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Monday 2 May 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
“Turn your scars into stars,” Vanessa Heleta tells abused women in Tonga. “Orange Day can be a day where we stand up and say enough is enough.”
Saturday 30 April 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tupou College was in first place with more than 50 gold medals in the unofficial results for Tonga’s 92nd Annual Inter-Collegiate Athletics Competition yesterday. Photos by Linny Folau.
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Friday 29 April 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Filming of new German feature film - a drama based on a true story, has started in Vava’u in April under the direction of a German film maker Florian Schewe, with a crew of about 20 people, mainly German, who have fallen in love with Vava’u.
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Friday 29 April 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
After the first two-days of competition at Tonga’s 92nd Annual Inter-Collegiate Athletics Competition, all boys boarding school Tupou College led the medal count on Wednesday, 27 April.
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Thursday 28 April 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
New Zealand born actor Joe Naufahu made his acting debut for the popular HBO TV series, Game of Thrones. Naufahu featured in the first episode of season 6 of the series which was played last week. He acts as “Khal Moro” a ruthless warlord of a warrior tribe known as the “Dothraki”.
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Wednesday 27 April 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Hundreds of students from secondary and middle schools from around Tonga gathered at Teufaiva Outdoor Stadium yesterday, 26 April at the start of the four days 92nd Annual Inter-Collegiate Athletics Competition 2016.
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Tuesday 26 April 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga’s own ON THE SPOT Arts Initiative (Inc.) celebrated its 10th anniversary on Friday receiving a generous donation of $15,000 from the Bank of the South Pacific – Tonga.
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Monday 25 April 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga’s King Tupou VI and Queen Nanasipau’u attended the ANZAC Day Dawn Service today, April 25, at the seafront cenotaph in Nuku’alofa. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the service of Australian and New Zealand forces in the First World War, on the Western Front (France and Belgium) in the Battle of the Somme, with the support of Pacific Island nations, including Tonga.
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Sunday 24 April 2016

Auckland
One of Tonga’s greatest musicians, Bill Sevesi (born Wilfred Jeffs), passed away yesterday April 23. He was aged 92. Bill Sevesi was an early pioneer of modern Pacific Island Music and is credited with popularising and introducing the Hawaiian guitar key to Tonga and other Pacific Islands. Bill also introduced Tongan music to the airwaves for the first time. He was inducted in the New Zealand Music Hall of Fame in 2015.
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Saturday 23 April 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Obituary. A Tongan life peer, Taniela Hoko’ila Tufui (Dan), formerly Lord Tufui of Talaheu, died on April 19 at the age of 83, in Ballarat, Australia. A barrister, he was the first Tongan to head the Law Department, was a long serving Chief Secretary to the Government of Tonga and Secretary to Cabinet, and a Privy Councillor.
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Thursday 21 April 2016

Wales, UK
Former Mate Ma’a Tonga winger Mateaki Mafi (43) was a prize winner at the 2016 Crufts dog show in Birmingham, England, according to local news media. One of his dogs a Neapolitan Mastiff won the best of breed award in the “working dogs” category. His dog is named “Freddo Dei Mastini Della Rupe”.
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Thursday 21 April 2016
Dunedin, New Zealand
A combined student body of Tongan Teritiary Students’ Associations in New Zealand is holding its first leadership programme this weekend with the sponsorship of the University of Otago, Dunedin. “I think this is a great opportunity to empower the future leaders of our Tongan community,” said student president Mary Jane Kivalu.
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Friday 15 April 2016

Invercargill, New Zealand
Thirteen Tongan New Zealand artists will showcase their artwork as part of the “Tonga ‘i Onopooni: Tonga Contemporary” art exhibition, the first to focus exclusively on the work of artists of Tongan heritage living in New Zealand. The exhibition opens tomorrow Saturday April 16, at the City Gallery in Invercargill, and runs until 4 June.
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Friday 15 April 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tongan women who wish to become candidates for district and town officer elections in June this year, yesterday learned from a visiting New Zealand member of parliament, Jenny Salesa, how they can work with the support of other women.
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Wednesday 13 April 2016

Sydney, Australia
Rev Sione Pinomi (51) of the Free Wesleyan Church of Tonga in Australia passed away on Thursday, 7 April. The reverend was a central figure in the Tongan community in Australia, estimated to be around 40,000, said Tonga’s Honorary Consul in Sydney, Louise Waterhouse.
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Wednesday 13 April 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
New Zealand MP for Manukau East, Jenny Salesa will hold an open meeting with women, particularly those who are interesting in running for public office, in Nuku’alofa on Thursday, 14 April. Salesa will share her experience and encourage attendees on the role women play in politics and decision-making positions
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Monday 11 April 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A local sewing program for women has produced 10 successful trainees who received certificates at Tu’atakilangi village on Saturday 9 April.
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Friday 8 April 2016

Auckland, New Zealand
A bizarre Facebook feud between former New Zealand X factor star Ashley Tonga and a Tongan woman living in New Zealand is currently drawing attention from New Zealand media.
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Wednesday 6 April 2016

North Carolina, USA
A Tongan-American boy scout, Lehi Tonga Jnr (16) has won recognition after he built ‘buddy benches’ for a local elementary school in his small town of Hollys Grove in North Carolina to help tackle school bullying.
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Tuesday 29 March 2016

Auckland, New Zealand
Metui Finau, a vocalist for the band Spacifix, passed away last week in Auckland after reportedly collapsing during a run with his wife. Tributes are pouring in for the 29-year old whose funeral is scheduled for this Saturday, April 2.
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