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Wednesday 21 February 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
When Cyclone Gita blasted a dilapidated little Tongan fale into Fanga 'Uta Lagoon on the night of Monday February 13, home to a non-conformist Tongan artists group, the ferocious winds could not destroy the creative spirit of the Seleka International Art Society Initiative.
Tuesday 20 February 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Photographs taken today around the eastern area of Tongatapu from Ha'ateiho up to Nukuleka, show extensive damage to homes, vegetation and schools caused by Tropical Cyclone Gita.
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Tuesday 20 February 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A falling tree branch on Taufa'ahau Road hit Senior Police Constable ‘Apisai Fihaki (36), knocking him unconscious and fracturing his right ribs, while he was responding to a call for emergency evacuation during Tropical Cyclone Gita. But recovering today at his home in Ha'asini, Fihaki said that saving people’s lives was the utmost priority. By Linny Folau
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Friday 16 February 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Fisherman, Latu Kamisese (60s) who lost his house at Patangata during Tropical Cyclone Gita is appealing for food donations to help sustain his family for now until he can get back to making his living from the sea.
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Thursday 15 February 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
King Tupou VI urged Tongans to work with a cooperative spirit to rebuild their country after Cyclone Gita, in an address to the nation this evening, particularly mentioning the people of the worst-hit islands of Tongatapu and 'Eua. The first assistance to any hardship that happens in our country should come from us, he said.
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Monday 29 January 2018
Gold Coast, Australia
A 3-year-old Tongan boy is reported to have died from drowning after he was pulled from a creek in the Gold Coast, Australia on Saturday 27 January.
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Thursday 25 January 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
An exhausting week-long walkathon around Ha’apai, ‘Eua, Vava’u and Tongatapu was completed last week by Frazer Mataitonga from the ‘Akanesi Mataitonga Trust. Frazer agreed to perform the challenge as part of a fundraiser to help the ‘Ofa Tui ‘Amanaki Centre, which supports handicapped children.
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Wednesday 10 January 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Rev Dr 'Ahio is the new chairman of a Committee on Tongan Traditions effective from November 23, 2017.
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Friday 5 January 2018

Auckland, New Zealand
A New Zealand transport company is being held criminally liable over the bus crash that killed three Tongan passengers last year near the town of Gisborne in New Zealand.
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Friday 5 January 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The funeral of Thomas Spencer Monson, the 16th President and a Prophet of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, who died on 2 January 2018 at his home in Salt Lake City, will be held next week and televised live for 19 LDS Stakes in Tonga.
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Wednesday 3 January 2018

St George, Utah-USA
The Tongan community in Utah are mourning the loss of 46-year-old Kolei Soseti Maile of St George, Utah, USA who passed away on Christmas day after an illness. He leaves behind a wife, four children and a football team – the Pine View High School football team – for whom he worked for as an offensive line coach.
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Tuesday 2 January 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The new year welcomed seven beautiful new babies in Tonga, with six born at Vaiola Hospital on Tongatapu and one at Prince Ngu Hospital, Vava’u. The first, arriving bright and early, was Herschel Tiuke Duane Miller Jr Pola. Only two of the new babies were girls. They are among the first of an estimated 385,793 babies born on New Year's Day around the world.
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Tuesday 2 January 2018

Wellington, New Zealand
Dr Palatasa Havea and Valeti Finau have been named on New Zealand’s annual Honours List. Both honourees are Tongan-born New Zealanders. The Honours List was released on New Year’s Eve 31 December by New Zealand’s Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.
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Monday 1 January 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
King Tupou VI and Queen Nanasipau'u and members of the Royal Family welcomed guests at a New Year's Day reception at the Royal Palace, Nuku'alofa today. Among the guests were rugby league star Jason Taumalolo and Grammy nominee Josh Tatofi.
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Friday 29 December 2017

Suva, Fiji
Radiant bride, 'Anaseini Fifita Falemei Palu of Nuku'alofa, married her sweetheart Joseph James Halapua in Suva yesterday, 28 December, during the Christmas season of weddings.
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Thursday 28 December 2017
Gisborne, New Zealand
A memorial service was held outside the New Zealand town of Gisborne on Chistmas Eve to pay tribute to the victims of a bus crash that killed three Tongan visitors last year. The memorial marks a year since the tragic accident occurred.
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Friday 22 December 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A Christmas gift of $6,000 pa’anga was made to the Alonga Adult Disabled Centre, in Pea on December 22, by a Tongan family from the USA.
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Wednesday 20 December 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
As government offices closed for the holidays Christmas cheer was spread in Nuku’alofa today by brass bands from Tonga Police and His Majesty's Armed Forces.
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Friday 15 December 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Thirty-five girls from different schools attended a Camp Glow mission, aimed at empowerment, organised by the Talitha Project in partnership with the US Peace Corps from December 11-14.
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Friday 15 December 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Church of Jesus Christ and Latter-day Saints has established a new stake in Tonga, the Nuku'alofa Tonga Capital Stake, opened with a ceremony on 19 November at the ‘Atele Indoor Stadium.
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