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Tuesday 26 November 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A public holiday, “King Tupou I Day” will be observed on Monday, December 2 remembering the founder of the modern Kingdom of Tonga, King George Taufa’ahau Tupou I.
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Monday 25 November 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Violence against women is one of the most wide spread, but one of the least prosecuted violent crimes in the world, ‘Onetoto ‘Anisi, the Acting CEO for the Ministry of Internal Affairs, told a gathering this morning to launch the 16 Days of Activism and White Ribbon Day Programme 2019 in Tonga.
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Monday 25 November 2019

Brisbane, Australia
Tonga's first Honorary Consul to Australia Bill Waterhouse, aged 97, passed away in Sydney on November 22. Sulieni Layt reports that Brisbane’s Tongan Community sent condolences to the family.
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Thursday 21 November 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Popular Tongan language singers, the “Tonga Sisters”, will perform in Nickelodeon’s America's Most Musical Family, where they will compete against 30 family bands for an ultimate $250,000 cash prize.
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Friday 15 November 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Thousands of rugby league fans flocked to Nuku’alofa on November 15 to greet members of the winning Tonga Invitational XIII Rugby League Team, who joined a colourful float parade, on a specially declared national public holiday today, 15 November.
Wednesday 13 November 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A landmark court case is set to take place in the American state of Nevada over whether the state’s death penalty should exempt offenders that are “mentally-ill”. The appeal case concerns Siaosi Vanisi (49), a Tongan man who is currently on death row for murder.
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Tuesday 12 November 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Lady Fusitu’a (Tania Laumanulupe Tupou) has started this week in her new appointment as Lord Chamberlain in Nuku'alofa.
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Thursday 7 November 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Fifth Harmony singer Dinah Jane will headline her first tour as a solo artist in the United States this month.
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Thursday 7 November 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A Tonga Youth Parliament will be held from December 10-12, to encourage youth participation in the political process.
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Friday 1 November 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Four women running small businesses in Tongatapu, Vava'u, Ha'apai and 'Eua received the annual SPBD Business Woman of the Year Awards today. Award winners were Tu’itofa Prema (Tongatapu) Longoimana Fonua ('Eua), Katalina Tolu (Ha’apai) and Makelesi 'Asikia (Vava'u).
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Thursday 24 October 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A combat specialist for the Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN) – Filipe Sione Malakai Latu of Manukau – was last week awarded recognition as Sailor of the Year. He's the first Pacific Islander and Tongan to be recognized as Sailor of the year by RNZN.
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Wednesday 23 October 2019

London, United Kingdom
Classical musician Caroline Elizabeth Hurrell-Grint, (21), of British-Tongan descent, has graduated from the prestigious University of Cambridge, England, with an honours degree after completing a three year degree course.
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Tuesday 22 October 2019

Auckland, New Zealand
Australian-Tongan actor Uli Latukefu stars in the highly anticipated action comedy, which centres around a Tongan character set in New Zealand. An official trailer of “The Legend of Baron To‘a” was released yesterday 21 October.
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Monday 21 October 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A young pharmaceutical scientist, Vincent Luscombe, who is a New Zealander of Tongan descent, has won a full post graduate Clarendon Scholarship to the prestigious Oxford University in England, where he is undertaking a DPhil in Molecular Cell Biology in Health and Disease.
Friday 18 October 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A group of teenagers aim to influence Tongans to say No to violence, especially violence against women and girls, after attending a ‘Front Row Against Violence’ boys weekend camp recently run by the Talitha Project. By Eleanor Gee
Saturday 12 October 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Climate change dialogue and increased women's representation in Parliament were two topics of debate for 27 young women who conducted a mock parliament session as part of a second Girls Takeover Parliament program on October 11.
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Friday 11 October 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Takuilau College hosted celebrations for International Day of Girl Child today, 11 October, under the theme “Girls Force: Unscripted and Unstoppable.”
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Tuesday 8 October 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
HM King Tupou VI this afternoon, 8 October presented Tonga’s newly elected Prime Minister, Hon. Pohiva Tu’i’onetoa with a Royal Warrants of Appointment.
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Tuesday 8 October 2019

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
There are many different ways of being Tongan, say creative sisters Vea and Emily Mafile'o, in Nuku‘alofa today, talking about their work in photography and film making and what it means for young people of Tongan heritage to grow up in New Zealand. The sisters are part of two interesting events open to the public this week in Nuku‘alofa. Together, the Ancient Futures Symposium and Nuku'alofa Film Festival are featuring an unprecedented number of artistic and creative events to be held at the Tanoa Hotel. By Mary Lyn Fonua.
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Friday 4 October 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The film Vai premiered at the Nuku’alofa Film Festival last night, 3 October, to a full house, as part of a list of international and national films from the Pacific screening at the Tanoa Hotel.
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