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Thursday 30 May 2002

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
Rear Admiral Peter McHaffie, the New Zealand Chief of Naval Staff, paid a brief visit to Tonga to attend the Anzac Day dawn anniversary service at Mala‘e Pangai on Friday April 25. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 17, no. 1, May 2002.
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Thursday 30 May 2002

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
Queen Elizabeth Jubilee Baton Relay literally touched the hearts of dozens of Tongan school children during the two days that they carried it through the villages of the island of Tongatapu attracting thousands of excited spectators. The pulsating light that flows in rhythm with the heartbeat of each carrier was a fascination for every carrier of the baton. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 17, no. 1, May 2002.
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Thursday 30 May 2002

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
Lisia Moala was a favourite of ballet lovers with the Perth City Ballet, and has gone on to a shining career as the star dancer for the Czech Republic State Ballet and the Cwmni Ballet. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 17, no. 1, May 2002.
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Thursday 20 December 2001

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
When ordinary people reach the age of 64 years they are expected to retire and stop working, but if the King of Tonga, HM King Taufa‘ahau Tupou IV, at 83 years, reduces his work load and looks very tired at the end of an ordinary working day, some people seem to think that something is terribly wrong. The New Zealand media in late October ran a news story that the King’s health was deteriorating, and claimed that there was a battle for power within the Tongan Royal family. Interview by Pesi Fonua, Matangi Tonga Magazine, Vol. 16, no. 3, December 2001.
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Thursday 20 December 2001

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
‘Eua, or one of the remote southern islands of Tonga, could become the site for a private space port to be developed for launching tourists into orbit at the low cost of $2 million per seat. Looking for a site for a private space port, the chief executive of InterOrbital Systems, Randa Milliron, and her partner Roderick Milliron, a rocket engineer, who co-founded the company, visited Tonga in December, as guests of Crown Prince Tupouto‘a. From Matangi Tonga Magazine, Vol. 16, no. 3, December 2001.
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Thursday 20 December 2001

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
Tonga’s line of succession to the throne has not changed significantly in recent years. From Matangi Tonga Magazine, Vol. 16, no. 3, December 2001.
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Thursday 20 December 2001

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
HRH Crown Prince Tupouto‘a was appointed as the Prince Regent for the first two weeks of December while HM King Taufa‘ahau Tupou IV was away in New Zealand for a medical check. During this time he answered questions on some controversial issues that were raised against government and the Monarch. From Matangi Tonga Magazine, Vol. 16, no. 3, December 2001.
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Thursday 20 December 2001

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
The Tongan Royal Family is the epi-centre of Tongan politics, a traditional role that was later formalised by the 1875 Tongan Constitution, which spelled out the power of the King and the law of succession to the throne. While in most western countries one could follow political trends by studying the manifestos and the working agenda of political parties, in Tonga one has to understand the political thoughts of the King and the members of the Royal Family. This is no easy task, because of the exclusiveness that surrounds the Royal Family in their daily lives. By Pesi Fonua. From Matangi Tonga Magazine, Vol. 16, no. 3, December 2001. FROM OUR ARCHIVES.
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Thursday 20 December 2001

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
Mr P. J. Ijben, the Chairman of the Foundation for European Development Assistance, Luxembourg, visited Tonga in early November. From Matangi Tonga Magazine, Vol. 16, no. 3, December 2001.
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Tuesday 25 September 2001

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
In a traditional celebration, the kainga of the Noble Tu‘ivakano gathered at the village of Nukunuku on August 25 to celebrate the 21st birthday of the heir to Tu‘ivakano title, Siaosi Kiu Tau-ki-Vailahi Kaho. From Matangi Tonga Magazine, Vol. 16, no. 2, September 2001.
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Tuesday 25 September 2001

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
From Matangi Tonga Magazine, Vol. 16, no. 2, September 2001.
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Tuesday 25 September 2001

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
Historian, Ian Campbell, has published a new edition of his book Tonga, 'Island Kingdom, Tonga Ancient and Modern'. From Matangi Tonga Magazine, Vol. 16, no. 2, September 2001.
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Tuesday 25 September 2001

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
Seini Taumoepeau Furneaux a student at the Auckland University was in Tonga during July, conducting research on the Control of Genetic Resources in Tonga. From Matangi Tonga Magazine, Vol. 16, no. 2, September 2001.
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Tuesday 25 September 2001

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
A book of old photographs, titled, Early Photography, Tonga and Samoa 1855—1900 went on sale in Nuku‘alofa in July. From Matangi Tonga Magazine, Vol. 16, no. 2, September 2001.
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Tuesday 25 September 2001

The Honorary Consul of the Kingdom of Tonga in Sydney, Louise Raedler-Waterhouse, her father, W.S. Waterhouse, and their assistant, Angelie Mangraviti visited Tonga in July to attend the King’s birthday celebrations and to keep in touch with current events here. From Matangi Tonga Magazine, Vol. 16, no. 2, September 2001.
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Saturday 30 June 2001

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
A second Human Rights Movement for Tonga was formed in May. The new Kotoa Movement has made a public statement that it was not established to be in opposition to the exisiting Tonga Human Rights and Democracy Movement. From Matangi Tonga Magazine, Vol. 16, no. 1, June 2001.
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Tuesday 30 January 2001

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
FROM OUR ARCHIVES: There was no looking back for Betty Blake after she accepted a challenge to help the women and children in Tonga who were being treated badly. Betty, who has been working extensively with women in the villages throughout Tonga since 1996, is sure that the first step for women to gain equality is for women to know their rights. “About 95% of the women who filled the questionnaire did not know their rights. They assumed that once they were married their husband owned everything they had, and therefore they had to be obedient, they believed ‘it is alright if he beats me because I am his wife’.” Most of the women she was dealing with had been conditioned to think this way and it was very difficult for them to break out of it. Interview from Matangi Tonga Magazine, Vol. 15, no. 4, January 2001.
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Tuesday 30 January 2001

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
From Matangi Tonga Magazine, Vol. 15, no. 4, January 2001.
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Tuesday 30 January 2001

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
While there were apparently equal job opportunities for women in Tonga, women still remained under-represented at the highest levels of government.
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Tuesday 30 January 2001

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
The first serious documentary to focus on traditional Tongan dances was shown for the first time at the National Cultural Centre, Nuku‘alofa, on December 2. From Matangi Tonga Magazine, Vol. 15, no. 4, January 2001.
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