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Tuesday 15 March 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
I note with incredulity, in reading the Press Release from the Prime Minister's Office today, that Government proclaims that an, "elevated sensitivity to public sentiments was formalized in the establishment of the Commission for Public Relations". To call this a "meritorious trend" is simply hogwash in light of the fact that the Prime Minister's Office and its Chief Secretary have led the way in ignoring the decisions and recommendations of the Commissioner for Public Relations.
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Tuesday 15 March 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's new volunteers began a three-week training program yesterday, March 14, to learn about their role as Tonga National Volunteers.
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Tuesday 15 March 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Good governance is what good governments do. And although "good" can be a subjective abstraction, an honest appraisal of Government procedures will show that within its legal, historical and cultural framework, the process of governing and implementing decisions have the required elements that characterize good governance. From the empowerment of the different levels of political dispensation, to the operation of the executive machinery, decisions and appointments by the Government has been carried out increasingly with a view towards inclusiveness, accountability, transparency and the rule of law.
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Monday 14 March 2005
Melbourne, Australia
Dilys Rowlands, former Principal of Queen Salote College (1945-68) died in Mornington, near Melbourne, Australia, on the afternoon of 13 March 2005.
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Monday 14 March 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Led by three candidates for Thursday's Parliamentary Election, about 50 demonstrators marched down the main street of Nuku'alofa this morning March 14, protesting about the privatisation of Tonga's electricity supply.
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Monday 14 March 2005
Suva, Fiji
Monday, March 14, 2005 - 14:05. The People's Republic of China wants to set up a FJD$100 million (US$61 million) regional airline. And while it has raised the issue with the Fiji government it has yet to consult other Pacific Island states on this possibility.
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Friday 11 March 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
As we discover this week that it is not viable for a New Zealander to invest in Tonga because of a restrictive New Zealand tax legislation, a number of questions spring to mind. It is definitely very unfair for these New Zealanders and Tongans who have made New Zealand their homes to find that investment in Tonga is made unprofitable by restrictive tax laws. Editor's Comment.
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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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