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Sunday 4 December 2016

Apia, Samoa
Miss Fiji, Anne Christine Dunn, was crowned Miss Pacific Islands at the 2016 pageant on Friday night in Apia, Samoa. Miss American Samoa, Antonina Lilomaiava, was the 1st runner up to the crown. Miss Tonga, Laura Lauti, won the prize for Miss Photogenic.
Sunday 4 December 2016

London, United Kingdom
A fundraising dinner held in London on December 1 has reportedly raised more than £100,000 pounds for the Jonah Lomu Legacy Trust, a trust set up for Jonah’s two sons Brayley Lomu (7) and Dhyreille Lomu (6).
Friday 2 December 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Two girls excelled in Tonga High School’s 2016 academic year, with the Dux awarded to Sela Tupou Patisepa Maka (18) and Proxime Accessit to Kalolaine Launga Fa’anunu (17) at the prize giving ceremony held today, December 2, at Queen Salote Memorial Hall, Nuku’alofa. The Best All Round student was also a girl, Sokapeti Vite. Photos by Linny Folau.
Thursday 1 December 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A two-day Holiday Market Festival was launched at the Tonga Development Bank in Nuku’alofa this morning to showcase and sell the products of customers in their Microfinance Scheme – this year showcasing Vava’u, ‘Eua and Ha’apai handicrafts and treasured mats. It will continue on Friday.
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Thursday 1 December 2016

BYU (Brigham Young University) football fans are offering their sympathies to the family of Reno Mahe whose 3 year-old daughter Elsie Mahe passed away on Tuesday morning at a Utah hospital after accidentally choking.
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Tuesday 29 November 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Duces of three high schools of the Free Wesleyan Church: Tupou College, Tupou High School and Queen Salote College were named at a combined prize giving ceremony on Tuesday, November 29 at the Queen Salote College Hall. Photos by Linny Folau
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Monday 28 November 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Christmas holiday celebrations have begun over the weekend and children were treated to the lighting of a big Christmas tree in the Nuku’alofa CBD with prizes to be won on Christmas Eve.
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Monday 28 November 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga’s unemployment statistics are grim, with youth unemployment reaching as high as 40% in rural areas, according to some estimates. The Tonga Youth Employment and Entrepreneurship (TYEE), a Non-Government Organisation that was set up due to the high rate of unemployment in Tonga, has helped 175 young people gain employment. TYEE celebrated its second anniversary on Friday, November 25.
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Sunday 27 November 2016

Auckland, New Zealand
Four Tongans are among seven fisherman whose bodies have been recovered after their vessel capsized in New Zealand’s Kaipara Harbour yesterday. Two have been identified as Tongan cousins Alipate ‘Pate’ Manumu’a and Sunia ‘Junior’ Onga’unga, in their 30s, both were fathers.
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Friday 25 November 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga marked White Ribbon Day to stop violence against women with the Ministry of Police holding a free breakfast and entertainment for children and their families this morning, followed by a march by activists through Nuku’alofa this afternoon, at the start of a 16 day campaign to reach out to men.
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Friday 18 November 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A $35 million pa’anga Youth Employment Project financed by the World Bank to be handled by the Government of Tonga starting in July 2017, will see funds disbursed over four-years to address youth unemployment in Tonga where the problems of idle youth are enormous and related to youth related anti-social behaviour and criminal activity.
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Wednesday 16 November 2016

Los Angeles, USA
Hon. Frederica Filipe and her two cousins Prince Tungi and Hon. ‘Etani Tuku’aho attended a star studded World Premier of Disney’s highly anticipated Polynesian animated movie ‘Moana’, at the famed El Capitan Theater in Los Angeles, USA, on 14 November.
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Tuesday 15 November 2016

Canberra, Australia
Overwhelming demands for travel documents for Tongans in Australia, have been supported by consular visits to Tongans in Brisbane, Canberra and Sydney recently, where consular and passport services were provided by Tonga’s High Commissioner to Australia, Princess Angelika Latufuipeka Tuku’aho and staff, who also held community dialogue sessions in each city.
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Tuesday 15 November 2016

London, England
Joshua Savieti, the co-founder of ICON Creative Tonga in Nuku’alofa, who uses dance and music to engage disaffected youth, received the Commonwealth Youth Worker of the Year for the Pacific Award in London on November 10.
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Monday 14 November 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Around $30,000 pa’anga was raised by a charity event hosted by HM Queen Nanasipau’u on Saturday to support the work carried out by the Tonga National Centre for Women and Children, on Saturday November 12, at the Polata’ane Royal Residence.
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Friday 11 November 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A charity event hosted by HM Queen Nanasipau’u, themed “A Night of Hope for the Tonga National Centre for Women and Children”, for Saturday night has sold out tickets raising $10,000 pa’anga for the TNCWC centre to support its operation and its community service activities to help eliminate violence against women and children.
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Thursday 3 November 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A group of 22 United States Peace Corps volunteers were sworn-in today Thursday, November 3, at the Tanoa International Dateline Hotel before they take up assignments teaching English in rural village schools in Tongatapu and the outer islands. U.S Ambassador to Tonga Judith Cefkin said that next year marks the 50th Anniversary of Peace Corps in Tonga.
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Wednesday 26 October 2016

Honolulu, Hawaii
Encouraging Tongans in Hawaii to hold on to their heritage, an early Mormon missionary in Tonga, Elder John H. Groberg, said that people are forgetting that it’s sacrifice that brings forth blessings, not entitlement. It’s hard work and its patience over long periods of time, he told the Morman Pacific Historical Society at the Polynesian Cultural Center.
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Wednesday 26 October 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga has made an investment in its children by making a commitment to the Convention on the Rights of the Child, the visiting UNICEF Representative to the Pacific Mr Sheldon Yett observed. He attended an event celebrating United Nations Day and the launch of Cyber Safety week at Fa’onelua Convention Centre in Nuku’alofa.
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Monday 24 October 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Fifteen films from across the Pacific, including four from Tonga, screened at the second Nuku’alofa Film Fest held over two days on 19 and 20 October.
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