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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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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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