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Monday 16 May 2022

California, USA
Ensign Mary Melenaite Tufui Likio ‘Fui’ McCray was commissioned as the first female Tongan officer in U.S. Navy history, on 29 April, at the Naval Amphibious Base Coronado, in California. McCray, who was born in Long Beach, dedicated her story of success to her late father, Alifeleti Likio, from Kolomotu’a, Tongatapu.
Tuesday 10 May 2022

Suva, Fiji
Tongan-Sydney based software engineer, Finau Kaufusi won a prize in the Pacific’s first-ever Hackathon Competiton to find an ICT based solution to 'Amplify Pacific Voices', held last month in Fiji.
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Wednesday 27 April 2022

Canberra, Australia
Tonga's High Commissioner to Australia, Princess Angelika Lātūfuipeka Tuku‘aho launched her first book, a cultural manual for Tongans, at a special event held at Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre in Canberra, on 14 April.
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Monday 14 March 2022
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Nuku'alofa, Tonga.
King Tupou VI has consented to relocate people from his estates who were affected by the volcanic eruption of Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai and tsunamis. Among the worst hit areas in the catastrophe on Jan. 15, were the royal estates of Kanokupolu (Tongatapu) and Mango Island, (Ha’apai).
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Monday 7 March 2022

Abu Dhabi, UAE
Tonga's National Day was marked at the Expo 2020 in Dubai on March 4 with a special event that included cultural performances.
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Friday 28 January 2022
atata

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Around 95 children and youths, among the families evacuated from ‘Atata Island after the tsunamis destroyed their homes on Saturday Jan. 15, are currently staying at a Church Hall in Kolomotu'a, Nuku'alofa and also at a Hofoa evacuation station, where the Talitha Project is actively supporting their recovery from trauma. By Eleanor Gee.
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Tuesday 25 January 2022
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Nuku'alofa, Tonga
“The people that can withstand difficulties are those that stand together,” King Tupou VI said in an address to the nation that was recorded over the telephone from hi residence in ‘Eua and broadcasted on local radio at around 6:00pm, Thursday January 20.
Monday 3 January 2022

Tokomololo, Tonga
King Tupou VI, Queen Nanasipau'u and members of the Royal Family attended the traditional funeral with military honours for the Rt. Hon. Col., Lord Ma‘afu Tukui'aulahi this morning, at the Huelo ‘o Hangai Tomb, Tokomololo in Tongatapu. Hundreds of people attended the burial ceremony and outdoor service. Photos by Pesi Fonua, Eleanor Gee and Peter Poulsen.
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Thursday 30 December 2021
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Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The funeral programme for the late Lord Ma’afu, is proceeding in Tonga after an Air New Zealand cargo flight landed at Fua'amotu Airport this afternoon, repatriating his remains from New Zealand. Mourners wearing funeral mats, lined the roadside at the estate of Vaini. Photos by Pesi Fonua and Eleanor Gee.
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Tuesday 28 December 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
HM King Tupou VI this morning, 28 Dec., presented Tonga’s newly elected Prime Minister, Hon. Siaosi ‘Ofakivahafolau Sovaleni (51) with a Royal Warrant of Appointment at the Royal Palace in Nuku'alofa. He will hold the office of Prime Minister from 27 Dec. 2021 for four years. Meanwhile, the King has approved a new 12-member Cabinet and two Governors for Vava'u and Ha'apai, and the Warrants of Appointment were read and returned to the Legislative Assembly this afternoon. The names of the new government ministers are expected to be announced by the new Prime Minister soon.
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Friday 24 December 2021
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Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The funeral cortege of the late Hon. Lord Ma’afu will arrive in Tonga next Tuesday, 28 December, and the funeral ceremony will be held on New Year's Day.
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Friday 24 December 2021
FWC kolomotua

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
King Tupou VI and Queen Nanasipau'u will attend the annual Christmas service of the Free Wesleyan Church at the Centennial Church (Saione), tomorrow, December 25.
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Wednesday 22 December 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Festive bands played in Nuku'alofa, bringing welcome Christmas cheer to shoppers and holiday makers, despite the heat from the hot sun, today December 22, as Tonga approaches its second Christmas under border restrictions.
Saturday 18 December 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga.
The funeral cortege of Tonga's Deputy Prime Minister, the late Hon. Lord Ma'afu, will arrive in Tonga on Tuesday 21 December from Auckland. A military funeral with honours will be held the following week on Monday 27 December at Tokomololo, the Prime Minister's Office announced this afternoon. A vigil and prayer service will be held tonight in Auckland. The programme for the funeral activities was released.
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Thursday 16 December 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Youth from the communities of Nuku’alofa, Hahake, and Hihifo took part in a competition event highlighting climate resilience and social change, under the Agents for Change Project, at the Nuku'alofa waterfront today.
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Monday 13 December 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's Deputy Prime Minister Lord Ma’afu (66) passed away early Sunday morning, December 12 at Auckland City Hospital in New Zealand. The Prime Minister’s Office said today that details of the funeral program will be announced in due course.
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Friday 26 November 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
More than 300 students received certificates in a combined graduation ceremony for two Government Tertiary Institutes (TIST and TMPI) today at the Falemasiva Hall, in the Tailulu College compound, Tofoa. By Linny Folau.
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Friday 26 November 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Fifteen young Tongan women, who are starting out in business, joined a local networking event last week in a program that connects them with other aspiring “Greenpreneurs” and business leaders in their communities and in the Pacific Islands.
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Monday 18 October 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
All tables were filled at the Tonga Breast Cancer Society Inc. Pink October luncheon on Saturday October 16, when around 100 guests gathered for the popular fundraiser at the Taufa'ahau Tupou IV Domestic Wharf venue.
Monday 18 October 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A Tongan activist Taufu’i ‘Ae Valu Naufahu (33) has been recognised internationally for his exceptional voluntary service supporting the LGBTQI community. HM Queen Elizabeth II, as Head of the Commonwealth, on 15 October, recognised Taufu’i as the 199th Commonwealth Point of Light. The award recognises one inspirational volunteer each week from across the 54 Commonwealth countries.
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