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Thursday 1 July 1999

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
Royal Tongan Airlines awarded Certificates and Wings to its first group of trained Flight Attendants on August 21 at the Tonga National Centre. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 14, no. 3, July 1999.
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Thursday 1 July 1999

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Kingdom of Tonga is expected to become the 188th member of the United Nations in September, when its application for membership will be tabled at the United Nations General Assembly.
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Thursday 1 July 1999

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Free Trade offers an advantage in theory, but in practice Tonga will be giving the advantage to the importers, warns a former secretary to Finance and former MP ‘Uhila Liava‘a. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 14, no. 3, July 1999.
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Thursday 1 July 1999

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
Free Trade, says Sioeli Matoto, the Deputy Secretary for the Ministry of Labour, Commerce, Trade and Industry, “sounds appealing, and sounds like a very good idea, but it is difficult to put into practice, because every country wants to protect their own interest.”
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Monday 31 May 1999

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
FROM OUR ARCHIVES: A ceremony called Ha‘amo followed the burial of HRH Prince Fatafehi Tu'ipelehake, and continued from April 17 until May 1, 1999. Every day a different Ha‘a or clan presented food and wreaths to the Royal Family at the Palace and to various groups of people and families who were directly involved with the funeral. Photos by Pesi Fonua. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 14, no. 2, May 1999.
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Monday 31 May 1999

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The funeral procession of HRH Prince Fatafehi Tu‘ipelehake from the Palace to Mala‘ekula, on April 17. photos by Pesi Fonua. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 14, no. 2, May 1999.
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Monday 31 May 1999

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The 70 year-old wooden store of Bhagwan and Sons Ltd. traders on Hala Taufa‘ahau in central Nuku‘alofa has been demolished, and in its place a $500,000 a two storey building is being constructed. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 14, no. 2, May 1999.
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Monday 31 May 1999

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
‘Akilisi Pohiva has been a controversial political figure ever since he first entered Parliament in 1987, not only because of his indifference to the rules and procedures of the House, but also for his outspoken and controversial comments about Cabinet ministers, the King and members of the Royal family. They are comments that have cost him tens of thousands of pa‘anga in lawyers’ fees and court awards for the defamed over the last decade. Interview and photos by Pesi Fonua. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 14, no. 2, May 1999.
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Monday 31 May 1999

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Kuo to ‘a e Pulonga ‘e Tonga–"a darkness has fallen over Tonga", was how matapules (talking chiefs) described the death of Prince Fatafehi Tu‘ipelehake K.B.E. (77) in Auckland, New Zealand on April 10. Within hours of the Prime Baron Vaea’s official announcement of the State Funeral on Radio Tonga on April 11, people throughout Tonga wore black clothes and funeral mats or ta‘ovala. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 14, no. 2, May 1999.
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Monday 31 May 1999

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
The Tonga Pro-Democracy Movement has changed its name. In the process of changing its image from that of a political organisation to become a Non-Government Organisation, it is now called the Tonga Human Rights and Democracy Movement. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 14, no. 2, May 1999.
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Monday 31 May 1999

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Putting everything on the line, “our money, my jewellery and even our lives,” was how Tricia Emberson, the Managing Director of ‘Alatini Fisheries described the commitment she and her partner, Bill Holden, had made toward the development of their company during the past ten years. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 14, no. 2, May 1999.
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Monday 31 May 1999

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Published in April, was a new history book, 'Queen Sālote of Tonga, The Story of an Era 1900-1965'. This 424 pages hard covered volume is the work of Dr Elizabeth Wood-Ellem, published by the University of Auckland Press. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 14, no. 2, May 1999.
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Monday 31 May 1999

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
Bob Gillett, a World Bank consultant, visited Tonga at the end of April to brief the Ministry of Fisheries and the Environment Unit of the Ministry of Land on the result of a coastal resources study that he carried out in six Tongan villages last year. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 14, no. 2, May 1999.
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Monday 31 May 1999

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The future is uncertain for Tonga’s Fuakavenga, and Samoa’s Forum Samoa, the two container ships that make regular visits to Nuku‘alofa. Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 14, no. 2, May 1999.
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Monday 31 May 1999

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Thanks to what Rugby officials describe as a miracle, Tonga has finally qualified to participate in the 1999 Rugby World Cup after defeating South Korea 82–15 in Seoul on May 4. Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 14, no. 2, May 1999.
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Monday 31 May 1999

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga’s plentiful nonu trees may not be able to match the usefulness of coconut trees as the ‘tree of life’ for Tongans, but when the Royal Nonu International started buying nonu leaves in April for 80 seniti per kilogram, the nonu gained new status. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 14, no. 2, May 1999.
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Monday 31 May 1999

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
The General Manager of Tonga’s new Port Authority, Tu‘itupou Fotu, believes that there is a desperate need to improve the port facilities, and the management of Tonga’s ports. Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 14, no. 2, May 1999.
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Monday 31 May 1999

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The recent funeral of Tonga’s respected former Prime Minister HRH Prince Fatafehi Tu‘ipelehake, brought the country to a standstill for ten days. The occasion, however, reminded us again that Tonga is run by two sets of interwoven political orders, one so old that it has its origins in a mythical heaven, and the other so relatively new that it has not yet replaced the old. By Pesi Fonua. Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 14, no. 2, May 1999.
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Monday 31 May 1999

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
HRH Crown Prince Tupouto‘a, a retired Minister of Foreign Affairs and Defence, in an interview with the Matangi Tonga on May 16 offers a Pacific view on a number of subjects. On religion he said that Tongans are "living in la la land." Interview by Pesi Fonua, From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 14, no. 2, May 1999.
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Monday 31 May 1999

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
Poorly maintained pit latrines and poor personal hygiene have been identified as the sources of an increased number of typhoid cases on Tongatapu earlier in 1999. Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 14, no. 2, May 1999.
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