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Thursday 13 July 2017
Auckland, New Zealand
In the New Zealand High Court yesterday, two men of Tongan descent, Luigi Havea (26) and Panepasa Havea, were found guilty of the kidnapping and manslaughter of a 50-year-old Thai woman, Jindarat Prutsiriporn.
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Thursday 15 June 2017

Seattle, USA
A young US Tongan woman in Seattle, Melissa Prisila Langi (23), is being charged with 10 counts of first-degree assault by a US Court for her participation in four separate drive-by shootings. She was arrested by Seattle Police last month May 26, in connection to the shootings.
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Utah, USA
Tributes are flowing in for 22-year-old Siaosi Brown of Utah, USA, who drowned last week during a hiking accident in Utah. Siaosi had worked as an LDS missionary in Kansas.
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Thursday 1 June 2017

Hayward-California, USA
Californian teenager, Petelo Finau (18) of Hayward, is being commended for saving his autistic 13-year-old brother from a house fire that erupted at their home last Friday night.
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Tuesday 23 May 2017

Auckland, New Zealand
Tongan youth suicide prevention must be inclusive of the family, according to new research that shows that Tongan youth in New Zealand have to navigate their way between two or more ethnic identities. This tension contributes to feelings of alienation and disconnect.
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Thursday 18 May 2017

Oakland, California
A Tongan resident of Oakland City in California and mother of 13 children, Malia Lusia Latu Saulala, has been announced “Mother of the Year” by the local government’s Oakland Parks & Recreation Office.
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Monday 15 May 2017

Utah, USA
Utah Police are looking for Sione Vaitai (26), of Tongan descent. He is accused of stabbing his father and sister with a kitchen knife two days ago at their home in Sandy City, Utah, USA.
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Sunday 14 May 2017

California, USA
Two Tongan women in California, have been jailed for neglecting their 73-year-old mother, who was found in a gangrenous state after passing away in 2013. The pair were sentenced on Friday, only two days before Mother’s day today. They were sentenced by the San Mateo County District Attorney’s Office.
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Thursday 11 May 2017

Florida, USA
Steve Tu’ikolovatu, defensive lineman for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, has revealed that he and his wife once lived out of a SUV, a 2004 Chevrolet Suburban, near a beach in California for two months.
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Tuesday 9 May 2017

California, USA
California State University Northridge (CSUN) has awarded a rare scholarly recognition (Wolfson Scholar) to a 21-year-old Tongan student, Angelina Finau from Los Angeles. To be a Wolfson Scholar, a CSUN student must not only have an exceptional academic record, but also must have made a significant contribution to the University and community.
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Thursday 4 May 2017

Auckland, New Zealand
Tongan women are using their cultural values and upbringing as a framework to build strong leadership in their workplaces, according to a new study from Massey University. Seluvaia Malua-Paea says leadership is about igniting the light in others and strength isn’t necessarily about being dominant.
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Thursday 4 May 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's famous Olympic flag bearer Pita Taufatofua has just finished a photo shoot in the Beverley Hills home of an American actress Jessica Alba in an advertising campaign for Cash Warren's underwear brand, where he plays the "perfect man".
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Friday 7 April 2017

Memphis, Tennessee
Details of a homicide investigation concerning the death of Uti Makasini (23) reportedly Tongan, from Redwood, California, have been released by Police from the US city of Memphis in Tennessee.
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Friday 31 March 2017
Auckland, New Zealand
New Zealand’s Ministry of Justice, has released the details of five deportation appeal hearings concerning Tongan citizens that were conducted in September last year. Appellants varied from a 16-month-old girl to a 78-year-old woman. Their appeals were heard before New Zealand’s Immigration and Protection Tribunal. Humanitarian grounds were considered with some reprieves allowedHuman.
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Wednesday 29 March 2017

Bristol, United Kingdom
‘Ikale Tahi center Siale Piutau will play for Bristol Rugby on a permanent basis after re-signing with the club last week. The UK based club announced the new deal on Monday, March 27.
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Wednesday 29 March 2017

Auckland, New Zealand
Two young Pacific Islander high school students in New Zealand have received hugs of comfort after holding signs in public stating “I am a Pacific Islander – People say I will grow up to be nothing – Hug me if you disagree” and "I go to Manurewa High School. Media says I am a violent thug. Hug me if you disagree".
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Tuesday 28 March 2017

Sydney, Australia
Sydney Rooster’s winger, Daniel Tupou, is eager to represent Tonga at the 2017 Rugby League World Cup (RLWC17) this October. “If I got the chance I would definitely put my hand up to play for Tonga,” Tupou stated.
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Wednesday 22 March 2017

Canberra, Australia
Australia celebrated it’s annual “Harmony Day” yesterday with more than 3,500 events being held across the country to celebrate the ethnic diversity of Australians. Australians of Tongan descent joined in the celebrations, displaying their Tongan culture in schools, workplaces and community centres throughout the country.
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Friday 17 March 2017

Bristol, United Kingdom
Bristol Rugby have signed 'Ikale Tahi prop forward, Sione Faletau (28), the UK club announced yesterday.
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Tuesday 7 March 2017

Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
Papua New Guineans are mourning the passing of popular radio presenter and media personality, Roger Hau'ofa. The 73-year-old, originally from Tonga, passed away over the weekend due to kidney failure. Roger is the brother of a Tongan writer, the late 'Epeli Hau'ofa.
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