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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
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
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
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 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
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
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
Bravo! for the gallant initiative of Masima Sefesi ‘Akau‘ola, the District Officer of Hihifo, Tongatapu, and Manu Tangi, the District Officer of Niuatoputapu, and to the Prime Minister and the Cabinet for their approval of a regulation to stop pigs from digging up the towns and villages in these districts. 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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Tuesday 30 January 2001

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
The first serious documentary to focus on traditional Tongan dances was shown for the first time at the National Cultural Centre, Nuku‘alofa, on December 2. From Matangi Tonga Magazine, Vol. 15, no. 4, January 2001.
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Tuesday 30 January 2001

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
Dr Tupeni Baba, the Deputy Prime Minister and the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Fiji’s deposed government of Mahendra Chaudrey, and a man who has been held hostage twice—first by Steven Rabuka in 1987 and again by George Speight in 1999, visited Tonga at the end of 2000. From Matangi Tonga Magazine, Vol. 15, no. 4, January 2001.
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Tuesday 30 January 2001

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
More efficient collection of taxes made the Tonga government $8.3 million richer at the end of the financial year, June 2000, compared to the previous year. From Matangi Tonga Magazine, Vol. 15, no. 4, January 2001.
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Tuesday 30 January 2001

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
The wish of the Tonga government to have one body to run Tonga’s overseas and national telecommunication services, comes true in February when the Tonga Communications Corporation will be formally established. From Matangi Tonga Magazine, Vol. 15, no. 4, January 2001.
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Tuesday 30 January 2001

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
Polynesian Airlines has increased its service out of Tonga from two to three flights a week, as from December 2. The new service on Saturdays is a direct flight from Tonga to Sydney in the morning, returning in the evening. Polynesian’s other services out of Tonga include a flight to Wellington on Thursday and to Auckland on Friday. From Matangi Tonga Magazine, Vol. 15, no. 4, January 2001.
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Tuesday 30 January 2001

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
Tonga’s new Prime Minister Prince ‘Ulukālala Lavaka Ata, at the end of his first 12 months in office, appears to be taking a tight control of everything from economics to controlling the pigs in the villages. From Matangi Tonga Magazine, Vol. 15, no. 4, January 2001.
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Tuesday 30 January 2001

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
If the dawn can tell us what the rest of the day will be like, then the dawn of the 21st Century indicates that the new century will be bright and sunny for Tonga. From Matangi Tonga Magazine, Vol. 15, no. 4, January 2001.
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Tuesday 30 January 2001

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
Tonga hosted the 14th seminar of the Australian and Pacific Regional branch of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association in Nuku‘alofa from October 25 to November 3. From Matangi Tonga Magazine, Vol. 15, no. 4, January 2001.
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Tuesday 30 January 2001

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
At last, Cabinet has decided to declare war on the pigs, which have been ravaging Tonga’s environment unchecked for the last 30 years. From Matangi Tonga Magazine, Vol. 15, no. 4, January 2001.
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Tuesday 30 January 2001

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
The Westpac Banking Corporation became the major shareholder of the Bank of Tonga on January 4, after it bought the 30% shares of the Bank of Hawai‘i. The Bank of Tonga now has only two shareholders, Westpac holding 60% and the Government of Tonga 40%. From Matangi Tonga Magazine, Vol. 15, no. 4, January 2001.
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