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Monday 12 September 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
An exhibition of a collection of photographs from the Japan Professional Photographers Society, ‘Japan’s Coastline and its People’, was launched by Crown Prince Tupouto’a ‘Ulukalala at the Visitors Information Centre, Hala Vuna, Nuku’alofa on 9 September.
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Wednesday 7 September 2016

Auckland, New Zealand
New Zealand is celebrating Tonga Language Week from September 4-10 focusing on observing how Tongan culture has shaped the country. The theme this year is ‘Fakakoloa ‘a Aotearoa ‘aki ‘a e Loto’i Tonga’ – Enriching Aotearoa with the Tongan Spirit.
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Tuesday 23 August 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A group of 13 young students and three leaders from Fukuoka, Japan, visited Tonga as Junior Ambassadors in a program that builds friendship with Tongan children through exchange visits.
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Monday 13 June 2016

Laie, Hawaii
HM King Tupou VI and Queen Nanasipau’u attended the opening of a newly restored Tonga Village at the Polynesian Cultural Center in Laie, Hawaii, on 11 June.
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Monday 6 June 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Today a public holiday was held to celebrate Emancipation Day, the day Tonga’s first Christian king, King Siaosi Tupou I officially abolished serfdom in Tonga on June 4 1862. It represented a turning point in Tongan history as commoners were freed from the virtual ownership of chiefs. It is 154 years since the day.
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Saturday 28 May 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A Tongan delegation including cultural dancers and artists has presented Tongan dance at the 12th Festival of Pacific Arts underway in Guam, from May 22 to June 4.
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Saturday 7 November 2015

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The solitary soldier atop Tonga’s Cenotaph was removed from Pangai Si’i on November 5 and crossed Taufa’ahau Road where, dangling from a crane and in the protective arms of a serviceman, he was lowered to a new position next to the National Flag Station - in time for Remembrance Sunday Service tomorrow November 8. Photos by Linny Folau and Peter Poulsen.
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Saturday 5 September 2015

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The smashing of the protective walls around Tonga’s War Memorial and removal of its memorial plaques, during the site clearing for St. George’s Palace construction at Pangai Si’i last week might possibly be illegal.
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Wednesday 26 August 2015

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The inaugural meeting of the Tonga Heritage Society last night chose foundation officers who will move to formally register the group as an incorporated society. The group came together following public concern over the loss of heritage areas to development activity in Tonga.
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Thursday 13 August 2015

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A new organisation, called the Tonga Heritage Society, is being formed by a group of interested people with the aim of helping to identify, preserve and promote the cultural and natural heritage sites and artifacts of Tonga.
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Tuesday 4 August 2015

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
An important Tongan heritage site at Va’epopua is threatened by a swamp subdivision that government has announced yesterday will be distributed to people today.
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Monday 6 July 2015

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A new book called “Tonga: Fonua ‘a Kainga” (Tonga: the land of Kings, Chiefs and their Relatives) was launched by Princess Mele Siu‘ilikutapu at the Queen Sālote College Hall on 3 July.
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Wednesday 8 April 2015

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Pacific Islanders who are working to safeguard their heritage have shared their knowledge and wisdom in a new book and CD published by UNESCO that includes articles written by five Tongans.
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Wednesday 28 January 2015

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Women & Children Crisis Centre (WCCC) says that it has assisted more than 1,800 women and children in Tonga since its inception in 2009. The Nuku’alofa based centre says that there have been some dramatic cases of domestic disturbances, including incidents of child molesting. By Finau Fonua.
Wednesday 21 January 2015

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A lack of motivation and attention provided at home was one of the main reasons for school failure and widespread laziness among Tongan youth, believes a prominent youth leader, Vanessa Heleta.
Tuesday 16 December 2014
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
HE Mr Huang Huaguang, the Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to Tonga handed over $40,414 worth of digitizing equipment and a video camera to Siale ‘Ataongo Puloka, the Deputy Private Secretary to the King of Tonga on 12 December.
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Tuesday 9 December 2014
Tupou I

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A public holiday, “King Tupou 1 Day” was held yesterday December 8, in respect of Tonga’s first Christian King and founder of the modern Kingdom of Tonga, King George (Siaosi) Taufa’ahau Tupou I.
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Wednesday 22 January 2014
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Five significant Tongan patrimonial artifacts are expected to fetch around 19,000 Euros ($50,000 pa’anga) when they are auctioned in Brussels, on Friday January 24, for an unnamed private owner. While critics of the sale say the objects are an invaluable part of Tonga’s cultural heritage and should not leave the kingdom to be sold in Europe.
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Thursday 19 September 2013
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A special program including a peace march will be held on Saturday, September 21 in Nuku‘alofa as Tonga marks the United Nation’s International Peace Day, under a theme ‘Education for Peace’.
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Monday 24 December 2012
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga’s ancient stonework monuments are unique in the Pacific, and the largest of them, Lapaha’s Paepae ‘o Tele’a tombs, are to be submitted for recognition as a World Heritage Site.

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