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Tuesday 24 January 2023

Auckland, New Zealand
Carmel Jean Sepuloni (46), an MP of Tongan descent, is New Zealand's new deputy prime minister designate. She stands alongside the new Prime Minister Chris Hipkins who will be officially sworn in on Wednesday.
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Thursday 5 January 2023

Timaru, New Zealand
Father of two, Lionati Fotofili (44) went missing while fishing at the Ōpihi River mouth in New Zealand last week. Tongan-born Lionati was the pastor of Timaru’s Church of Tonga.
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Thursday 10 November 2022

Auckland, New Zealand
James Faleofa, who was awarded the Royal New Zealand Navy’s “Sailor of the Year 2022”, is a Leading Youth Development Specialist of Tongan descent.
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Monday 25 July 2022
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Wellington, New Zealand
New Zealand-Tongan Tenor singer Filipe Manu has been named as the winner of the 2022 Lexus Song Quest, Aotearoa's most prestigious opera competition. Filipe has walked away with a life-changing immediate cash prize of $20,000, a study scholarship of $27,000, plus economy international travel up to the value of $3,000. The head judge said the talent of the five finalists was exceptional.
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Wednesday 20 July 2022
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Wellington, New Zealand
New Zealand-Tongan tenor singer Filipe Manu has been selected as one of five finalists for the 2022 Lexus Song Quest, Aotearoa's most acclaimed opera competition. The winner will judged live during solo performances this Saturday 23 July.
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Wednesday 13 July 2022

Beijing, China
Ten Tongan students have completed their studies from various universities in China in the past academic year. The Embassy of Tonga in China said today, with the global pandemic around the world, these students persevered and navigated through online classes, lockdowns and many other challenges, in addition to being away from home.
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Monday 16 May 2022

California, USA
Ensign Mary Melenaite Tufui Likio ‘Fui’ McCray was commissioned as the first female Tongan officer in U.S. Navy history, on 29 April, at the Naval Amphibious Base Coronado, in California. McCray, who was born in Long Beach, dedicated her story of success to her late father, Alifeleti Likio, from Kolomotu’a, Tongatapu.
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Sunday 24 October 2021

Auckland, New Zealand
Ana Waalkens spent a week in Auckland City Hospital's intensive care unit after falling ill days after a growing Delta outbreak was discovered in Auckland in August - and before the 38-year-old was eligible to be vaccinated. Waalkens is telling her story because she wants everyone, especially fellow Pasifika - she has Tongan heritage - to get vaccinated so they don't suffer as she and her family had. Waalkens was fighting for her life. "My family and friends all thought I was going to die,” she said. By Cherie Howie, Reporter NZ Herald.
Thursday 7 October 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Retired rugby league star, Manu Vatuvei (35) faces a lengthy prison sentence in New Zealand, after he pleaded guilty yesterday, to the importation of methamphetamine there.
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Wednesday 6 October 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Three Tongan nationals who are in Australia on working visas will appear in court on Wednesday in New South Wales mid-north coast, accused of sexually assaulting two teenage girls at a park over the weekend.
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Monday 3 May 2021

Cleveland, United States
Four college football players of Tongan heritage were included in the 259 players selected in the 2021 NFL draft from 29 April – 1 May to join the NFL’s 32 franchises.
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Thursday 29 April 2021

Sydney, Australia
The funeral of the late Peter Warner in Ballina, NSW, Australia, yesterday had a special Tongan presence, including two of the original ‘Ata boys – Mano Totau and Tevita Siolala, reports Tonga's Honorary Consul General.
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Wednesday 17 February 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Repatriation flights are scheduled to arrive in Tonga on March 3, from New Zealand, Australia and Fiji.
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Wednesday 10 February 2021

Wellington, New Zealand
Beautiful Tongan tapa (ngatu) is on display for two-weeks in an exhibition at Te Papa Tongarewa, the National Museum and Art Gallery of New Zealand, by a group of Tongan women in Wellington.
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Saturday 12 December 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
There were 8000 Tongans stuck overseas because of the COVID-19 border restrictions and wanting to return home, when the repatriation flights ended this week. They include 13 Tongans stuck in India. The repatriation flights may resume in February next year, Hon. Poasi Tei, the Minister for MEIDECC told parliament. From the House by Pesi Fonua.
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Tuesday 24 November 2020

Auckland, New Zealand
The highly anticipated matchup between heavyweight boxers Uaine Fa Jnr and Joseph Parker, has been officially postponed in a statement released today by organisers of the professional bout - Duco Events.
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Monday 16 November 2020

Auckland, New Zealand
Over 100 Early Childhood Education graduates from the Pacific community, mostly Tongans, received their certificates from an Auckland education provider on November 12.
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Saturday 10 October 2020

Queensland, Australia
A Tongan fruitpicker died after being bitten by a venomous eastern brown snake on a farm near Dimbulah, west of Cairns, in September, and relatives want his body to be flown home to Tonga.
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Thursday 30 July 2020

Auckland, New Zealand
Frazer Mataitonga, from the ‘Akanesi Mataitonga Trust has won ‘Good as Gold’ recognition from the ASB Bank in New Zealand with an award to help him continue sending aid to Tonga, and other Pacific Island countries.
Thursday 18 June 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Louena, a Tongan mother of two who lives in Japan, is desperate to be reunited with her babies, daughter Kathleen (5) and infant son, who are now in Tonga without her. The sudden border closure caught the family by surprise and has separated them for over three months.

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