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Friday 29 July 2016

Salt Lake City-Utah, USA
A pregnant 30 year-old US-Tongan woman and mother of six, ‘Ofa Kinikini, died after the vehicle she was traveling in was hit by a train in Salt Lake City, Utah on Monday July 25. ‘Ofa’s baby was saved in an emergency C-section, a daughter who is now in critical condition, according to local reports.
Thursday 28 July 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A Tonga Secondary Schools Brass Band Music Festival held in Tongatapu and Vava’u last week, is a joint initiative by Tonga Police and secondary school principals that brings youth together in a strategy to prevent and reduce crimes like school fights.
Wednesday 27 July 2016

Auckland, New Zealand
Auckland raised tenor Filipe Manu won second place at New Zealand’s prestigious opera singing competition, the 2016 Lexus Song Quest, last Saturday July 23. The 25 year-old came second to a fellow Aucklander, baritone Benson Wilson who won the competition and the $20,000 prize.
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Monday 25 July 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The King’s Matapule Motu’apuaka was laid to rest at Fakaulunafa Cemetery on Saturday, 23 July attended by King Tupou VI and Queen Nanasipau’u. Photos by Caroline Manu Moli.
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Friday 22 July 2016
California, USA
A 46-year-old Tongan man living in California was among 112 people (100 men, 12 women) arrested in an operation by United States law enforcement last week. According to the U.S Immigration and Customs Enforcement (I.C.E), the four-day operation was targeting “convicted criminal aliens” and that “the arrested were immigrants who were involved in gang activity or had three or more misdemeanor convictions or a conviction for a ‘significant’ misdemeanor’.”
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Wednesday 20 July 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Coming home to her roots, American-Tongan singing star Dinah Jane Hansen (19) took up paddling an outrigger canoe today, July 20, with the Tu’i Tonga Mafua and Tu’avivi Teams of the Nuku’alofa Outrigger Canoe Club at Faua Wharf in the Tongan capital Nuku’alofa. Dinah is visiting Tonga for the first time with her mother Milika.
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Wednesday 20 July 2016

Auckland, New Zealand
A Tongan dance artist, Tuiahai Tu’i’afitu, is the first international recipient of the Pacific Dance Artist in Residence 2016 in Auckland, New Zealand, who will get the chance to work with local schools, teach dance and deliver public workshops over a four week period from mid August to mid September.
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Tuesday 19 July 2016

Christchurch, New Zealand
Family, friends, fans and teammates of a promising young Tongan rugby player Uto Enosi Tu’ipulotu are in mourning after the 19 year-old passed away from cancer last week July 14 in Christchurch, New Zealand. Uto was selected for the New Zealand Area schools rugby team, and was awarded Under 18 player of the year by his rugby club, Ellesmere.
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Wednesday 13 July 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Obituary. Elizabeth Bott Spillius, a distinguished psychoanalyst and anthropologist who, through a chance friendship with Queen Sālote, made a valuable contribution to studies of Tongan society, has died in London on July 4 at the age of 92 years, after an illness.
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Tuesday 12 July 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A leading police officer, Acting Deputy Commissioner Sālote Grewe Tonga (61) who retired after 42-years of service with Tonga Police, was farewelled in a parade on Friday, 8 July and lauded for her strong character and deep values that made her a role model in her career. “Sālote treated everyone from all walks of life with respect,” said Commissioner Stephen Caldwell.
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Monday 11 July 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The outgoing Miss Heilala 2015 Brittne Fuimaono, perched on the open roof of a vehicle, led a colourful Miss Heilala Parade on Saturday July 9.The parade ended at Ma’ufanga, where the two Miss Heilala joined each other to ride in a convertible for final waves and photos, bringing the week-long event to its conclusion. Photos by Peter Poulsen.
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Saturday 9 July 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Miss Loumaile Lodge, Laura Lauti (20) was crowned as Tonga’s new Miss Heilala 2016 early this morning Saturday 9 July, at the Miss Heilala Ball held at the Queen Salote Memorial Hall.
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Friday 8 July 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A show of fantastic creative island fashion wowed a full house at the Queen Salote Memorial Hall last night, during the final judging events of the Miss Heilala 2016 Pageant, before the crowning takes place tonight, Friday 8 July.
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Friday 8 July 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Wearing colourful knotted sarongs for a swimwear event and delighting a large crowd with their talent performances, ten Miss Heilala contestants took part in the pageant’s final competitions at the Queen Salote Memorial Hall last night, July 7.
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Thursday 7 July 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Salvation Army marked 30 years of service in Tonga with celebrations held under a theme ‘Arise, March, Shine!’, from July 1-4 in Nuku’alofa, attended by the Salvation Army’s international leader from London, General André Cox and his wife Silvia, the World President for Women’s Ministries.
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Tuesday 5 July 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The King’s Mātapule, Motu’apuaka of Te’ekiu, passed away at the weekend at the age of 68, in Las Vegas, USA, his family has confirmed.
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Tuesday 5 July 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The sky’s the limit for Tongans, especially these three Virgin flight crew who found themselves working together on a Virgin Australia flight bound for Tonga from Auckland recently.
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Monday 4 July 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Following lively brass band performances by the Royal Corps of Musicians, dancers from Kanokupolu performed the Fola’osi Lakalaka today for the King’s birthday luncheon held in marquees at the Royal Palace in Nuku’alofa. Photos by Pesi Fonua.
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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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Friday 1 July 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Nine of 11 entrants for the Miss Heilala Pageant 2016 joined an orientation program at Liku’alofa Beach Resort, Tongatapu today. The girls looked radiant dressed in their best for their first public appearance. Photos by Linny Folau
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