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Tuesday 28 February 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Luckily, the rain held off as the Royal cortege arrived in Nuku'alofa and made its way to the Royal Palace, where the HM the late Queen Mother Halaevalu Mata'aho lies tonight. Photos by Linny Folau and Peter Poulsen.
Tuesday 28 February 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
There was surreal quietness and sadness at the Fua'amotu International Airport and in Nuku'alofa, after the RNAF Hercules touched down at about 1:05 pm this afternoon, carrying the casket of the late Queen Mother Halaevalu Mata’aho (90) from Auckland. By Linny Folau.
Tuesday 28 February 2017

Seattle, USA
A moving Memorial Service for Tonga's Queen Mother was attended by the Tongans living in Seattle, Washington state, USA, on Sunday February 26.
Monday 27 February 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's Prime Minister Hon. 'Akilisi Pohiva told parliament today that the House was "trespassing on authority" in their attempts to dismiss him. The Tongan Parliament rejected the Motion for a Vote of No Confidence in the Prime Minister Hon. 'Akilisi Pohiva with votes of 14-10 this afternoon, Monday 27 February. All members of parliament were present today, except for a time when the PM and four Cabinet Ministers left the House for an audience with the King. From the House by Pesi Fonua.
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Monday 27 February 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Traditional presentations were made to the Royal Family today, from people honouring the late Queen Mother Halaevalu Mata’aho, ahead of the expected arrival of the funeral cortege tomorrow, Tuesday. Photos by Linny Folau and Peter Poulsen.
Monday 27 February 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Flags throughout Tonga will be flown at half mast from tomorrow and throughout the 10 days of mourning observed by the Royal Family, while Wednesday is declared a special public holiday for the funeral of the late Queen Mother Halaevalu Mata’aho.
Monday 27 February 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Tongan Parliament rejected the Motion for a Vote of No Confidence on the PM with votes of 14-10. From the House by Pesi Fonua.
Monday 27 February 2017
Auckland, New Zealand
A 2016 report published by New Zealand Statistics, has revealed that Tongans have the lowest home ownership in New Zealand compared to other Pacific Islander groups, Europeans and Maori. Home ownership rates among Asians and other groups were not compared in the report.
Sunday 26 February 2017
Birmingham-Alabama, USA
Heavyweight boxer Junior Fa has won his fight against Keith Barr via a 3rd round knockout in an undercard to the Wilder vs Washington championship bout in Birmingham, Alabama.
Saturday 25 February 2017

Auckland, New Zealand
Aussie-Tongan actor Talia'uli Latukefu (33) casts in the highly anticipated space horror film, Alien: Covenant, which releases on 19 May. The movie is a sequel to the movie Prometheus, and a prequel to the original Alien series.
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Saturday 25 February 2017

Birmingham-Alabama, USA
Junior Fa and his opponent Keith Barr have weighed in against each other ahead of their fight tomorrow in Birmingham, Alabama. The fight is an undercard to the Deontay Wilder vs Gerald Washington WBC championship bout.
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Saturday 25 February 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
An earthquake magnitude of 6.6 or 6.9 was felt as a short shake in the Tongan capital at 6:29 am today. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center advised that there is no tsunami warning advisory or threat, due to the depth of the earthquake at 259 miles.
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Friday 24 February 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Deliberations by the Tongan Parliament over a motion for a Vote of No Confidence in the Prime Minister, Hon. ‘Akilisi Pohiva continued on its Stop-Start track when the Speaker Lord Tu’ivakano deferred further consideration and voting on the motion to Monday, 27 February.
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Friday 24 February 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Creative black and purple bunting tied in knots, bows, rosettes and crinkles, and wrapped on anything that can be wrapped, is emerging in Nuku'alofa and surrounding areas today as an expression of mourning for the late Queen Mother Halaevalu Mata'aho who passed away in Auckland on Sunday. Photos by Linny Folau
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Friday 24 February 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The first Climate Change Trust Fund aimed at financing small climate change resilience projects in Tonga and supported by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Government of Tonga was launched today.
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Friday 24 February 2017

Lahti, Finland
Olympian, Pita Taufatofua, finished his first race representing Tonga in the Cross Country Sprints at the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships, Lahti, Finland early this morning in memory of Tonga's Queen Mother. “We are dedicating this race to Her Majesty Queen Mother Halaevalu Mata’aho who passed away this week”.
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Friday 24 February 2017

Dunedin, New Zealand
Tongan-born prop Siate Tokolahi (24) will debut for the Otago Highlanders tonight against the Waikato Chiefs in Dunedin. He has played in the Super Rugby competition since 2014.
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Friday 24 February 2017

Auckland, New Zealand
Heavy weight boxer Junior Fa is in Alabama, preparing for his undercard to Deontay Wilder's highly anticipated WBC title defence against Gerald Washington this Saturday, 25 February. The undefeated Junior Fa (9 wins - 0 losses) will fight a southpaw from Virginia, Keith Barr (17 wins - 10 losses).
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Thursday 23 February 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
There were further delays today to the Tongan Parliament's deliberations on a motion for a Vote of No Confidence in the Prime Minister, Hon. ‘Akilisi Pohiva. Today's recess was reportedly allowed so that defamatory remarks on two private individuals could be deleted from the response of the Prime Minister to the Motion. From the House by Pesi Fonua.
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Thursday 23 February 2017

Suva, Fiji
"Meet the Pacific", to be held in five European cities from February 22 to March 6 is expected to create greater awareness in the South Pacific Islands region across Europe.
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