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Monday 20 March 2000

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
(From our archives, March 2000). Millennium interview with Baron Vaea. When King Taufa‘ahau Tupou IV finally accepted the resignation of Tonga’s 78-year-old Prime Minister, Hon. Baron Vaea, on December 3, 1999, it ended another intriguing saga of Tongan politics. Strange as it may sound, this was the case of a Prime Minister who had wanted to retire and go home after serving five decades in the public service—but he was not allowed to. When he finally agreed to our interview, on January 11, it was obvious why this overworked man had insisted on retirement. Baron Vaea was one exhausted person.
Monday 20 March 2000

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
Minister of Police, Clive Edwards said he was concerned about reports that New Zealand was going to fund Tonga’s Pro Democracy and Human Rights Movement, and he believed that it would interfere with Tonga’s political stability. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 15, no. 1, March 2000.
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Wednesday 1 December 1999

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The last session of the Tongan Legislative Assembly of the century was closed by King Taufa‘ahau Tupou IV on November 22, at Queen Salote Memorial Hall with Cabinet ministers and the Members of Parliament. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 14, no. 4, December 1999.
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Thursday 19 August 1999

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The New Zealand Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Rt. Hon. Don McKinnon with a 40-member delegation, including nine Members of Parliament, four students, journalists and military personnel spent two nights in Tonga August 17-19 during a six country Pacific tour.
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Thursday 1 July 1999

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
Any hope by the people of Tonga for their representatives and the Tongan parliament to pass a budget that could revive the economy by allocating a substantial amount of money as incentive to boost production in Tonga’s three main sectors, Agriculture, Fisheries and Tourism, was wishful thinking. From the House by Pesi Fonua. Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 14, no. 3, July 1999.
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Monday 31 May 1999

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
‘Akilisi Pohiva has been a controversial political figure ever since he first entered Parliament in 1987, not only because of his indifference to the rules and procedures of the House, but also for his outspoken and controversial comments about Cabinet ministers, the King and members of the Royal family. They are comments that have cost him tens of thousands of pa‘anga in lawyers’ fees and court awards for the defamed over the last decade. Interview and photos by Pesi Fonua. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 14, no. 2, May 1999.
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Monday 31 May 1999

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
The Tonga Pro-Democracy Movement has changed its name. In the process of changing its image from that of a political organisation to become a Non-Government Organisation, it is now called the Tonga Human Rights and Democracy Movement. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 14, no. 2, May 1999.
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Saturday 27 February 1999

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
From our archives: Matangi Tonga asks parliamentary candidates for the March 1999 General Election: How can the Tongan economy recover? How can more youth be employed? There are a diversity of views. Standing People’s Representative for Tongatapu, 'Akilisi Pohiva said to ask the Ministers who had the authority.
Saturday 27 February 1999

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
What difference would it make to the 1999 Tongan Parliamentary Election on March 11 if the estimated 25,000 eligible Tongan voters overseas were allowed to vote? By Pesi Fonua. Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 14, no. 1, January 1999.
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Sunday 20 December 1998

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
Tonga‘s 1999 parliamentary election is set for March 10 for the nobles and March 11 for the people. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 13, no. 4, December 1998.
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Law
Saturday 26 September 1998

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
It was important for Tonga to make up its mind on whether to link its legal practices to the British legal system or to the Australian and New Zealand legal system, Laki Niu, the president of the Tongan Law Society told a dinner to mark the end of the 1998 Tonga Court of Appeal.
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Law
Saturday 26 September 1998

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
Mr Justice Gordon Ward, who was Chief Justice for Tonga 1992-1995 will return as Chief Justice starting on November 16 under local appointment. When Mr Justice Ward left Tonga in 1995, it also concluded a 90-year working relationship between Tonga and the United Kingdom.
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Saturday 4 July 1998

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
Since the Tonga Legislative Assembly began its 1998 session on May 18, it has yet to put together a package to revive the Tongan economy. During the past three years the economy has experienced negative growth, a decline which is expected to continue unless an aggressive revival program is put into place soon. Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 13, no. 2, July 1998.
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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.

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