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family and noble families. The Legislative Assembly sits for 4 or 5 months every year . '''Niuafo Commons:Category:Tonga WikiPedia:Tonga Dmoz:Regional Oceania Tonga
, 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
(and anachronistically) in the film Raiders of the Lost Ark substituting for a Martin China Clipper. Personal life Smith, who is of Tongan background, was easily recognised on the field by his dreadlocked (dreadlocks) hair style until late 2006 – when he decided to sell his dreadlocks for charity.
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
perlserv ?request get-abstract&doi 10.2984%2F1534-6188(2006)60%5B137%3AANSOEP%5D2.0.CO%3B2 abstract The species presumably existed in Fiji as well. ''E. infectus'' had proportionally smaller wings than the Eclectus Parrot. The species became extinct (extinction) after the arrival of man 3000 years ago, presumably due to human-caused factors (habitat loss, introduced species). * '''Solomon Islands''' - Patterson Oti (1997-2000) * '''Tonga''' - Prince
, Tonga, Fiji, and Chile. On his return he published further important books dealing with the botany of North America and South Africa. '''Sione Tuitupu Lauaki''' (born 22 June 1981 in Tonga) is a New Zealand rugby union footballer. He is a New Zealand (New Zealand national rugby union team) international. His brother, Epalahame Lauaki, is a 2nd rower rugby league player previously playing for Hull (Hull F.C.) in the Super League competition. '''Viliami (William) 'Ofahengaue''' (born May 3, 1968 in Kolofoou, Tonga), widely known as '''Willie O''', earned 41 caps (Cap (sport)) for the Australian rugby union side (Australia national rugby union team) from 1990 to 1998 and played in the World Cups of 1991 and 1995 as well as the World Cup Sevens in 1993. '''Rene Naufahu''' (born May 1970) is a New Zealand-born actor, screen writer and director of Tongan and Samoan heritage. He is perhaps best known for being an original cast member of the New Zealand soap opera Shortland Street, playing paramedic Sam Aleni for the show's first four years. However since leaving the soap opera in 1996 he has gone on to have other success. '''Rodney Blake''' (born 29 April 1983 in Tonga) is a professional Australian rugby union footballer. He plays prop (Prop (rugby union)) for the Melbourne Rebels. He previously played for Bayonne (Aviron Bayonnais) in France. He is sometimes referred to as '''Rodzilla'''. His father Paul is a former Otago (Otago Rugby Football Union) flanker. In June 2006, Blake made his debut for the Wallabies (Australia national rugby union team). Ma'afu's ancestor, Enele Ma'afu, was a Tongan (w:Tonga) prince who was exiled to Fiji following disagreements within the Tongan royal family. He conquered Taveuni (w:Taveuni) and the Lau Islands (w:Lau Islands), taking the title of ''Tui Lau (w:Lau)'' (King of Lau). He later participated, with the Fijian King Cakobau (w:Seru Epenisa Cakobau), in the ceding of the islands to the United Kingdom (w:United Kingdom) in 1874. The Tui Lau title has since been held by such noted individuals as Ratu Sir Lala Sukuna (w:Lala Sukuna) (considered modern Fiji's first statesman) and Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara (w:Kamisese Mara), independent Fiji's first Prime Minister and second President (w:List of Presidents of Fiji). "That is the area where Australian plate collides with Asian plate (w:Indo-Australian Plate) and that extends through the Indonesian islands up to Sumatra (w:Sumatra) and Thailand (w:Thailand) in the north and east through PNG (w:New Guinea) to Tonga (w:Tonga) and New Zealand (w:New Zealand)," he said. "Preliminary reports point to a 5 to 6 in the Darwin region - this means that the earthquake would have been felt by almost everyone indoors according to the Modified Mercali Scale (w:Mercalli Intensity Scale) which measures the impact of seismic waves (w:Seismic wave) on structures." Commons:Category:Tonga WikiPedia:Tonga Dmoz:Regional Oceania Tonga
thumb Men and women sticks exchanged '''sōkē''' or '''eke''' is a Tongan group dance performed with sticks which the performers hit against each other on the beat of the drum. It has some common elements with, but is a complete independent development from the English Morris dance. As with most Tongan dances, the whole performance is to dazzle the spectators and to please the chiefs. There is no hidden purpose. Performance Early years Ngata is of Tongan ancestry, ref>
such coins include Congo, Bruce, p. 2202 Panama, Bruce, p. 1618 South Africa, Portugal and France. Bruce, p. 834 thumb right Soviet-era Palladium coin (File:25 rubles palladium 1989 Ivan III.jpg) '''Palladium coins''' are a form of coinage made out of the rare silver-white transition metal palladium. Palladium is internationally recognised as a form of currency under ISO 4217. Sierra Leone issued the first
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
'''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.