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Monday 31 May 1999

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Dr Jacques Diouf, the Director General of FAO, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, made a brief stop over in Tonga on April 23–24. Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 14, no. 2, May 1999.
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Monday 31 May 1999

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
After 21 years of connecting Tonga to the rest of the world, Cable and Wireless plc, which has the exclusive right for Tonga’s international telephone connection will cease its service in July 2000, when the company’s Franchise Agreement with the Government of Tonga expires. Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 14, no. 2, May 1999.
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Sunday 30 May 1999

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
'From the Stone Age to the Space Age in 200 years', is the title of a new catalogue on Tongan art objects–the first publication of the Tonga National Museum. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 14, no. 2, May 1999.
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Saturday 27 February 1999

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
Afu‘alo Matoto has taken over the leadership role of the TDB at a time when the Bank is expected to play a major role in reviving the Tongan economy, by providing capital for the development of the agricultural, fisheries and tourism industries - areas that urgently need development to pull the country out of its current economic recession. But he says Tonga needs to first resolve its leadership crisis: “We need to crystallise our position and to take action.” By Pesi Fonua. Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 14, no. 1, January 1999.
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Saturday 27 February 1999

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
From our archives: Matangi Tonga asks parliamentary candidates for the March 1999 General Election: How can the Tongan economy recover? How can more youth be employed? There are a diversity of views. Standing People’s Representative for Tongatapu, 'Akilisi Pohiva said to ask the Ministers who had the authority.
Saturday 27 February 1999

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
Iosefa Maiava, the Deputy Secretary General of the Forum Secretariat visited Tonga during the first week of February to talk with local officials and to hold post Forum consultation meetings before the next Forum meeting to be held in Palau at the end of September and early October. Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 14, no. 1, January 1999.
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Saturday 27 February 1999

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
Exports have always been a part of the Asian Paints operation in Tonga, according to Ranjit Ahluwalia, the marketing manager, who said that exports really began to pick up in 1996 and by 1998, they had exported 75,000 litres to American Samoa and Western Samoa. Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 14, no. 1, January 1999.
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Saturday 27 February 1999

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
There's no recovery in sight for Tonga’s continuing economic recession. The major players who could either toss the fish from the frying pan into the fire or onto the dinner table are the Tonga National Reserve Bank, the Treasury, the government ministries and the private sector. And the sooner that these players can function in unity, the sooner Tonga can start to pull ahead. Editor's Comment by Pesi Fonua. Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 14, no. 1, January 1999.
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Saturday 27 February 1999

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
Rugby star, ‘Isitolo Maka, the big number 8 for New Zealand's Otago Highlanders and the All Blacks, said that if the Tongan Rugby Union wanted to develop Tongan rugby then it had to take a professional approach to the game. "It is not going to be easy, and it will take a long time-maybe about a century," he laughed. Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 14, no. 1, January 1999.
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Saturday 27 February 1999

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Pousima Afeaki started exporting in 1995 with one container of assorted produce…and by 1997 it had jumped to 65 containers. He is one of a handful of hard working Tongan farmer-exporters who can see a positive future for agricultural exports from Tonga. By Pesi Fonua. Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 14, no. 1, January 1999.
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Saturday 27 February 1999

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
A praying marathon, which began at mid-night on January 1 in Tonga, will continue until mid-night on December 31. Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 14, no. 1, January 1999.
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Saturday 27 February 1999

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
What difference would it make to the 1999 Tongan Parliamentary Election on March 11 if the estimated 25,000 eligible Tongan voters overseas were allowed to vote? By Pesi Fonua. Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 14, no. 1, January 1999.
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Sunday 20 December 1998

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
The bachelor son of the King and the single daughter of the Samoan paramount chief Mata‘afa, shared a happy moment as they were caught in a shower of confetti intended for the bride and groom, on the steps of the Centenary Church, Nuku‘alofa on November 29. Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 13, no. 4, December 1998.
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Sunday 20 December 1998

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
TongaSat resumes work on its vision for a trans-Pacific link between Asia and the USA. Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 13, no. 4, December 1998.
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Sunday 20 December 1998

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
A business venture in Mainland China turned into a diplomatic mission for Princess Pilolevu and her team. By Pesi Fonua. Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 14, no. 3, December 1998.
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Sunday 20 December 1998

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The holder of a high ranking black belt in Judo, Mrs Clare Hargrave from New Zealand came to Tonga in November toattend the opeing of the Nuku‘alof Judo and Self Defence Club. Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 13, no. 4, December 1998.
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Sunday 20 December 1998

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The farming of fresh water fish in the interior of Tongatapu sounds unusual considering that Tonga has more sea area than land, but the $50,000 project now being trialed means more to the University of the Nations than a local supply of fresh water fish. Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 13, no. 4, December 1998.
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Sunday 20 December 1998

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
FROM OUR ARCHIVES: The one good thing about impending economic doom is that it offers an opportunity for a serious look at what went wrong and how it can be corrected. By Pesi Fonua. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 13, no. 4, December 1998.
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Sunday 20 December 1998

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Andy Webb and Diana Martin, from England, are the producers of “First Light”, a 50-minute film about how various cities and towns around the world are going to celebrate the arrival of the new Millennium. Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 13, no. 4, December 1998.
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Sunday 20 December 1998

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga’s Valamotu Palu is the new general secretary of the Pacific Council of Churches. She was elected to her new position during the Pacific Council of Churches Executive Committee meeting in Nuku‘alofa in October. Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 14, no. 3, December 1998.
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