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  • Monday 6 June 2005 11:28am


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Monday, June 6, 2005 - 11:28 President of the PDP, Teisina Fuko, blamed Nobles and church leaders for the success of the May 26 march led by a rival democratic group; meanwhile, the Piveni Pikula Shoreline revelations continue, in Tonga's local press this week May 29- June 3.
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  • Saturday 4 June 2005 4:15pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : The House threw out the 1992 Room Tax on the tourism industry, but will debate next week an amendment to the Consumption Tax 2003, and an amendment to the Custom Duties and Excise Tax Act 2005. Tonga Legislative Assembly, Minute No. 2, Tuesday May 31 2005. From the House by Pesi Fonua
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  • Friday 3 June 2005 5:45pm


    Fo‘ui, Tonga
    : The Hon. Noble Vaha'i of Fou'i was laid to rest this morning, June 3, at the Tutulu Pea Tau burial ground at the village of Fou'i. The funeral procession from his residence to the cemetery was led by the police band, and the police also gave a three-gun salute.
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  • Friday 3 June 2005 9:15am


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Thank you for your article published on the Matangi Tonga website, "NZ gives NZ$14m to support Tonga education". I would like to clarify the situation with regard to financial support for the salaries of teachers in non-government schools.
  • Thursday 2 June 2005 5:00pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Satini Tomu Napa‘a (15) was found not guilty on charges of manslaughter and of inflicting a grievous bodily harm, by a jury at the Nuku‘alofa Supreme Court this morning, June 2.
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  • Thursday 2 June 2005 12:15pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : It was a night to be remembered by the 10,000 Tongan concert-goers who packed into Nuku'alofa's Teufaiva Outdoor Stadium last night to hear the South African reggae star, Lucky Dube. Photos and story by Linny Folau.
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  • Thursday 2 June 2005 12:00pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : The winners of this year's Quality Service Awards were shining examples for Tonga, "we need you," said Dr Fred Sevele, Minister of Labour, Commerce and Industries, in presenting the awards on the evening of May 31.
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  • Wednesday 1 June 2005 12:30pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : The Tonga government's official response to the public uproar over the high cost of electricity and salaries of the top executives of Shoreline Power appears to be insincere and doubtful. Editor's Comment by Pesi Fonua.
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  • Tuesday 31 May 2005 5:45pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : The Tongan Legislature met for the start of its 2005 session on Monday May 30. Its working agenda for the day included the swearing in of new members, the appointment of a new Chairman of the Whole House Committee, and the reading and debating on the first draft of a letter replying to the King's message from the Throne when he opened parliament on May 26. From the House. By Pesi Fonua
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  • Tuesday 31 May 2005 5:30pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Reggae Superstar Lucky Dube (41) arrived in Nuku'alofa today with his 11 member band gearing up for a one-night concert at the Teufaiva Stadium tomorrow evening, June 1.
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  • Tuesday 31 May 2005 4:46pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    :

    The New Zealand government has announced that it will contribute $NZ14 million toward the Tonga Education Support Program (TESP).

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  • Tuesday 31 May 2005 10:30am


    Texas, USA
    : I am deeply concerned over what I read and what I see on the internet. I am in a wheel chair due to my health. I am only thirty nine years old and at one time in my life I had no hope. I was angry at the world and at people, my story may sound familiar too you, and you may have grown tried of hearing it. But three wonderful Tongan men taught me to have hope, they reached out to a stranger and showed that true friendship knows no color, it knows no religion, it can be between the young and the old, the sick and those who have health. It is one of our world's greatest gifts and it is the one of the base ingredients for hope. - Larry Norton
  • Monday 30 May 2005 6:45pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : The 'Ikale Tahi Squad for 2005 was announced on Saturday night following a final trial game at Teufaiva Stadium, Nuku'alofa in the afternoon.
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  • Monday 30 May 2005 6:30pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Satini Tomu Napa‘a 15, appeared in the Nuku‘alofa Supreme Court this morning, May 30 charged with manslaughter.
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  • Monday 30 May 2005 9:15am


    California, USA
    : Malo ‘aupito ho‘o mou ngaue lahi lava ke mau sio atu he internet he ngaahi ongoongo fekau‘aki mo hotau ki‘i motu. - Tangikina ‘Uhila
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  • Friday 27 May 2005 6:15pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : A two-day hearing of a civil case against a Tongan Police Officer Semi Ve'ehala, the Ministry of Police, and the Kingdom of Tonga ended today, May 27 at the Nuku'alofa Supreme Court.
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  • Friday 27 May 2005 4:45pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : A one billion pa'anga foreign investment is needed to revive the Tongan economy, according to the King of Tonga, HM King Taufa'ahau Tupou IV, in his speech from the throne to open the 2005 session of the Tonga Legislative Assembly yesterday. Photos by Linny Folau and Pesi Fonua
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  • Thursday 26 May 2005 6:00pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Nuku'alofa witnessed Tonga's biggest protest march ever at mid-day today, when thousands of demonstrators led by Members of Parliament marched through the centre of the capital to the Royal Palace, singing hymns and waving banners protesting against the Shoreline company's control of the Tongan power supply. Photos by Linny Folau and Pesi Fonua
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  • Wednesday 25 May 2005 6:15pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : The Chairman of Shoreline Power, Crown Prince Tupouto'a, this morning, May 25, offered to return Tonga's electric power operation to government in return for a large settlement of an amount to be assessed.
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  • Wednesday 25 May 2005 4:45pm


    Suva, Fiji
    : So where is Tonga heading? In fact Tonga is quite a unique case. The country has very little natural resources to speak of, except its people whose remittances sustain the economy. Because the Tongans are very attached to their homeland and are proud of their heritage and identity, so in some sense they are being held economic hostage by the rulers, as the only tangible influence they can exert is to withhold sending money home. But that only punishes their loved ones.

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