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  • Saturday 4 July 1998 10:00am

    : A special Kava Ceremony was held at the Royal Palace, Nuku‘alofa on June 30 to honour the Hon. Salote Lupepau‘u Tuita, for her 21st Birthday.
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  • Saturday 4 July 1998 9:40am


    Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
    : FROM OUR ARCHIVES: Enjoying a night out in Nuku‘alofa during the warm-up to the Heilala Festival on June 18 were guests attending the opening of the Waterfront Café on Hala Vuna. From Matangi Tonga Magazine, Vol. 13, no. 2, July 1998.
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  • Saturday 4 July 1998 9:00am


    Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
    : At 80, HM King Taufa‘ahau Tupou IV, the King of Tonga, means different things to different people. If the King’s words are his people’s command, then their wishes are his obligation—an agreement that was instilled by tradition and culture, and which was later put into writing in the Constitution of 1875. Editor's Comment by Pesi Fonua.
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  • Saturday 4 July 1998 9:00am


    Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
    : The evening concerts of the Tonga Music Association's Annual Music Festival from June 14 to July 4 held at various venues, brought crowds into Nuku‘alofa to enjoy the free entertainment.
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  • Wednesday 1 July 1998 9:54pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : HM King Taufa‘ahau Tupou IV at 80: "The main thing is to have good manners, be smart, know what you are doing, then there is no reason why a person is not given the opportunity." The King recently introduced a new sport, hockey for girls, which he hopes will make them so tired that they will not have time to get into trouble. Interview by Pesi Fonua, from Matangi Tonga Magazine, Vol.13 no. 2, July 1998.
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  • Monday 27 April 1998 3:51pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Millennium Celebration. 'Be in the right place, at the right time, doing the right thing' might be a proven recipe for success, but as Tonga thinks about staging a grand celebration to welcome the new millenium, there seems to be a missing ingredient. By Pesi Fonua.
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  • Monday 27 April 1998 10:40am


    Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
    : Member of Parliament, ‘Akilisi Pohiva, was acquitted on two charges of defaming King Taufa‘ahau Tupou IV, which were brought against him by the Crown. The charges followed an interview of ‘Akilisi Pohiva by Michael Ybarra of the American Wall Street Journal.
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  • Monday 27 April 1998 9:30am


    Niuafo'ou, Tonga
    : Tonga Telecommunications opened its new domestic satellite system, DOMSAT, to link Tongatapu, Ha‘apai, Vava‘u, Niuatoputapu and Niuafo‘ou in February 1998.
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  • Monday 27 April 1998 9:30am


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : HRH Princess Sālote Pilolevu Tuita (46) is the chairperson of Tongasat, a private company which is the agent of the Tongan government, for managing its satellite slots in space. Tongasat is responsible for negotiating with organizations to launch and operate communications satellite systems in the orbital arc positions held by the Kingdom of Tonga. Princess Pilolevu granted this interview to the Matangi Tonga in early February, and talked about the operation of Tongasat, their initiative to form a new satellite communications consortium for the Asia Pacific region, and the new Pacific Asia Global Holdings company that she has established with its headquarters in Hong Kong. The Princess also talked about her other business interests, as well as her views on the status of Tongan women in modern Tonga. Story & pictures by Pesi Fonua
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  • Monday 27 April 1998 9:00am


    Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
    : FROM OUR ARCHIVES. Matangi Tonga Magazine, Vol. 13, no. 1, April 1998. HRH Crown Prince Tupouto‘a, Tonga’s first Minister for Foreign Affairs and Defence, is retiring from the Civil Service on May 5, 1998, the day after his 50th birthday. "... there are many good young men—young noblemen and commoners, who are perfectly able to do what I did and, in fact, could do better. They all have very good educations," he said, but also spoke about "a widening gap between the qualified and the unqualified". Interview by Pesi Fonua.
  • Monday 27 April 1998 9:00am


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : This year, the retiring of the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Defence, Crown Prince Tupouto‘a, the resignation of the Minister of Lands, Noble Fakafanua, and the rumour of an application for retirement by the Prime Minister, Baron Vaea, has taken Tonga by surprise. Editor's comment by Pesi Fonua. From Matangi Tonga Magazine, Vol. 13, no. 1, April 1998.
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  • Monday 27 April 1998 9:00am


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : The Tongan Privy Council on Friday March 20 made three new government appointments, effective from March 23, in a cabinet shake-up which followed the arrest of a Minister. The appointments follow the resignation of the Minister of Lands, Survey and Natural Resources, and Governor of Ha‘apai, Fakafanua, who was on bail and facing either criminal charges of fraudulent conversion, extortion and accepting bribes.
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