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Wednesday 19 January 2005
Melbourne, Australia
A former principal of Tonga's Queen Salote College, Dilys Rowlands, celebrated her 97th birthday on January 18, in the company of Tonga's Queen Halaevalu Mata'aho in Melbourne, Australia.
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Tuesday 18 January 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Candidates for Tonga'’s March 17 parliamentary election, with few exceptions, have one campaign theme, that we hear over and again: "Tonga must change its political system". Editor's Comment by Pesi Fonua.
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Tuesday 18 January 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Only months ago Clive Edwards, as Tonga's Minister of Police and sometimes Acting Prime Minister, was seen by many as the most bull-headed man in the Tongan parliament. Ruthlessly defending and implementing the King's and Royal Family's wishes, and employing his Special Branch Police to spy on the community to isolate dissent, few would doubt that he has been a formidable opponent of Tonga's pro-democracy campaigners ever since he was appointed by the King as a minister in 1996. Interview with Clive Edwards. Part Two. By Pesi Fonua
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Monday 17 January 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's former Minister of Police, Clive Edwards, claimed he was sacked in August last year after being accused by the King's sons of plotting a coup and leading rebel ministers against their policies. "When Tupouto'a turned around and said ‘There are certain ministers here that I have received reports who are attempting to carry out a coup,’ I laughed, because no such information had come before me from the Special Branch," said Clive Edwards. Interview with Clive Edwards (Part One) by Pesi Fonua
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Monday 17 January 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
There was no telephone or internet communication between Tonga and the rest of the world for about 26 hours, from 12.30pm on Saturday, January 15 until 3 am today, January 17.
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Monday 17 January 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Four members of the Ikale Tahi management team, Sione Petelo, Nafe Tufui, Tevita Va'’enuku and Semi Taupeaafe will be on an attachment program with the Rugby Academy and Super 12 Franchise of the New South Wales Rugby Union, Sydney, from January 18-19
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Monday 17 January 2005
Suva, Fiji
Organisers of the World Methodist Council conference in Suva denied claims that the Government of Fiji was paying for the Queen of Tonga, HM Queen Halaevalu Mata'aho's stay in Fiji last week.
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Friday 14 January 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A Tonga National Development Rugby Team will leave Tonga on February 28 for a short tour of New Zealand and Australia.
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Friday 14 January 2005
Sydney, Australia
The Government of Samoa has selected Virgin Blue as the "preferred partner" for a new joint venture airline that will take over the long-haul jet operations of Polynesian Airlines, through a bidding process developed and supported by the International Finance Corporation.
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Friday 14 January 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The launching of the Tonfön's new upgraded Global System for Mobile Communication Service targeted for December 31 has been delayed, according to John Kornele, Tonfon's Technical Manager.
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Friday 14 January 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Government of Tonga approved last week US$65,000 in financial assistance towards Asian Governments that were devastated by the December Tsunami.
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Wednesday 12 January 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Taholo Lelea 80, a grower from the village of Kolovai, is the oldest candidate for the March 17 tri-ennial Parliamentary Election.
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Wednesday 12 January 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A total of 64 candidates, the most ever, are standing in Tonga's General Election to be held on March 16-17 this year, to decide the nine Noble's seats and nine People's seats in the Tongan Legislative Assembly.
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Wednesday 12 January 2005
Canberra, Australia
Fijian police have charged a 20-year-old man over a street attack that left Australia's high commissioner to Fiji with serious facial injuries.
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Wednesday 12 January 2005
Suva, Fiji
Members of the Tongan Royal Family joined members of the Indian Division of the Methodist Church in worship at Suva's Dudley Church on Sunday January 9.
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Wednesday 12 January 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Anyone running for Parliament should be required to declare his or her business interest.
Monday 10 January 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A 16-members Tongan seven-a-side rugby team is currently in New Zealand, preparing for the third event on this season's IRB Sevens circuit to be held at the Westpac Stadium Wellington, on February 4-5.
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Monday 10 January 2005
Twickenham, England
The first week of June has been earmarked for Jonah Lomu's comeback rugby match at Twickenham against a Martin Johnson-led northern hemisphere XV.
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Friday 7 January 2005
Salt Lake City, Utah, USA
Tonga's Bill Afeaki has resigned as the director of the Office of Pacific Islander Affairs in Utah, USA, along with other minority advocates who were instructed to resign by the incoming new State Governor.
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Friday 7 January 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's Foreign Reserves for November 2004 went up by $4.4 million to $91.5 million, an amount equivalent to 5.6 months of imports of goods.
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