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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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Saturday 4 June 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The House threw out the 1992 Room Tax on the tourism industry, but will debate next week an amendment to the Consumption Tax 2003, and an amendment to the Custom Duties and Excise Tax Act 2005. Tonga Legislative Assembly, Minute No. 2, Tuesday May 31 2005. From the House by Pesi Fonua
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Friday 3 June 2005
Fo‘ui, Tonga
The Hon. Noble Vaha'i of Fou'i was laid to rest this morning, June 3, at the Tutulu Pea Tau burial ground at the village of Fou'i. The funeral procession from his residence to the cemetery was led by the police band, and the police also gave a three-gun salute.
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Friday 3 June 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Thank you for your article published on the Matangi Tonga website, "NZ gives NZ$14m to support Tonga education". I would like to clarify the situation with regard to financial support for the salaries of teachers in non-government schools.
Thursday 2 June 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Satini Tomu Napa‘a (15) was found not guilty on charges of manslaughter and of inflicting a grievous bodily harm, by a jury at the Nuku‘alofa Supreme Court this morning, June 2.
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Thursday 2 June 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
It was a night to be remembered by the 10,000 Tongan concert-goers who packed into Nuku'alofa's Teufaiva Outdoor Stadium last night to hear the South African reggae star, Lucky Dube. Photos and story by Linny Folau.
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Thursday 2 June 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The winners of this year's Quality Service Awards were shining examples for Tonga, "we need you," said Dr Fred Sevele, Minister of Labour, Commerce and Industries, in presenting the awards on the evening of May 31.
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Wednesday 1 June 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Tonga government's official response to the public uproar over the high cost of electricity and salaries of the top executives of Shoreline Power appears to be insincere and doubtful. Editor's Comment by Pesi Fonua.
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Tuesday 31 May 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Tongan Legislature met for the start of its 2005 session on Monday May 30. Its working agenda for the day included the swearing in of new members, the appointment of a new Chairman of the Whole House Committee, and the reading and debating on the first draft of a letter replying to the King's message from the Throne when he opened parliament on May 26. From the House. By Pesi Fonua
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Tuesday 31 May 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Reggae Superstar Lucky Dube (41) arrived in Nuku'alofa today with his 11 member band gearing up for a one-night concert at the Teufaiva Stadium tomorrow evening, June 1.
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Tuesday 31 May 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga

The New Zealand government has announced that it will contribute $NZ14 million toward the Tonga Education Support Program (TESP).

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Tuesday 31 May 2005
Texas, USA
I am deeply concerned over what I read and what I see on the internet. I am in a wheel chair due to my health. I am only thirty nine years old and at one time in my life I had no hope. I was angry at the world and at people, my story may sound familiar too you, and you may have grown tried of hearing it. But three wonderful Tongan men taught me to have hope, they reached out to a stranger and showed that true friendship knows no color, it knows no religion, it can be between the young and the old, the sick and those who have health. It is one of our world's greatest gifts and it is the one of the base ingredients for hope. - Larry Norton
Monday 30 May 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The 'Ikale Tahi Squad for 2005 was announced on Saturday night following a final trial game at Teufaiva Stadium, Nuku'alofa in the afternoon.
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Monday 30 May 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Satini Tomu Napa‘a 15, appeared in the Nuku‘alofa Supreme Court this morning, May 30 charged with manslaughter.
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