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Tuesday 6 July 2004
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Westpac Bank of Tonga celebrated its 30th year on July 1, and in Nuku'alofa for the celebration were Ann Sherry, the Group Executive for Westpac New Zealand and the Pacific, and Alan Walter the Westpac CEO for the Pacific and the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Westpac Bank of Tonga.
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Tuesday 6 July 2004
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
ve people escaped with minor injuries after a head-on collusion between a car that went out of control and a stationary taxi that was parking on Hala Vuna, Nuku'alofa, in the early hours of this morning.
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Tuesday 6 July 2004
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A colourful event highlighting the annual celebration of HM King Taufa'ahau Tupou IV's birthday was the Military Parade on July 5 in beautiful sunny but cool weather.
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Tuesday 6 July 2004
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A highlight of the Miss Heilala Pageant is the colourful float parade of the contestants, going through Nuku'alofa's business centre and along the seafront, attracting thousands of spectators on the public holiday July 5.
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Law
Friday 2 July 2004
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's Chief Justice, Mr Justice Gordon Ward left Tonga at the end of June to take up a position as the chairman of the Court of Appeal in Fiji. Mr Justice Ward was interviewed by Pesi Fonua on 25 June 2004 a few days before leaving for Fiji. In this interview the Chief Justice notes that Tonga's law is quite clear on the exercise of the king's prerogative power; he also comments on the loss of Tonga's Statutes of Application to British law that has left Tonga with serious gaps in its laws that are only now being identified.
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Friday 2 July 2004
Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
Twelve months after the launching of the Regional Assistance Mission (RAMSI) to the Solomon Islands, Nick Warner, its Special Coordinator was in Nuku‘alofa on 28 June to thank the Tongan government for its participation in making ‘Operation Helpthem Friend" a great success.
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Friday 2 July 2004
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Steve Cantlon, the Service Manager of the New Zealand Immigration Service in Suva, Fiji, and Nicola Ngawati, the Policy Officer of the Pacific Division, Wellington, New Zealand arrived in Tonga on July 1 for a one day visit.
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Friday 2 July 2004
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Eight primary schools today performed traditional dances at the Teufaiva Stadium at the beginning of the official program to celebrate the 86th birthday of HM King Taufa‘ahau Tupou IV. Photos by Linny Folau
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Thursday 1 July 2004
Nadi, Fiji
Representatives from the Pacific Islands Forum have ended another round of talks with Japan, France and the United Kingdom over the transport of radioactive materials in the Pacific region.
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Thursday 1 July 2004
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The $300,000 that was passed by the House to pay for the allowances of students at the Teachers Training College, was spent by the Minister of Education to send the Tongan contingent to the South Pacific Games last year, some members argued that he was disobeying a decision that was passed by the House. From the House, Minute No. 15 and Minute No. 16. By Pesi Fonua
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Thursday 1 July 2004
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Member questions how heads of departments can sign working contracts on July 1, when their salaries have yet to be confirmed. From the House, Minute No. 14, Tuesday June 22. By Pesi Fonua
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Thursday 1 July 2004
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The government investment on public and private companies amounted to $110 million, and the total loss on these investments is about $51 million. From the House, Minute No. 13, Monday 21 June 2004.
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Wednesday 23 June 2004
Nuku'‘alofa, Tonga
Editor's note: the Budget statement and Budget have not been released to the press, so all the figures presented here are sourced from the minutes of the debate and cannot be verified. Likewise, the comparative year figures cannot be clarified or verified without sight of the Budget columns. Debate continued, on Thursday June 17
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Wednesday 23 June 2004
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Budget statement and Budget have not been released to the press, so all the figures presented here are sourced from the minutes of the debate and cannot be verified. (Likewise, the comparative year figures cannot be clarified or verified without sight of the Budget columns.)
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Wednesday 23 June 2004
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The legality of the Wet Lease Agreement that was signed by the former Chief Executive Officer of Royal Tongan Airlines, Logan Appu, with the Royal Brunei Airlines on 25 November 2002 was questioned by 'Akilisi Pohiva in the Tongan Parliament on June 17.
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Wednesday 23 June 2004
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Privy Council of Tonga has appointed Justice Robin M. Webster, currently a part - time Employment Tribunal Chairman, Edinburgh, as the new Chief Justice of Tonga replacing Justice Gordon Ward who has accepted a post with the Court of Appeal of Fiji.
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Wednesday 23 June 2004
Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
As a small developing country with a depressed economy Tonga, is making a massive contribution to restoring peace and stability in Iraq and the Solomons.
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Wednesday 23 June 2004
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
In light of the Government’’s success in adding "the cultural traditions of the Kingdom,"as a new conditionality on the freedom of speech and expression in Tonga, one can be forgiven for jumping to the conclusion that perhaps the Government wants the media and the Tongan people in general to revert to pre-Constitution Tongan standards in which back-chatting the chiefs was punishable by a serious flogging if not death. By Lopeti Senituli.
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Tuesday 22 June 2004
Canberra, Australia
Australia's engagement with the countries of the Pacific has intensified dramatically over the past year.
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Saturday 19 June 2004
Honiara, Solomon Islands
The Convention on the Conservation and Management of Highly Migratory Fish Stocks in the Western and Central Pacific Ocean came into force on Saturday 19 June 2004.
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