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Friday 11 March 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The front pages of the newspapers published in Tonga this week have been dominated by stories coming from the campaign messages of the incumbent People's Representatives for Tongatapu - ‘Akilisi Pohiva, Feleti Sevele and ‘Isileli Pulu. The only exception being the government's newspaper the Kalonikali Tonga, which featured a photograph of Princess Pilolevu accepting a gift of go-carts for a new amusement park in Nuku'alofa.
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Friday 11 March 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga will feature prominently at the Pacific Pavilion, at the Expo 2005, Aichi, Japan, according to Tonga's Director of Tourism, Va‘inga Palu.
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Thursday 10 March 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
‘Iunaise Vesenga Helu, a Vava‘u candidate (no. 15) for the March 17 Parliamentary Election was struck out from the Electoral Roll today, March 10, by Chief Justice Robin Webster.
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Thursday 10 March 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Kusitafu Pohahau (38), who is currently serving a two and a half year prison sentence for possession of marijuana was sentenced to a further two years imprisonment by Chief Justice Robin Webster at the Nuku‘alofa Supreme Court, this morning, March 10.
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Thursday 10 March 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
In the Second Round of the Federation of Oceania Rugby Union Under-21 tournament at the Teufaiva Stadium, Nuku...’alofa, yesterday afternoon, March 9, Fiji lost to Samoa after taking the lead for most of the match. However, Fiji is still leading the tournament with 5 points, Samoa 4, and Tonga 1. By Pesi Fonua
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Wednesday 9 March 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Samoa U-21 beat Fiji U-21, 28-23, at Nuku‘alofa's Teufaiva Stadium this afternoon, March 9, in the second round of the 2005 Federation of Oceania Rugby Union Under-21 Tournament.
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Wednesday 9 March 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Fononga Tu‘ipeatau, a Tongatapu candidate for Tonga's March 17 parliamentary election this morning withdrew his name from the Electoral Roll.
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Wednesday 9 March 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The sentencing of Nakita Folau Tu'itavake for manslaughter that was set for today, March 9, at the Nuku'’alofa Supreme Court was adjourned by Chief Justice Robin Webster to March 31. Tu'itavake's lawyer, Laki Niu was ill and was unable to be in court.
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Wednesday 9 March 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The E. M. Jones group of companies, one of Tonga's oldest trading companies is selling out. Keith Harris of Guardian Trust, New Zealand, the legal owner of E. M. Jones Group of companies since 1981 said that they had no other option but to sell E. M. Jones Ltd.
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Tuesday 8 March 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tongan women who want to participate in the national decision making process and are determined to take their rightful place in national politics, have made their views known on International Women's Day (March 8) in Nuku'alofa, at the Langa Fonua centre.
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Tuesday 8 March 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Two candidates for Tonga's March 17 Parliamentary Election, 'Iunaise Vusenga Helu and Fononga Tu'’ipeatau are fighting in the Nuku'’alofa Supreme Court to keep their names on the Electoral Roll.
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Monday 7 March 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Tongan Privy Council on Friday March 4 approved the implementation of Tonga's new Consumption Tax. Later, in the afternoon, the Minister of Finance, Hon. Siosiua ‘Utoikamanu officially launched Tonga's Consumption Tax which will come into force on April 1.
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Monday 7 March 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's Ministry of Education does not recognise the degree held by Parliamentary candidate 'Etuate Lavulavu, and has today warned the public to beware of "bogus" degrees offered by unrecognised institutions.
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Sunday 6 March 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Fiji beat Tonga 13-6 at the Teufaiva Stadium, Nuku'’alofa yesterday afternoon, March 5, in the first match of the 2005 Federation of Oceania Rugby Union Under-21 Tournment.
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Friday 4 March 2005
New York, USA
The name Salamo Fulivai spells a cushion of comfort for Pacific Island women at the international level. But it becomes a real problem when critical issues concerning the Pacific Islands and women in particular, are not addressed or articulated on the same platform. By Vasiti Ritova
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Thursday 3 March 2005

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Ten years ago Tonga introduced its 15% Consumption Tax in April 2005. FROM OUR ARCHIVES: The timing of the rushed introduction of the new Tonga Consumption Tax or TCT, makes one wonder if government had deliberately chosen April 1 to give the parliamentary candidates and the public something to chew on while they work themselves up to a voting mood on March 17. Editor's Comment by Pesi Fonua.
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Wednesday 2 March 2005
New York, USA
A Tongan woman, Tania Laumanulupe Tupou is the new Office Manager of the Joint Office for Commonwealth Permanent Missions to the United Nations, in New York City. Tonga's Tania Tupou was interviewed by Vasiti Ritova a Fijian journalist who was in New York to cover the 49th Session of the Commission on the status of Women (CSW). By Vasiti Ritova
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Wednesday 2 March 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Platypus, a contemporary Australian music and dance group have given Tongans a flash of today's multi-cultural Australia with performances that presented anglo-celtic inspired music with aborginal in a unique blend.
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Tuesday 1 March 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A former kitchen hand who stole tomato sauce and food items from the Janfull International Hotel appeared in the Nuku'alofa Supreme Court on February 28.
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Tuesday 1 March 2005
Dili, East Timor
East Timor's government, angered by published reports of famine deaths it denies, has severed relations with one of the country's two daily newspapers, Suara Timor Lorosae.
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