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Monday 6 May 2019

Brisbane, Australia
Brisbane's Tongan Community have more than ten kava clubs who meet regularly. President of the Brisbane Tongan Community steering committee, Rev. Maile Molitika says that kava clubs are important in holding the community spirit together. They support the Australian Prime Minister's Pilot Program to ease restrictions on the importation of kava for personal use into Australia.
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Monday 29 April 2019

Brisbane, Australia
Around 10 schools took part in Queensland’s first inter-schools Polynesian Festival with Woodridge State High School winning the Tongan stage segment at the Edmund Rice Performing Arts Centre, St Laurence’s College, South Brisbane, on 27 April.
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Saturday 20 April 2019

Manukau City, New Zealand
Tonga's Onion Squad have qualified in Pacific Islands hip-hop competition to to compete in the world hip-hop dance competition in August in Phoenix, Arizona, USA.
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Friday 19 April 2019

A Good Friday parade on Hala Vuna by members of the Catholic Church, attracted crowds at Ma’ufanga this morning, 19 April.
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Wednesday 17 April 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Plus-size model, Veronica Pome’e, of Tongan descent from California, USA, is making her name as the first Polynesian model to appear in the famous Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue, to be published next month.
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Monday 15 April 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Six Tongan hip hop dancers, calling themselves the Onion Squad, will be competing on April 16-18 at the Hip Hop Pacific Islands competition in Manukau City, Auckland.
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Friday 5 April 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
HRH Crown Prince Haakon of Norway said Tonga and Norway could tackle common global issues such as climate change through multilateral cooperation. “These are some of the major issues of our time and it's obvious we need to tackle them in a better way than we have,” he told Matangi Tonga. By Linny Folau
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Friday 5 April 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Crown Prince Haakon of Norway arrived on a chartered flight this afternoon, April 5 at Fua’amotu International Airport, and was greeted by Prince Ata, before going to the Royal Palace in Nuku'alofa for an audience with HM King Tupou VI.
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Thursday 28 March 2019

Wellington, New Zealand
King Tupou VI and Queen Nanasipau‘u were welcomed by New Zealand's Governor-General Dame Patsy Reddy at Government House in Wellington yesterday, during a short visit to New Zealand.
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Tuesday 26 March 2019

Brisbane, Australia
Brisbane's Tonga Community had an opportunity to engage with Tonga's Ombudsman on March 19 and learn about his role in Tonga, while sharing their complaints and experiences as diaspora when visiting Tonga.
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Monday 25 March 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
King Tupou VI, acting on three public petitions, has opened urgent investigations into alleged mal-administration by government, and called for urgent adequate funding of the Anti Corruption Commission. The King has referred three petitions to the Ombudsman, and one also to the Commissioner of Police for investigation and possible prosecution of any breaches of Criminal law.
Friday 22 March 2019

Oslo, Norway
Crown Prince Haakon of Norway will visit Tonga, Fiji, and Samoa from 5 – 11 April, the Norwegian Royal Court announced on March 20, where he will meet Heads of State, including King Tupou VI, and governments.
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Tuesday 19 March 2019

Auckland, New Zealand
In a moving gesture of solidarity, a congregation from the Pulela’a Tongan Methodist church, gathered in prayer outside the Imam Reza Mosque in Auckland on Sunday to offer its condolences to the victims of the Christchurch mosques shootings. The congregation paid tribute with flowers, hymns and tears.
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Saturday 16 March 2019

Christchurch, New Zealand
New Zealand’s annual Polyfest festival in Auckland has been cancelled following horrific mass shootings at two mosques in Christchurch in which 49 muslim worshippers were murdered.
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Thursday 14 March 2019

Tacoma, Washington, USA
A young Tongan-American actress, dancer, and singer, Visesia Fakatoufifita (11) is reaping the benefits of her hard work having landed her first major role as Annie in ‘Annie’ at the 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle, Washington, at the end of last year, and cast as Cassie in the Village Theatre’s “The Passage” in Issaquah, Washington last month.
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Friday 8 March 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Celebrating women’s achievements and forging a more gender balanced Tonga was the focus of a luncheon to mark International Women’s Day (IWD) under the theme ‘Balance for Better’ today, 8 March, organized by the Bank South Pacific at Davina House. The Minister MAFFF said Tonga needs more women to become leaders.
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Friday 22 February 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tongan parents, and family members who never though they would be able to understand what goes on in the minds of their autistic loved ones, were given hope after watching a documentary on autism last night, 21 February, organised by the Embassy of Japan and the Autism Foundation of Tonga, at the Tanoa Hotel. By Eleanor Gee.
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Friday 18 January 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Prominent Tongan artist, Filipe Tohi, presented his discovery of the hidden layers in the construction of the traditional lalava or lashing method used by ancient Tongans, at a seminar last night, 17 January, at the Tanoa Hotel.
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Wednesday 16 January 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tui’one Pulotu, a well-known Hawaii-based Tongan canoe builder and woodcarver and a Living Treasures of Hawaii award recipient, is currently in Tonga to display his work in the Tanoa Hotel’s new art gallery in Nuku'alofa. By Eleanor Gee.
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Monday 14 January 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Mele Fainga’anuku from Haveluloto is starting the new year on a high, after being announced as the lucky winner of a $20,000 pa'anga Digicel Tonga Ma’alahi Christmas Campaign cash prize on Friday, 11 January 2019.
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