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and Vanuatu. It has an embassy in the Federated States of Micronesia. Australia provides aid to many of its developing Pacific Islands neighbours, and to Papua New Guinea. *Republic of China (Taiwan) - Plum blossom (梅花) *Tonga - Heilala *Trinidad and Tobago - Chaconia A record 197 nations, all current IOC (International Olympic Committee) member nations, took part, with a record 79 of them winning at least one medal. Palestine was allowed to compete in the Olympics

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. United States Department of Defense. 1977.publications articles effects effects-2.pdf *1965: Chairman Indian Tea Board (Board of directors) Calcutta *1971 - 1976: High Commissioner of India to Fiji, Tonga, Nauru and other South Pacific (Oceania) countries. '''Fly Niu Airlines''' was an airline based in Tonga. It ceased operations in 2004. Early life Sateki Reno Mahe

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for marine organisms doi 10.1016 j.epsl.2004.08.009 bibcode 2004E&PSL.227..135B In 1979, 1984 and 2006 (Vava'u), underwater volcanic eruptions near Tonga created large pumice rafts, some as large as 30 km that floated hundreds of kilometres to Fiji.

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been settled between CE 300 and 800 by Polynesians, although some estimates place the date earlier. These first settlers are believed to have travelled thousands of miles across open sea by Polynesian navigation from the western archipelagoes of Fiji, Samoa or Tonga. In 1770, James Cook observed in Tahiti, a great traditional ship (''va'a'') in length.

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of the 3rd Brigade (3rd Brigade (Australia)). '''Taitusi "Deuce" Lutui''' (born May 5, 1983) is a Tongan-born American athlete who currently plays professional American football in the National Football League (NFL). His position is offensive lineman. He played college football for the University of Southern California Trojans (USC Trojans football) and was drafted by the Cardinals in the second round of the 2006 NFL Draft.The Cincinnati Bengals signed him

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book editor Ellicott, Karen title Countries of the world and their leaders yearbook 2007 year 2006 publisher Thomson Gale location Farmington Hills, MI isbn 0-7876-8103-2 page 1873 Tonga's development plans emphasise a growing private sector, upgrading agricultural productivity, revitalising the squash and vanilla bean industries, developing tourism, and improving communications and transport. Substantial progress has been made, but much work remains to be done. A small but growing

construction sector is developing in response to the inflow of aid monies and remittances from Tongans abroad. In recognition of such a crucial contribution the present government has created a new department within the Prime Minister's Office with the sole purpose of catering for the needs of Tongans living abroad. Furthermore, in 2007 the Tongan Parliament amended citizenship laws to allow Tongans to hold dual citizenship. The tourist industry is relatively undeveloped; however, the government recognises that tourism can play a major role in economic development, and efforts are being made to increase this source of revenue. Cruise ships often stop in Vava Commons:Category:Tonga WikiPedia:Tonga Dmoz:Regional Oceania Tonga

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dating from circa 1400 AD. It was part of the Tongan maritime empire (Tu'i Tonga Empire) from around the 13th to 16th century. By that time the influence of the Tu'i Tonga Tu i Tonga. The big

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to Christchurch that morning to aid in relief efforts. This was followed later in the afternoon by the deployment from Ohakea Air Base of two Iroquois Helicopters who provided aerial reconnaissance and damage assessments. Due to disrupted supplies at Christchurch Airport an RNZAF fuel tanker was also despatched from Ohakea Air Base to supply these aircraft. The concept exists in many societies, including traditional Fijian, Māori (Māori culture), Samoan (Samoa Islands), Rapanui, Tahitian, Hawaiian (Culture of Hawaii), and Tongan cultures – in most cases using a recognisably similar word—but in Rotuman (Rotuman language) term for this concept is "ha'a". To protect the pimenta trade, the plant was guarded against export from Jamaica. Many attempts at growing the pimenta from seeds were reported, but all failed. At one time, the plant was thought to grow nowhere except in Jamaica, where the plant was readily spread by birds. Experiments were then performed using the constituents of bird droppings; however, these were also totally unsuccessful. Eventually, it was realized that passage through the avian (Bird) gut, either the acidity or the elevated temperature, was essential for germinating (Germination) the seeds. Today, ''pimenta'' is spread by birds in Tonga and Hawaii, where it has become naturalized on Kaua Commons:Category:Tonga (Kaua'i) WikiPedia:Tonga Dmoz:Regional Oceania Tonga

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, vulgar Tongan student Jonah Takalua, all played by Lilley. It lampoons Australian high school life and many aspects of the human condition and is filmed in a documentary (Documentary film) style, with non-actors playing supporting characters. The Prince and Princess have made numerous official visits to foreign countries. In June 2002, they became the first members of the Imperial Family to visit Mongolia, in celebration of the 30th anniversary of diplomatic relations. In October 2002, they visited the Netherlands to attend the funeral of the Prince Claus of the Netherlands (Claus von Amsberg). In September 2003, the Prince and Princess made goodwill visits to Fiji, Tonga and Samoa, again, the first time ever members of the Imperial Family had visited these countries. In March 2004, the Prince and Princess returned to the Netherlands for the funeral of Princess Juliana of the Netherlands. In January 2005, they visited Luxembourg to attend the funeral of Grand Duchess Josephine-Charlotte (Charlotte, Grand Duchess of Luxembourg). In January 2006, they visited Indonesia for a ceremony commemorating the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Japan and the Republic of Indonesia. From October to November 2006, they visited Paraguay to commemorate the 70th anniversary of Japanese emigration (Japanese diaspora) to that country. History Archaeological excavations have identified sites on Wallis dating from circa 1400 AD. It was part of the Tongan maritime empire (Tu'i Tonga Empire) from around the 13th to 16th century. By that time the influence of the Tu Commons:Category:Tonga (Tu'i Tonga) WikiPedia:Tonga Dmoz:Regional Oceania Tonga


'''Tonga''' ( of the southern Pacific Ocean, of which 52 are inhabited by its 103,000 people. Official Tongan Government Tourism Website 70% of Tongans reside on the main island of Tongatapu.

Tonga stretches over about in a north-south line about a third of the distance from New Zealand to Hawaii. It is surrounded by Fiji and Wallis and Futuna (France) to the northwest, Samoa to the northeast, Niue to the east, Kermadec (Kermadec Islands) (part of New Zealand) to the southwest, and New Caledonia (France) and Vanuatu to the farther west.

Tonga became known as the '''Friendly Islands''' because of the congenial reception accorded to Captain James Cook (James Cook) on his first visit in 1773. He arrived at the time of the '' i Tonga (the islands' paramount chief) and so received an invitation to the festivities. According to the writer William Mariner (William Mariner (writer)), the chiefs wanted to kill Cook during the gathering but could not agree on a plan. Mariner, William (William Mariner (writer)) and Martin (John Martin (meteorologist)), John (1817). ''An account of the natives of the Tonga islands in the south Pacific ocean: With an original grammar and vocabulary of their language. Compiled and arranged from the extensive communications of Mr. William Mariner, several years' resident in those islands'', Volume 2, pp. 64–65. Retrieved 3 November 2010.

Tonga has never lost its sovereignty to a foreign power. The Commonwealth. In 2010, Tonga took a decisive step towards becoming a fully functioning constitutional monarchy , after legislative (legislature) reforms paved the way for its first partial representative elections.

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