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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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Monday 7 January 2019

Queenstown, New Zealand
Project Runway NZ fashion designer, Peni Moala, who was born in Tonga and now based in Queenstown, New Zealand, is busy working on his fashion collection with the aim to take his brand BENi, global.
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Thursday 3 January 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
New Year’s Day welcomed four babies in Tongatapu and Vava'u, with the first born just 20 minutes after midnight at the capital's Vaiola Hospital. A healthy baby boy named Kevin Joseph Toke, from Ha‘ateiho, weighed 3.4kg. Kevin was among an estimated 740 babies to be born in the Pacific islands on New Year's Day.
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Friday 28 December 2018

Auckland, New Zealand
Catholic Priest, Father Dave Mullins (88), who was a former ‘Ikale Tahi coach, and instrumental with the development of rugby and sports in Tonga, passed away on Christmas Eve, 24 December, at St Joseph’s Home, Auckland, New Zealand, where he resided.
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Thursday 27 December 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Mr Kanitesi Mahe (60) has been appointed as Noble Niukapu of Fangale’ounga on 19 December by King Tupou VI.
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Monday 24 December 2018

Nuku'alofa
Christmas Brass Bands descended on Nuku'alofa today spreading some festive cheer with lively carols and Tongan songs as shoppers scrambled about picking up last minute items.
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Thursday 20 December 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Excited members of the Alonga Centre for the Disabled were treated to a Christmas lunch and received presents from HRH Princess Pilolevu Tuita.
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Tuesday 18 December 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A village reunion is underway for Nukunuku, bringing together former/current residents and decendents of the village from throughout Tonga and abroad. Called 'Katoa ki Nukunuku 2018' (Meet at Nukunuku 2018), the week long celebration began last Friday 14 December with no shortage of singing, dancing and eating.
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Tuesday 18 December 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Neomai Tu’itupou Pohiva (70), the wife of Tonga’s Prime Minister Hon. ‘Akilisi Pohiva passed away yesterday evening 17 December, at her home in Sopu.
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