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Saturday 21 April 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Traditional dance and musical performances by 28 students were presented at a recital held by the ‘Atenisi Foundation for Performing Arts at the Tanoa Tonga Hotel on April 19.
Thursday 19 April 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A controversial offer made by the PM Hon. ‘Akilisi Pohiva to return to the British Government their former seafront residence in Nuku‘alofa - in anticipation that Britain will come back to the Pacific Islands when they exit the European Union within 12 months - has caused an uproar in Tonga's Office of the Lord Chamberlain, which is located on the property.
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Thursday 19 April 2018

London, United Kingdom
Usman Iftikhar (27) from Australia was awarded the Commonwealth Young Person of the Year by Prince Harry in London this week.
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Thursday 5 April 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Historical film footage of the visit by Queen Elizabeth II to Tonga in 1953, and her friendship with Queen Salote, is shown in a new 58 minutes long documentary film, broadcast for the first time on BBC One in the United Kingdom last week. It will broadcast again on April 12 in the UK. Presenter George Alagiah's journey starts in Tonga, one of the furthest-flung stops on the Queen's first Commonwealth tour in 1953.
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Wednesday 28 March 2018

London, United Kingdom
A feature documentary ‘Leitis in Waiting’, about Joey Mataele and the Tonga Leitis, a transgender minority group fighting for equality, will premiere at the Festival of Commonwealth Film at the British Museum in London on 14-15 April.
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Tuesday 27 March 2018

Auckland, New Zealand
New Zealand born Tongan, Albert Mateni, aims to inspire Pacific youth with his theatre play, ‘Hearts of Men’ with an all Tongan cast set to debut on 5 – 14 April at the Mangere Arts Centre in New Zealand. The multi-talented 26-year-old is self funding the play and also acting in it.
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Monday 26 March 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
An emotional evening of National Prayer, organised by the Tonga National Forum of Church Leaders was held at Pangai Lahi, Nuku'alofa, yesterday evening, 25 March, following a month of shocking murders and road deaths in Tonga.
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Wednesday 21 March 2018
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Sinaitakala gave birth to her third child, a baby girl at the Auckland City Hospital in New Zealand yesterday, Tuesday 20 March 2018.
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Thursday 15 March 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A funeral procession for Mr and Mrs Wen, a Chinese couple who were allegedly murdered at a bush allotment at Matafonua last month, left a Nuku’alofa mortuary for Fua’amotu International Airport at noon today, 15 March.
Tuesday 13 March 2018

Salt Lake City, Utah
A video recording of the 2014 Utah police shooting of an alleged gang leader Siale Angilau (25) was publicly released today following a decision by a United States District Judge John E. Dowdell on 9 March. A wrongful death lawsuit by Angilau’s family was dismissed on the same day.
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Tuesday 27 February 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Five Tongan sisters from Hawaii – Alexsia (19), Tiueti (16), Lela (15), Elisiva (14) and Nini (10) – were guests on America’s popular Ellen Degeneres Show yesterday, where the singers each received a cheque of $10,000 USD. The group are all daughters of Walter and Telesia Tonga, who immigrated from Tonga to Hawaii.
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Monday 26 February 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The King and Queen of Tonga will travel to China this week on a State Visit, the office of the Lord Chamberlain announced this morning.
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Wednesday 21 February 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
When Cyclone Gita blasted a dilapidated little Tongan fale into Fanga 'Uta Lagoon on the night of Monday February 13, home to a non-conformist Tongan artists group, the ferocious winds could not destroy the creative spirit of the Seleka International Art Society Initiative.
Tuesday 20 February 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Photographs taken today around the eastern area of Tongatapu from Ha'ateiho up to Nukuleka, show extensive damage to homes, vegetation and schools caused by Tropical Cyclone Gita.
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Tuesday 20 February 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A falling tree branch on Taufa'ahau Road hit Senior Police Constable ‘Apisai Fihaki (36), knocking him unconscious and fracturing his right ribs, while he was responding to a call for emergency evacuation during Tropical Cyclone Gita. But recovering today at his home in Ha'asini, Fihaki said that saving people’s lives was the utmost priority. By Linny Folau
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Friday 16 February 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Fisherman, Latu Kamisese (60s) who lost his house at Patangata during Tropical Cyclone Gita is appealing for food donations to help sustain his family for now until he can get back to making his living from the sea.
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Thursday 15 February 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
King Tupou VI urged Tongans to work with a cooperative spirit to rebuild their country after Cyclone Gita, in an address to the nation this evening, particularly mentioning the people of the worst-hit islands of Tongatapu and 'Eua. The first assistance to any hardship that happens in our country should come from us, he said.
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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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Thursday 25 January 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
An exhausting week-long walkathon around Ha’apai, ‘Eua, Vava’u and Tongatapu was completed last week by Frazer Mataitonga from the ‘Akanesi Mataitonga Trust. Frazer agreed to perform the challenge as part of a fundraiser to help the ‘Ofa Tui ‘Amanaki Centre, which supports handicapped children.
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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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