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Wednesday 10 April 2019

Auckland, New Zealand
Tongan people, a product of centuries of monarchy and social hierarchy, are never born free or equal, and the Tongan language has no word for ‘rights’ as in ‘to have rights’, nor a conventional way of saying that one has a voice in something. Dr Melenaite Taumoefolau examines the gulf between modern and traditional Tongans and why the language has no term for human rights. She says the knowledge gulf between the two camps is huge.
Tuesday 26 September 2017

South Dakota, USA
An online course to learn the Tongan language, has been developed by Joshua Tanner, a former LDS missionary to Tonga. The course is for anyone interested in learning the language, especially Tongans living overseas who don't speak the language, and he's made it available for a token enrolment fee that never expires.
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Sunday 9 April 2017

Shanghai, China
A University in China, the Beijing Foreign Studies University, will soon be teaching the Tongan language to interested undergraduate students.
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Wednesday 15 June 2016

Auckland, New Zealand
A new book in the Tongan language that preserves traditional knowledge about yam growing, titled "Tokanga ko e Mo’ui’anga", was launched by its author Sione Tu’itahi in Auckland, New Zealand.
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Monday 30 March 2015
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Lord Vaea identified the Tongan language as the foundation of our democracy. Poor quality of writing – and the lackluster quality of statesmanship by politicians − is a threat to our language, therefore posing a threat to our democracy. – Sione Ake-mei-hakau Mokofisi.
Tuesday 7 February 2012
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Ministry of Education will launch its new language policy for all Tongan schools at the beginning of the 2012 school year in February. Dr 'Ana Taufe'ulungaki, the Minister of Education, said that under the new policy Tongan will be the only language to be used in all kindergarten schools, and in primary schools from Classes 1-3. An exception will be for children whose mother tongue is not Tongan. The English language will be introduced into the schools in Class 4 as a subject.
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Tuesday 25 September 2001

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
From Matangi Tonga Magazine, Vol. 16, no. 2, September 2001.
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