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Wednesday 1 December 1999

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
Tonga's Crown Prince Tupouto‘a (51), talks about his bid to privide a second telephone carrier for Tonga, alongside the new Communications Corporation planned by government. He also comments on the Privy Council decisions, made when he was Prince Regent, to dissolve the first Harbour Authority and to stop payment of pensions to working public servants. By Pesi Fonua. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 14, no. 4, December 1999.
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Wednesday 1 December 1999

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
To mark the inaugural flight of Air Fiji from Tonga to Nausori, Fiji on November 16, Sione Moala, the new Deputy Director of Tourism and the head of the Marketing Division of the Tonga Visitors Bureau, presented Michael Ah Koy and his wife a piece of Tongan ngatu at Nausori. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 14, no. 4, December 1999.
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Wednesday 1 December 1999

Hong Kong, China
Pacific Asia Global Holdings Ltd., the marketing arm of TongaSat is doing more than just marketing Tonga’s orbital slots, said Semisi Panuve, the Deputy Chief Executive Officer, at its Hong Kong office. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 14, no. 4, December 1999.
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Wednesday 1 December 1999

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga’s current internet charges should be seen in the context of remote Pacific Islands, and are on par with those islands that do not have a subsidised internet, said Jon Morris, the General Manager of Cable & Wireless plc Tonga. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 14, no. 4, December 1999.
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Wednesday 1 December 1999

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Heilala Holiday Village in a natural setting at the village of Tofoa, on the outskirts of Nuku‘alofa, has completed expansions in time to cater for the Christmas and New Year. Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 14, no. 4, December 1999.
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Wednesday 1 December 1999

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Tonga government’s move to form the new Tonga Communications Corporation is making sluggish progress. It has far to go before it could be in a position to take over the running of the international service from Cable and Wireless plc and the domestic telephone services from the Tonga Telecommunications Commission. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 14, no. 4, December 1999.
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Wednesday 1 December 1999

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A Tourism Recognition Award, sponsored by the Tonga Visitors Bureau and the Tonga Tourist Association was presented by Dr. Masaso Paunga on November 12 at the Dateline Hotel to several local businesses in recognition of their contribution to tourism in Tonga. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 14, no. 4, December 1999.
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Wednesday 1 December 1999

Hong Kong, China
Tonga is one country that has been trying to access the Chinese market. The King of Tonga, Taufa‘ahau Tupou IV, successfully facilitated the missing link when a Bilateral Trade Agreement was signed between the two countries during the king’s State Visit to China in October. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 14, no. 4, December 1999.
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Wednesday 1 December 1999

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Air Fiji has launched an ambitious plan in an effort to capture more regional destinations. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 14, no. 4, December 1999.
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Wednesday 1 December 1999

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Royal Tongan Airlines new Boeing 737-200, began servicing the Tonga – Auckland – Samoa – Niue route after an inaugural flight over Tonga with King Taufa‘ahau Tupou IV on November 12. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 14, no. 4, December 1999.
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Saturday 10 July 1999

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
Three decades after Tonga banned whaling, in line with an international treaty, the taste of whale fat lingers on, and blubber enthusiasts joined the curious to watch a whale being butchered in Nuku‘alofa on July 10. Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 14, no. 3, July 1999.
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Thursday 1 July 1999

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Bank of Tonga celebrated its 25th anniversary on July 1 in style, by making a record profit for the 1998-99 financial year of over $4 million. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 14, no. 3, July 1999.
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Thursday 1 July 1999

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
High interest rates on loans from banks, particularly from the Tonga Development Bank, have caused concern among business people who say that it further restrains economic development due to a lack of capital funds. Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 14, no. 3, July 1999.
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Thursday 1 July 1999

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Radio Tonga’s Tavake Fusimalohi wanted to launch his station in time for the Millennium but Privy Council has deferred the licence. The new TV proposal has been criticized on OBN TV7 in July by Racine who has drawn the King into the debate over the control of Tongan television. Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 14, no. 3, July 1999.
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Thursday 1 July 1999

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
A proposal to set up a casino at Royal International Airport Inn-still under construction-has brought objections from church and community members in Tonga who are opposed to gambling. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 14, no. 3, July 1999.
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Thursday 1 July 1999

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
Japan could become a big importer of Tongan vanilla, according to Sitalini Naufahu of the Zuvva Import and Export Co. Ltd, in Nuku‘alofa. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 14, no. 3, July 1999.
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Thursday 1 July 1999

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
‘Aisake Tuiono, the former Chief Accountant of the Tonga Electric Power Board is now the head of two new companies, Global Import and Export, and Global Finance and ­Business Deve­lopment. ‘Aisake resigned from the TEPB early this year to set up the companies in Nuku‘alofa. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 14, no. 3, July 1999.
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Thursday 1 July 1999

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
Royal Tongan Airlines awarded Certificates and Wings to its first group of trained Flight Attendants on August 21 at the Tonga National Centre. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 14, no. 3, July 1999.
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Monday 31 May 1999

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The 70 year-old wooden store of Bhagwan and Sons Ltd. traders on Hala Taufa‘ahau in central Nuku‘alofa has been demolished, and in its place a $500,000 a two storey building is being constructed. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 14, no. 2, May 1999.
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Monday 31 May 1999

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Putting everything on the line, “our money, my jewellery and even our lives,” was how Tricia Emberson, the Managing Director of ‘Alatini Fisheries described the commitment she and her partner, Bill Holden, had made toward the development of their company during the past ten years. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 14, no. 2, May 1999.
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