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Tuesday 21 June 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
'Akilisi Pohiva said that there was no Law and Order in Tonga, particularly at the top level of the society. He introduced proof of how Shoreline misused its development licence and government turned a blind eye. Deputy Prime Minister, Hon. Cecil Cocker, said he regretted that he gave 'Akilisi a scholarship for a university education. Tonga Legislative Assembly, Minute No. 9, Wednesday June 15, 2005. From the House, by Pesi Fonua
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Monday 20 June 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
'Akilisi Pohiva said that if they were talking about accountability, and taking it to the highest level then who was the chief executive of the Privy Council [the king] accountable to? The Prime Minister, HRH Prince ...‘Ulukalala Lavaka Ata asked would the people be more powerful than the constitution and the law? In the old days when there was no law and order, countries ended up in war, and it seemed that was what some of the PRs wanted, they did not want Law and Order. Tonga Legislative Assembly, Minute No. 8, Tuesday June 14, 2005. From the House, by Pesi Fonua
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Monday 20 June 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The 2005 Heilala Week Festival began in Tonga yesterday June 19 with the opening of a Music Festival to be followed by events leading-up to the celebration of the 87th birthday of King Taufa‘’ahau Tupou IV on July 4.
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Monday 20 June 2005
Brisbane, Australia
We are just days away from the Oceania 2007 World Cup Qualifying rounds and both Samoa and Fiji have so far had the best preparations. The 'Ikale Tahi has yet to fully utilise its top players for reasons that I do not know.
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Monday 20 June 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The People's Representatives' Private Bill to amend the Consumption Tax will be a crunching issue before the House, which should start debate on it soon, possibly before the end of the month, meanwhile, members debating the Budget said CT was badly timed and was imposed on a struggling economy. Tonga Legislative Assembly, Minute No. 7, Monday June 13, 2005. From the House, by Pesi Fonua
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Saturday 18 June 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Si‘i Kae Ola Motor Parts, Tonga's biggest second-hand car sales company faced a civil action brought against them by a former customer who claimed he bought from them a poor quality car.
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Saturday 18 June 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Work on the new Tongatapu land-fill Rubbish Dump, officially started on June 15 with the signing of $460,000 working contract by John Gildea for the Solid Waste Management Project and Sione Tafolo of the Tafolo Quarry.
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Friday 17 June 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Lance Corporal, Tevita Vi of the Ha‘apai Police Force was sentenced today to three years in prison after he was found guilty of manslaughter by Chief Justice Robin Webster.
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Thursday 16 June 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Rev. Dr ‘Alifeleti Mone was re-elected for his eighth term as the President of the Free Wesleyan Church of Tonga (Siasi Uesiliani Tau'ataina 'o Tonga) in Nuku‘alofa yesterday, June 15. Photos by Linny Folau
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Thursday 16 June 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Following the Minister of Finance's presentation of his Budget Statement the day before, clarifying where he stood with regards to his Tax and Economic reform program, the Minister, Hon. Siosiua 'Utoikamanu, came under a relentless attack from the People's Representatives, picking holes in his Budget. The questioning was so intense that before lunch the Minister slipped out from the House, and after waiting 25 minutes for him to return, the House broke up for lunch. Tonga Legislative Assembly, Minute No. 6, Thursday June 9, 2005. From the House, by Pesi Fonua
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Wednesday 15 June 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Minister of Finance spoke of a $7.1 million salary rise for civil servants, and three new costly projects, the rebuilding of the Hu'atolitoli Prison, the building of a new Royal Chapel, and more money for the Tonga Defence Service to prepare them for Peace Keeping Duties. Tonga Legislative Assembly, Minute No. 5, Wednesday June 8, 2005. From the House, by Pesi Fonua
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Tuesday 14 June 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The 82nd Annual Church Conference of the Free Wesleyan Church of Tonga is to be officially opened by either Queen Halaevalu Mata‘aho or the Prince Regent Crown Prince Tupouto‘’a in Nuku‘alofa on Thursday June 16.
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Tuesday 14 June 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A strong earthquake magnitude 5.7 shook Tonga this afternoon, centred 80km west of Neiafu, and felt in the capital Nuku'alofa but no damage has been reported at present.
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Tuesday 14 June 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Vava'u No. 1 People's Representative, Samiu Vaipulu, called on the Deputy Prime Minister, Hon Cecil Cocker, to resign over alleged illegal handling of the Missing Trust Fund in 1994. While the Deputy Prime Minister was in a state of shock over the allegation, the House proceeded with what was to be its main agenda for the day, the electing of its staff. Once the staff were elected the House then settled down to do some real work, and the Minister of Finance presented his Budget Statement for 2005-06. Tonga Legislative Assembly, Minute No. 4 , Tuesday June 7, 2005. From the House by Pesi Fonua
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Tuesday 14 June 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's Environment Awareness Week held last week, June 5-11, focused on Youth Awareness for a cleaner environment, and also featured the launching of a Home Composting Kit.
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Tuesday 14 June 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Swedish Judo Federation...’s President, Mr Johnny Kullenberg, and Ms Barbro Carlsson who is responsible for youth development in Swedish judo are visiting Tonga for two weeks.
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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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