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Wednesday 29 July 2020

Auckland, New Zealand
An all Tongan core cast, stars in a Tongan/English bilingual drama, ‘Brutal Lives’ set to premiere on 5 August on The Coconet TV.
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Thursday 16 July 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Matariki Art Trail exhibition featuring work by Tongan and New Zealand artists, including Visesio Siasau and Serene Tay, was launched by New Zealand High Commissioner HE Tiffany Babington last night at the Waterfront Restaurant and Lodge, Ma’ufanga.
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Friday 10 July 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A new Tongan bilingual drama web series, 'Brutal Lives' will be released online on The Coconet TV on August 5.
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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.
Wednesday 24 June 2020

Melbourne, Australia
Tongan-Australian musicians and siblings, Vika and Linda Bull have reached number one on the Australian Aria charts with their new album ‘Akilotoa.
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Wednesday 10 June 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Australian photographer, Jasmine Carey has won USD$120,000 in the HIPA International Photography Award for her amazing photo of a humpback whale mother sleeping beside her two-week-old calf, in Vava’u, Tonga. The rich award attracts photographic entries from all over the world. Jasmine's winning image on the theme ‘Water’ has gained worldwide publicity, raising Tonga’s profile for whale watching and swimming activities. By Eleanor Gee.
Tuesday 21 April 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Matamoana, a uniquely whale-shaped vessel, is the latest creation from master craftsman Sitiveni Fehoko, launched at Faua Wharf on April 20.
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Thursday 20 February 2020

Auckland, New Zealand
A new Pacific feature film called The Legend of Baron To’a, starring Australian-Tongan actor Talia’uli (Uli) Latukefu, and New Zealand-Tongan actor John Tui opens today, in New Zealand cinemas.
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Wednesday 12 February 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Maori actor and director Taika Waititi (44), won an academy award for Best Adapted Screenplay at the 92nd Academy Awards for his movie “Jojo Rabbit” on Sunday, 9 February. Waititi beat five nominees to win the award, which included screenplays for movies such as Joker and The Irishman.
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Wednesday 5 February 2020

Auckland, New Zealand
Beau Louis Takapu, a Tongan-American, debuted his first solo clothing collection in a fashion show held at Fale Pasifika in Auckland on January 31.

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Tuesday 14 January 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A variety of artistic and historic Tongan koloa is currently on show at the Para Site art gallery in Hong Kong, curated by Lady Dowager Tunakaimanu Fielakepa.
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Tuesday 10 December 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The New Zealand Youth Choir held a special performance in Nuku’alofa, during their first stop in a Pacific Tour to celebrate their 40th anniversary.
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Thursday 21 November 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Popular Tongan language singers, the “Tonga Sisters”, will perform in Nickelodeon’s America's Most Musical Family, where they will compete against 30 family bands for an ultimate $250,000 cash prize.
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Thursday 7 November 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Fifth Harmony singer Dinah Jane will headline her first tour as a solo artist in the United States this month.
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Tuesday 22 October 2019

Auckland, New Zealand
Australian-Tongan actor Uli Latukefu stars in the highly anticipated action comedy, which centres around a Tongan character set in New Zealand. An official trailer of “The Legend of Baron To‘a” was released yesterday 21 October.
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Tuesday 8 October 2019

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
There are many different ways of being Tongan, say creative sisters Vea and Emily Mafile'o, in Nuku‘alofa today, talking about their work in photography and film making and what it means for young people of Tongan heritage to grow up in New Zealand. The sisters are part of two interesting events open to the public this week in Nuku‘alofa. Together, the Ancient Futures Symposium and Nuku'alofa Film Festival are featuring an unprecedented number of artistic and creative events to be held at the Tanoa Hotel. By Mary Lyn Fonua.
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Friday 4 October 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The film Vai premiered at the Nuku’alofa Film Festival last night, 3 October, to a full house, as part of a list of international and national films from the Pacific screening at the Tanoa Hotel.
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Thursday 22 August 2019

Manila, Philippines
Tonga’s first ever Mr World contestant, 24-year-old Mikaele 'Ahomana, a talented musician, has won a spot in the top 12 contestants in the pageant’s grand final to be held on 24 August in Manilla, Philippines.
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Saturday 17 August 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Spectacular and beautiful Tongan ngatu, kupesi and a variety of treasured koloa may be viewed in a new exhibition at the Langafonua Centre in Nuku'alofa for a month, before the collection moves to a Hong Kong gallery for a display in December.
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Friday 2 August 2019

Suva, Fiji
Tonga’s hip hop Onion Squad have had their dreams dashed after they were denied US visas today, 2 August, to compete at the Hip Hop World Championships (HHI) in Phoenix, Arizona, United States, next week. Over 4,000 of the world’s best dancers, from over 50 countries, are set to compete but Tonga's favourites won't be among them.

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