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Wednesday 1 March 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Royal Catafalque was carried by bearers rotated from about 1000 men - the 'Kau Fata', drawn from the Free Wesleyan Church and relatives of the Queen Mother, under the charge of the traditional Royal Undertakers - the Nima Tapu. Photos by Pesi Fonua, Linny Folau and Peter Poulsen
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Wednesday 1 March 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's Queen Mother, the late Queen Halaevalu Mata’aho, consort of Tupou IV, was laid to rest at the Royal Tombs, Mala'ekula in what is a very quiet capital, Nuku'alofa this afternoon. Photos by Pesi Fonua, Linny Folau and Peter Poulsen.
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Tuesday 28 February 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Luckily, the rain held off as the Royal cortege arrived in Nuku'alofa and made its way to the Royal Palace, where HM the late Queen Mother Halaevalu Mata'aho lies tonight. Photos by Linny Folau and Peter Poulsen.
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Tuesday 28 February 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
There was surreal quietness and sadness at the Fua'amotu International Airport and in Nuku'alofa, after the RNAF Hercules touched down at about 1:05 pm this afternoon, carrying the casket of the late Queen Mother Halaevalu Mata’aho (90) from Auckland. By Linny Folau.
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Tuesday 28 February 2017

Seattle, USA
A moving Memorial Service for Tonga's Queen Mother was attended by the Tongans living in Seattle, Washington state, USA, on Sunday February 26.
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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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