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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Results for Culture and Society
Wednesday 22 January 2014
Thursday 19 September 2013
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’.
Monday 24 December 2012
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.
Thursday 29 December 2011
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 6 October 2011
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 18 August 2011
Pago Pago, American Samoa
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 10 February 2011
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.
Monday 10 January 2011
Salt Lake City, Utah, USA
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 22 November 2010
San Francisco,California, USA
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.
Friday 16 July 2010
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.
Thursday 20 May 2010
Salt Lake City, Utah, USA
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.
Friday 13 March 2009
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.
Wednesday 18 July 2007
Auckland, New Zealand
'Etita, Fakamolemole ka e hao atu mu'a 'ete ki'i fakakaukau ki he fe'auhi Galaxy 'i ho'o kolomu. Kuo lahi e laulea ki he natula 'o e fe'auhi ni 'o 'ikai ke fenapasi mo e taumu'a ngaue (objective) 'a e kulupu ni. 'Oku ou faka'apa'apa lahi ki he tui .'a Moimoiangaha pea 'oku 'i ai pe 'ene totonu ki ai. Kaikehe 'i he senituli sivilaise ni, kuo faka'apa'apa'i fakamamani lahi ai 'a e totonu 'a e tangata (human rights) pea 'oku kau ai 'a Tonga. -Telesia Finau
Wednesday 7 March 2007
On the question of: do you think that sexual violence against women or just violence against women is a cultural thing? My answer is that it all depends on where you sit and how much you unquestioningly agree with / support the existing culture. People have been using culture, tradition and religion for many moons to justify why we should NOT talk about THE sensitive subjects that we need to talk about if we are going to be successful in preventing the spread of HIV.
Sunday 2 April 2006
Ashton Village, UK
I can assure you that I speak for all of my countrymen in the UK when I say you will be greatly missed, you have enriched our lives tremendously and you have stood by our side during war. - Steve Falder
Friday 10 March 2006
Archaeologists who are working on a project to map Tonga's ancient terraced tombs this week began the first laser imaging and remote sensing work to be conducted in Tonga, and they aim produce a three dimensional graphic map of Lapaha as as it was during the reign of the Tu'i Tonga from the 13th century to 1885.
Thursday 8 December 2005
As we get closer to the end of the school year, hope builds up as more students will soon become part of the Alumni Association or Ex-Student Association. No longer students, eh? - Tevita U. Langi
Thursday 24 November 2005
When you acknowledge the less than perfect parts of yourself, something magical begins to happen. Along with the negative, you'll also begin to notice the positive, the wonderful aspects of yourself that you may not have given yourself credit for, or perhaps even been aware of. - Siosaia Moimoiangaha
Wednesday 23 November 2005
This forum has been a source of inspirational and stimulating discussions that added scholarly and intellectual dimensions to the journalism of Matangi Tonga. Unfortunately, William Mariner chose not to add any real value to any topic of any kind, but chose to take personal attacks against Dr. Mahina on his previous post.