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Thursday 1 October 2009

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The island of Niuatoputapu in northern Tonga was severely damaged by tsunami waves early yesterday morning, September 30, 2009, following an 8.1 earthquake between northern Tonga and Samoa. Photos by Pesi Fonua.
Tuesday 15 September 2009
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A new interim inter-island passenger vessel for Tonga is expected to be in service soon, to replace the sunken ferry MV Princess Ashika.
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Wednesday 2 September 2009
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Donations to assist families who lost relatives in the Ashika ferry disaster, are flowing into Tongan trust funds, with over $1 million pa‘anga collected so far from local and overseas people.
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Wednesday 26 August 2009
Ha'apai, Tonga
On August 25, 2009 a flotilla of vessels carrying about 500 mourners gathered in Ha'apai waters, around a point where four orange buoys floated in the water marking the last position of the MV Princess Ashika. They held a memorial and mass funeral ceremony at sea for the 74 people who were lost when the inter-island ferry sank on August 5. Part Three: Photos by Linny Folau on the MV Pulupaki and Pesi Fonua on the VOEA Pangai.
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Wednesday 26 August 2009
Ha'apai, Tonga
A mass fuenral ceremony at sea for the 74 people who were lost when the Princess Ashika sank on August 5, was held at midday yesterday, August 25 at the spot where the ferry sank, 11 nautical miles, south-west of Nomuka Island, in Tonga's Ha'apai Group, where about 500 people gathered on a flotilla of boats. Part Two: Photos by Linny Folau on the MV Pulupaki and Pesi Fonua on the VOEA Pangai.
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Wednesday 26 August 2009
Ha'apai,Tonga
A mass funeral ceremony at sea for the 74 people lost on the Princess Ashika on August 5, was held at midday yesterday, August 25, at the spot where the ferry sank, 11 nautical miles, south-west of Nomuka Island, in Tonga's Ha'apai Group, where about 500 people gathered on a flotilla of boats. Photos by Linny Folau on the MV Pulupaki and Pesi Fonua on the VOEA Pangai.
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Tuesday 25 August 2009
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A special memorial service will be held today, August 25 at the site where the MV Princess Ashika sank, an open sea area 11kms SSW of Nomuka Island in remembrance of the many lives lost on August 5.
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Saturday 22 August 2009
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
After 17 nights of camping in tents outside the Shipping Corporation of Polynesia Ltd. office at Queen Salote Wharf, anticipating news of relatives in the August 5 sinking of the MV Princess Ashika, bereaved families put closure to the hope of recovery and returned home on Friday July 21.
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Saturday 22 August 2009
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The aerial and surface search for survivors from the MV Princess Ashika disaster has ended, Tonga's Police Commander Chris Kelley announced on 21 August.
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Thursday 20 August 2009
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
There were 128 persons on board the Princess Ashika when it left Nuku'alofa on its August 5 voyage, Operation Ashika confirmed on August 19. These have been established as: 54 rescued, 2 bodies recovered, 72 missing persons (68 passengers and 4 crew).
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Wednesday 19 August 2009
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Sitting in an upright position, the sunken MV Princess Ashika can be clearly seen in a video captured by a Remote Underwater Operating Vehicle working at over 100 metres on the Ha'apai seabed, including evidence of human remains observed by a navy survey team yesterday.
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Wednesday 19 August 2009
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Fasi-moe-Afi bridegroom, Sione Valele 'Elone (43), was on his way to Ha'apai to be married to his sweetheart, Vahengalu He of Pangai. Travelling with him on the fatal voyage of the Princess Ashika on August 5 were his cousin, choir-master, Veuveuso 'Elone (34) and a friend, a North Otago rugby player, Matoni 'Aho (29).
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Wednesday 19 August 2009
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Almost two weeks after the sinking of their vessel, MV Princess Ashika the Chairperson and members of the board of the Shipping Corporation of Polynesia Ltd. made a first public statement on August 17, expressing their condolences and sympathy to families who have lost members.
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Wednesday 19 August 2009
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The loss at sea of a young family of four - Manukeu and Losaline Kauhala and two their three daughters - is a tragedy that has struck a heavy blow to the heart of two Tongatapu families.
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Tuesday 18 August 2009
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Newly-wed Heilala Fetu'u (23) longs to see the husband she married on July 30 and who was lost at sea only one week later. By Linny Folau
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Sunday 16 August 2009
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A New Zealand navy vessel the HMNZ Manawanui arrived in Tonga at the weekend with a support team to assist in the reconnaissance of the sunken ferry MV Princess Ashika in the Ha'apai Group. Photos by Patricia Car
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Sunday 16 August 2009
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A Blue Ribbon campaign in solidarity of the lives lost at sea was launched on August 14 in an emotional ceremony held outside the Shipping Corporation Office at Queen Salote Wharf, where many families have been camping outside in tents for days waiting on news of loved ones who were passengers on board the sunken ferry MV Princess Ashika.
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Sunday 16 August 2009
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Donations to the Ashika Relief Fund have reached over $600,000 pa'anga the Chief Secretary and Secretary to Cabinet, Busby Kautok, said on August 14 on receiving a $2,000 donation from the Staff Association Committee of the Westpac Bank of Tonga.
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Thursday 13 August 2009
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Operation Ashika this afternoon released 37 names, on the first confirmed list of passengers and crew missing following the sinking of the MV Princess Ashika on August 5, 2009.
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Thursday 13 August 2009
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A grieving father, Rev. Sione Taufa (63), was thankful today after he was allowed to see his daughter Vaefetu'u Mahe (22), whose body was the second and last to be recovered after the tragic sinking of the MV Princess Ashika on August 5.
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