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Monday 13 November 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tongan urban art is gaining recognition internationally, thanks to the creative expressions of a small group of innovative local artists, whose work is currently on display at a "pop-up" art exhibition in central Nuku'alofa.
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Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Handicraft entrepreneur, Hulita Fevaleaki (47) from Ma’ufanga won the SPBD Business Woman of the Year Award on November 10, for improving her family's life through her small business, using the South Pacific Business Development microfinance program,
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Wednesday 8 November 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga observed Constitution Day with a holiday on Monday 6 November, this year marking the 142nd anniversary of Tonga's constitution, which was was first enacted by HM King Tupou I on November 4, 1875.
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Friday 27 October 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
HM King Tupou VI and HM Queen Nanasipau’u this week attended the funeral of the late King of Thailand, King Bhumibol Adulyadej, who died last year at the age of 88. The late King was cremated last night, 26 October, after a funeral procession through the Thai capital, Bangkok.
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Wednesday 25 October 2017

Wellington, New Zealand
MP Jenny Latu Salesa of the New Zealand Labour Party, will become the first Tongan-born New Zealand Cabinet Minister tomorrow October 26, when her party leader Jacinda Ardern assumes office as the newly elected Prime Minister of New Zealand, replacing the outgoing Prime Minister Bill English. Ardern announced her 21-member cabinet last Friday, including Jenny Salesa.
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Thursday 19 October 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Story telling through the modern medium of film allows different islander voices to be heard together, Sisi'uno Helu, told the audience at the opening of the Nuku'alofa Film Festival last night. While Oceania cultures are often seen as being rigidly conservative, the festival offers two more nights of films that show these cultures are not inflexible.
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Wednesday 18 October 2017

Boston, Massachusetts, United States
New England Patriots line-backer Harvey Langi and his wife survived a near-fatal car crash in Massachusetts on Friday night 17 October, which resulted in the injured couple rushed to hospital. Harvey’s wife Cassidy Langi stated on twitter on Monday “Thanks to everyone for the love and support! We are both focused on recovering from this.”
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Tuesday 17 October 2017

Auckland, New Zealand
Dame Valerie Adams-Price gave birth to her first child last week, a baby girl Kimoana Josephine Adams-Price. She announced Kimoana’s arrival on Facebook last Tuesday.
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Wednesday 11 October 2017

New York, USA
A US-Tongan filmmaker and director, Tony Vainuku, won an Emmy award for “Outstanding Business and Economic Documentary” at the 38th annual News and Documentary Emmy Awards held in New York City on Thursday, 5 October.
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Wednesday 11 October 2017

Auckland, New Zealand
A Tongan national, Pesi Tuivai (44) has been confirmed to be one of four victims who passed away after a devastating collision between two cars on a New Zealand highway yesterday afternoon 10 October.
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Tuesday 10 October 2017

Auckland, New Zealand
The traditional Tongan lali, or wooden drum, has had a makeover by Massey University graduate, Rachael Hall, who is half Tongan, and is winning design awards around the world.
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Tuesday 10 October 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Catholic Women's League of Tonga celebrated its Silver Jubilee with various activities over the weekend, including a luncheon attended by HM Queen Nanasipau'u on Saturday, October 7.
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Saturday 7 October 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Actor and story-teller Sam Neill, completed several days filming in Tongatapu on October 2, for a landmark documentary that will be broadcast in 2018. This 6-part documentary series explores the three voyages of Captain James Cook using a contemporary journey across the Pacific Ocean.
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Saturday 30 September 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tongan artist, Visesio Siasau, launched his art exhibition today at the Tongan Cultural Centre, with the assistance of New Zealand artist, Serene Tay. The exhibition will run between 29 September to 2 October 2017.
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Thursday 28 September 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga Development Bank donated $3,000 pa’anga to the Alonga and Petesaita Adult Disabled Centre, to mark the bank's 40th anniversary.
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Wednesday 27 September 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Free Wesleyan Church FWC schools in Tongatapu except Queen Salote College and Tupou College held a combined Bazaar Day on Wednesday, September 27 in Nuku'alofa.
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Friday 22 September 2017

Seattle, USA
A Tongan born teacher in the United States, Lynette Suliana Sikahema Finau of Arizona, will be distinguished with the “Excellence in Education Award” at the annual Community Voice Awards in Seattle.
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Friday 22 September 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Some 35 girls from various secondary schools in Tongatapu are holding a Girls Empowerment Camp from September 19-23 as part of activities marking the International Day of Peace.
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Wednesday 20 September 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Women dressed in their finest white clothes, matched with some beautifully creative hats, gathered in Nuku'alofa on Wednesday, September 20 for their annual 'Faka-Sepitema' roll call at the Free Church of Tonga.
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Wednesday 20 September 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga woke up to a sunny public holiday on Monday 18 September, for the 32nd birthday of HRH Crown Prince Tupoutoʻa ʻUlukalala. The Crown Prince celebrated his birthday in Honolulu, Hawaii.
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