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Monday 19 December 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A talent competition for the International Human Rights Day 2016 theme, "Stand Up for Someone's Rights Today", was held last week in Nuku'alofa as part of a 16-days of activism campaign to end gender-based violence. 'Onakoula Lasike (16) from Nukunuku won $500 for her poem entitled 'What’s my Crime?'.
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Monday 19 December 2016

Perth, Australia
A Perth family have publicly expressed their gratitude to retired UFC fighter Soa Palelei for attempting to save their nine-year-old boy, Tyreez Mundroina, who collapsed during a basketball game.
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Sunday 18 December 2016

Auckland, New Zealand
Israel Folau and Manu Vatuvei are helping to tackle suicide in New Zealand, by hosting talks about depression as part of a "Road to Redemption" tour around the country this week.
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Sunday 18 December 2016

Nasinu, Fiji
A former coach of Tonga's national rugby 7s team, Etuate Waqa (54) who died on December 7, was buried on Friday December 16 in Nasinu, Fiji.
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Thursday 15 December 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
December is the wedding season in Tonga and today Thursday, December 15 recorded one of the busiest days for nuptials for the year, when 31 marriages were registered in Nuku’alofa.
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Tuesday 13 December 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A young Tongan Santa Claus in full suit and snowy white beard, visited sick children in Vaiola Hospital's Paediatric Ward today and handed out presents with a friendly smile.
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Wednesday 7 December 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Wearing colourful floral leis, as well as garlands of sugary lollies more than 300 graduates from three Government Post Secondary and Higher Education Institutes received their certificates and diplomas today, December 7, during a Combined Awards Ceremony, at the Queen Salote Memorial Hall.
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Wednesday 7 December 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Elizabeth Kite from Tonga is one of 60 young people selected across the Commonwealth to receive the prestigious Queen’s Young Leaders Award from HM Queen Elizabeth II at a ceremony in London next year.
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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.
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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).
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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.
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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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