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Thursday 17 August 2017

Cooranbong, NSW, Australia
A Tongan-born and influential Australian Seventh Day Adventist (SDA) Pastor, Athal Tolhurst (82), was laid to rest yesterday in Cooranbong, Australia. Tolhurst passed away on August 7 after being airlifted from Tonga where he had suffered a stroke.
Tuesday 8 August 2017

Sydney, Australia
An Australian jury has found a Tongan man, Sateki Siale (26), guilty of murdering his neighbour in south-western Sydney during a drunken altercation. He will be sentenced at a later date.
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Tuesday 8 August 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Around 25 people learned to make sushi rolls with Japanese Chef Mr Endo at the Tanoa International Hotel yesterday, 7 August 2017, as part of an initiative of the Embassy of Japan to introduce Japanese food culture to Tonga.
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Friday 4 August 2017

Sydney, Australia
A towering 7-year-old Tongan boy in Australia, Vaka Tuitupou, is gaining media attention for his strength and physical prowess. A recent video captured the youngster playing in an Under-8s Rugby league game where he was seen running through his opposition players like a champion.
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Wednesday 2 August 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The three-masted yacht EOS, currently moored at Vuna Wharf, presents a stunning view for Nuku'alofa's Central Business District. EOS is one of the world's largest private sailing yachts.
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Wednesday 2 August 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A former Aussie Rules Football (AFL) star, David Rodan (of Tongan descent), has begun his career as an umpire for Australia’s premium AFL tournament.
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Wednesday 2 August 2017

Canberra, Australia
Australian Police this week are appealing to the public to help locate a missing person, Amelia Toa Hausia, of Tongan descent, who was last seen at a Canberra shopping mall on December 22, 1992. Australian Police, who require positive identification to confirm if she is still alive, are making the appeal drive as part of their annual “Missing Persons Week”.
Tuesday 1 August 2017

Tasmania, Australia
A Tongan man who was disallowed from living with his Australian wife and son in Australia for over six years because of visa regulations, has finally been allowed to enter the country to live with his wife and son.
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Monday 31 July 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's King Tupou VI urged Tongatapu farmers to be more aware of the environmental impacts from the use of pesticides and chemicals, polluting the underground water supply, when the king opened the Tongatapu Royal Agriculture, Fisheries and Tonga-Made Show on Saturday, July 29 at the Funga-Mana-Mo’ui Grounds in ‘Atele. Photos by Linny Folau and Eleanor Gee
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Wednesday 26 July 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Seventeen young Tongans were awarded Work Readiness Training Program certificates last Friday, 21 July after completing the two-week course with The Tonga Youth Employment and Entrepreneurship (TYEE).
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Tuesday 25 July 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's Queen Nanasipau'u will travel to Hawaii on 1 August with a group of Kanokupolu dancers who will perform at the Asia Pacific Dance Festival in Honolulu.
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Monday 24 July 2017

Los Angeles, California, USA
Tributes are flowing in for 21-year-old Siosifa Maama of Los Angeles who tragically passed away five days ago. Sifa worked as a security guard and was shot during an attempted armed robbery of a store that he was guarding on the evening of June 19.
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Thursday 20 July 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A private gift of around 5000 pairs of shoes from Japan are being distributed by the Tonga Red Cross this week to young students at various schools in Tongatapu.
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Wednesday 19 July 2017

Auckland, New Zealand
A towering 12-year-old boy of Tongan descent, Petelo Lemeki, was the centre of attention last week at an under-13’s rugby tournament in New Zealand. Petelo reportedly stands 6’2" tall (188 cms) and weighs 121 Kilos, and wears size-14 rugby boots..
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Monday 17 July 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Natasha Finau, Miss Manaui Group was crowned the winner of the 2017-18 Miss Galaxy last Friday night, 14 July at the Queen Salote Memorial Hall. The 1st runner up went to Miss Tonga Hawaii, Sarabi Avan Jogia.
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Thursday 13 July 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Ten Miss Galaxy contestants showcased their spectacular "own creations" in the pageant’s first judging event last night, 12 July, at the Queen Salote Memorial Hall. Through their creative outfits, the contestants urged people to recycle material and ensure rubbish is thrown in bins or taken to the dumpsite to keep the country clean.
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Monday 10 July 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
An evening of choral praise featuring 14 choirs and hundreds of singers filled the Queen Sālote Memorial Hall with an overflowing audience on Sunday evening for the annual One Tonga - Glorifying God in Song event.
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Thursday 6 July 2017

Neiafu, Vava'u
The four-days celebration of HM King Tupou VI’s 58th birthday began on 4 July in Neiafu, Vava’u with a military parade and luncheon on July 4 and a Royal Cruise to Ovaka Island on July 5. Photos by Pesi Fonua
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Monday 3 July 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The 175th Anniversary of the Catholic Church in Tonga on Sunday, July 2 was celebrated with a mass led by HE Cardinal Mafi at Pangaimotu Island, the site of a white cross that marks the first mass held on July 2, 1842.
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Friday 30 June 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
King Tupou VI on 22 June 2017 appointed three new "Law Lords". Mrs Linda Simiki Folaumoetu’i (Tonga's first woman Law Lord), Mr Michael Dishington Scott K.C. and Mr Tu’inukutavake Barron Afeaki become members of two standing committees of the Privy Council.
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