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Wednesday 18 August 1999

Mexico City, Mexico
The study by Harvard University’s School of Public Health released this week, reinforced the belief of many in the development community that a vast amount of medical supplies donated to poor countries was inappropriate and even harmful. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 14, no. 3, July 1999.
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Saturday 10 July 1999

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
Three decades after Tonga banned whaling, in line with an international treaty, the taste of whale fat lingers on, and blubber enthusiasts joined the curious to watch a whale being butchered in Nuku‘alofa on July 10. Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 14, no. 3, July 1999.
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Thursday 1 July 1999

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Bank of Tonga celebrated its 25th anniversary on July 1 in style, by making a record profit for the 1998-99 financial year of over $4 million. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 14, no. 3, July 1999.
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Thursday 1 July 1999

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
Three native American whalers, Tom Happynook, his son Brian, and a cousin, Larry Johnson visited Nuku‘alofa during the second week of July, after visiting Australia and New Zealand. Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 14, no. 3, July 1999.
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Thursday 1 July 1999

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
A proposal to set up a casino at Royal International Airport Inn-still under construction-has brought objections from church and community members in Tonga who are opposed to gambling. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 14, no. 3, July 1999.
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Thursday 1 July 1999

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
Any hope by the people of Tonga for their representatives and the Tongan parliament to pass a budget that could revive the economy by allocating a substantial amount of money as incentive to boost production in Tonga’s three main sectors, Agriculture, Fisheries and Tourism, was wishful thinking. From the House by Pesi Fonua. Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 14, no. 3, July 1999.
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Thursday 1 July 1999

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
High interest rates on loans from banks, particularly from the Tonga Development Bank, have caused concern among business people who say that it further restrains economic development due to a lack of capital funds. Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 14, no. 3, July 1999.
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Thursday 1 July 1999

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Radio Tonga’s Tavake Fusimalohi wanted to launch his station in time for the Millennium but Privy Council has deferred the licence. The new TV proposal has been criticized on OBN TV7 in July by Racine who has drawn the King into the debate over the control of Tongan television. Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 14, no. 3, July 1999.
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Thursday 1 July 1999

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A $700,000 machine that was bought by the Government of Tonga last year for the construction of asphalt roads is sitting idle at the Ministry of Works depot in Nuku‘alofa. Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 14, no. 3, July 1999.
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Thursday 1 July 1999

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The King opened a new fitness centre at Haveluloto on August 13. Called ‘Inga Health and Fitness Gym, it is a business venture of Va‘inga Tuigamala, the former All Black winger, who turned professional and is now playing for the Manu Samoa. The gym has been set up in a renovated village hall. Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 14, no. 3, July 1999.
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Thursday 1 July 1999

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
The end of the 100th night of mourning following the death of Prince Fatafehi Tu‘ipelehake was marked with a "Lanu Kilikili ki Mo‘unga" ceremony at Mala‘ekula the Royal Tombs on July 27. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 14, no. 3, July 1999.
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Thursday 1 July 1999

Nuku‘alofa, Tongatapu
The concept of Free Trade according to ‘Aisake Eke, Tonga’s Chief Accountant and the Secretary for Finance, is based on a belief, “that Free Trade will bring about economic growth, because of a bigger market”.
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Thursday 1 July 1999

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The writings of Tonga's late Queen Salote Tupou IV are being put together by Princess Nanasipau‘u Tuku‘aho, and scholars Dr. Adrienne L. Kaeppler, Dr. Elizabeth Wood-Ellem, and Dr. Melenaite Taumoefolau. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 14, no. 3, July 1999.
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Thursday 1 July 1999

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
On a beautiful Saturday afternoon on August 7, this young couple emerged from the Church of Forgiveness, Haveluloto. The occasion was the wedding of Daniel Trevor Mullin to Cassandra Tukuia ‘a Purea Vaea. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 14, no. 3, July 1999.
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Thursday 1 July 1999

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
Japan could become a big importer of Tongan vanilla, according to Sitalini Naufahu of the Zuvva Import and Export Co. Ltd, in Nuku‘alofa. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 14, no. 3, July 1999.
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Thursday 1 July 1999

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Anna Tupou, the globe-trotting marketing manager of TongaSat is in full support of Tonga joining the World Trade Organisation. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 14, no. 3, July 1999.
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Thursday 1 July 1999

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Over 60 athletes and officials represented Tonga at the 1999 South Pacific Games in Guam, which opened with a spectacular ceremony and fireworks in the capital Agana on May 29. Photos by Pesi Fonua. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 14, no. 2, July 1999.
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Thursday 1 July 1999

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
The Tonga Chamber of Commerce believes that Tonga should become a signatory to the regional Free Trade Area, and become a member of the World Trade Organisation as soon as possible, said the Chamber president, Paul Karalus. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 14, no. 3, July 1999.
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Thursday 1 July 1999

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
A Free Trade Area agreement among South Pacific Forum countries is expected to come into force by October next year. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 14, no. 3, July 1999.
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Thursday 1 July 1999

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
‘Ikale Tahi squad for 1999 Rugby World Cup announced. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 14, no. 3, July 1999.
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