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Thursday 30 May 2002

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
Tongans responded with shock and outrage after the New Zealand Foreign Ministry publicly accused the Tongan government of corruption, expressing concern about the state of democracy in the country and saying that the Tongan government appeared reluctant to introduce constitutional changes. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 17, no. 1, May 2002.
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Thursday 30 May 2002

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
Rear Admiral Peter McHaffie, the New Zealand Chief of Naval Staff, paid a brief visit to Tonga to attend the Anzac Day dawn anniversary service at Mala‘e Pangai on Friday April 25. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 17, no. 1, May 2002.
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Thursday 30 May 2002

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
Tonga’s Prime Minister announced on February 14 that there was a serious turn in Tonga’s relationship with New Zealand in the wake of unsubstantiated accusations made by New Zealand’s foreign ministry. The Prime Minister Prince ‘Ulukalala Lavaka Ata believed that a New Zealand Ministerial attack which ridiculed the Tongan government and Tonga’s Royal family was an attempt to influence Tonga’s March General Election, and “to take the moral high ground, to say they are holier than us, and to dictate to other countries what New Zealand wants”. Prince ‘Ulukalala Lavaka Ata was responding to the accusations at a press conference he called in Nuku‘alofa. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 17, no. 1, May 2002.
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Thursday 30 May 2002

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
A new Branch of the Bank of Tonga to deal mainly with Business and Company Loans was officially opened for business by the Minister for Labour and Commerce, Dr Masaso Paunga, at the New Si‘i Kae Ola Building, Hala Taufa‘ahau on April 29. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 17, no. 1, May 2002.
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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 20 December 2001

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
We found His Majesty, as usual, engrossed in imaginative new ways to bring a healthier economy to Tonga. He firmly believes that the interest by the United Arab Emirates to establish a friendly business relationship with Tonga could be the beginning of a valuable working relationship between the two countries. Meanwhile, the status of the Tonga Trust Fund remains a hot topic. From Matangi Tonga Magazine, Vol. 16, no. 3, December 2001.
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Thursday 20 December 2001

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
Zhu Xinmin, the Vice President, and Chief of Administration and Management, of the People’s Daily, China’s biggest daily newspaper was in Tonga for the official launching on December 22 of the $5 million renovation project to upgrade the Janfull International Dateline Hotel to a four stars standard. From Matangi Tonga Magazine, Vol. 16, no. 3, December 2001.
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Thursday 20 December 2001

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
The opening of the $8.6 million pa‘anga new business centre of the Si’i Kae Ola Co. Ltd. on December 15 by HM King Taufa‘ahau Tupou IV, set a new standard for the retailing and wholesaling business in Tonga during the 21st century. From Matangi Tonga Magazine, Vol. 16, no. 3, December 2001.
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Thursday 20 December 2001

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
The Tonga Communications Corporation finally launched their GSM Mobile telephone U-call service on December 14 and their customers in Nuku‘alofa couldn’t wait to get their hands on them. From Matangi Tonga Magazine, Vol. 16, no. 3, December 2001.
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Thursday 20 December 2001

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
The Tongan Royal Family is the epi-centre of Tongan politics, a traditional role that was later formalised by the 1875 Tongan Constitution, which spelled out the power of the King and the law of succession to the throne. While in most western countries one could follow political trends by studying the manifestos and the working agenda of political parties, in Tonga one has to understand the political thoughts of the King and the members of the Royal Family. This is no easy task, because of the exclusiveness that surrounds the Royal Family in their daily lives. By Pesi Fonua. From Matangi Tonga Magazine, Vol. 16, no. 3, December 2001. FROM OUR ARCHIVES.
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Thursday 20 December 2001

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
Mr P. J. Ijben, the Chairman of the Foundation for European Development Assistance, Luxembourg, visited Tonga in early November. From Matangi Tonga Magazine, Vol. 16, no. 3, December 2001.
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Thursday 20 December 2001

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
When HM King Taufa‘ahau Tupou IV unveiled a plaque to mark the beginning of a $9 million upgrading and expansion of the International Dateline Hotel on December 22, it also marked the first investment in Tonga by a Chinese company, the Janfull Investments Ltd. - Matangi Tonga Magazine, Vol. 16, no. 3, December 2001.
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Thursday 20 December 2001

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
Tonga’s line of succession to the throne has not changed significantly in recent years. From Matangi Tonga Magazine, Vol. 16, no. 3, December 2001.
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Thursday 20 December 2001

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
The thrust by Tonga’s two telecommunications companies, the Tonga Communications Corporation to introduce a new cell phone service, and by Tonfön to introduce a wireless telecommunications system, this year met a number of setbacks, which meant that both companies were unable to meet their July deadlines. From Matangi Tonga Magazine, Vol. 16, no. 3, December 2001.
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