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Monday 13 February 2017

Sydney, Australia
Australian-Tongan teenager Alo-Bridget Namoa may spend the rest of her life in prison. Last Wednesday she was charged with plotting a terrorist attack by a Sydney Court, a charge which carries a penalty of life imprisonment. If convicted, the 19-year-old girl will be the first known convicted terrorist of Tongan descent.
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Monday 13 February 2017

Auckland, New Zealand
Tributes are flowing in for Tongan-born Sione Lauaki who tragically passed away on Saturday from kidney failure. His former club, The Waikato Chiefs, stated on Twitter "Rest in peace Sione, always a Chief...our thoughts and prayers are with Sione’s family and friends and with the entire Chiefs whanau as today we have lost a brother."
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Wednesday 8 February 2017

Auckland, New Zealand
Junior Fa's journey to become the first Tongan world champion has reached a crucial point after signing a 3-year-contract with one of boxing's biggest promoters Lou DiBella - who announced the signing three days ago, stating ""The physically imposing Junior Fa has the size and skills to make an impact in an era of heavyweight giants".
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Wednesday 8 February 2017

Salt Lake City, Utah-USA
A 21-year-old man of Tongan descent, James Afuakimoana Tamoua, has been arrested follwing an armed robbery and police chase in Salt Lake City, Utah on Saturday. The accused along with a 15-year-old boy are accused of robbing a shop and holding up the store clerk at gunpoint.
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Thursday 2 February 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
When Native American woman Juliana Brown Eyes received a call from her father confirming that her grandfather was Tongan, she immediately began looking for her Tongan relatives on Facebook. By Finau Fonua.
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Tuesday 24 January 2017

Buffalo City, USA
Eleven year-old Siana Akauola (of Tongan heritage) has gained media attention for her participation in an anti-Trump protest rally in Washington DC last Saturday January 21.
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Tuesday 24 January 2017

Honolulu, Hawaii
Team Ronnie Stanley have won the Inaugral Polynesian Bowl after defeating Team Marcus Mariota 9 - 7 at Aloha Stadium in Hawaii on Saturday January 21. Team Stanley grabbed the win in the dying seconds of the game with a field goal.
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Monday 23 January 2017

Two Australian-Tongan teenagers, Tevita Mahina (17) and Issac Tupou (17), are being commended by the Australian public for their attempts to stop a crazed man Dimitrious Gargasoulas who killed five pedestrians in a driving rampage in Melbourne, last Friday January 20.
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Monday 16 January 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's Police Force has received a donation of $10,000 and two trophies presented by former Tonga Police living in the United States who appreciate their work
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Wednesday 11 January 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Australian Wallaby lock Adam Coleman has opened up about his Tongan heritage in a recent interview with Rugby Australia. The 25-year-old 6'8 foot lock only debuted for the Wallabies this year. He plays his rugby for the Western Force in the Super Rugby competition.
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Thursday 5 January 2017

Apia, Samoa
The village of Siumu in Samoa has bestowed a chiefly title to Sione Niumotu Pome'e, the founding member of 'Three Houses Down', a popular reggae band in New Zealand. The title of Tupuola was originally held by Sione's father-in-law, Fa'alogo Masei
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Wednesday 4 January 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
New Zealand has honoured Valerie Adams (32) with the title of Dame in their annual New Year Honours list. Valerie Adams is the youngest woman to become a Dame Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit (DNZM).
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Monday 26 December 2016

Auckland, New Zealand
New Zealand Police have confirmed the names of the two people killed following a bus crash between Wairoa and Gisborne on the night of Christmas Eve. Those killed were 11-year-old boy Sione Taumololo and 33-year-old woman Talita Fifita both of Tonga. Ten people remain in hospital.
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Sunday 25 December 2016
Auckland, New Zealand
Very bad news for Tongans on Christmas Day as New Zealand new media reports that a bus carrying a college group from Vava'u in Tonga who were on their way to Gisborne to perform at a church today, has crashed yesterday killing at least one person and injuring the 45 others on board.
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Tuesday 20 December 2016

Auckland, New Zealand
New Zealand's former Prime Minister John Key presented awards to nine Pacific Islander students in Auckland yesterday, December 19. Among the recipients were students of Tongan heritage Roneima Teumohenga and Emma Takataka.
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Tuesday 20 December 2016

Auckland. New Zealand
Mary-Kate Fonua (18) was last week awarded the 2016 YWCA Auckland Future Leader of the Year. Mary-Kate immigrated with her family from Tonga to New Zealand in 2008.
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Monday 19 December 2016

Perth, Australia
A Perth family have publicly expressed their gratitude to retired UFC fighter Soa Palelei for attempting to save their nine-year-old boy, Tyreez Mundroina, who collapsed during a basketball game.
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Monday 12 December 2016

Auckland, New Zealand
Junior Fa scored an impressive 3rd round knockout win over his Argentine opponent Pablo Magrini on Saturday night in an undercard to the Parker vs Ruiz WBO championship event in Auckland.
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Thursday 8 December 2016

Auckland, New Zealand
Uaine Fa Jnr. (aka Junior Fa) remembers defeating New Zealand’s champion fighter Joseph Parker back in 2012, in a qualifying amateur boxing competition for the London Olympics. Four years since that encounter, Fa is confident he can beat Parker again as a professional. In the meantime, this Saturday, Fa has an undercard bout at the Parker-Ruiz WBO heavyweight title event at the Vector Arena, Auckland. Interview by Finau Fonua.
Wednesday 7 December 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Move over Taekwondo, Pita Taufatofua is transitioning to another ‘cooler’ sport, cross-country skiing. Famously known as Tonga’s bare chested flag bearer at the Rio Olympics, the taekwondo athlete is taking up skiing in a bid to represent Tonga at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
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