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Monday 31 May 1999

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Kuo to ‘a e Pulonga ‘e Tonga–"a darkness has fallen over Tonga", was how matapules (talking chiefs) described the death of Prince Fatafehi Tu‘ipelehake K.B.E. (77) in Auckland, New Zealand on April 10. Within hours of the Prime Baron Vaea’s official announcement of the State Funeral on Radio Tonga on April 11, people throughout Tonga wore black clothes and funeral mats or ta‘ovala. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 14, no. 2, May 1999.
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Monday 31 May 1999

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
The Tonga Pro-Democracy Movement has changed its name. In the process of changing its image from that of a political organisation to become a Non-Government Organisation, it is now called the Tonga Human Rights and Democracy Movement. 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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Monday 31 May 1999

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Published in April, was a new history book, 'Queen Sālote of Tonga, The Story of an Era 1900-1965'. This 424 pages hard covered volume is the work of Dr Elizabeth Wood-Ellem, published by the University of Auckland Press. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 14, no. 2, May 1999.
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Monday 31 May 1999

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
Bob Gillett, a World Bank consultant, visited Tonga at the end of April to brief the Ministry of Fisheries and the Environment Unit of the Ministry of Land on the result of a coastal resources study that he carried out in six Tongan villages last year. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 14, no. 2, May 1999.
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Monday 31 May 1999

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The future is uncertain for Tonga’s Fuakavenga, and Samoa’s Forum Samoa, the two container ships that make regular visits to Nuku‘alofa. Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 14, no. 2, May 1999.
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Monday 31 May 1999

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Thanks to what Rugby officials describe as a miracle, Tonga has finally qualified to participate in the 1999 Rugby World Cup after defeating South Korea 82–15 in Seoul on May 4. Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 14, no. 2, May 1999.
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Monday 31 May 1999

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga’s plentiful nonu trees may not be able to match the usefulness of coconut trees as the ‘tree of life’ for Tongans, but when the Royal Nonu International started buying nonu leaves in April for 80 seniti per kilogram, the nonu gained new status. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 14, no. 2, May 1999.
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Monday 31 May 1999

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The recent funeral of Tonga’s respected former Prime Minister HRH Prince Fatafehi Tu‘ipelehake, brought the country to a standstill for ten days. The occasion, however, reminded us again that Tonga is run by two sets of interwoven political orders, one so old that it has its origins in a mythical heaven, and the other so relatively new that it has not yet replaced the old. By Pesi Fonua. Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 14, no. 2, May 1999.
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Monday 31 May 1999

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
The General Manager of Tonga’s new Port Authority, Tu‘itupou Fotu, believes that there is a desperate need to improve the port facilities, and the management of Tonga’s ports. Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 14, no. 2, May 1999.
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Monday 31 May 1999

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Dr Jacques Diouf, the Director General of FAO, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, made a brief stop over in Tonga on April 23–24. Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 14, no. 2, May 1999.
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Monday 31 May 1999

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
After 21 years of connecting Tonga to the rest of the world, Cable and Wireless plc, which has the exclusive right for Tonga’s international telephone connection will cease its service in July 2000, when the company’s Franchise Agreement with the Government of Tonga expires. Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 14, no. 2, May 1999.
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Monday 31 May 1999

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
HRH Crown Prince Tupouto‘a, a retired Minister of Foreign Affairs and Defence, in an interview with the Matangi Tonga on May 16 offers a Pacific view on a number of subjects. On religion he said that Tongans are "living in la la land." Interview by Pesi Fonua, From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 14, no. 2, May 1999.
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Monday 31 May 1999

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
Poorly maintained pit latrines and poor personal hygiene have been identified as the sources of an increased number of typhoid cases on Tongatapu earlier in 1999. Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 14, no. 2, May 1999.
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Monday 31 May 1999

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
Hamburg Sud., the parent company of Columbus Line and South Seas Steamship Line in March announced a two-phase program to upgrade its shipping services between North America, Tonga, New Zealand, Australia, Europe, and South America. Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 14, no. 2, May 1999.
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Sunday 30 May 1999

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
'From the Stone Age to the Space Age in 200 years', is the title of a new catalogue on Tongan art objects–the first publication of the Tonga National Museum. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 14, no. 2, May 1999.
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Saturday 27 February 1999

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
Afu‘alo Matoto has taken over the leadership role of the TDB at a time when the Bank is expected to play a major role in reviving the Tongan economy, by providing capital for the development of the agricultural, fisheries and tourism industries - areas that urgently need development to pull the country out of its current economic recession. But he says Tonga needs to first resolve its leadership crisis: “We need to crystallise our position and to take action.” By Pesi Fonua. Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 14, no. 1, January 1999.
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Saturday 27 February 1999

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
From our archives: Matangi Tonga asks parliamentary candidates for the March 1999 General Election: How can the Tongan economy recover? How can more youth be employed? There are a diversity of views. Standing People’s Representative for Tongatapu, 'Akilisi Pohiva said to ask the Ministers who had the authority.
Saturday 27 February 1999

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
Iosefa Maiava, the Deputy Secretary General of the Forum Secretariat visited Tonga during the first week of February to talk with local officials and to hold post Forum consultation meetings before the next Forum meeting to be held in Palau at the end of September and early October. Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 14, no. 1, January 1999.
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Saturday 27 February 1999

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
Exports have always been a part of the Asian Paints operation in Tonga, according to Ranjit Ahluwalia, the marketing manager, who said that exports really began to pick up in 1996 and by 1998, they had exported 75,000 litres to American Samoa and Western Samoa. Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 14, no. 1, January 1999.
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