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Sunday 30 March 2003

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
Tonga’s first cigarette factory is set to be in production by March. In the initial stage International Metrople Corporation Ltd., a Taiwanese company, will invest about $2 million pa‘anga to get the plant in operation at Nuku‘alofa’s Small Industries Centre. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 18, no. 1, March 2003.
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Sunday 30 March 2003

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
The fifth meeting of the Ministers of Health for the Pacific began in Nuku‘alofa on March 9, attended by 13 Ministers of Health and health representatives from 18 Pacific Island countries. The meeting is held every two years and is a forum where the Ministers discuss health issues that are of great concern to the people of the region. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 18, no. 1, March 2003.
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Sunday 30 March 2003

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
When the 727-200 Tiger Line Cargo aircraft landed at the Fua‘amotu International Airport on February 18, it marked the dawn of a new era in the air freighting of cargo from Tonga to the market places of New Zealand, Honolulu and the West Coast of the USA. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 18, no. 1, March 2003.
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Sunday 30 March 2003

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
The Tonga Government in December 2002 launched its National Policy on Gender and Development, with a clear objective that by 2025, “all men, women, children and the families in Tonga should achieve equal access to economic, social, political and religious opportunities and benefits.” From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 18, no. 1, March 2003.
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Sunday 30 March 2003

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
Two new mobile telephone base stations for Tongatapu were set up by the Tonga Communications Corporation last year, at a cost of $500,000 and more stations are planned for other islands of Tonga in 2003. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 18, no. 1, March 2003.
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Sunday 30 March 2003

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
Leaving behind the political turmoil in the Middle East and in Indonesia, Tupoutu‘a Lindborg has returned to the safety of her Tongan home. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 18, no. 1, March 2003.
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Sunday 30 March 2003

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
When ‘Akosita Havili entered the first ever 'Face of Tonga' Pageant in early December, it was, “just for fun, something to do”. The 18-year-old from Ha‘ateiho said that the modeling contest helped her face up to her worst fear, which was standing in front of a large crowd. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 18, no. 1, March 2003.
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Sunday 30 March 2003

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
It is only on very special occasions that one of the 12 apostles of the church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-day Saints visits Tonga. When the Apostle L. Tom Perry came from February 14-17, the occasion was to launch a satellite communication service, which the Church in Tonga could use for national conferences and for communication with other churches throughout the world. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 18, no. 1, March 2003.
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Sunday 30 March 2003
Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
Tonga’s newest technical training institute, the Vocational and Technical Institute of Tonga opened its doors for classes on Monday March 10. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 18, no. 1, March 2003.
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Sunday 30 March 2003

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
When the General Manager of the Royal Tongan Airlines, Logan Appu went to Vava‘u to find out the views of tourism facilities operators about the service that is provided by the airline, he welcomed a blackboard full of complaints. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 18, no. 1, March 2003.
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Sunday 30 March 2003

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
‘Okataina Taione 21, from Pahu, was the Dux of St Joseph’s Business College for 2002. Taina, a former student of Tonga High School said that she entered St Joseph’s Business College in 2001 with one goal in mind, “to become the Captain of the school.” From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 18, no. 1, March 2003.
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Sunday 30 March 2003

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
The assessment by the International Monetary Fund of the Tongan macro-economy during the 2001-2002 fiscal year, highlighted their grave concern over the stagnating state of the economy, the depletion of the official reserves, the marked depreciation of the Pa‘anga, mounting public indebtedness, and the rapid increase in the inflation rate.. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 18, no. 1, March 2003.
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Sunday 30 March 2003

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
Coconut oil, which Tongans and other Pacific Islanders have used primarily for cooking and as body oil, could become a secure source of fuel to power their vehicles, according to Tonga’s Energy Officer, Tevita Tukunga. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 18, no. 1, March 2003.
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Sunday 30 March 2003

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
Do you want to know why 33 young people were chatting, smiling and laughing at the New Zealand High Commissioner’s residence on the evening of March 7? From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 18, no. 1, March 2003.
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Sunday 30 March 2003

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
One of Nuku‘alofa’s leading businessman, Robert Albin Johansson (75) died at the Greenlane Hospital, Auckland, on 20 February, after undergoing heart surgery. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 18, no. 1, March 2003.
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Sunday 30 March 2003

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
The Forum Shipping Agencies in Tonga has recently restructured its Nuku‘alofa offices, and appointed Angela Parzefall, as the new Shipping Manager. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 18, no. 1, March 2003.
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Sunday 30 March 2003

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
When Fatai Tokolahi (26) was chosen by the Tonga National Youth Congress to be the Speaker of Tonga’s first ever Youth Parliament in December last year, he said that it was a turning point in his life, and it made him realize that his future career is in politics. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 18, no. 1, March 2003.
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Sunday 30 March 2003

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
The Auckland-based Taimi ‘o Tonga newspaper was declared by the Tonga government to be a prohibited publication on February 26. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 18, no. 1, March 2003.
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Sunday 30 March 2003

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
Why did government decide to prohibit the import of the 14 year old Taimi ‘o Tonga in February? If the politics of the campaigning newspaper wasn’t the real issue, as government spokespeople were claiming, we asked, then what was? From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 18, no. 1, March 2003.
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Sunday 30 March 2003

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
During 2002 inflation accelerated to about 10 per cent and price pressures increased, as Tonga’s expansionary macroeconomic policies resulted in a marked decline in net foreign assets, a weaker pa‘anga and higher inflation, according to a new IMF report. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 18, no. 1, March 2003.
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