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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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Tuesday 19 September 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The first Anglican Bishop of the newly-constituted episcopal unit of Tonga, Rev Dr ‘Afa Vaka made history on Sunday 17 September, when he was ordained at St Paul’s Church in Nuku’alofa. Photos by Peter Poulsen.
Friday 15 September 2017

Canberra, Australia
Tongan born Australian politician, Elizabeth Falemaka Kikkert of the Australian Liberal Party (Liberal), spoke in Tongan during an address to the Legislative Assembly for the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) on Wednesday.
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Tuesday 12 September 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A Tongan-American band called "13 Crowns" has released its debut single “Grateful” yesterday. The band is made up of seven siblings, the eldest of 13 children of Haini Wolfgramm, bassist of iconic band "The Jets".
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Monday 11 September 2017

Salt Lake City, Utah, USA
An audio recording of the 2014 courtroom shooting of Siale Angilau (of Tongan descent) has been published in Utah. In the dramatic 3-minute long audio recording, at least four gunshots can be heard as Angilau was shot by a U.S. marshal, after he charged towards a witness during a federal racketeering trial aimed at the Tongan Crip Gang.
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Sunday 10 September 2017

Auckland, New Zealand
Tongan-New Zealanders last week celebrated “Tongan Language Week” (Uike Katoanga'i 'o e Lea Faka-Tonga) an annual event to celebrate Tongan culture and language in New Zealand. The theme of this year’s Tongan Language Week was “Fakakoloa Aotearoa ‘Aki’ A e Nofo ‘A Kainga” (Enriching Aotearoa with our Family values).
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Sunday 10 September 2017

American cultural and educational documentaries for public screening will be showcased in Tonga between 8-11 September in Nuku’alofa, organized by a group from the American Embassy in Suva, Fiji.
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Friday 1 September 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
King Tupou VI opened the new multi-million Chinese funded "St George Government Building" on a rainy Friday morning, September 1, with Prime Minister Hon ‘Akilisi Pohiva on hand, welcoming him to the event. Photos by Linny Folau, Pesi Fonua and Peter Poulsen.
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Thursday 24 August 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Violence, intimidation, control and isolation are being used against women in Tonga by some husbands who are seeking to gain "coercive control". Examples of some of the coercive control situations and real cases in Tonga included a man beating up his wife causing injuries to prevent her from going to an event, locking her up in a room when he leaves the house, calling her "ugly and stupid" or threatening her via text messaging.
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Tuesday 22 August 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
“Any form of violence against women and girls is wrong and must not be tolerated,” said Rev Dr Tu’ipulotu Katoanga, at the opening of the second stage of the Male Advocacy Training on Ending Violence Against Women and Girls yesterday in Nuku’alofa.
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Tuesday 22 August 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A statistical report released by the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (I.C.E) has revealed that 22 Tongan immigrants/visitors were deported from the United States in 2016. The number is a significant increase from 2015 when ICE recorded 16 deportations to Tonga.
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Monday 21 August 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Four young Tongans have travelled to Noumea, New Caledonia, to learn how to produce a short film, as part of the Wake Up campaign to engage youth in combating non-communicable diseases (NCDs). The group were one of five selected in the Pacific region.
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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.
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