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Thursday 21 April 2005
Australia
I was a government employee in Tonga for almost 10 years. I am now residing in Australia as an Australian citizen. Are they distributing any Superannuation Fund statements to it's members? I have not received a single statement since I left the Tongan public service in 2001.
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Thursday 21 April 2005
USA
Leaving the comfort of my poor upbringing at Foa for a new land, I am still amazed at many things that have not changed. Juan de Mariana once said, - "Taxes are commonly a calamity for the people and a nightmare for the government. For the former they are always excessive; for the latter they are never enough, never too much." Tama Foa
Wednesday 20 April 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
In Tonga's case the consultative meetings held this week in Nuku'alofa were poorly attended by the private sector, and participants had difficulty grasping the complexity of the trade negotiations. Meanwhile, the Forum's selection of Tonga's negotiators and representatives to some of the consultative committees was not clear.
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Tuesday 19 April 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A young Tongan who suffered a severe spinal injury in a swimming accident at the weekend has been sent to New Zealand with the help of a group of local business people, who are now fundraising for her treatment.
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Tuesday 19 April 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tesina Fuko was elected as the President of Tonga's newly established People...’s Democratic Party, at a meeting of the PDP at ‘Atenisi on Friday April 15.
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Monday 18 April 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's Minister of Defence, the Hon. Col. ‘‘Aloua Fetu‘’utolu Tupou died suddenly at his residence, at Pahu, Nuku‘’alofa, on Saturday morning, April 16.
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Monday 18 April 2005
Durban, South Africa
Tonga settled for fourth place in the IRB Under-19 world championship after it was beaten by Italy 34-17 on Sunday April 17, at Kings Park, Durbin, South Africa.
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Monday 18 April 2005
Auckland, New Zealand
It is rather unfortunate that we still have people like Peter P Goldstern in the kingdom or put it this way, it is only in the kingdom that we still find people like Mr Goldstern. Yes, only in the kingdom can Mr Goldstern put his strings of B.Sc and M.Sc into perfect use! Have we forgotten Dr Wong, the court jester and the like? -Sailosi Finau
Saturday 16 April 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Prominent on the front pages of the Kalonikali, the Kele'a and the Talaki this week was the Inter-College Sports, and the Talaki also reported a move to form a People's Democratic Party. While the front pages of the two issues of the Taimi 'o Tonga this week featured Tongan-New Zealand stories.
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Friday 15 April 2005
San Francisco, USA
Tonga is caught between a rock and a hard place. Its poor economic status and its leaders drive to re-appropriate what is left for themselves, will be definitely the death of the kingdom as we know it. No, don...’t push the panic Oh My God! button just yet. I am talking about 30 to 50 years from now. This seems to be a long time, but it is not. It may be sooner if the king fails to change how the island kingdom is governed.
Friday 15 April 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Heavy rain fell over Tongatapu last night and early this morning causing flooding in many areas and early closure of schools for the day.
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Friday 15 April 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A total of 23 candidates have registered to run in Tonga's by-election on May 5 for the two vacant People's Representative seats in the Legislative Assembly. When the registration of candidates closed yesterday, April 14, 18 candidates had registered for Tongatapu - nine new candidates and nine who previously contested the seat.
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Friday 15 April 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
At the conclusion of the 2005 Inter Collegiate Athletic Sports Competition held last week, Liahona High School of the LDS church dominated the medal tables for the second year winning 21 gold, 17 silver and 16 bronze medals.
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Thursday 14 April 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Starting today, April 14, the DC3 of the Peau Vava‘u Airways the sole operator of the domestic air service, ceased serving the outer islands of Tonga.
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Thursday 14 April 2005
Durban, South Africa
Uruguay beat Tonga last night April 13, by 19-12 in their semi final match at the Durban High School ground, Durban, South Africa.
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Thursday 14 April 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
FROM OUR ARCHIVES: The saying today in Tonga that some people can get away with million dollar day-light robberies, while others may be sent to jail for stealing the neighbour’s chicken, is very true if you look at what has been happening during the past few months. The March parliamentary election has stretched some people’s imaginations to the limit so that they do things that an ordinary bible-carrying, big ta'ovala wearing Tongan would not do, which is simply cheating in order to get a few votes. - Editor's Comment by Pesi Fonua
Thursday 14 April 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Thursday, April 14, 2005 - 11:26 Turtle meat as a delicacy is becoming very popular again, not only on the outer islands of Tonga but also on the main island of Tongatapu. These turtles were pictured at Ha'afeva, Ha'apai, last week as they were being loaded onto the MV Pulupaki for shipment to consumers in Ma'ufanga and Puke on Tongatapu.
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Wednesday 13 April 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga'’s Minister for Tourism, Hon. Cecil Cocker, and the Chinese Ambassador to Tonga HE Mr Gao Shanhai, signed a Memorandum of Understanding this morning, April 13, allowing Chinese Tour Operators to bring Chinese tourists to Tonga. 2005-04-13 17:47:00 +1300
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Tuesday 12 April 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Sangstar Saulala, the editor of the Tonga Star, appeared in the Nuku'alofa Supreme Court this week to answer a claim by the new Minister of Labour and Commerce, Hon. Dr Feleti Sevele, that he failed to honor and pay an out-of-court settlement that they agreed to in 2003.
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Tuesday 12 April 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Radio Australia is expanding its operation in the Pacific Islands with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with the University of the South Pacific.
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