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Wednesday 23 May 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A Tongan-American scholar Angelina Finau (22) of Los Angeles, has been selected by the United States Government’s prestigious Fulbright Student Program.
Monday 21 May 2018

London, UK
Newly-weds, His Royal Highness The Duke of Sussex and Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Sussex are planning to visit Commonwealth member countries, including Tonga, in October this year. According to British media reports, they plan to start their visit in Australia, followed by New Zealand, and then, possibly including Fiji and Tonga.
Wednesday 16 May 2018

Honolulu, Hawaii
A Hawaiian fireknife performer of Tongan descent, Hale Motuapuaka, was declared the winner of the 2018 World Fireknife Championships on 12 May Saturday at the Polynesian Cultural Centre in Honolulu, Hawaii. The 18-year-old received a prize of $7,500 (USD).
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Tuesday 15 May 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Forty winners in a Mother’s Day draw by Western Union/Fexco Tonga received hampers full of food goodies worth $250 pa’anga, when the results were announced today.
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Monday 14 May 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A former Minister of Health Dr Sione Tapa (94) was laid to rest at Takaunove cemetery today, May 14 after passing away last week.
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Thursday 10 May 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
HM King Tupou VI bestowed honours of the Royal Military Order of Saint George to members of His Majesty’s Armed Forces and Tonga Police on May 4.
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Wednesday 9 May 2018
New Plymouth, New Zealand
The Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia has paved the way for the blessing of same sex relationships - but Anglican churches in Polynesia will all opt out - the Anglican Synod said in a statement today.
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Tuesday 8 May 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Children were beautifully dressed to celebrate Fakame or Children’s Sunday at Free Wesleyan Churches throughout Tonga on 6 May.
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Monday 7 May 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
There are signs of improvement in the protection of Pacific seasonal workers from exploitation and neglect in Australia, said the President of the Pacific Australia Seasonal Workers Association (PASWA) in Sydney, Falepaini Maile. Six Tongans were among 14 Pacific Islander seasonal workers who have died from ill health since the working programme started in 2012. By Finau Fonua
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Monday 7 May 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The annual Conference of the Church of Tonga (Hou’eiki) is currently being held this week, bringing hundreds of church members to Nuku’alofa. Photos by Linny Folau.
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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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Monday 30 April 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga’s first Commissioner for Public Relations and former Minister of Justice and Police, Siaosi Taimani ‘Aho (79), who passed away on Friday, April 27, after an illness, was laid to rest today at Takaunove Cemetery, Fasi.
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Thursday 26 April 2018

London, UK
A film documentary, 'Leitis in Waiting', has won the audience award, after premiering at the Festival of Commonwealth Film 2018 in London. The film promotes human rights and challenges laws ciminalizing LGBT lives, still current in eight Pacific countries.
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Tuesday 24 April 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Prince of Wales, Prince Charles, hopes to visit Tonga "in the near future", Tonga's Prime Minister Hon. 'Akilisi Pohiva announced today.
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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.
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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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