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There are a few local publications being produced in Tonga. For the most part Tongan is spoken rather than written. Published texts in Tongan language are found mainly in religious texts, the newspapers and primary school textbooks. English published texts are marketed mainly to the secondary and higher education sub-sectors and many are imported. The main private sector publishers of textbooks used in Tongan schools, many of them based in New Zealand, include independent names such as ABA Books and ESA publications and the multinational Pearson (or Longman as it is sometimes branded). Nature Publishing Group, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited also operate in Tonga. The few local companies there include government-owned Tonga Print Ltd; Lali Communications, Vava’u Press and the Tonga Chronicle. Matangi is Tonga’s only magazine style publication and it is published by Vava’u Press. The state-paper Tonga Chronicle was established in 1964 and publishes in both English and Tongan. The paper is committed to maintaining a low price and has joined services with Tonga Online to provide the internet community with excerpts from the newspaper (2011).

Tonga is not listed on the World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Report 2012–13, however nearby country New Zealand is ranked 3 out of 144 countries with a score of 6.1 out of 7.0 for intellectual property protection.