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Wednesday 27 October 2004
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The king arrived in Hong Kong by CX102 on 13 October for a private visit, flew to Beijing by CA108 on 18 October and were back to Hong Kong by CA117 on 19 October, then left for Sydney by CX101 on 21 October.
Wednesday 27 October 2004
Ma‘ufanga, Tongatapu
Six new classrooms for Ma‘ufanga Government Primary School were officially opened on Friday October 22 by Mrs Kalolaine Fakafanua.
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Tuesday 26 October 2004
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Questions were raised in the Tongan parliament as to why Tonga's King Taufa‘ahau Tupou IV flew economy class to Hong Kong, and why there was no welcome protocol extended to him when he arrived on a trip there earlier this month.
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Tuesday 26 October 2004
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Port Services Ltd., the sole handler of cargo at Nuku'alofa's Queen Salote Wharf since 1999, will cease operation on October 30 ...— ending a five year privatisation venture that led to disappointment for investors, frustrated by the Port Authority's refusal to allow an increase in their tariffs.
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Tuesday 26 October 2004
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Tonga Government Printing Department and the Post Office will become corporatised bodies in January 2005, according to the Acting Deputy Secretary of the Public Enterprise Division of the Ministry of Finance, Henry Cocker.
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Monday 25 October 2004
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A joint venture between Polynesian Airlines and the Peau Vava'u Airways, to provide a connecting service between Tonga and Samoa, through Vava'u, is in the pipeline.
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Monday 25 October 2004
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The 2004 Parliament Session will be closed on November 2 or 3. The House raises concerns over a report by Pac News of a motion presented by Prince Tu'ipelehake and the Committee also debates Private Members' Bills, a Bill to amend Clause 65 of the Constitution and a Bill to Amend Clause 188 of the Criminal Offences Act. From the House, Minute No. 64, Wednesday 20 October 2004.
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Friday 22 October 2004
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's process of law making at the moment is a matter of great concern. The recent overturning by Chief Justice Webster of the conflicting media laws, means we have to take a closer look at how laws are made in this country. Editor's Comment, by Pesi Fonua.
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Wednesday 20 October 2004
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Select Committee of the House demands that the government pay the $300,00, the sum agreed on, when it passed the Budget Act No. ½003 and the Budget for 2003/2004. And that the Interim Minister of Education shall distribute the funds according to the plan he had originally presented to the House on 17 August 2004. From the House Minute No. 60, Wednesday 13 October 2004.
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Wednesday 20 October 2004
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
After a week of voting throughout the Kingdom, the youth of Tonga have selected who will represent them in Tonga's third Youth Parliament to be held in Tonga's Parliament House from 15-19 November 2004. By Teisa Sitaleki
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Wednesday 20 October 2004
Johannesburg, South Africa
I am a rugby agent in South Africa who specializes in placing Souther Hemisphere rugby players with clubs in the UK, Italy and France.I already represent seven former or current International players. - Pieter du Toit
Tuesday 19 October 2004
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The celebration has not ended since the announcement of the winners of the inaugural Westpac Executive Business Woman of the Year to 'Elenoa 'Amanaki and the Business Woman of the Year to 'Ofa Simiki on the evening of October 11 at the Janful International Dateline Hotel.
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Tuesday 19 October 2004
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Twelve owners of Tongan tourism businesses have been selected to participate in the Partnership Meeting for the tourism industry in the Pacific to be held in Fiji in February 2005.
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Tuesday 19 October 2004
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
After four years of studying in temporary classrooms, Tonga High School students will return to their home on 8 March, 2005.
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Tuesday 19 October 2004
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
China is opening up and is keen to establish a good working relationship with the South Pacific region, according to Mr He Yafei, who visited Tonga last week.
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Monday 18 October 2004
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Motion by Prince Tu'ipelehake for government to form a committee to draft a Bill making it possible for Tonga to have a referendum. From the House, Minute No. 59, Tuesday 12 October 2004.
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Monday 18 October 2004
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The official Foreign Reserves held by the National Reserve Bank of Tonga in September 2004 was $79 million, an amount equivalent to 4.8 months of imports of goods.
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Friday 15 October 2004
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
It is nearly one year since November 2003 when Tongans lost their right to Freedom of Speech as a defence. After last year's Constitutional amendment, Tonga went back 128 years to the days when people were allowed to speak or to express an opinion only if it was in line with that of their superiors or chiefs. Editor's Comment, by Pesi Fonua
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Friday 15 October 2004
Taupo, New Zealand
I would like to share with your readers about the consequences of a lack of mental health services in Tonga, and lack of awareness of mental health issues by Tongan people. - Rachel Williams
Friday 15 October 2004
USA
I had recently planned a trip to Niuatoputapu, but had to cancel when Tongan Airlines went bankrupt. Since that time there has been totally confusion and lack of transportation to the Niuas. Now they say the DC3's cannot use the runways. - Dick Watt

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