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Tuesday 14 June 2005
London, UK
The International Rugby Board (IRB) has denied being slow to help beleaguered second-tier rugby nations, such as the Pacific island teams.
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Tuesday 14 June 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Lance Corporal Tevita Vi (37) of the Ha'apai police force was found guilty of manslaughter by Chief Justice Robin Webster at the Nuku'alofa Supreme Court on June 10.
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Tuesday 14 June 2005
London, UK
The All Blacks rugby selectors have named injured hooker Anton Oliver in their squad to face the Lions in the three-test rugby series starting later this month.
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Tuesday 14 June 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Metui Panuve of Havelu was sentenced to three years in prison after pleading guilty to charges of possession and supply of marijuana at the Nuku'alofa Supreme Court on June 6.
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Monday 13 June 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Ministry of Finance is charging consumption tax on rental buildings. Don't they know that providing a service is peculiar to humans only? Buildings cannot provide a service (cf. a mechanic, doctor)so should be exempt from consumption tax. This consumption tax is really an income tax in diguise, which will certainly increase the rate of inflation, discouraging businesses (new and old) from operating. -Sifa Taumoepeau
Monday 13 June 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's King Taufa‘ahau Tupou IV is healthy and very well, said the king's Acting Private Secretary, Sateki .‘Ahio, at the Palace Office this morning, quashing rumours in the community that the king had died yesterday.
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Saturday 11 June 2005
Auckland, New Zealand
The Shoreline issue becomes bolder and bolder as the night goes by and I believe this remains a crucial issue to discuss with its impact on the overall development of Tonga. On my earlier articles, I insisted on the importance of information for the decision makers. Let me give the public some ideas on the issue and I hope this will help enlightening also the government, TEPB and the Politicians. - Henry Alexanda Tonga
Saturday 11 June 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's leadership is committed to progress but Tonga faces hard choices for the future, and the real question is, "whether the People of Tonga will rise to the challenge and ride this wave of progress," said the British High Commissioner to Tonga, Mr Paul Nessling, on June 9.
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Friday 10 June 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Government today, Friday, June 10, 2005, approved the exemption of various products needed by the agricultural sector from the Consumption Tax. This approval also designated that the same set of items be subject to a zero rate of Consumption Tax.
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Friday 10 June 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga has yet to ratify the Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discriminations Against Women (CEDAW), but a seminar this week helped to familiarize Tongan women with the convention.
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Thursday 9 June 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Over 100 Tongatapu growers drove their tractors and trucks to the Tongan Parliament at lunchtime today and presented to the Speaker of the House, Noble Veikune, a petition signed by 5,496 people, protesting the imposition of a 15% Consumption Tax on agriculture. Photos by Linny Folau and Pesi Fonua
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Wednesday 8 June 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The bad smell of Tonga's lost $20 million National Trust Fund, resurfaced in the Tongan parliament yesterday morning, June 7, when the No. 1 Vava'u People's Representative, Samiu Vaipulu, demanded that the Deputy Prime Minister, Hon Cecil Cocker resign.
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Wednesday 8 June 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
On Monday, Tonga's former Speaker was refused an opportunity to rebut a claim by the House Finance Committee that about $108,000 was unaccounted for during the change over period to the new Speaker. Both the Chairman of the House and the Speaker denied a request by the former Speaker, Noble Tu'ivakano, to reply to what he said were damaging allegations made by the Finance Committee. Tonga Legislative Assembly, Minute no. 3, Monday June 6, 2005. From the House, by Pesi Fonua
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Wednesday 8 June 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's new 15% Consumption Tax launched on April 1 came under attack from two fronts this week. In the House of the Tonga Legislative Assembly the People's Representatives have tabled a new Private Member's Bill aiming to amend the Consumption Tax Act extending some exemptions and reducing the tax to 10%.
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Tuesday 7 June 2005
Auckland, New Zealand
The Japanese government's announcement to increase its annual minke kill and include humpback and fin whales in its ...“scientific research whaling programme is an outrage, says Melino Maka in Auckland.
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Tuesday 7 June 2005
Twickenham, England
Incredible as it may sound but two years after he was off the rugby field with a debilitating kidney disease, and only 11 months ago he was given a new kidney, Jonah was back in the rugby field.
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Monday 6 June 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The first three men to have completed a six months Residential Rehabilitation Program offered by Tonga's Ironman Ministry were awarded certificates this morning, June 6, by HRH Princess Siu'ilikutapu.
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Monday 6 June 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A workshop on the Convention on the Right of the Child held in Nuku'alofa last week aimed to help Tonga finalise its first country report on the rights of the child, 10 years after Tonga ratified the convention.
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Monday 6 June 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The THRDM pre-election campaign did not deal with the issues, instead they focused on a negative campaign against people.- Sione Lolohea
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Monday 6 June 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Monday, June 6, 2005 - 11:28 President of the PDP, Teisina Fuko, blamed Nobles and church leaders for the success of the May 26 march led by a rival democratic group; meanwhile, the Piveni Pikula Shoreline revelations continue, in Tonga's local press this week May 29- June 3.
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