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Thursday 30 July 2020

Auckland, New Zealand
Frazer Mataitonga, from the ‘Akanesi Mataitonga Trust has won ‘Good as Gold’ recognition from the ASB Bank in New Zealand with an award to help him continue sending aid to Tonga, and other Pacific Island countries.
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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Saturday 18 July 2020

Auckland, New Zealand
Shot-putter, Dame Valerie Adams has been honoured with a Barbie doll made in her likeness, after she was chosen as New Zealand’s Barbie Role Model for 2020. The doll is dressed just like Valerie.
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Thursday 16 July 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Like the humpback whales born in Vava'u, Vaiufia Makatu'u Latu, a young Tongan mariner sailing on a tall ship, has worked her way across the Southern Ocean to reach the frozen waters of Antarctica. Now she longs to return to the Port of Refuge. By Mary Lyn Fonua
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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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Friday 10 July 2020

Brisbane, Australia
A new Pasifika TV and Radio service provided by the Tongan Community in Brisbane, Australia, is gaining popularity after its launch on 27 June, following months of isolation due to CoViD-19.
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Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Australia has committed an additional AUD$203,000 to address violence against women and children arising from CoViD-19 in Tonga.
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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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Monday 6 July 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Locally produced seaweed, Limu Tanga'u, featured in a food and cocktails tasting event presented at The Top Restaurant on Friday night, in collaboration with the South Pacific Mozuku and the youth-led TYEE Go Green programme in Nuku'alofa.
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Friday 3 July 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
HM King Tupou VI will celebrate his official birthday on Saturday, July 4, in private with some members of the extended Royal Family, at The Villa Royal Residence. The King who was born on 12 July 1959 will be 61 years old this year. Starting at 10:00am HMAF and Tonga Police bands will march through central Nuku'alofa to the Royal Palace, but there will be no public holiday this year.
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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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Thursday 18 June 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Louena, a Tongan mother of two who lives in Japan, is desperate to be reunited with her babies, daughter Kathleen (5) and infant son, who are now in Tonga without her. The sudden border closure caught the family by surprise and has separated them for over three months.
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 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.

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