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Sunday 20 December 1998

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
Tonga's passport scheme has earned about $40 million for government since it was launched a decade ago, but now they have had enough of the headaches that come with it. By Pesi Fonua. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 13, no. 14, December 1998.
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Sunday 20 December 1998

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga’s biggest hotels face closure before the year 2000. The Pacific Royale Hotel, the International Date­line Hotel, the Friendly Islander Motel and the Royal Sunset Resort are fighting an up-hill battle to keep their doors open, and to remain in business. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 13, no. 4, December 1998.
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Sunday 20 December 1998

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
Tonga‘s 1999 parliamentary election is set for March 10 for the nobles and March 11 for the people. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 13, no. 4, December 1998.
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Sunday 20 December 1998

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
Tonga's economic downturn will not be turned around until the island country finds a way to get seriously into exports as a way of life. Incentives to attract investors and motivation to make people work remain elusive goals, while waiting for a plan of action. By Pesi Fonua. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 13, no. 4, December 1998.
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Sunday 20 December 1998

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
Europeans can't get enough of the South Pacific's natural tranquilizer. Kava, the root that makes an intoxicating beverage by the same name, and icon of the laid back lifestyle of the South Pacific Islands, has become a hot product. This year, 1998, the demand for kava could not be met by any of the kava growing countries in the Pacific. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 13, no. 4, December 1998.
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Sunday 20 December 1998

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
The noble title Tuita was bestowed on Captain Ma‘ulupekotofa Tuita on December 11, following the death of Baron Tuita of ‘Utungake in Nuku‘alofa on November 8. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 13, no. 4, December 1998.
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Sunday 20 December 1998

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
The Tonga Development Bank introduced a Venture Capital Scheme in 1993, but that is now on hold according to ‘Etikeni Samani, a senior assistant manager in human resource development and admini­­­­stration. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 13, no. 4, December 1998.
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Sunday 20 December 1998

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
Tevita Vaikona, the British Super League star player was in Tonga for 17 days during November. He did not waste any time getting home to ‘Uiha, in Ha‘apai, “where as soon as the sun sets, the only thing to do is to go to sleep, there are no night clubs and no bars.” Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 13, no. 4, December 1998.
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Sunday 20 December 1998

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Introducing a new Malaysian building material to Tonga—asbestos free cement—were Lee Chong Poh and James Tang, of the UAC Berhard, of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It was their first visit to Tonga. Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 13, no. 4, December 1998.
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Thursday 1 October 1998

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
The value of the Tongan pa‘anga has continued to drop against the currencies of Tonga’s major trading partners during the past eight months.
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Law
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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Law
Saturday 26 September 1998

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
It was important for Tonga to make up its mind on whether to link its legal practices to the British legal system or to the Australian and New Zealand legal system, Laki Niu, the president of the Tongan Law Society told a dinner to mark the end of the 1998 Tonga Court of Appeal.
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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
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
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
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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