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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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Thursday 20 December 2001

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
When ordinary people reach the age of 64 years they are expected to retire and stop working, but if the King of Tonga, HM King Taufa‘ahau Tupou IV, at 83 years, reduces his work load and looks very tired at the end of an ordinary working day, some people seem to think that something is terribly wrong. The New Zealand media in late October ran a news story that the King’s health was deteriorating, and claimed that there was a battle for power within the Tongan Royal family. Interview by Pesi Fonua, Matangi Tonga Magazine, Vol. 16, no. 3, December 2001.
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Thursday 20 December 2001

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
Lighting for the Lupepau‘u Airport, Vava‘u, will allow night landings and could make it possible for more international flights, and an increased number of domestic flights to land there. From Matangi Tonga Magazine, Vol. 16, no. 3, December 2001.
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Thursday 20 December 2001

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
‘Eua, or one of the remote southern islands of Tonga, could become the site for a private space port to be developed for launching tourists into orbit at the low cost of $2 million per seat. Looking for a site for a private space port, the chief executive of InterOrbital Systems, Randa Milliron, and her partner Roderick Milliron, a rocket engineer, who co-founded the company, visited Tonga in December, as guests of Crown Prince Tupouto‘a. From Matangi Tonga Magazine, Vol. 16, no. 3, December 2001.
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Thursday 20 December 2001

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
HRH Crown Prince Tupouto‘a was appointed as the Prince Regent for the first two weeks of December while HM King Taufa‘ahau Tupou IV was away in New Zealand for a medical check. During this time he answered questions on some controversial issues that were raised against government and the Monarch. From Matangi Tonga Magazine, Vol. 16, no. 3, December 2001.
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Thursday 20 December 2001

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
Tonga declared war on HIV/AIDS on November 29 when Princess Nanasipau‘u, at the international Dateline Hotel, launched Tonga’s Strategic plan to fight the spread of HIV/AIDS. From Matangi Tonga Magazine, Vol. 16, no. 3, December 2001.
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Tuesday 25 September 2001

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
In a traditional celebration, the kainga of the Noble Tu‘ivakano gathered at the village of Nukunuku on August 25 to celebrate the 21st birthday of the heir to Tu‘ivakano title, Siaosi Kiu Tau-ki-Vailahi Kaho. From Matangi Tonga Magazine, Vol. 16, no. 2, September 2001.
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Tuesday 25 September 2001

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
The tragedy in America and the possibility of a long drawn out war between the USA and an enemy, which had yet to be clearly identified, could have a negative impact on the Tongan economy, said Tonga’s Minister of Finance, and the Governor of Tonga National Reserve Bank, Hon. Siosiua ‘Otuikamanu. From Matangi Tonga Magazine, Vol. 16, no. 2, September 2001.
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Tuesday 25 September 2001

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
The Tonga Trust Fund was created with the Tonga Trust Fund Act on 3 November 1988. At that time there was US$33 million in the account of the TTF with the Bank of America at 2.7% to 3% interest. From Matangi Tonga Magazine, Vol. 16, no. 2, September 2001.
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Tuesday 25 September 2001

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
The Form 6 Sport Fitness and Health Class in Nuku‘alofa will soon be sitting their Pacific Senior Secondary Certificate, the first Pacific Island class to sit an exercise-related exam. From Matangi Tonga Magazine, Vol. 16, no. 2, September 2001.
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Tuesday 25 September 2001

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
Tonga’s landless grow in number while an increasing number of town allotments and uncultivated farmlands are left vacant by migrants. From Matangi Tonga Magazine, Vol. 16, no. 2, September 2001.
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Tuesday 25 September 2001

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
Bob Wallace the Secretary General of the International Rugby Board visited Tonga at the end of July, as part of a tour of Oceania that took him to Vanuatu, Papua New Guinea, Tonga, Samoa and Fiji. From Matangi Tonga Magazine, Vol. 16, no. 2, September 2001.
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Tuesday 25 September 2001

The Honorary Consul of the Kingdom of Tonga in Sydney, Louise Raedler-Waterhouse, her father, W.S. Waterhouse, and their assistant, Angelie Mangraviti visited Tonga in July to attend the King’s birthday celebrations and to keep in touch with current events here. From Matangi Tonga Magazine, Vol. 16, no. 2, September 2001.
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Tuesday 25 September 2001

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
When the Tonga Trust fund was established by in 1988 its purpose was as a kind of safety net for Tonga to accumulate moneys to be held in trust as a foreign reserve fund for the Kingdom to use in exceptional circumstances, and for future major development projects. From Matangi Tonga Magazine, Vol. 16, no. 2, September 2001.
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Tuesday 25 September 2001

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
Tonga’s total land area of 172,525 acres or 269.57 square miles is in fact the property of the Crown, but the guardianship of the land rests with 41 estate owners and the Government. From Matangi Tonga Magazine, Vol. 16, no. 2, September 2001.
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Tuesday 25 September 2001

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
Historian, Ian Campbell, has published a new edition of his book Tonga, 'Island Kingdom, Tonga Ancient and Modern'. From Matangi Tonga Magazine, Vol. 16, no. 2, September 2001.
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Tuesday 25 September 2001

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
One of the Tongan government’s most adventurous money-making projects, the Tonga Trust Fund is in deep trouble. From Matangi Tonga Magazine, Vol. 16, no. 2, September 2001.
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