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Tuesday 25 September 2001

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
Twenty-five years ago it was estimated that 6,000 males over the age of 16 years had no land. Today, the number of landless Tongans has swelled to over 10,000. The number will continue to increase, as it is no longer possible for estate owners and government to give land to every 16-year-old Tongan, as required by the Land Act of 1903. From Matangi Tonga Magazine, Vol. 16, no. 2, September 2001.
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Tuesday 25 September 2001

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
True power and authority is of a moral and spiritual nature, a peace seminar in Nuku‘alofa was told. From Matangi Tonga Magazine, Vol. 16, no. 2, September 2001.
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Tuesday 25 September 2001

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
Seini Taumoepeau Furneaux a student at the Auckland University was in Tonga during July, conducting research on the Control of Genetic Resources in Tonga. From Matangi Tonga Magazine, Vol. 16, no. 2, September 2001.
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Tuesday 25 September 2001

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
The tragedy in America and the possibility of a long drawn out war between the USA and an enemy, which had yet to be clearly identified, could have a negative impact on the Tongan economy, said Tonga’s Minister of Finance, and the Governor of Tonga National Reserve Bank, Hon. Siosiua ‘Otuikamanu. From Matangi Tonga Magazine, Vol. 16, no. 2, September 2001.
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Tuesday 25 September 2001

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
The Tonga Trust Fund was created with the Tonga Trust Fund Act on 3 November 1988. At that time there was US$33 million in the account of the TTF with the Bank of America at 2.7% to 3% interest. From Matangi Tonga Magazine, Vol. 16, no. 2, September 2001.
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Tuesday 25 September 2001

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
The Form 6 Sport Fitness and Health Class in Nuku‘alofa will soon be sitting their Pacific Senior Secondary Certificate, the first Pacific Island class to sit an exercise-related exam. From Matangi Tonga Magazine, Vol. 16, no. 2, September 2001.
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Tuesday 25 September 2001

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
Tonga’s landless grow in number while an increasing number of town allotments and uncultivated farmlands are left vacant by migrants. From Matangi Tonga Magazine, Vol. 16, no. 2, September 2001.
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Tuesday 25 September 2001

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
Bob Wallace the Secretary General of the International Rugby Board visited Tonga at the end of July, as part of a tour of Oceania that took him to Vanuatu, Papua New Guinea, Tonga, Samoa and Fiji. From Matangi Tonga Magazine, Vol. 16, no. 2, September 2001.
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Tuesday 25 September 2001

The Honorary Consul of the Kingdom of Tonga in Sydney, Louise Raedler-Waterhouse, her father, W.S. Waterhouse, and their assistant, Angelie Mangraviti visited Tonga in July to attend the King’s birthday celebrations and to keep in touch with current events here. From Matangi Tonga Magazine, Vol. 16, no. 2, September 2001.
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Tuesday 25 September 2001

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
When the Tonga Trust fund was established by in 1988 its purpose was as a kind of safety net for Tonga to accumulate moneys to be held in trust as a foreign reserve fund for the Kingdom to use in exceptional circumstances, and for future major development projects. From Matangi Tonga Magazine, Vol. 16, no. 2, September 2001.
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Tuesday 25 September 2001

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
Tonga’s total land area of 172,525 acres or 269.57 square miles is in fact the property of the Crown, but the guardianship of the land rests with 41 estate owners and the Government. From Matangi Tonga Magazine, Vol. 16, no. 2, September 2001.
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Tuesday 25 September 2001

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
Historian, Ian Campbell, has published a new edition of his book Tonga, 'Island Kingdom, Tonga Ancient and Modern'. From Matangi Tonga Magazine, Vol. 16, no. 2, September 2001.
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Tuesday 25 September 2001

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
One of the Tongan government’s most adventurous money-making projects, the Tonga Trust Fund is in deep trouble. From Matangi Tonga Magazine, Vol. 16, no. 2, September 2001.
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Tuesday 25 September 2001

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
From Matangi Tonga Magazine, Vol. 16, no. 2, September 2001.
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Saturday 30 June 2001

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
Tau‘olunga Computer, you mean a computer that can dance that popular Tongan solo female dance? Not quite, but Tau‘olunga Computer is the main retailer of Apple computers in Tonga and it also offers computer classes that are giving young school-leavers their first steps in computer use. From Matangi Tonga Magazine, Vol. 16, no. 1, June 2001.
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Saturday 30 June 2001

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
If by July Tonga has not repealed its 1984 Off-Shore Banking Act, the 29 member countries of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) will endorse a ‘Defensive Action’ against Tonga and six other Pacific island countries. From Matangi Tonga Magazine, Vol. 16, no. 1, June 2001.
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Saturday 30 June 2001

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
The Millennium wake-up call for Tonga came at the end of 1999 when Crown Prince Tupouto'a announced that he was bidding for a licence to provide a second telephone carrier, and that he was going to introduce wireless technology where, "the customer should be able to buy a computer, plug it in, pull out an aerial and make a phone call. At the same time, he should be able to swipe a card on the computer, establish an account and switch to his favourite TCV channel while he is talking on the phone." A lot of work has been done since then to introduce wireless technology to Tonga, but finally a date has been set for July 2 when the newly formed Tonfön, a trade name owned by Shoreline Communications, will launch its telephone system in Nuku‘alofa. Tonfön also has a fibre optic cable system on the drawing board. Interview with Soane Ramanlal of Tonfön. From Matangi Tonga Magazine, Vol. 16, no. 1, June 2001.
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Saturday 30 June 2001

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
Tonga’s first Chiropractor is John Gieschen from Kansas City, Missori who arrived in Nuku‘alofa in May. From Matangi Tonga Magazine, Vol. 16, no. 1, June 2001.
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Saturday 30 June 2001

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
While finding Tongan computer teachers is a problem for most Tongan Secondary Schools offering a computer studies program, Queen Salote College had its prayers answered when Pulu ‘Anau turned up at the school in early 1999, looking for a job. From Matangi Tonga Magazine, Vol. 16, no. 1, June 2001.
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Saturday 30 June 2001

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
The agreement for the long awaited renovation and expansion program of the International Dateline Hotel in Nuku‘alofa was finally sealed in April and the work will start at end of September. From Matangi Tonga Magazine, Vol. 16, no. 1, June 2001.
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