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Tuesday 21 March 2006
Suva, Fiji
Although the Pacific has experienced conflicts and will likely do so in the future, democracy will prevail and grow much stronger in the region, believes Peter Forau, the Deputy Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat. By Mary Lyn Fonua.
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Saturday 4 March 2006

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
"I am both delighted and sad to welcome you all to this final ceremony at the British High Commission before we formally close at the end of March," said HE Paul Nessling, the British High Commissioner to Tonga, on the lawn of the British Residence on the evening of 2 March, 2006. Prince Regent Crown Prince Tupouto'a attended the closure of the 105 year old British diplomatic mission. TheTonga Defence Services fired a three volley salute before the Union Jack was formally lowered to the sound of the lament. Photos by Pesi Fonua.
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Friday 27 January 2006
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Australian government is willing to support the process of political reform in Tonga, and will make a "substantial financial contribution" to support the newly formed National Committee for Political Reform chaired by Prince Tu'ipelehake, the Australian High Commissioner to Tonga said in his Australia Day speech yesterday evening.
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Friday 20 January 2006
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A young Tongan, Sione Posesi Fanua Bloomfield (31) has been appointed as the new Attorney General of the Marshall Islands on January 12, confirmed his mother Siosiane Bloomfield today.
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Thursday 19 January 2006
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A strong economy is just as important as a robust and transparent democracy, said Gilbert Ullrich, the chairman of the New Zealand Pacific Business Council, at the launching on December 9 of the preparations for a Pacific Trade Expo to be held in Manukau, Auckland, New Zealand, in March.
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Friday 13 January 2006
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
When the Nuku‘alofa branch of the New Zealand Immigration Pacific Division celebrated the first birthday of the Pacific Division on January 11, the event was more than just wishing the Pacific Division a long life.
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Thursday 22 December 2005
Australia
The family of a Tongan man who plunged to his death at Melbourne's Maribyrnong Detention Centre has started legal action against the Federal Government of Australia.
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Monday 19 December 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Criticisms of Tonga's accession to WTO made by Oxfam last week, have been called "outrageous", "nasty" and "erroneous", by the Tongan delegation to Hong Kong, led by Tonga's Minister of Labour, Commerce and Industries Hon. Dr Fred Sevele, in a statement today.
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Friday 16 December 2005
Hong Kong, (Oxfam/IFEX/Pacific Media Watch)
The Pacific Island Kingdom of Tonga is about to make history. Tonga is due today to join the World Trade Organisation (WTO) on what are arguably the worst terms ever offered to any country, according to an analysis of leaked documents released today by international agency Oxfam.
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Monday 5 December 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Any hope held by Tongans or other Pacific Islanders that Australia was about to launch a "guest worker scheme", allowing unskilled labour to go and pick fruit in Australia, was put to rest at the end of November when the Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs, Alexander Downer, made it clear that Australia was not going to entertain it.
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Friday 25 November 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
When you have over 130 journalists and media people congregated at the International Dateline Hotel for five days, what do you expect them to do?
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Thursday 24 November 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga

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Tuesday 22 November 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Helping rural communities become involved in all stages of identifying and analyzing agricultural problems, as well as planning, and developing solutions, is the aim of the first regional agricultural Extension Summit held in Tonga this week.
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Monday 21 November 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Dr Sione Ngongo Kioa has been appointed as Tonga's High Commissioner to the United Kingdom succeeding Mrs. Viela Tupou, the Tongan Ministry of Foreign Affairs, announced today.
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Friday 18 November 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Pacific Island News Association (PINA) conference was opened in Nuku‘alofa today with over 100 regional and international journalists and observers in attendance at the Janfull International Dateline Hotel.
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Friday 18 November 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The introduction of a new digital short wave service by Radio New Zealand International and the launching of new Sky Pacific channels in Tonga is a highlight of the trade exhibition of the 2005 Pacific Islands News Association Conference currently underway in Nuku‘alofa.
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Wednesday 16 November 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
It is important for island countries of the South Pacific to establish a media code of ethics as well as a complaint mechanism, so that the media can regulate itself and improve its standards, regional journalists were told today.
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Monday 14 November 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Melbourne 200 Queen's Baton, a symbol for the 2006 Commonwealth Games arrived in Tonga this morning to start its four-day relay throughout Tongatapu.
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Monday 14 November 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Journalists from 10 Pacific Islands countries are participating in a three-day workshop focusing on the balanced reporting of news about women and children, and others outside the main stream of news.
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Monday 7 November 2005
Christchurch,New Zealand
Tongans, Mafi Malanga XIII (Mr ‘Ilati Taungakava) and Maui ‘Ofamo‘’oni, were two of the six Pacific artists across a range of art forms, who were honoured at the Arts Pasifika Awards 2005, held in Christchurch, New Zealand, on November 2.
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