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Thursday 26 May 2016
Hamilton, New Zealand
A Tongan citizen living in New Zealand, Tavake Mokofisi (33) has been fined $350 and sentenced to 150 hours community work by a New Zealand court for performing a home surgery on his pet dog in an attempt to neuter it without anaesthetic. The dog is reportedly in good condition and is under the care of an animal protection agency.
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Thursday 26 May 2016

Tasmania, Australia
A Tongan woman living in Tasmania, Lopa Naufahu, is fundraising to pay $6,865 for her husband’s Australian visa application. Neil Naufahu, who lives and works in Tonga as an electrician, is restricted from entering Australia while Lopa, a permanent resident, lives in Hobart with their Australian-born five year-old son Josiah.
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Wednesday 25 May 2016

Honolulu, Hawai'i
Acclaimed opera singer and former NFL player Ta’u Pupu’a performed a benefit concert for the Kilohana United Methodist Church in Honolulu on Saturday May 21. The Kiliohana United Methodist Church is known for its humanitarian work in Hawaii and has a strong Tongan following among its congregation.
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Thursday 19 May 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
This month, all 32 teams of America’s National Football League (NFL) announced their new rosters and recruitment of college football players for the 2016 season. Among the new recruits are at least five players of Tongan heritage. The NFL completed its official 2016 NFL Draft on April 30.
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Thursday 28 April 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
New Zealand born actor Joe Naufahu made his acting debut for the popular HBO TV series, Game of Thrones. Naufahu featured in the first episode of season 6 of the series which was played last week. He acts as “Khal Moro” a ruthless warlord of a warrior tribe known as the “Dothraki”.
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Thursday 28 April 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga has been excluded from the 2016 World Rugby U20 Trophy tournament. Fiji and Samoa are both currently competing in the competition which commenced last week in Zimbabwe. The annual U20 Trophy tournament hosts second tier nations who did not qualify for the premium U20 World Rugby Championship.
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Wednesday 27 April 2016

Cardiff, Wales
Welsh rugby club, the Cardiff Blues, honoured their most capped player Taufa’ao Filise at a special testimonial dinner last week. The dinner celebrated a decade of service to the club by Taufa’ao who comes from Malapo in Tonga.
Tuesday 26 April 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A visiting Tongan couple from New Zealand who wanted to adopt a young girl had their application rejected by the Supreme Court on Friday, April 22. The couple intended to take the 5 year-old to be raised in their home in Christchurch. However, the court concluded that the child was better off living in Tonga.
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Sunday 24 April 2016

Auckland
One of Tonga’s greatest musicians, Bill Sevesi (born Wilfred Jeffs), passed away yesterday April 23. He was aged 92. Bill Sevesi was an early pioneer of modern Pacific Island Music and is credited with popularising and introducing the Hawaiian guitar key to Tonga and other Pacific Islands. Bill also introduced Tongan music to the airwaves for the first time. He was inducted in the New Zealand Music Hall of Fame in 2015.
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Thursday 21 April 2016

Wales, UK
Former Mate Ma’a Tonga winger Mateaki Mafi (43) was a prize winner at the 2016 Crufts dog show in Birmingham, England, according to local news media. One of his dogs a Neapolitan Mastiff won the best of breed award in the “working dogs” category. His dog is named “Freddo Dei Mastini Della Rupe”.
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Tuesday 19 April 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
In January this year, there were 2,381 Tongan overstayers living in New Zealand according to recently published estimates from the New Zealand Government’s Immigration Department.
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Tuesday 19 April 2016

Suva, Fiji
A personal development programme for Pacific Island rugby players was initiated today 19 April with an announcement that $650,000 would be invested into a Fijian programme. A parallel programme will be implemented in Tonga and Samoa later this year.
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Tuesday 19 April 2016
Auckland, New Zealand
Now imprisoned Tongan businessman, Mosese Uele, was yesterday identified in a New Zealand Court as being the alleged “inside man” for a major illegal drug trafficking operation between China and New Zealand. He was named in the trial of Chinese born Yixin Gan (35) who once lived in Tonga and is accused of smuggling 250kg of drugs into New Zealand.
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Monday 18 April 2016

Auckland, New Zealand
Tongan boxing champion, Uaine Fa, won his third professional fight on Saturday April 16 at the Royal Rampage boxing event in Auckland, New Zealand. Fellow Tongan boxer, Nailini Helu, also at the event, defeated her opponent to win the Royal Rampage Super Middleweight title.
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Monday 18 April 2016

England, United Kingdom
Rugby League Fuifui Moimoi is currently recovering in a British hospital after he suffered a near-fatal infection that left him severely swollen and bedridden in intensive care for two weeks. Fuifui recounted the painful experience.
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Saturday 9 April 2016

Salt Lake City-Utah, USA
A Tongan-American man in Utah, Nitokalisi Fonua (33) has pleaded guilty to the killing of a Tongan national Viliami Latu (34) in 2007 and to the killing of a young woman Krystal Flores (21) in 2009, both in Salt Lake City. According to Utah media reports Nitokalisi pleaded guilty to manslaughter although the charges against him are two counts of first-degree murder. He is due to be sentenced on April 18 by a Salt Lake City court.
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Wednesday 6 April 2016

North Carolina, USA
A Tongan-American boy scout, Lehi Tonga Jnr (16) has won recognition after he built ‘buddy benches’ for a local elementary school in his small town of Hollys Grove in North Carolina to help tackle school bullying.
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Friday 1 April 2016
Washington State, USA
A Tongan woman has been jailed by a US court for sexually abusing and prostituting her 6 year-old daughter.
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Thursday 31 March 2016

United States
Tony Finau has hatched his first PGA tour win and a prize of $540,000 after winning the Puerto Rico Open last Sunday, March 27. He now looks for a second career win in the Shell Houston Open where he faces the likes of former PGA champion Phil Mickleson. The four day competition commenced today.
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Wednesday 3 February 2016

Rarotonga, Cook Islands
Tongan domestic football club, Veitonga FC competed in a regional club qualifying competition in the Cook Islands last week held from January 26-30.
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