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Thursday 1 June 2000

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
It was a happy occasion for Patricia Landemere at the Billfish Bar and Restaurant on the evening of May 16, when she was presented with a trophy and gift by Dr Masaso Paunga, the Minister responsible for Tourism. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 15, no. 2, June 2000.
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Thursday 1 June 2000

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
The $20 million that has been invested in the development of infrastructure in Vava’u during the past 15 years, will enable this part of the country to exploit its full potential in tourism, agriculture and fisheries. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 15, no. 2, June 2000.
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Thursday 1 June 2000

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Neil Dalgety, the president of the Tonga International Game Fishing Association, and other members of TIGFA were celebrating the opening of their new Clubhouse on the evening of May 17, at the Faua breakwater. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 15, no. 2, June 2000.
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Thursday 1 June 2000

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
Good governance relies on the notion that those who govern and those who are governed, must be equal participants in the decision-making process. To throw some light on these issues Matangi Tonga interveiwed Dr Feleti Sevele,Tongatapu No. 2 People’s Representative to the Tonga Legislative Assembly, who is a businessman and economist.
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Thursday 1 June 2000

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
For Sale: one Corporal from the British Army, soaked in perfumed Tongan oil. Identified only as “Neil” he was bought by Billfish Bar manager, Liz Sullivan for $100 during an auction to raise funds for the Red Cross on May 16. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 15, no. 2, June 2000.
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Thursday 1 June 2000

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
Tongans who want to make a contribution to the development of Tonga may now do so simply by joining the Tonga National Volunteer Service. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 15, no. 2, June 2000.
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Thursday 1 June 2000

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A new wireless telecommunications system being designed for Tonga will be the first of its kind to be used on a nation-wide basis anywhere in the world. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 15, no. 2, June 2000.
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Thursday 1 June 2000

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
‘Eseta Fusitu‘a, a key government spokesperson on Tongan affairs denies a claim that there is no accountability in the Tongan political system. She says that Tongans must find their own way and not be herded into accepting a foreign system. ‘Eseta is Deputy Chief Secretary and Deputy Secretary to Cabinet, and heads the Government Information Unit. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 15, no. 2, June 2000.
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Thursday 1 June 2000

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
Most people have seen a Tongiaki, the ancient Tongan long distance sea voyaging canoes, only in books. But Dr Larry Read of Vaimalo, Vava’u, pictured holding a drawing of a Tongiaki, wants to build a Tongiaki exactly the same as the one in his book. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 15, no. 2, June 2000.
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Thursday 1 June 2000

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
HM King Taufa‘ahau Tupou IV’s message to the House was for Tonga to improve its economy by increasing exports, and producing import substitution products such as feed for livestock. From Matangi Tonga Magazin Vol. 15, no. 2, June 2000.
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Monday 20 March 2000

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Government will have to introduce new legislation and a mechanism in order to check the quality of goods that are imported into Tonga, once a United Nations agreement on the use of genetic engineering takes effect later this year. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 15, no. 1, March 2000.
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Monday 20 March 2000

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
When Hon. Baron Vaea of Houma retired on December 3, he had clocked up 54 years of service for the Tongan government. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 15, no. 1, March 2000.
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Monday 20 March 2000

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The first Classic All Blacks Tour to Tonga on April 1 was organised by a new business called the Booking Office. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 15, no. 1, March 2000.
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Monday 20 March 2000

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
Three broadcasters are gearing up to snatch Tonga's tiny television audience. One of them, Chris Racine, of the well-established OBN TV7, says he is ready for the competition. By Pesi Fonua. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 15, no. 1, March 2000.
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Monday 20 March 2000

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
The outcome of the King of Tonga’s first visit to China in 1997 and the termination of the Taiwanese presence in Tonga, was the resignation of the Minister of Foreign Affairs. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 15, no. 1, March 2000.
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Monday 20 March 2000

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
The relationship between the Tongan Rugby Union and South Africa will be further consolidated this year as more Tongans have been invited to study and to play rugby in South Africa. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 15, no. 1, March 2000.
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Monday 20 March 2000

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
When Cable Wireless plc withdraws its operation in Tonga on July 4 this year, the service of connecting Tonga to the outside world be taken over by an Interim Management Committee, according to Hon. Clive Edwards, a member of the Board of Tonga Telecom. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 15, no. 1, March 2000.
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Monday 20 March 2000

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
(From our archives, March 2000). Millennium interview with Baron Vaea. When King Taufa‘ahau Tupou IV finally accepted the resignation of Tonga’s 78-year-old Prime Minister, Hon. Baron Vaea, on December 3, 1999, it ended another intriguing saga of Tongan politics. Strange as it may sound, this was the case of a Prime Minister who had wanted to retire and go home after serving five decades in the public service—but he was not allowed to. When he finally agreed to our interview, on January 11, it was obvious why this overworked man had insisted on retirement. Baron Vaea was one exhausted person.
Monday 20 March 2000

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A second television station for Tonga is expected to begin broadcasting on July 4 this year, once a conflict over channels allocation is resolved. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 15, no. 1, March 2000.
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Monday 20 March 2000

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The last of the big foreign-owned island traders in Tonga, Morris Hedstrom Tonga Ltd., ended its operation in Tonga when it was bought out by a local company recently. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 15, no. 1, March 2000.
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