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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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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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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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Monday 9 January 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Prizes were awarded by the Tonga Leities Association for the inaugural 2016 Tapa Pride Float Parade on December 10, concluding two weeks of activism against gender violence, with Tonga Police Rescue Boat winning $500 for best float.
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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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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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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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Wednesday 28 September 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A combined Bazaar Day by some of the Free Wesleyan Church schools in Tongatapu was held today Wednesday, September 28 in Nuku’alofa.
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Wednesday 21 September 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Women of the Free Church of Tonga (Siasi Tonga Tau’ataina) dressed in their finest white outfits complete with fantastic hats, gathered in Nuku'alofa on Wednesday, September 21 for their annual 'Faka-Sepitema' roll call. Photos by Linny Folau.
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Monday 19 September 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A colourful parade of floats, joined by Tonga’s famous Olympic flag bearer, Pita Taufatofua, and fellow Olympian Lusi Tatafu, along with the Tonga Police Brass Band, businesses, and sporting associations, went through central Nuku’alofa to mark the 2016 Olympic Day on Saturday 17 September. Photos by Eleanor Gee and Caroline Manu-Moli.
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Monday 29 August 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tongatapu’s two-day Royal Agricultural, Fisheries and Tonga Made Show 2016 was finally opened on Friday 26 August by Crown Prince Tupouto’a ‘Ulukalala, after being delayed twice due to bad weather. Photos by Linny Folau and Caroline Manu-Moli.
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Tuesday 16 August 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Waving national flags in support of Tonga's Team at the Rio 2016 Olympics, Tongan supporters and sponsors organised a colourful float parade through central Nuku’alofa today, Tuesday 16 August - complete with dark, muscular men with oiled bodies. Photos by Linny Folau and Peter Poulsen.
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Monday 11 July 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The outgoing Miss Heilala 2015 Brittne Fuimaono, perched on the open roof of a vehicle, led a colourful Miss Heilala Parade on Saturday July 9.The parade ended at Ma'ufanga, where the two Miss Heilala joined each other to ride in a convertible for final waves and photos, bringing the week-long event to its conclusion. Photos by Peter Poulsen.
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Saturday 9 July 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Miss Loumaile Lodge, Laura Lauti (20) was crowned as Tonga’s new Miss Heilala 2016 early this morning Saturday 9 July, at the Miss Heilala Ball held at the Queen Salote Memorial Hall.
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Friday 8 July 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A show of fantastic creative island fashion wowed a full house at the Queen Salote Memorial Hall last night, during the final judging events of the Miss Heilala 2016 Pageant, before the crowning takes place tonight, Friday 8 July.
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Friday 8 July 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Wearing colourful knotted sarongs for a swimwear event and delighting a large crowd with their talent performances, ten Miss Heilala contestants took part in the pageant’s final competitions at the Queen Salote Memorial Hall last night, July 7.
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Friday 1 July 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Nine of 11 entrants for the Miss Heilala Pageant 2016 joined an orientation program at Liku’alofa Beach Resort, Tongatapu today. The girls looked radiant dressed in their best for their first public appearance. Photos by Linny Folau
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Tuesday 21 June 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Thousands of Tupou College ex-students proudly marched through central Nuku'alofa this morning, 21 June to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Free Wesleyan Church's All Boys Secondary School. Tomorrow, Wednesday June 22, is a special public holiday for the Tupou College Sesquicentennial Commemorative Service. Photos by Linny Folau
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Friday 17 June 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Celebrations began today in Nuku’alofa to mark Tupou College’s 150th Anniversary, with cultural dancing by schools as the first of many events for the Sesquicentennial to run from June 17-24. Photos by Linny Folau.
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