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Saturday 30 June 2001

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
"I have never understood what too advanced means," says Crown Prince Tupouto'a, who believes that wireless telephones and a fibre optic internet connection will provide liberation for the common man greater than that originally given him by the automobile. He says that governments all over the world will have to downsize and become much smarter at collecting their revenue... and tax people when they spend and not when they earn. Interview: HRH Crown Prince Tupouto‘a. By Pesi Fonua. From Matangi Tonga Magazine, Vol. 16, no. 1, June 2001.
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Saturday 30 June 2001

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
The settlement of Patangata in eastern Nuku‘alofa, right next to Tukutonga, the capital’s rubbish dump, has long been an example of urbanisation gone wrong, because of its unkempt and makeshift dwellings. From Matangi Tonga Magazine, Vol. 16, no. 1, June 2001.
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Saturday 30 June 2001

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
A second Human Rights Movement for Tonga was formed in May. The new Kotoa Movement has made a public statement that it was not established to be in opposition to the exisiting Tonga Human Rights and Democracy Movement. From Matangi Tonga Magazine, Vol. 16, no. 1, June 2001.
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Saturday 30 June 2001

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
The importation of consumer goods remains a profitable business in Tonga with stiff competition for a share of a market that has risen from over $115 million worth of imported consumer goods in 2000 to over $121 million in 2001. From Matangi Tonga Magazine, Vol. 16, no. 1, June 2001.
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Saturday 30 June 2001
Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
The working co-operation between the Tonga Defence Service and the People’s Republic of China military establishment was further consolidated following a visit to China by the Commander of the Tonga Defence Service, Lt. Col. Tau‘aika ‘Uta‘atu, Lt. Com. Satisi Vunipola, and Maj. Siamelie Latu from May 13-20. From Matangi Tonga Magazine, Vol. 16, no. 1, June 2001.
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Saturday 30 June 2001

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
A computer studies program was first introduced to Tonga by the Tonga Defence Service during the early 1980s under a strategic plan to fight Tonga’s arch enemy, unemployment and an unskilled work force. From Matangi Tonga Magazine, Vol. 16, no. 1, June 2001.
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Saturday 30 June 2001

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
Charges of contempt of court against OBN television presenter Sangster Saulala and others, brought by the Minister of Justice and Attorney General, Tevita Tupou, were dismissed by Chief Justice Ward in the Nuku‘alofa Supreme Court in June. From Matangi Tonga Magazine, Vol. 16, no. 1, June 2001.
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Saturday 30 June 2001

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
Mr Frans Baan, the new head of the European Commission, visited Tonga for the first time in March. From Matangi Tonga Magazine, Vol. 16, no. 1, June 2001.
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Tuesday 30 January 2001

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
FROM OUR ARCHIVES: There was no looking back for Betty Blake after she accepted a challenge to help the women and children in Tonga who were being treated badly. Betty, who has been working extensively with women in the villages throughout Tonga since 1996, is sure that the first step for women to gain equality is for women to know their rights. “About 95% of the women who filled the questionnaire did not know their rights. They assumed that once they were married their husband owned everything they had, and therefore they had to be obedient, they believed ‘it is alright if he beats me because I am his wife’.” Most of the women she was dealing with had been conditioned to think this way and it was very difficult for them to break out of it. Interview from Matangi Tonga Magazine, Vol. 15, no. 4, January 2001.
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Tuesday 30 January 2001

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
From Matangi Tonga Magazine, Vol. 15, no. 4, January 2001.
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Tuesday 30 January 2001

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
Millions of pa‘anga in private investment money is currently being poured into commercial development along a two kilometres stretch of Taufa‘ahau Road between the Nuku’alofa Post Office and Fanga. From Matangi Tonga Magazine, Vol. 15, no. 4, January 2001.
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Tuesday 30 January 2001

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
The $52,000 in cash prizes given at the Jesus 2000 Rugby Tournament in January amounted to the biggest prize ever offered for rugby in Tonga. From Matangi Tonga Magazine, Vol. 15, no. 4, January 2001.
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Tuesday 30 January 2001

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
In the past they kept their anger and sadness to themselves, but today if Tongan women are not happy, and if they are hurt, they will speak out because they have the right to do so, says international women’s leader, Princess Nanasipau‘u Tuku‘aho of Tonga. Interview by Pesi Fonua. From Matangi Tonga Magazine, Vol. 15, no. 4, January 2001.
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Tuesday 30 January 2001

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
The Tonga Sumo Federation is starting off the 21st Century with a big bang. Two young Tongan wrestlers Tevita Taufa of Nomuka and Minaminoshima Falevai of Ha‘ateiho in early January joined professional Sumo wrestling stables in Japan, and at the same time a Japanese Sumo coach, Mr Miyazaki started coaching future Tongan Sumo wrestlers in Tonga. From Matangi Tonga Magazine, Vol. 15, no. 4, January 2001.
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Tuesday 30 January 2001
Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
The first visit to Tonga by the Hon. Philip Goff, the New Zealand Minister of Foreign Affairs, with a group of pakeha, Pacific Island and Maori politicians, in early December, brought a mixed bag of presents to Tonga just before Christmas. From Matangi Tonga Magazine, Vol. 15, no. 4, January 2001.
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Tuesday 30 January 2001

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
Tonga’s Ministry of Education is still unsure how much they will need to rebuild Tonga High School, which was destroyed by fire last year, according to the Deputy Director of Education, Viliami Takau. From Matangi Tonga Magazine, Vol. 15, no. 4, January 2001.
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Tuesday 30 January 2001

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
Tonga is expected to have a new 8000 tonnes container ship by January 2002, according to Erwin M. Ludewig, Tonga’s Honorary Consul to Hamburg, Germany. The new ship is a replacement of the container ship, MV Fuakavenga. From Matangi Tonga Magazine, Vol. 15, no. 4, January 2001.
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Tuesday 30 January 2001

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
A multi-million fisheries co-venture between ‘Alatini Fisheries Company Ltd. (Tonga) and the Fortuna Company (Australia), to harness Tonga’s Broadbill Swordfish resource, began with the arrival in Nuku‘alofa on December 18 of the 132 tonnes fishing boat Sao Pedro. From Matangi Tonga Magazine, Vol. 15, no. 4, January 2001.
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Tuesday 30 January 2001

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
The Vatican City wanted to help the Vaiola Hospital, said Professor Caetano from the University of Rome, when he visited Tonga’s base hospital at the end of November. From Matangi Tonga Magazine, Vol. 15, no. 4, January 2001.
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Tuesday 30 January 2001

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
Two of Tonga’s well-known writers who died shortly before the arrival of the 21st century. Dr Sione ‘Amanaki Havea translated the gospels. Patricia Ledyard (Matheson) wrote that she had learned from her Tongan neighbours that "gratitude is the proper attitude toward life”. From Matangi Tonga Magazine, Vol. 15, no. 4, January 2001.
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