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Friday 2 June 2006
Neiafu, Vava'u
Key people from Pacific Island Forum countries, meeting in Vava'u this week to look at how to develop more competitive strategies for investment in the Pacific islands, were reminded not to forget their own people abroad as important potential investors. Photos by Sione Vuki and Dianne Schulz
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Monday 29 May 2006
Tokyo, Japan
Japan's Emperor Akihito received Pacific leaders including Tonga's Hon. Dr Feleti Sevele, at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo for PALM 2006.
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Monday 29 May 2006
Okinawa, Japan
The adoption by the leaders of Japan and the Pacific Islands of the Okinawa Partnership Declaration on May 27 marked the beginning of a new approach to the dispatch of aid assistance to the 14 Pacific Islands Forum countries. By Pesi Fonua
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Monday 29 May 2006
Tokyo, Japan
Six Tongan companies participated in the Pacific Islands Exhibition 2006 in Tokyo, Japan, on May 25.
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Monday 29 May 2006
Okinawa, Japan
The Japanese Prime Minister Koizumi officially opened the Pacific Island Leaders Meeting, PALM 2006, on May 26, in Okinawa, Japan.
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Friday 26 May 2006
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Pacific Island Leaders Forum meeting is to be held in Nuku‘alofa on October 23-26.
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Tuesday 9 May 2006
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The new German Ambassador to Tonga HE Mr Jorg Hans Zimmermann made his first official visit to the kingdom on May 1.
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Tuesday 25 April 2006
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Australia is committed to helping Tonga with its political and economic problems, the Australian Foreign Minister, the Hon. Alexander Downer, told the press in Nuku'alofa on Friday, April 21.
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Monday 3 April 2006

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
It was the most emotional farewell that HE Mr Paul Nessling and his wife Kathryn had ever experienced during their 30-years in the British Foreign Service, when they left Tonga in the dead of the night, at 2 am on April 1 - having softly closed the doors on over a century of British representation in Tonga.
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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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