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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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Monday 26 March 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
An emotional evening of National Prayer, organised by the Tonga National Forum of Church Leaders was held at Pangai Lahi, Nuku'alofa, yesterday evening, 25 March, following a month of shocking murders and road deaths in Tonga.
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Wednesday 21 March 2018
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Sinaitakala gave birth to her third child, a baby girl at the Auckland City Hospital in New Zealand yesterday, Tuesday 20 March 2018.
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Thursday 15 March 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A funeral procession for Mr and Mrs Wen, a Chinese couple who were allegedly murdered at a bush allotment at Matafonua last month, left a Nuku’alofa mortuary for Fua’amotu International Airport at noon today, 15 March.
Tuesday 13 March 2018

Salt Lake City, Utah
A video recording of the 2014 Utah police shooting of an alleged gang leader Siale Angilau (25) was publicly released today following a decision by a United States District Judge John E. Dowdell on 9 March. A wrongful death lawsuit by Angilau’s family was dismissed on the same day.
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Tuesday 27 February 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Five Tongan sisters from Hawaii – Alexsia (19), Tiueti (16), Lela (15), Elisiva (14) and Nini (10) – were guests on America’s popular Ellen Degeneres Show yesterday, where the singers each received a cheque of $10,000 USD. The group are all daughters of Walter and Telesia Tonga, who immigrated from Tonga to Hawaii.
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Monday 26 February 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The King and Queen of Tonga will travel to China this week on a State Visit, the office of the Lord Chamberlain announced this morning.
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Wednesday 21 February 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
When Cyclone Gita blasted a dilapidated little Tongan fale into Fanga 'Uta Lagoon on the night of Monday February 13, home to a non-conformist Tongan artists group, the ferocious winds could not destroy the creative spirit of the Seleka International Art Society Initiative.
Tuesday 20 February 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Photographs taken today around the eastern area of Tongatapu from Ha'ateiho up to Nukuleka, show extensive damage to homes, vegetation and schools caused by Tropical Cyclone Gita.
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Tuesday 20 February 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A falling tree branch on Taufa'ahau Road hit Senior Police Constable ‘Apisai Fihaki (36), knocking him unconscious and fracturing his right ribs, while he was responding to a call for emergency evacuation during Tropical Cyclone Gita. But recovering today at his home in Ha'asini, Fihaki said that saving people’s lives was the utmost priority. By Linny Folau
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Friday 16 February 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Fisherman, Latu Kamisese (60s) who lost his house at Patangata during Tropical Cyclone Gita is appealing for food donations to help sustain his family for now until he can get back to making his living from the sea.
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Thursday 15 February 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
King Tupou VI urged Tongans to work with a cooperative spirit to rebuild their country after Cyclone Gita, in an address to the nation this evening, particularly mentioning the people of the worst-hit islands of Tongatapu and 'Eua. The first assistance to any hardship that happens in our country should come from us, he said.
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Monday 29 January 2018
Gold Coast, Australia
A 3-year-old Tongan boy is reported to have died from drowning after he was pulled from a creek in the Gold Coast, Australia on Saturday 27 January.
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Thursday 25 January 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
An exhausting week-long walkathon around Ha’apai, ‘Eua, Vava’u and Tongatapu was completed last week by Frazer Mataitonga from the ‘Akanesi Mataitonga Trust. Frazer agreed to perform the challenge as part of a fundraiser to help the ‘Ofa Tui ‘Amanaki Centre, which supports handicapped children.
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Wednesday 10 January 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Rev Dr 'Ahio is the new chairman of a Committee on Tongan Traditions effective from November 23, 2017.
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Friday 5 January 2018

Auckland, New Zealand
A New Zealand transport company is being held criminally liable over the bus crash that killed three Tongan passengers last year near the town of Gisborne in New Zealand.
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Friday 5 January 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The funeral of Thomas Spencer Monson, the 16th President and a Prophet of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, who died on 2 January 2018 at his home in Salt Lake City, will be held next week and televised live for 19 LDS Stakes in Tonga.
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Wednesday 3 January 2018

St George, Utah-USA
The Tongan community in Utah are mourning the loss of 46-year-old Kolei Soseti Maile of St George, Utah, USA who passed away on Christmas day after an illness. He leaves behind a wife, four children and a football team – the Pine View High School football team – for whom he worked for as an offensive line coach.
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Tuesday 2 January 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The new year welcomed seven beautiful new babies in Tonga, with six born at Vaiola Hospital on Tongatapu and one at Prince Ngu Hospital, Vava’u. The first, arriving bright and early, was Herschel Tiuke Duane Miller Jr Pola. Only two of the new babies were girls. They are among the first of an estimated 385,793 babies born on New Year's Day around the world.
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Tuesday 2 January 2018

Wellington, New Zealand
Dr Palatasa Havea and Valeti Finau have been named on New Zealand’s annual Honours List. Both honourees are Tongan-born New Zealanders. The Honours List was released on New Year’s Eve 31 December by New Zealand’s Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.
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