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Friday 30 August 2002

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tens of millions of pa‘anga in government expenditure that used to be disregarded in the annual Budget estimates, have this year been incorporated into the figures—beefing it up to $112 million in operational costs. This is a new approach by a new Finance Minister, Siosiua ‘Utoikamanu, to make government operations more “transparent”. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 17, no. 2, August 2002.
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Friday 30 August 2002

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
A group of Pacific islands states want to take charge of their own air safety inspections in order to reduce down time for aircraft that must wait for overseas certification. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 17, no. 2, August 2002.
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Friday 30 August 2002

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
New Zealand signed its annual multi-million dollar bilateral aid agreement with Tonga in July, a package worth NZ$5.6 million, the same amount allocated the previous year. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 17, no. 2, August 2002.
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Friday 30 August 2002

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
The Prime Minister of Samoa, Hon. Tuilaepa Malielegaoi, and the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Polynesian Airlines, Richard Gates, attended the first Board meeting of the airline to be held in Nuku‘alofa, on June 19.From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 17, no. 2, August 2002.
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Friday 30 August 2002

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
Keith Moala is one person who will agree that small is beautiful, because with the small, 1.2m satellite disk that he is hoping will sell like hot cakes in Tonga, he said that viewers will be able to select from the 14 television channels. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 17, no. 2, August 2002.
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Friday 30 August 2002

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
FROM OUR ARCHIVES. How does Tonga’s law treat young offenders while protecting the Rights of the Child? Matangi Tonga discovers that Tonga’s children are exposed to the full extent of adult punishments —from whippings to incarceration, while the youngest offenders might suffer both before being isolated from society and taken to serve long terms on a tiny offshore prison island. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 17, no. 2, August 2002.
Friday 30 August 2002

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
Giving children freedom to create, play, make friends and learn while having fun in a specially prepared environment is what ‘Alisi Fifita (26) offers at her new pre-school in Nuku‘alofa. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 17, no. 2, August 2002.
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Thursday 30 May 2002

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
If you are wondering why Tonga’s Minister of Health, Dr Viliami Tangi, sitting in the dentist’s chair is smiling, it is because at last Tonga has a Preventive Dentistry Unit for reaching school children. The Ministry of Health has been without a mobile school dental van for more than 10 years. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 17, no. 1, May 2002.
Thursday 30 May 2002

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
Lisia Moala was a favourite of ballet lovers with the Perth City Ballet, and has gone on to a shining career as the star dancer for the Czech Republic State Ballet and the Cwmni Ballet. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 17, no. 1, May 2002.
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Thursday 30 May 2002

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
Tongan Prime Minister, Prince ‘Ulukalala Lavaka Ata in early May commented on the reforms facing Tonga. Interview By Pesi Fonua. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 17, no. 1, May 2002.
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Thursday 30 May 2002

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
The Australian Under-19 girls soccer team became the undisputed champion of Oceania after defeating New Zealand 6-0 at Tonga’s Teufaiva Stadium in Nuku‘alofa on Friday May 3. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 17, no. 1, May 2002.
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Thursday 30 May 2002

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
The Shoreline Group signed a new agreement with the Tonga Electric Power Board on January 21 this year, which allowed Shoreline Distribution to lease the electricity distribution network for Tongatapu, Ha‘apai and ‘Eua. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 17, no. 1, May 2002.
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Thursday 30 May 2002

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
Lopeti Senituli, the full time Director of the Tonga Human Rights and Democracy Movement says that his organisation wants to change Tonga’s structure of government, first with a mass movement and then later by introducing political parties. Interview by Pesi Fonua. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 17, no. 1, May 2002.
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Thursday 30 May 2002

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
A Tongan member of Parliament and his son face charges of sedition, while another MP faces fraud charges, following a police raid on the offices of the Tongan Human Rights and Democracy Movement in March. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 17, no. 1, May 2002.
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Thursday 30 May 2002

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
Tonga’s Chief Secretary and the Secretary for Cabinet, Mrs ‘Eseta Fusitu‘a, dismissed the USA Department of State report as having been doctored, not factual and incomplete. “A report of this nature, I am sure, is used as a reference by international organisations, but we have never been asked to comment.” From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 17, no. 1, May 2002.
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Thursday 30 May 2002

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
Tonga’s team for the South Pacific Games in Fiji next year will receive support worth $20,000, which has been pledged by the Managing Director of Colonial Insurance, Mike Walsh. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 17, no. 1, May 2002.
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Thursday 30 May 2002

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
The Tongan 2002 triennial Parliamentary General Election has set a landmark in the development of Tongan politics for the 21st century, with some unprecedented events. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 17, no. 1, May 2002.
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Thursday 30 May 2002

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
A friend in need is a friend indeed, was the attitude of the French Polynesian President, Gaston Flosse, when he arrived in Tonga in early February to offer his assistance for the rebuilding of the 20 schools in Vava‘u, which were destroyed or damaged by Cyclone Waka on January 1 this year. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 17, no. 1, May 2002.
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Thursday 30 May 2002

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
On-line training has been introduced to the Short Term Training Program of the Prime Miniser’s Office. The on-line training, in affiliation with the Illawarra Institute of New South Wales, Australia, was officially launched by the Prime Minister HRH Prince ‘Ulukalala Lavka Ata at the end of April at the Distance Education and Communication Center, Pahu. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 17, no. 1, May 2002.
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Thursday 30 May 2002

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
Shoreline became a household name overnight throughout Tongatapu, Ha‘apai and ‘Eua when it took over the generation and the distribution of electricity from the Tonga Electric Power Board at the beginning of February. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 17, no. 1, May 2002.
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