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Tuesday 26 May 2020

London, UK
The story of six Tongan castaways who survived on Ata Island for 15 months in the 1960s before they were rescued by an Australian fishing boat, will be made into a movie, after a Hollywood studio recently won the film rights.
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Friday 15 May 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A ‘My Body My Rights’ program aimed at empowering girls by increasing their understanding of their rights and control over their bodies and lives began in Tongatapu this week.
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Thursday 14 May 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Where are the six Tongan boys who were castaways on Ata Island in 1965? The world is asking, after their story was published in The Guardian (UK) four days ago and has been read more than 7 million times. The family of Kolo Fekitoa, one of the six, told Matangi Tonga that Kolo passed away about three-years ago at the age of 71.
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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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Saturday 11 April 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The sea came up over Vuna Road at around 7:18am, at least one hour before the predicted king tide at 8:13 am, as Severe Tropical Cyclone Harold pushed a surge into the Nuku'alofa seafront on Thursday morning. It could have been worse. A view from space shows how Tongatapu "dodged a bullet” as the cyclone's screaming eyewall missed Tongatapu, passing to the south.
Wednesday 18 March 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-day Saints has temporarily suspended all public gatherings worldwide, until further notice, as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Area Seventy-Pacific Area Elder 'Inoke Fotu Kupu stated on March 17 that this was why Members are having Sunday worship in their homes.
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Tuesday 17 March 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A second Tonga Youth Parliament was opened on March 16 aimed to encourage young people to actively engage in the civic and political processes in Tonga.
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Tuesday 10 March 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
While the gap in gender inequality in Tonga is still wide, in 2020 more women are navigating their way into traditionally male-dominated roles. For International Women's Day this year, Matangi Tonga talked to two young women Sara Sakopo and 'Emeline Siale, both 21, who found the courage to overcome their fears and become qualified to work in the energy and trade sectors alongside men. By Eleanor Gee.
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Monday 9 March 2020

London, United Kingdom
Celebrations and events will be held around the world today, Monday, 9 March to mark Commonwealth Day. This year’s event is centred around the theme ‘Delivering a Common Future’, highlighting how the 54 member countries in the Commonwealth family are ‘innovating, connecting and transforming’ to help achieve some of its biggest goals - such as protecting natural resources and boosting trade.
Sunday 8 March 2020

London, United Kingdom
A Commonwealth gathering has called for an end to gender inequality by 2030 so every girl can have the same opportunities as boys. Despite decades of activism and reforms, only six countries in the world give women and men equal rights to work in their law books – an increase from none about 10 years ago.
Wednesday 4 March 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Independent think tank, the Royal Oceania Institute (ROI), announced 10 new board members on 3 March.
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Friday 21 February 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A peace camp attended by around 20 Anglican Church youth to learn about religious diversity and co-exist with people of different religions, was held on 17 February, at St Mathias church in Pahu.
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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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Friday 7 February 2020

Wellington, New Zealand
Tonga's former Chief Justice Anthony David (Tony) Ford QSO passed away on January 31, in Wellington, New Zealand, where his funeral will be held on Monday.
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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Wednesday 29 January 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
More than 100 girls and young women took part in a life skills program in Ha’apai and Tongatapu run by Talitha Project over the summer.
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Monday 27 January 2020

Brisbane, Australia
Two members of Brisbane’s Tongan Community received Local Heroes Australia Day Community Service Awards on January 26, at Oxley Bowls Club on Brisbane’s west side, for helping improve the lives of others and building community spirit.
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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 7 January 2020

Salt Lake City, Utah
Five-thousand elementary students in the state of Utah in the United States were given winter garments by the Tony Finau Foundation – a charity founded by Tony Finau in 2015.
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