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Thursday 22 June 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Nine Miss Heilala contestants have registered to take part in the pageant to be held July 1-7 in Nuku’alofa. The contestants who are 19 to 23 years old come from Tonga, United States and New Zealand.
Thursday 15 June 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Emerging Tongan fashion designer, Mele Tamanilo (32) has transformed the traditional kiekie, normally made of plant fibres, into a sparkling warrior-princess-inspired accessory that Tongans worldwide are embracing with pride.
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Tuesday 30 May 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga is gearing up for the 2017 Heilala Festival - two weeks of events from 26 June until 9 July, the highlight being the Miss Heilala Pageant. The first contestant to register for the pageant is Miss Tourism Tonga, 'Ana Havea.
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Wednesday 24 May 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's Queen Nanasipau'u will travel to Hawaii in early August with a group of Kanokupolu dancers who have been invited to perform at the Asia Pacific Dance Festival in Honolulu.
Friday 23 December 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Christmas cheer is being spread around Nuku’alofa this week with bands performing at various venues in Nuku’alofa, despite the hot weather.
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Monday 28 November 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Christmas holiday celebrations have begun over the weekend and children were treated to the lighting of a big Christmas tree in the Nuku'alofa CBD with prizes to be won on Christmas Eve.
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Wednesday 16 November 2016

Los Angeles, USA
Hon. Frederica Filipe and her two cousins Prince Tungi and Hon. ‘Etani Tuku’aho attended a star studded World Premier of Disney’s highly anticipated Polynesian animated movie 'Moana', at the famed El Capitan Theater in Los Angeles, USA, on 14 November.
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Monday 24 October 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Fifteen films from across the Pacific, including four from Tonga, screened at the second Nuku’alofa Film Fest held over two days on 19 and 20 October.
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Monday 24 October 2016

Sydney, Australia
Tongan Winter Olympian, Bruno Banani will make an appearance at the Pasifika Film Fest opening in Sydney on November 2, after the film titled "Being Bruno Banani", makes its Australian premiere at Event Cinema Parramatta.
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Wednesday 19 October 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Drawings of peace by local primary school children at the Ocean of Light International School in Hofoa today joined 'Colours for Peace, a travelling international exhibition which has collected over 9000 drawings from 200 primary and nursery schools in more than 80 countries around the world.
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Friday 30 September 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A dinner and floorshow will be held tonight, Friday, in celebration of the Tonga National Cultural Centre’s first group of students completing their certificates in traditional Tongan dance. The centre is being used to revive the teaching of Tongan traditional dance, music, arts and plants, as well as promote places and sites of cultural significance.
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Monday 26 September 2016

London, United Kingdom
Londoners were treated to an array of contemporary Pacific fashion on 18 September with the London Pacific Fashion Collective Show featuring both emerging and established fashion designers from the Pacific, including Tongan artist, Uili Lousi.
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Monday 4 July 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Walt Disney’s recent trailer release of the highly anticipated movie Moana has stirred debate over the movie’s portrayal of the Polynesian demi-god Maui. New Zealand-Tongan MP Jenny Salesa called Disney’s portrayal of Maui “overweight” and a “negative stereotype”.
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Wednesday 29 June 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The final program for the 2016 Heilala Festival has been released by the Heilala Festival Events Committee. This includes the Miss Heilala Pageant under the theme, "Beautiful Tonga". Tonight a cultural event at the Queen Sālote Memorial Hall will feature the Miss Junior/Pre-teen Tau'olunga dancing competitions.
Monday 27 June 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Nuku'alofa will see ongoing festivities with the annual Heilala Festival to start this week showcasing various events, including a Miss Heilala Pageant under a theme, "Beautiful Tonga".
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Thursday 23 June 2016

New York, USA
Tonga's Visesio Siasau will have his huge black tapa cloth exhibited at ORA Gallery in New York City from July 6-28.
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Monday 30 May 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A beautiful traditional Chinese music concert for the Queen Mother Halaevalu Mata’aho's 90th birthday, was performed by China’s National Traditional Orchestra on Saturday night, 28 May at Loumaile Lodge. By Linny Folau.
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Saturday 28 May 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
“It’s a wrap!”, said German filmmaker Florian Schewe, today after winding up six weeks of filming in Neiafu and Kenutu Island, Vava‘u. "The Tongan crew and cast members did a fantastic job, without them we could have not accomplished the filming,” he told Matangi Tonga Online.
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Thursday 19 May 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A Tongan delegation including cultural dancers and artists will showcase Tonga at the 12th Festival of Pacific Arts to be held in Guam from May 22 to June 4.
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Sunday 8 May 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
In a colourful celebration of Polynesian, Native American and Latin American song and dance, Brigham Young University students "Living Legends" opened their Tongan goodwill visit with a Royal Performance for Queen Nanasipau'u at 'Atele Stadium on Saturday night. A public performance will be held at 7:00pm on Tuesday May 10. Photos by Pesi Fonua
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