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Monday 27 February 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Traditional presentations were made to the Royal Family today, from people honouring the late Queen Mother Halaevalu Mata’aho, ahead of the expected arrival of the funeral cortege tomorrow, Tuesday. Photos by Linny Folau and Peter Poulsen.
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Monday 27 February 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Flags throughout Tonga will be flown at half mast from tomorrow and throughout the 10 days of mourning observed by the Royal Family, while Wednesday is declared a special public holiday for the funeral of the late Queen Mother Halaevalu Mata’aho.
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Monday 27 February 2017
Auckland, New Zealand
A 2016 report published by New Zealand Statistics, has revealed that Tongans have the lowest home ownership in New Zealand compared to other Pacific Islander groups, Europeans and Maori. Home ownership rates among Asians and other groups were not compared in the report.
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Saturday 25 February 2017

Auckland, New Zealand
Aussie-Tongan actor Talia'uli Latukefu (33) casts in the highly anticipated space horror film, Alien: Covenant, which releases on 19 May. The movie is a sequel to the movie Prometheus, and a prequel to the original Alien series.
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Friday 24 February 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Creative black and purple bunting tied in knots, bows, rosettes and crinkles, and wrapped on anything that can be wrapped, is emerging in Nuku'alofa and surrounding areas today as an expression of mourning for the late Queen Mother Halaevalu Mata'aho who passed away in Auckland on Sunday. Photos by Linny Folau
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Thursday 23 February 2017
Auckland, New Zealand
A Royal New Zealand Air Force C-130 Hercules will bring the funeral cortege for Tonga's Queen Mother Halaevalu Mata'aho back to Tonga, arriving at Fua’amotu International Airport on Tuesday, February 28.
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Thursday 23 February 2017

Salt Lake City-Utah, USA
The Tongan community in Utah is mourning for the Queen Mother Halaevalu Mata’aho passed away on Sunday in New Zealand at the age of 90.
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Wednesday 22 February 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
An Apostle from the Church of Jesus Christ and Latter Day Saints (LDS), Elder Dale G. Renlund, visited Tonga from the US over the weekend accompanied by two other high ranking members of the LDS church, Elder Donald L. Hallstrom and Bishop Gerald Causse. They met with Queen Nanasipau'u and other members of the Royal Family.
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Tuesday 21 February 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The funeral cortege for Tonga's Queen Mother Halaevalu Mata'aho (90) will arrive in Tonga on Tuesday 28 February before the Queen Mother is laid to rest at the Royal Tombs, Mala’ekula on Wednesday, March 1.
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Tuesday 21 February 2017

Euless-Texas, USA
A Tongan-American business woman, Tupou Helu Uhatafe, is running for mayor in the city of Euless, Texas. She is the only candidate running against the current Mayor of Euless, Linda Martin, who was elected in 2014.
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Monday 20 February 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga’s Queen Mother Halaevalu Mata’aho will be sorely missed by two organisations whose cause was close to her heart. Leaders of the Tonga Red Cross Society Inc. and the Alonga Centre expressed their sorrow at her passing but remembered the Queen Mother's legacy of love, to help and support the elderly and people living with disabilities throughout Tonga.
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Monday 20 February 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
HM King Tupou VI was expected to return from Niuatoputapu in the far north of Tonga this afternoon Monday, February 20 following the death of the Queen Mother Halaevalu Mata'aho (90) in Auckland.
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Monday 20 February 2017

Auckland, New Zealand
Tonga's Queen Mother Halaevalu Mata'aho, has passed away in an Auckland Hospital, at the age of 90 years. In Tonga's parliament this morning, Monday February 20, the Deputy Prime Minister Hon. Siaosi Sovaleni is leading a prayer in respect of her passing.
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Sunday 19 February 2017

Auckland, New Zealand
Sione Lauaki was buried at the Waikumete Cemetery in West Auckland on Saturday February 18 after a an emotional funeral service attended by over 1000 mourners, who included Sir Graham Henry, and All Blacks players Jerome Kaino and Liam Messam.
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Friday 17 February 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
"Respecting humanity and their dignity," has been a guiding principle for Kato Kakala Latavao (72) through over four decades of service with the Tonga Red Cross Society who recognised her today as the South Pacific region's longest serving staff member.
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Auckland, New Zealand
The funeral service for Tongan born rugby player Sione Tu’itupu Lauaki will be held on Saturday, February 18 in Auckland, New Zealand.
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Monday 13 February 2017

Auckland, New Zealand
Tributes are flowing in for Tongan-born Sione Lauaki who tragically passed away on Saturday from kidney failure. His former club, The Waikato Chiefs, stated on Twitter "Rest in peace Sione, always a Chief...our thoughts and prayers are with Sione’s family and friends and with the entire Chiefs whanau as today we have lost a brother."
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Thursday 2 February 2017

Baltimore, USA
Baltimore Ravens star Ronnie Stanley (of Tongan Descent) is encouraging Baltimore residents to adopt homeless canines from dog shelters. Ronnie himself adopted a homeless Pitt Bull named "Lola" last year.
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Thursday 2 February 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
When Native American woman Juliana Brown Eyes received a call from her father confirming that her grandfather was Tongan, she immediately began looking for her Tongan relatives on Facebook. By Finau Fonua.
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Tuesday 24 January 2017

Buffalo City, USA
Eleven year-old Siana Akauola (of Tongan heritage) has gained media attention for her participation in an anti-Trump protest rally in Washington DC last Saturday January 21.
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