HRH Prince Taufa’ahau Manumataongo was baptized at the Centenary Church of the Free Wesleyan Church of Tonga in Nuku’alofa, this morning, 14 July. Photos by Pesi Fonua.
Tongan Royal Family
Tonga’s King Tupou VI and Queen Nanasipau’u are expected to return to Nuku‘alofa tomorrow, Saturday June 1, after visiting their new-born grandson, Prince Taufa‘ahau Manumataongo, at the Royal Residence ‘Atalanga in Epsom, Auckland. Four generations of Tonga’s Royal Family posed for family photos with the contented baby. Photos courtesy Lord Chamberlain.
In a dramatically worded official statement Tonga’s Minister of Information ‘Eseta Fusitu’a on November 4 denounced a group that is questioning the King’s sale of the ‘Atalanga royal residence in Auckland, apparently for daring to ask questions of Tonga’s king.
Tonga’s King George Tupou V arrives at the FWC Centenary Church in Nuku‘alofa, this morning for his coronation. Photos Pesi Fonua, Mary Lyn Fonua, Linny Folau, Peter Halmagy and courtesy TV1.
Newly-weds, Hon. Fanetupouvava’u and Second Lieutenant Siaosi Kiu Tau-ki-Vailahi Kaho, along with HM King George Tupou V, the Tongan Royal Family and over 700 wedding guests, were entertained by musical items from Tongan Soprano ‘Atolomake Helu accompanied by Sisi’uno Helu on piano, and later many joined in spontaneous dancing or “mafana fiefia” to the Tonga Police Band yesterday afternoon at a reception held at the International Dateline Hotel in Nuku’alofa. Friday, May 4, 2007 - 15:35 Photos by Linny Folau, Claire Thornber and Adrienne L. Kaeppler.
Thousands of people are presenting funeral gifts and paying their final tributes to the late King Taufa’ahau Tupou IV at the Royal Palace, Nuku‘alofa, although they cannot view him while he is lying in state in the throne room.
Thousands of Tongans are lining the roads on Tongatapu as the funeral procession of His Late Majesty King Taufa’ahau Tupou IV passes by on its way to the Royal Palace where he will lie in State for five days.
Preparations are well underway for the return to Tonga of King Taufa’ahau Tupou IV on Saturday July 1 to celebrate his 88th birthday on July 4.
While Tonga is still struggling with tension to rebuild herself from an economic earthquake, the $60M loan to buy back Shoreline is the overture to a tsunami. Prime Minister, Feleti Sevele equating religion to economy in his news release last week was a hopeful attempt to shape the people’s frame of reference and soften the blow. - Mele Payne Lynch
Some people believe the earthquake in Tonga was an omen since it occurred on Prince Regent Tupoutoa’s birthday. In my opinion, not only it is a natural disaster it is a requiem and a seismic movement calling attention to the historic fault line of royal culture and creed. The royal family and the government may have to readjust their lenses and treat this incident more as a potential means for reconciliation than a source of conflict. -Mele Payne Lynch