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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.
Wednesday 22 January 2014
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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’.
Thursday 19 September 2013 - 1 comment
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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.
Monday 24 December 2012
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We have in our beautiful country, a group of men who beg or penipeni people on the streets of Nuku’aolfa to buy alcohol, and they are drunk 90% of the time. They are a real menace to society. – Concerned Citizen.
Thursday 29 December 2011
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When I used to grow up in Tonga all I knew was that abstinence was highly emphasized and that girls must maintain their integrity in order to be respected by the men and wider community. However, I was disturbingly surprised when I visited back earlier this year since I left in 2005; a lot of things have changed … and I mean Changed! - Soa’ileat.
Thursday 6 October 2011
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I fully understand the democratic system where one is presumed innocent until proven guilty. However, it is no difference from telling a criminal, “you have been found guilty … but while your appeal is pending, we are promoting you …” This is most embarrassing coming from a country that brags of having the most educated population per capita in the Pacific if not in the world. When will we ever learn? – Mafi ‘o Amerika Samoa.
Thursday 18 August 2011
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We are living in a society that has became increasingly lower in calories, both in food as in thought. Not only have we passed from the stew and a good plate of beans to the salad slightly seasoned but we have also created rules that subordinate the personal decision to a government dictatorship. We have gone from thinking and reading to watch captivated the small screen. Models are copied more than following ideas. - Agustín Pérez.
Thursday 10 February 2011
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Each time I witnessed the late Queen Salote Tupou III and King Taufa’ahau Tupou IV attired in traditional ta’ovala reserved for royalties, they ignited a special pride feeling in me of being proud to be a Tongan. - Sione Akemeihakau Mokofisi.
Monday 10 January 2011
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According to a “Biography of Queen Salote” written by the daughter of Rev. Wood, ‘Atalanga is a private and a summer home of Queen Salote. This property was purchased by the government as a property and/or a gift for Queen Salote. Queen Salote used this property as a home when the summer is too hot in Tonga. - Siosaia Fatani.
Monday 22 November 2010
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A new Queen Salote Memorial Hall Cultural Projects Committee, formed to create more awareness of Tonga’s culture and heritage, had its first get-together at the hall on July 10.
Friday 16 July 2010
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The Parliamentarians’ action reflected Tongan men’s attitude towards women: “a bastion of male chauvinism.” The law discriminates against women, Christian belief praises men to rule over women, and our culture plays lip service to injustices against women in our society. - Sione Akemeihakau Mokofisi.
Thursday 20 May 2010
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Editor,

Just wanted to update you on my search.

Thursday 27 August 2009
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HI my name is Joceleen (aka Lina) I am writing from California, USA. I have never been to Tonga or seen my biological father except through a picture in a letter he sent back in 1997.

Wednesday 26 August 2009
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The discovery of Foa petroglyphs reminds us of the prolong regional inter- and intra-migration between the West and East of Oceania, and North and South, in a complex and pluralistic nature of opposite and reversible directions since the arrival of our Moanan ancestors from South-East Asia prior to the Birth of Christ (Vikings of the South Seas). Such Vikings were travelling back and forth between islands, even further to the South of the New World and islands like Tikopia to the North-West, at any time they wanted, for whatever purposes they might be, due to their familiarity in skills and wisdom with the know-how to adapt to nature and the sea in secure and safe strategies.
Friday 13 March 2009 - 2 comments
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Editor,

Friday 14 November 2008
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Editor,

Saturday 22 March 2008
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Editor,

Thursday 20 March 2008
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 ‘Etita,

Friday 14 March 2008
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 Editor,

Thank you for continuously keeping us informed of what’s happening in the Kingdom.

Sunday 27 January 2008
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Editor,

Your news on the “Two dead in Nuku’alofa shooting” is so crippling to the heart.

Wednesday 23 January 2008
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