engagement with the countries of the Pacific has intensified dramatically over the past year.
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Saturday 19 June 2004
Honiara, Solomon Islands
The Convention on the Conservation and Management of Highly Migratory Fish Stocks in the Western and Central Pacific Ocean came into force on Saturday 19 June 2004.
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Saturday 19 June 2004
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's Chief Secretary and Secretary to Cabinet 'Eseta Fusitu'a has ignored a request by Tonga's Complaints Commissioner to apologise to a Tongan magazine publisher for failing to respond to the publisher's serious complaints about her office.
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Friday 18 June 2004
Nuku'‘alofa, Tonga
Two prisoners who suffered abuse in Tonga's Hu'atolitoli Prison had escaped under duress a Judge has declared, after accepting unchallenged evidence that the two had been tortured by the Prison authorities.
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Thursday 17 June 2004
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A misunderstanding may have led Tonga's acting secretary for finance, Meleseni Lomu, to think she required a visa to attend an official meeting in Rotorua last weekend, says Immigration Minister Paul Swain.
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Wednesday 16 June 2004
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The civil court case between Lali Media Group Limited seeking damages from the Government of Tonga for their banning of the Taimi ...‘o Tonga Newspaper in Tonga last year is to be settled out of court.
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Wednesday 16 June 2004
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
On a four-day stop over in Nuku'alofa, the Commander, and the 172 officers and sailors of the Australian HMAS Parramatta welcomed local people aboard on their first evening in port, June 14 for a cocktail reception which ended with a Ceremonial Sunset and the lowering of the Australian flag.
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Wednesday 16 June 2004
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A celebration to mark the 70th birthday of the Founder and the Director of Tonga's ‘Atenisi Institute, ‘Ilaisa Futa-‘i-Ha‘angana Helu, included a two-day seminar was from June 15-16 attended by overseas academics, singers and writers.
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Wednesday 16 June 2004
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The DASH8 aircraft of the FlyNiu Airline took off at mid-day today on its maiden flight to Vava‘u from Tongatapu.
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Wednesday 16 June 2004
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The founder and the director of 'Atenisi Institute 'Ilaisa Futa-'I-Ha'angana Helu is celebrating his 70th birthday this week with a seminar held at the Institute in his honour.
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Monday 14 June 2004
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
An Australian Warship, HMAS Parramatta, will visit the Kingdom of Tonga from 14 to17 June 2004 as part of the ongoing Defence Relationship with Tonga.
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Sunday 13 June 2004
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Forty four soldiers from the Tonga Defence Service will leave Tonga on Tuesday June 15 to serve alongside USA soldiers in a peacekeeping mission in Iraq.
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Friday 11 June 2004
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Five of Tonga's 'Ikale Tahi players are among the favourites to join the Islanders combined Rugby team that will be announced tomorrow.
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Friday 11 June 2004
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga tourism operators have lost over $1.2 million pa'anga worth of bookings since the Royal Tongan Airlines services collapsed on May 17 and a further $2.3 million worth of bookings is still at risk.
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Thursday 10 June 2004
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The half day session for the Tongan parliament on June 1 gave MPs just enough time to decide to take the rest of the week off. From the House by Pesi Fonua.
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Thursday 10 June 2004
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
After taking a break since June 1 the Tongan Legislature reconvened on Monday June 7 to start working on the 2004-2005 Budget.
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Thursday 10 June 2004
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Rt. Hon. Sir Douglas Graham, the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General of the Commonwealth Secretariat for the Pacific islands, and Albert Mariner, the Chief Political Officer at the Commonwealth Secretariat arrived in Tonga on Wednesday June 9 for a four-day visit.
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Thursday 10 June 2004
Nuku'‘alofa, Tonga
A 26-year-old Tongan prisoner was sentenced to a further four years imprisonment by Mr Justice Ford at the Nuku'alofa Supreme Court on June 10.
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Thursday 10 June 2004
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A David and Goliath encounter, is how John Boe, the coach of the Islanders describes the coming international matches between the first combined Pacific Islanders rugby team, the Islanders, against the Wallabies, All Blacks and the Springboks in early July.
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