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Thursday 1 July 1999

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The last Heilala Festival for this century, finished with the Miss Heilala Grand Ball on August 20, and the announcement of the Miss Heilala for 1999, Fonoti Taumoepeau. Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 14, no. 3, July 1999.
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Monday 31 May 1999

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
FROM OUR ARCHIVES: A ceremony called Ha‘amo followed the burial of HRH Prince Fatafehi Tu'ipelehake, and continued from April 17 until May 1, 1999. Every day a different Ha‘a or clan presented food and wreaths to the Royal Family at the Palace and to various groups of people and families who were directly involved with the funeral. 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 funeral procession of HRH Prince Fatafehi Tu‘ipelehake from the Palace to Mala‘ekula, on April 17. 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
Kuo to ‘a e Pulonga ‘e Tonga–"a darkness has fallen over Tonga", was how matapules (talking chiefs) described the death of Prince Fatafehi Tu‘ipelehake K.B.E. (77) in Auckland, New Zealand on April 10. Within hours of the Prime Baron Vaea’s official announcement of the State Funeral on Radio Tonga on April 11, people throughout Tonga wore black clothes and funeral mats or ta‘ovala. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 14, no. 2, May 1999.
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Monday 31 May 1999

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Published in April, was a new history book, 'Queen Sālote of Tonga, The Story of an Era 1900-1965'. This 424 pages hard covered volume is the work of Dr Elizabeth Wood-Ellem, published by the University of Auckland Press. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 14, no. 2, May 1999.
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Monday 31 May 1999

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
HRH Crown Prince Tupouto‘a, a retired Minister of Foreign Affairs and Defence, in an interview with the Matangi Tonga on May 16 offers a Pacific view on a number of subjects. On religion he said that Tongans are "living in la la land." Interview by Pesi Fonua, From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 14, no. 2, May 1999.
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Sunday 30 May 1999

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
'From the Stone Age to the Space Age in 200 years', is the title of a new catalogue on Tongan art objects–the first publication of the Tonga National Museum. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 14, no. 2, May 1999.
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Saturday 27 February 1999

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
Rugby star, ‘Isitolo Maka, the big number 8 for New Zealand's Otago Highlanders and the All Blacks, said that if the Tongan Rugby Union wanted to develop Tongan rugby then it had to take a professional approach to the game. "It is not going to be easy, and it will take a long time-maybe about a century," he laughed. Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 14, no. 1, January 1999.
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Saturday 27 February 1999

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
A praying marathon, which began at mid-night on January 1 in Tonga, will continue until mid-night on December 31. Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 14, no. 1, January 1999.
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Sunday 20 December 1998

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
The bachelor son of the King and the single daughter of the Samoan paramount chief Mata‘afa, shared a happy moment as they were caught in a shower of confetti intended for the bride and groom, on the steps of the Centenary Church, Nuku‘alofa on November 29. Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 13, no. 4, December 1998.
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Sunday 20 December 1998

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Andy Webb and Diana Martin, from England, are the producers of “First Light”, a 50-minute film about how various cities and towns around the world are going to celebrate the arrival of the new Millennium. Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 13, no. 4, December 1998.
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Sunday 20 December 1998

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga’s Valamotu Palu is the new general secretary of the Pacific Council of Churches. She was elected to her new position during the Pacific Council of Churches Executive Committee meeting in Nuku‘alofa in October. Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 14, no. 3, December 1998.
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Sunday 20 December 1998

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
Beryle Wolff encourages people in Tonga to wear sunglasses to protect their eyes. “Pacific islands have a high incidence of sun-related eye disease caused by exposure to UV rays,” she said. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 13, no. 4, December 1998.
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Sunday 20 December 1998

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Britain's Prince Andrew, the Duke of York, came to Tonga on November 18-19, 1998, to visit King Taufa'ahau Tupou IV and renew the personal friendship between the two Royal families. Photos by Pesi Fonua From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 13, no. 4, December 1998.
Sunday 20 December 1998

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
Ms Prue Townsend, (pictured second from left) from the Whitireia Polytech Institute, New Zealand visited Tonga in November to run a workshop on paper-making, in what was a joint project with the ‘Aloua Ma‘a Tonga Association. Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 13, no. 4, December 1998.
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Sunday 20 December 1998

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
Wedding bells rang for Prince ‘Uluvalu Ngu Takeivulai Tuku‘aho, 48, and Kaimana Hauoli-‘o-Kuini Aleamotu‘a,38, who were married at the Centenary Church Nuku‘alofa on November 29. Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 13, no. 4, December 1998.
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Sunday 20 December 1998

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
The noble title Tuita was bestowed on Captain Ma‘ulupekotofa Tuita on December 11, following the death of Baron Tuita of ‘Utungake in Nuku‘alofa on November 8. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 13, no. 4, December 1998.
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Sunday 20 December 1998

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
Europeans can't get enough of the South Pacific's natural tranquilizer. Kava, the root that makes an intoxicating beverage by the same name, and icon of the laid back lifestyle of the South Pacific Islands, has become a hot product. This year, 1998, the demand for kava could not be met by any of the kava growing countries in the Pacific. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 13, no. 4, December 1998.
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Sunday 20 December 1998

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
Tevita Vaikona, the British Super League star player was in Tonga for 17 days during November. He did not waste any time getting home to ‘Uiha, in Ha‘apai, “where as soon as the sun sets, the only thing to do is to go to sleep, there are no night clubs and no bars.” Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 13, no. 4, December 1998.
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Saturday 26 September 1998

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
Hiram Pang, a Hawaiian, and his wife Amelia, from Neiafu, Vava‘u, visited Tonga in August, “just for holiday and to see some old friends.”
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