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Monday 4 April 2005
USA
Though I vigorously believe that there is hardship poverty (but not extreme poverty) in Tonga, the important question remains why poverty exists at all on an island blessed and endowed with important assets and commercial resources like the latest technological tools, such as satellite transmissions and the internet dot to domain. These are communal resources should be shared by all, instead of being the privilege of the elite few in the country. -Dave Tonga
Monday 4 April 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The 16,000 Catholics throughout Tonga began nine days of mourning on the death of Pope John Paul II in Rome on April 3, and they have invited King Taufa'ahau Tupou IV to join them for the funeral mass later this week.
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Monday 4 April 2005
Tokyo, Japan
A Fijian journalist, Vasiti Valatia Ritova, 41, of the Pacific Island News Association news service, Pacnews was named the Island Journalist of the Year last night, at a ceremony held in the Foreign Correspondents...’ Club of Japan, Tokyo.
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Saturday 2 April 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The local weeklies were back to normal this week after the general election,and were featuring a range of front page news stories. The Taimi ‘o Tonga featured ‘Etuate Lavulavu, Talaki reported a possible challenge of the outcome of the Ha'apai election because of alleged dual registration by some voters and the Kele'a captured the attention of the reading public with the second and the final part of an interview of Shoreline whistle-blower Piveni Piukala, by Tavake Fusimalohi.
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Friday 1 April 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
While Tongan consumers were faced with a new 15% Consumption Tax coming into effect today, April 1, Tongan businesses were not amused by the sudden announcement by their Port Authority of a 25% increase in ports tariffs to take effect on April 4. They warn that the increase in shipping tariffs will absorb any savings that were to be made from the Consumption Tax introduction.
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Thursday 31 March 2005

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
An assessment of Hardship and Poverty in Tonga, which was carried out jointly by the Government of Tonga and the Asian Development Bank in 2003, stated that 23% of the 16 communities surveyed in Tongatapu, Ha'apai, Vava'u, 'Eua, Niuatoputapu and Niuafo'ou, were living below the poverty line of $28.18 per person per week.
Thursday 31 March 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Nakita Folau Tu'itavake (41) who was found guilty for the manslaughter of Semisi Ma'u was sentenced this morning, March 31, to 10 years imprisonment by Chief Justice Robin Webster, in the Nuku'alofa Supreme Court.
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Thursday 31 March 2005
Manila, Philippines

The ADB has approved a US$25 million loan to help protect and improve the standard of living of rural people in the Fiji Islands whose livelihoods are at risk in the impending restructuring of the sugar industry.

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Wednesday 30 March 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Tongan economy is not shaping up well in comparision with other Pacific islands and other economies in the Asia Pacific region, according to World Bank indicators.
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Wednesday 30 March 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Tongan By-Election to elect four new members of Parliament, will be held on May 3 for the Nobles, and May 5 for the people.
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Wednesday 30 March 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's new 15% consumption tax comes into force this week, on Friday April 1, and the Minister of Finance has announced some goods and services that will be either exempt or zero-rated from Consumption Tax.
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Wednesday 30 March 2005
Mt Maunganui , New Zealand
Tongan surfer Michael Burling has won the Open Men's Final in very difficult conditions at the Mt Maunganui Longboard Classic event over Easter.
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Wednesday 30 March 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Kelepi Maile 19, changed his plea to guilty for the possession of a tiny amount of marijuana, when he appeared in the Nuku‘’alofa Supreme Court on March 29.
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Monday 28 March 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
As the latest Tongan Government political reform initiative begins to unfold, following the appointment of Cabinet ministers from elected members of Parliament on March 21, we are witnessing a number of interesting political happenings. At the same the Temo's position as an opposition to government has been weakened - they have lost their fighting edge with their acceptance of the government proposal for a piece-meal political reform program. Editor’s Comment
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Thursday 24 March 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A new $1.2 million pa‘’anga Administration Building for the Ministry of Justice was officially opened this morning by HM King Taufa‘ahau Tupou IV at Hala Lavinia, Kolofo'ou, Nuku‘alofa.
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Thursday 24 March 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The front pages of the Taimi, and the Kele'a this week featured the results of the election, but the Kele'a also ran a story from a whistleblower who used to work for Shoreline.
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Wednesday 23 March 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The General Manager of the Tonga Broadcasting Commission, ‘Elenoa ‘Amanaki, today rebutted a claim by the US Department of State that the government-owned TBC infringed the human right of Freedom of Religion.
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Wednesday 23 March 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A by-election to elect the four new Members of Parliament to replace the four who were appointed as Cabinet Ministers on March 21 may take place as early as May, said the Supervisor of Election Pita Vuki.
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Tuesday 22 March 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's Prime Minister Prince ‘Ulukalala Lavaka Ata yesterday evening, March 21, announced the names of the four new members of the Tongan Cabinet appointed by King Taufa'ahau Tupou IV from the newly elected representatives to parliament.
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Monday 21 March 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Air Pacific this week will cut back its service to Tonga to twice instead of three times a week, terminating its Saturday service, and flying to Tonga only on Tuesday and Thursday, following a clash with Tonga's civil aviation authorities.
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