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Friday 30 August 2002

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
Last year, the Tonga Prisons Department began sending children between 14-16 years old to ‘Atā, a small remote island, an hour by boat off the east coast of Tongatapu (not to be confused with ‘Ata Is. to the south). From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 17, no. 2, August 2002.
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Friday 30 August 2002

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
A Tongan-owned immigration consultancy, started in 1995, has helped over 5,000 Tongans gain legal status in New Zealand. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 17, no. 2, August 2002.
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Friday 30 August 2002

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
The quarry business, particularly on Tongatapu, is a thriving but very competitive business according to Sione Tafolo of the Fasi‘apule Holding Ltd. who says that it is an on-going task for people who live in the low-lying areas to keep filling up their properties. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 17, no. 2, August 2002.
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Friday 30 August 2002

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
Motor Parts Services has extended its services by becoming the stockist and distributor of the Hydraulic Fluid Connection in Tonga. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 17, no. 2, August 2002.
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Friday 30 August 2002

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
The last time a Tongan solo-mother of five, saw her 17 year old son, who is doing time for burglary, she was horrified. The inmate called her on May 8 to come to the Vaiola Hospital, in Nuku‘alofa, where Prison authorities had taken him for emergency treatment for severe burns. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 17, no. 2, August 2002.
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Friday 30 August 2002

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
Tonga has this year been included in the New Zealand Immigration Pacific Access Category, granting 250 Tongans the chance of obtaining legal status in New Zealand, or emigrating there. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 17, no. 2, August 2002.
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Friday 30 August 2002

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
If you know anything about Polynesian hip-hop, you will have heard of ‘King Kapisi’. Hailing from the ‘Poly-town’ of Auckland, New Zealand, the 28 year-old Samoan who shot to hip-hop fame in 1998 with his hit track Sub-cranium Feeling, tore-up centre stage for the first time in Tonga in July. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 17, no. 2, August 2002.
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Friday 30 August 2002

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
In going to press, Mr Justice A. D. Ford in the Supreme Court of Tonga heard final submissions On August 1, in the civil case against the Tonga Government and the Minister of Police for unlawful imprisonment of a Member of Parliament, and two local journalists. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 17, no. 2, August 2002.
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Friday 30 August 2002

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
Tonga’s Judo champion ‘Epoki Faka‘osi was determined to add a Commonwealth Games medal this year to his achievements. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 17, no. 2, August 2002.
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Friday 30 August 2002

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
The Tongans tradition of presenting gifts to one another is a phenomena that has enabled Tongans to maintain a way of life that is unique in the world, said Dr Mike Evans, an Associate Professor at the Department of Anthropology, University of Alberta, Canada, who visited Ha‘ano island in June. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 17, no. 2, August 2002.
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Friday 30 August 2002

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga hosted this year’s ADFIP consortium on Development Banking Under Change and sought new avenues of technical and financial assistance. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 17, no. 2, August 2002.
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Friday 30 August 2002

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
Tonga’s 28 year old Bank of Tonga was renamed Westpac-Bank of Tonga after the Tongan Parliament amended the Bank of Tonga Act on July 15. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 17, no. 2, August 2002.
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Friday 30 August 2002

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Peter Semone, the Vice President of the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA), (pictured above, centre) wants tourist operators in the Pacific islands to revitalise their interest in the organisation. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 17, no. 2, August 2002.
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Friday 30 August 2002

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
The Tongan Budget for 2002-3, passed by the Legislative Assembly on June 27, is the biggest ever, with the total revenue to be collected by government amounting to $120.25 million. Government Expenditure during the same period is expected to amount to $122.72 million, leaving us with a deficit of $2.5 million. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 17, no. 2, August 2002.
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Friday 30 August 2002

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
The restructuring of the Royal Tongan Airlines marked, “the beginning of the reform in government statutory boards,” Tonga’s Prime Minister Prince ‘Ulukalala Lavaka Ata promised, at a Press Conference he called on July 9, to explain his initiative to restructure the ailing national airline. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 17, no. 2, August 2002.
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Friday 30 August 2002

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
A destiny that had yet to be fulfilled is how ‘Ana Fifita described her pursuit of an opera singing career. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 17, no. 2, August 2002.
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Friday 30 August 2002

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
Government has adopted a two-edged approach to its economic reform program. Editor's Comment. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 17, no. 2, August 2002.
Friday 30 August 2002

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tens of millions of pa‘anga in government expenditure that used to be disregarded in the annual Budget estimates, have this year been incorporated into the figures—beefing it up to $112 million in operational costs. This is a new approach by a new Finance Minister, Siosiua ‘Utoikamanu, to make government operations more “transparent”. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 17, no. 2, August 2002.
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Friday 30 August 2002

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
A group of Pacific islands states want to take charge of their own air safety inspections in order to reduce down time for aircraft that must wait for overseas certification. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 17, no. 2, August 2002.
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Friday 30 August 2002

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
New Zealand signed its annual multi-million dollar bilateral aid agreement with Tonga in July, a package worth NZ$5.6 million, the same amount allocated the previous year. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 17, no. 2, August 2002.
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