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Tuesday 7 July 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Twenty-five hand made canoes (popao) to preserve this important traditional knowledge were on display for King Tupou VI at the Masefield Navy Base on July 7.
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Tuesday 26 November 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A public holiday, “King Tupou I Day” will be observed on Monday, December 2 remembering the founder of the modern Kingdom of Tonga, King George Taufa’ahau Tupou I.
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Monday 25 November 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Violence against women is one of the most wide spread, but one of the least prosecuted violent crimes in the world, ‘Onetoto ‘Anisi, the Acting CEO for the Ministry of Internal Affairs, told a gathering this morning to launch the 16 Days of Activism and White Ribbon Day Programme 2019 in Tonga.
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Sunday 15 September 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
HM Queen Nanasipau‘u gave a cultural presentation at the launching of the book ‘Songs & Poems of Queen Sālote’ (Reprinted, 2019 Vava'u Press) on September 10 in Nuku’alofa. Queen Nanasipau‘u was one of three Presenters who offered different perspectives of the compositions which form an important part of Tonga’s cultural heritage. The launch also celebrated 40 years of publishing in Tonga by Vava‘u Press Ltd.
Thursday 21 June 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
HM Queen Nanasipau'u awarded prizes in a competition for Tongan handicraft producers, held by the Langafonua 'a Fafine Tonga on June 21.
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Friday 4 May 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
HRH Princess Pilolevu unveiled a plaque to mark the 30th anniversary of Tonga’s National Cultural Centre on May 4 at Tofoa.
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Wednesday 10 January 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Rev Dr 'Ahio is the new chairman of a Committee on Tongan Traditions effective from November 23, 2017.
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Wednesday 8 November 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga observed Constitution Day with a holiday on Monday 6 November, this year marking the 142nd anniversary of Tonga's constitution, which was was first enacted by HM King Tupou I on November 4, 1875.
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Tuesday 8 August 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Around 25 people learned to make sushi rolls with Japanese Chef Mr Endo at the Tanoa International Hotel yesterday, 7 August 2017, as part of an initiative of the Embassy of Japan to introduce Japanese food culture to Tonga.
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Wednesday 24 May 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's important star-shaped Sia Complex at Popua, the area of Tonga's creation myth, is being destroyed by an ad hoc development, driven by the same government that pledged to protect the heritage site close to Nuku'alofa on Tongatapu.
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Monday 15 May 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The International Family Day 2017 was marked on Monday, May 15 in Nuku’alofa with a display of colourful hand painted table mats, with the slogan "No Violence = Happy healthy families".
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Friday 10 March 2017

Auckland, New Zealand
Students of Tongan heritage from dozens of high schools in Auckland are preparing to perform their Tongan dances at the 2017 ASB Polyfest in Auckland.
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Monday 12 September 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
An exhibition of a collection of photographs from the Japan Professional Photographers Society, ‘Japan’s Coastline and its People’, was launched by Crown Prince Tupouto’a ‘Ulukalala at the Visitors Information Centre, Hala Vuna, Nuku’alofa on 9 September.
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Wednesday 7 September 2016

Auckland, New Zealand
New Zealand is celebrating Tonga Language Week from September 4-10 focusing on observing how Tongan culture has shaped the country. The theme this year is ‘Fakakoloa ‘a Aotearoa ‘aki ‘a e Loto’i Tonga’ – Enriching Aotearoa with the Tongan Spirit.
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Tuesday 23 August 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A group of 13 young students and three leaders from Fukuoka, Japan, visited Tonga as Junior Ambassadors in a program that builds friendship with Tongan children through exchange visits.
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Monday 13 June 2016

Laie, Hawaii
HM King Tupou VI and Queen Nanasipau'u attended the opening of a newly restored Tonga Village at the Polynesian Cultural Center in Laie, Hawaii, on 11 June.
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Monday 6 June 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Today a public holiday was held to celebrate Emancipation Day, the day Tonga’s first Christian king, King Siaosi Tupou I officially abolished serfdom in Tonga on June 4 1862. It represented a turning point in Tongan history as commoners were freed from the virtual ownership of chiefs. It is 154 years since the day.
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Saturday 28 May 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A Tongan delegation including cultural dancers and artists has presented Tongan dance at the 12th Festival of Pacific Arts underway in Guam, from May 22 to June 4.
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Saturday 7 November 2015

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The solitary soldier atop Tonga’s Cenotaph was removed from Pangai Si'i on November 5 and crossed Taufa’ahau Road where, dangling from a crane and in the protective arms of a serviceman, he was lowered to a new position next to the National Flag Station - in time for Remembrance Sunday Service tomorrow November 8. Photos by Linny Folau and Peter Poulsen.
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Saturday 5 September 2015

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The smashing of the protective walls around Tonga’s War Memorial and removal of its memorial plaques, during the site clearing for St. George’s Palace construction at Pangai Si’i last week might possibly be illegal.
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