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  • Tuesday 24 May 2005 6:30pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Construction of a new six-floor Convention Centre in central Nuku‘alofa will start at the end of this year.
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  • Tuesday 24 May 2005 5:52pm


    USA
    : For quite sometimes now, the Democratic Movement (Temos) has made their stand on issues very clear, and so was the Monarchy. The Temos screamed louder and seems to be louder each year. Ten years? Ten years after its formation, the Temos are as ineffective as they were at the beginning. Yet, they are claiming victory. - TamaFoa
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  • Tuesday 24 May 2005 5:15pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Ko e FAIHALA (injustice) ko e taha ia ha kaveinga malie mo fihi hono talanoa ‘i, he ko e angamaheni hono talanoa ‘i ‘ona ‘e nofo ia ‘i he FAITOTONU (justice). ‘Oku pehe leva ko e Faihala ko e nunu ‘a ia ‘o e mo ‘ui TA ‘E-FAITOTONU. Pea ko e ‘Ngaue hala ‘aki ‘o e Mafai ‘ (Corruption) ko e taha pe ia ‘o e ngaahi fotunga mahino pe nunu ‘a ‘o e mo ‘ui ta ‘e-faitotonu. ‘A ia ko e kupu si ‘i pe ia ‘o e to ‘onga mo ‘ui FAIHALA. Ke fakava ‘e ha sosaieti, ‘oku vakili leva ‘e he tangata hono ngaahi tefito ‘i ‘ulungaanga ‘o to ‘o uho mai ‘a ia tene lava ‘o fataki e kaveinga fakama ‘uma ‘uluta ‘e ne mo ‘ui fakasosiale, pea ‘oku nofo loto ai ‘ene fakamaau ki he lelei mo e kovi (molale) kae ‘uma ‘a e totonu mo e hala (...‘efika) ‘o ‘e ne mo ‘ui. Ka ‘oku mahu ‘inga ke mahino he ‘ikai te tau talanoa ki he faihala ‘o hange ‘e lava ‘o to ‘o faka ‘aufuli mei he ‘etau mo ‘ui. - ‘Inoke Fotu Hu‘akau
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  • Monday 23 May 2005 5:15pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Noble Vaha'i (69) of Fo'’ui, one of the most colourful nobles of the realm, and the Tongatapu no. 1 Noble's Representative to Tonga's Legislative Assembly passed away at 11:30pm Saturday May 21 at Middlemore Hospital, Auckland, New Zealand.
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  • Monday 23 May 2005 5:00pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Just as we are getting used to Consumption Tax, the Ministry of Finance is proposing a new tax, the "Plas Tax" they hope will raise the awareness of litter as an issue in Tonga.
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  • Monday 23 May 2005 5:00pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Six valuable ‘Eua parrots were lost from Tonga's Bird Park at Veitongo, after they were released from their cages sometime on the evening of May 17.
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  • Monday 23 May 2005 3:15pm


    Auckland, New Zealand
    : I must thank Sailosi Finau for his letter of 20 May about this issue of Shoreline that has been around in Tonga for so long! Let me join the good questions that you raised Sailosi and I think some of these questions remain answerable for the officials of the TEPB and the Government of Tonga (GoT) including members of Parliament. This is one of the obvious mistakes that the GoT always learns from and that is part of the unfortunate practices that Tonga needs to be awaken and start exploring remedial solutions for.- Henry Alexanda Tonga
  • Monday 23 May 2005 3:15pm


    Auckland, New Zealand
    : Shall we say that, at this point in time, the call for political reform in Tonga has reached an extremely low point? There was a time in which the only voice that propagated political reform was the Temo (Tonga Pro-Democracy and Human Rights) movement. But what of the revelation of divisions amongst its ranks (I refer here to the media coverage of unstable relations between '‘Isi Pulu and some of the party members)? -Rev. Dr. Ma'afu'atu'itonga Palu
  • Saturday 21 May 2005 3:45pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : A telephone fraud operation was discovered in Nuku‘alofa in February 2004 after it had been running illegal international communications for two years, allegedly stealing hundreds of thousands of pa‘anga worth of calls from both TCC and Tonfon's systems.
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  • Saturday 21 May 2005 3:45pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Prince Tu'ipelehake, a nephew of Tonga's king, was Chairman of the Whole House committee of the Tongan Legislature, last year, but failed to win re-election in March to the Nobles seats, after moving his electorate from Ha'apai to Tongatapu. During his time in the House he supported calls for political reform and was outspoken in defending freedom of speech in Tonga.
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  • Friday 20 May 2005 7:00pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Extracts from an interview of Teisina Fuko, the President of the newly formed People's Democratic Party, by Katalina Tohi and Pesi Fonua on the weekly television program of the Media Council Inc. of Tonga, which was shown on Television Tonga on Saturday evening, May 14. By Pesi Fonua and Katalina Tohi
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  • Friday 20 May 2005 6:45pm


    Auckland, New Zealand
    : I must thank 'Inoke Fotu Huakau for his letter of 2 May about this planned march. As you have put it Editor, this is a Shoreline protest march. From what I have gathered, this is largely because the power tariff is unjustifiably too high and part of this is because the Shoreline Executives are getting hefty remuneration packages. -Sailosi Finau
  • Thursday 19 May 2005 5:30pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : The 2005 Tri-Nations Rugby Tournament between Tonga, Fiji and Samoa will begin on June 25 with Tonga's Ikale Tahi playing the first test match against the Manu Samoa in Samoa.
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  • Thursday 19 May 2005 5:15pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : The Shoreline Protest March, that was schedules for May 21 has been postponed again to May 26, and the march organizers have decided not to camp outside the Palace.
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  • Thursday 19 May 2005 3:49pm


    USA
    : After reading the "Tongan Constitution", I cannot hold myself back from speculating on the state of affairs of our kingdom. A few things are now becoming clear from that reading.
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  • Thursday 19 May 2005 3:00pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : What's on TV? Politics, politics and politics. Both Tonga's local TV stations, TV Tonga (TBC) and OBN TV7 via their evening main shows are either about Democratic Parties or the Consumption Tax Cry.
  • Thursday 19 May 2005 2:30pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : The first round of the national surfing competition of the Tonga Surfriders Association (TSA), was held at Ha'atafu Beach, Tongatapu, on Saturday May 14.
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  • Wednesday 18 May 2005 6:31pm


    USA
    : Before and during the election, proposals and counter proposals were offered to solve our problems within the kingdom. It seemed everyone was optimistic about the future as they used the Crown Prince and the Shoreline as their whipping boy. Then, the Professor split with his entourage to form the People'’s Democratic Party. I wonder what was so hard and unpalatable at the Temo'’s Camp that broke Yoda'’s last nerve?
  • Wednesday 18 May 2005 6:00pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Tonga's Minister of Finance, Hon. Siosiua 'Utoikamanu sent out a smoke signal to criminals when he set fire to 2.6 million counterfeit Winfield Extra Mild cigarettes at the Waste Management facility in Ma'ufanga today.
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  • Tuesday 17 May 2005 5:30pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : The trial of the Speaker of the House, Hon. Veikune, and two other men, who have pleaded not guilty to bribery charges, has been postponed by Mr Justice Ian Thomas until next year 2006.
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