In a special ceremony at Taliai Camp at Fua’amotu today, the United Kingdom Operational Service Medal for Afghanistan was awarded to Tonga’s fourth contingent of 55 soldiers who served in Afghanistan this year, as well as some soldiers from the first three Tongan contingents. Photos by Linny Folau.
A new two-storey training facility for the Girl Guides Association of the Kingdom of Tonga, built with assistance from the Government of Japan, was opened by Hon. Halaevalu Moheofo Tuita on 19 November.
A Remembrance Sunday Commemoration Service in memory of soldiers who died in wars in order for people to live in freedom in a peaceful world was held at Tonga’s Cenotaph, Pangai Si’i, Nuku’alofa, yesterday November 12 on a beautiful sunny morning. Tonga’s King Tupou VI attended the Commemoration Service for the first time since he ascended the Tongan throne earlier this year.
The sight of the Hine Moana kalia in full sail, entering the Nuku’alofa harbour on Wednesday, 24 October, was a reminder of Tonga’s seafaring past. The Hine Moana, with its Tongan woman skipper, ‘Aunofo Havea Satuala, and a 13-members crew, stopped-over in Nuku’alofa for five days on their way to New Zealand.
HE Ms Tania Tupou, Tonga’s first Resident Ambassador to Japan started in her new post at the Government of Tonga’s new embassy located at Minato-ku in Tokyo, on October 1.
I had the pleasure of knowing Taufa Talakai (63) from Tonga, over many years when she worked in and around San Francisco, CA. Taufa was such a wonderful caregiver and she became an important person to all in our family. We have lost touch with Taufa, I would be very grateful if you can help me find her again. - Martha P. Harris
Tatakamotonga celebrated the opening of the Mata’aho Hall Women’s Training Centre at on Wednesday September 5, after renovations were completed and training equipment provided in a joint collaboration between the Governments of Japan and New Zealand. Photos by Linny Folau and Mary Lyn Fonua.
In New Zealand on Saturday August 18, King Tupou VI and Queen Nanasipau’u visited Turangawaewae Marae to meet Tuheitia Paki, the Maori King and Te Arikinui of the Kingitanga, on the celebration of the 6th anniversary of his coronation.
King Tupou VI and Queen Nanasipau’u departed Tonga for New Zealand today to attend the Maori King’s coronation celebrations Koroneihana hui which began this week.
Assigning caregivers to visit homes of the most vulnerable elderly people in Tongatapu and Lifuka in Ha’apai, and to care for them for a few hours each day, is an essential service that will be provided under Tonga’s first Social Services Pilot program for the elderly.