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Monday 29 June 2020

Auckland, New Zealand
A Wesley College student (Year 13), Sione Teutau, has won the Best Actor award for Auckland South and East, in a national drama festival, for playing a nurse in a short performance of a scene from ‘Romeo and Juliet’, The judge said that Sione's nurse was played confidently and with a delightful sense of fun and comic timing, and in homage to Shakespeare’s original male actors.
Thursday 12 March 2020

Christchurch, New Zealand
Tongan-New Zealander Lisa Adams has set a new world record as a shotput para-athlete, with a dominant performance at the New Zealand Track & Field Championships last week in Christchurch.
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Tuesday 4 February 2020

Mildura, Victoria
A 25-year-old Tongan man who overstayed in Australia on an expired visa, was sentenced to six months’ imprisonment last Thursday by the Mildura Magistrates’ Court in Victoria, after he pleaded guilty to assaulting and damaging the property of his ex-girlfriend, as well as resisting police and carrying a weapon.
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Tuesday 28 January 2020

Wanaka, Otago
In his debut role as captain, David Havili (25) led the Canterbury Crusaders to a decisive 41 – 7 victory over the Otago Highlanders in a trial test in Wanaka, Otago, a week ahead of the first round of the 2020 Super Rugby season.
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Thursday 14 March 2019

Tacoma, Washington, USA
A young Tongan-American actress, dancer, and singer, Visesia Fakatoufifita (11) is reaping the benefits of her hard work having landed her first major role as Annie in ‘Annie’ at the 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle, Washington, at the end of last year, and cast as Cassie in the Village Theatre’s “The Passage” in Issaquah, Washington last month.
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Monday 29 January 2018
Gold Coast, Australia
A 3-year-old Tongan boy is reported to have died from drowning after he was pulled from a creek in the Gold Coast, Australia on Saturday 27 January.
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Monday 31 July 2017

Auckland, New Zealand
A 42-year-old Tongan man visiting New Zealand is in critical condition with serious head injuries at an Auckland hospital after he was attacked in Auckland at around 3:40am on Saturday, July 29.
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Thursday 2 February 2017

Allgau, Germany
Kasete Naufahu Skeen, Olympian Pita Taufatofua, and Makeleta Piukala Stephan, relative newcomers to the sport of skiing, have their eyes set on the FIS World Championships in Europe this month. They will compete against the best skiers in the world in a bid to represent Tonga at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
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Monday 26 December 2016

Auckland, New Zealand
New Zealand Police have confirmed the names of the two people killed following a bus crash between Wairoa and Gisborne on the night of Christmas Eve. Those killed were 11-year-old boy Sione Taumololo and 33-year-old woman Talita Fifita both of Tonga. Ten people remain in hospital.
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Monday 5 September 2016
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Para-athletes Sione Manu and ‘Ana Talakai will represent Tonga at the Rio Paralympic Games, set to begin this Wednesday September 7. Both athletes are competing in the Javelin throw. Tonga has participated in every Paralympic Games since the 2000 Sydney Paralympics, but this time Tonga is sending more than one athlete to compete.
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Thursday 18 August 2016

Auckland, New Zealand
Teenage swimmer Tupou Neiufi (15) from Auckland has been summoned to join the New Zealand Paralympic team in next month’s Paralympic games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. As a reserve Tupou Neiufi was a late call up to take the place of Kiwi swimmer Bryall McPherson, who withdrew last week due to injury.
Thursday 18 August 2016
Sydney, Australia
Tongan-Australian teenager and Muslim convert Alo-Bridget Namoa (19) was denied bail by a Sydney court over terrorism charges on Monday August 5. Australian news media reported bizarre behaviour exhibited by Alo-Bridget in court, reporting that she was laughing and pulling faces during proceedings. She is formally charged with possessing an item connected to a terrorist act and recklessly collecting documents connected to a terrorist act.
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Sunday 14 August 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
There are two referees from Tonga at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Lata Kaumatule (31) and Tevita Makasini (39) are both assistant referees in Olympic Soccer competition (Association Football), Lata officiating the Women’s Olympic Soccer tournament and Tevita officiating the Men’s Olympic Soccer tournament. Lata and Tevita are the only Pacific Islanders out of 32 referees and 56 assistant referees.
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Sunday 14 August 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A popular New York based news media company 'The Daily Beast' has apologized for publishing an article accused of promoting an anti-gay sentiment. The article which was published on The Daily Beast website last week has been removed after receiving a public backlash. In the article, the straight writer Nico Hines used a gay dating site (Grindr) to hook up with three men staying in the Olympic village. The men were not named but according to Hines one of the men came from a “notoriously homophobic country”.
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Friday 5 August 2016

Wellington, New Zealand
Four players of Tongan heritage in the Wellington Hurricanes are set to face the Johannesburg Lions in the 2016 Super Rugby final at Westpac Stadium in Wellington tomorrow night Saturday August 6. Loni ‘Uhila, Vaea Fifita, Willis Halaholo and Ngani Laumape are all fantastic, says their manager.
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Friday 29 July 2016

Salt Lake City-Utah, USA
A pregnant 30 year-old US-Tongan woman and mother of six, ‘Ofa Kinikini, died after the vehicle she was traveling in was hit by a train in Salt Lake City, Utah on Monday July 25. ‘Ofa's baby was saved in an emergency C-section, a daughter who is now in critical condition, according to local reports.
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Wednesday 27 July 2016

Auckland, New Zealand
Auckland raised tenor Filipe Manu won second place at New Zealand’s prestigious opera singing competition, the 2016 Lexus Song Quest, last Saturday July 23. The 25 year-old came second to a fellow Aucklander, baritone Benson Wilson who won the competition and the $20,000 prize.
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Friday 22 July 2016
California, USA
A 46-year-old Tongan man living in California was among 112 people (100 men, 12 women) arrested in an operation by United States law enforcement last week. According to the U.S Immigration and Customs Enforcement (I.C.E), the four-day operation was targeting “convicted criminal aliens” and that “the arrested were immigrants who were involved in gang activity or had three or more misdemeanor convictions or a conviction for a ‘significant’ misdemeanor'.”
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Thursday 14 July 2016

Kansas, USA
A young US born Tongan, 'Ainise Havili (20) has been nominated by the University of Kansas for the “Big 12 Athlete of the Year Award” selected from 12 universities in five states. Raised in Texas, 'Ainise, the daughter of Tongan immigrants Moses and Mele Havili, is a star volleyball player and a member of the 2016 United States College Volleyball team.
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Wednesday 8 June 2016

Auckland, New Zealand
A New Zealand court has indicted nine men and one woman for the kidnapping and death of a Thai woman, Jindarat Prutsiriporn in March this year. Among the accused are five Pacific Islander men: Tevita Matangi Fangupo (23), Luigi Havea (26), Panepasa Havea (25), Masi Vaifale (34) and Rogers Paleaaesina (25). A trial date has been set for next year.
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