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Tuesday 30 December 2003

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
Democratic reform will help to preserve the dignity of the King, and his links with his people, says Taimi ‘o Tonga publisher, Kalafi Moala. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 18, no. 3, December 2003.
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Monday 29 December 2003
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Tongan Squash Exporters' Council is seeking a $6 million loan for the purpose of compensating squash growers who were hurt by low returns from their sale of squash to Japan this year.
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Monday 29 December 2003
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
It was a miserable grey Christmas for the residents of Popua and Fangaloto areas of eastern Nuku'alofa, when they woke up on Christmas morning in a choking cloud of smoke.
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Monday 29 December 2003
Suva, Fiji
A Tongan national has been appointed as the Forum Representative for Forum Island Countries (FICs) to the World Trade Organisation based in Geneva.
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Monday 29 December 2003
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Two men were shot and wounded during a shooting incident at the western end of the Tuimatamoana Wharf, Nuku'alofa, in the early hours of Sunday December 21.
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Tuesday 23 December 2003
Nuku'‘alofa, Tonga
Asked about the Australian government's reaction to Tonga's controversial new media laws, the Australian Foreign Minister Alexander Downer told a Press Conference in Nuku'alofa on December 17 that "We are not the regional policeman . . . the moral judge and jury for the region, it is not our job."
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Friday 19 December 2003
Nuku'‘alofa, Tonga
The hundreds of Tongan school leavers who finish Form 5 every year with no prospects or getting a job, will in 2004 be given the chance to continue with their studies and learn a skill. Starting in February, the newly established 'Unuaki 'o Tonga Royal Institute (UTRI) will offer Form 5 level English graduates the opportunity to either study Foundation Level, Form 7, or to take a technical course at the Institute.
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Friday 19 December 2003
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga police officers returning to duty in the Solomons, were pictured at the Fua'amotu International Airport, Tonga on December 18.
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Thursday 18 December 2003
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Australian Foreign Minister Alexander Downer said in Tonga that Australia was uping its effort and making stronger or more forceful contributions in the Pacific.
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Thursday 18 December 2003
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The first marijuana case to be tried under Tonga's tough new Illicit Drugs Control Act was dismissed by Chief Justice Ward at the Nuku'alofa Supreme Court on December 8.
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Friday 12 December 2003
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tongans will be invited to submit their views to a multi-level New Zealand government inquiry into its relationship with Tonga.
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Thursday 11 December 2003
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Waiting for visas to New Zealand, the queue of people outside the New Zealand Immigration Service Offices, in Nuku'alofa, starts building up early in the morning during the countdown days to Christmas.
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Thursday 11 December 2003
Nuku'‘alofa, Tonga
A Korean ship owner Daug Blk Kim and his Tongan captain, Vailele Taukitoku were acquitted by Chief Justice Gordon Ward at the Nuku'alofa Supreme court on December 9 for fishing in the Tonga waters without a Foreign Fishing Vessel Licence.
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Thursday 11 December 2003
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
An Australian woman, Mandy Millar, was ordered to serve a 14 day prison sentence in Tonga for contempt of court, during a custody battle over her four year old daughter.
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Wednesday 10 December 2003
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
British High Commissioner to Tonga, Mr Paul Nessling: “It is great to have a degree in molecular biology but out there, we are desperate for nurses, teachers, youth workers, social workers, plumbers, carpenters, electricians, cooks, IT engineers and many others with skills.”
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Monday 1 December 2003
Nuku'‘alofa, Tonga
Drug trafficking, terrorism, and the spread of HIV aids are the latest menaces to worry Pacific leaders, says Sir Julius Chan, the former Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea. - Matangi Tonga, Vol. 18, No. 3
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Monday 1 December 2003
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Democratic reform will help to preserve the dignity of the King, and his links with his people, says Taimi 'o Tonga publisher, Kalafi Moala. - Matangi Tonga, Vol. 18, No. 3
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Monday 1 December 2003
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A Royal Commission of Inquiry to probe into the operation of the Royal Tongan Airlines was established by the Tongan government in early November, and aims to present a report by December 14. - Matangi Tonga, Vol. 18, No. 3
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Monday 1 December 2003
Nuku'‘alofa, Tonga
Reaching out to Tongan women to explain their rights, and to help eliminate discrimination against them, is the aim of a newly formed women'’s working group. -Matangi Tonga, Vol. 18, No. 3
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Monday 1 December 2003
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Rev. Simote Vea said that sermons tend to be prophetical and they are worried that with the new draconian law restricting free speech, if government will try to prosecute church ministers who are prophesying things which may sound anti-government. -Matangi Tonga, Vol. 18, No. 3
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