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Friday 30 August 2002

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
Tonga’s Judo champion ‘Epoki Faka‘osi was determined to add a Commonwealth Games medal this year to his achievements. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 17, no. 2, August 2002.
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Friday 30 August 2002

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
The Tongans tradition of presenting gifts to one another is a phenomena that has enabled Tongans to maintain a way of life that is unique in the world, said Dr Mike Evans, an Associate Professor at the Department of Anthropology, University of Alberta, Canada, who visited Ha‘ano island in June. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 17, no. 2, August 2002.
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Friday 30 August 2002

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga hosted this year’s ADFIP consortium on Development Banking Under Change and sought new avenues of technical and financial assistance. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 17, no. 2, August 2002.
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Friday 30 August 2002

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
Tonga’s 28 year old Bank of Tonga was renamed Westpac-Bank of Tonga after the Tongan Parliament amended the Bank of Tonga Act on July 15. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 17, no. 2, August 2002.
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Friday 30 August 2002

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Peter Semone, the Vice President of the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA), (pictured above, centre) wants tourist operators in the Pacific islands to revitalise their interest in the organisation. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 17, no. 2, August 2002.
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Friday 30 August 2002

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
The Tongan Budget for 2002-3, passed by the Legislative Assembly on June 27, is the biggest ever, with the total revenue to be collected by government amounting to $120.25 million. Government Expenditure during the same period is expected to amount to $122.72 million, leaving us with a deficit of $2.5 million. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 17, no. 2, August 2002.
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Friday 30 August 2002

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
The restructuring of the Royal Tongan Airlines marked, “the beginning of the reform in government statutory boards,” Tonga’s Prime Minister Prince ‘Ulukalala Lavaka Ata promised, at a Press Conference he called on July 9, to explain his initiative to restructure the ailing national airline. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 17, no. 2, August 2002.
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Friday 30 August 2002

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
A destiny that had yet to be fulfilled is how ‘Ana Fifita described her pursuit of an opera singing career. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 17, no. 2, August 2002.
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Friday 30 August 2002

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
Government has adopted a two-edged approach to its economic reform program. Editor's Comment. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 17, no. 2, August 2002.
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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Friday 30 August 2002

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
When a new mobile phone provider, Tonfön (Shoreline Communications) launched its telephone service on July 31, Tonga became the only Pacific island country to allow two competing telecommunications companies. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 17, no. 2, August 2002.
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Friday 30 August 2002

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
The Informal sector of the Tongan business community is the biggest enemy of the struggling Tongan economy, believes the Vava’u no. 1 People’s Representative, Trevor Guttenbeil. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 17, no. 2, August 2002.
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Friday 30 August 2002

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
Last year, the Tonga Prisons Department began sending children between 14-16 years old to ‘Atā, a small remote island, an hour by boat off the east coast of Tongatapu (not to be confused with ‘Ata Is. to the south). From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 17, no. 2, August 2002.
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Friday 30 August 2002

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
A Tongan-owned immigration consultancy, started in 1995, has helped over 5,000 Tongans gain legal status in New Zealand. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 17, no. 2, August 2002.
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