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Wednesday 1 July 1998

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
HM King Taufa‘ahau Tupou IV at 80: "The main thing is to have good manners, be smart, know what you are doing, then there is no reason why a person is not given the opportunity." The King recently introduced a new sport, hockey for girls, which he hopes will make them so tired that they will not have time to get into trouble. Interview by Pesi Fonua, from Matangi Tonga Magazine, Vol.13 no. 2, July 1998.
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Monday 27 April 1998

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Millennium Celebration. 'Be in the right place, at the right time, doing the right thing' might be a proven recipe for success, but as Tonga thinks about staging a grand celebration to welcome the new millenium, there seems to be a missing ingredient. By Pesi Fonua.
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Monday 27 April 1998

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
Member of Parliament, ‘Akilisi Pohiva, was acquitted on two charges of defaming King Taufa‘ahau Tupou IV, which were brought against him by the Crown. The charges followed an interview of ‘Akilisi Pohiva by Michael Ybarra of the American Wall Street Journal.
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Monday 27 April 1998

Niuafo'ou, Tonga
Tonga Telecommunications opened its new domestic satellite system, DOMSAT, to link Tongatapu, Ha‘apai, Vava‘u, Niuatoputapu and Niuafo‘ou in February 1998.
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Monday 27 April 1998

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
HRH Princess Sālote Pilolevu Tuita (46) is the chairperson of Tongasat, a private company which is the agent of the Tongan government, for managing its satellite slots in space. Tongasat is responsible for negotiating with organizations to launch and operate communications satellite systems in the orbital arc positions held by the Kingdom of Tonga. Princess Pilolevu granted this interview to the Matangi Tonga in early February, and talked about the operation of Tongasat, their initiative to form a new satellite communications consortium for the Asia Pacific region, and the new Pacific Asia Global Holdings company that she has established with its headquarters in Hong Kong. The Princess also talked about her other business interests, as well as her views on the status of Tongan women in modern Tonga. Story & pictures by Pesi Fonua
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Monday 27 April 1998

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
This year, the retiring of the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Defence, Crown Prince Tupouto‘a, the resignation of the Minister of Lands, Noble Fakafanua, and the rumour of an application for retirement by the Prime Minister, Baron Vaea, has taken Tonga by surprise. Editor's comment by Pesi Fonua. From Matangi Tonga Magazine, Vol. 13, no. 1, April 1998.
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Monday 27 April 1998

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
FROM OUR ARCHIVES. Matangi Tonga Magazine, Vol. 13, no. 1, April 1998. HRH Crown Prince Tupouto‘a, Tonga’s first Minister for Foreign Affairs and Defence, is retiring from the Civil Service on May 5, 1998, the day after his 50th birthday. "... there are many good young men—young noblemen and commoners, who are perfectly able to do what I did and, in fact, could do better. They all have very good educations," he said, but also spoke about "a widening gap between the qualified and the unqualified". Interview by Pesi Fonua.
Monday 27 April 1998

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Tongan Privy Council on Friday March 20 made three new government appointments, effective from March 23, in a cabinet shake-up which followed the arrest of a Minister. The appointments follow the resignation of the Minister of Lands, Survey and Natural Resources, and Governor of Ha‘apai, Fakafanua, who was on bail and facing either criminal charges of fraudulent conversion, extortion and accepting bribes.
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Monday 1 December 1997

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
While their political views may differ widely, the one thing that most people agree on is that Tonga as a nation is a special case. ...While Tonga enjoys a certain status among nations under a constitutional monarchy form of government, any move to replace it with an elected form of government will be a step into the unknown. Matangi Tonga looks at what different people in the community have to say about their current system of government. FROM OUR ARCHIVES, by Pesi Fonua.
Monday 1 December 1997

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A constitutional monarchy as a system of government has been serving Tonga since 1875 making it the oldest government in the South Pacific Islands region. It has also been recognised as the most stable government in the region. But recently this 122-year-old system of government has come under pressure both from outside and from within the kingdom for some fundamental changes. FROM OUR ARCHIVES by Pesi Fonua.
Tuesday 4 November 1997
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
“Let this day, November 4, be a day of rejoicing and commemoration for the people of Tonga forever..." From Matangi Tonga magazine, Vol. 12, no. 4, October-December 1997

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