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Tuesday 1 October 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's Vaiola Hospital sees 40 new breast cancer patients each year, but very few cases are detected early enough, before the cancer has spread to other parts of the body. Breast cancer surgeon, Lord Tangi, this morning begged women to use the early detection facilities that had been available at the hospital for the last four years.
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Thursday 26 September 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Free Wesleyan Church schools in Tongatapu held a fundraiser Bazaar Day on September 25 in Nuku'alofa.
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Thursday 26 September 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Hundreds of women dressed in their finest white dresses and beautiful hats gathered for their annual 'Faka-Sepitema' roll call at the Church of Tonga in Nuku'alofa, on September 25.
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Sunday 15 September 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
HM Queen Nanasipau‘u gave a cultural presentation at the launching of the book ‘Songs & Poems of Queen Sālote’ (Reprinted, 2019 Vava'u Press) on September 10 in Nuku’alofa. Queen Nanasipau‘u was one of three Presenters who offered different perspectives of the compositions which form an important part of Tonga’s cultural heritage. The launch also celebrated 40 years of publishing in Tonga by Vava‘u Press Ltd.
Wednesday 11 September 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A group of university students from Warrane College in Sydney have volunteered to help rebuild a community hall and Catholic chapel at Longolongo, that were destroyed by Cyclone Gita last year.
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Thursday 5 September 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Front Row Against Violence, a new program which targets youth and sports to ensure girls are empowered and have equal access to opportunities, was launched on September 5 in Nuku’alofa.
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Thursday 5 September 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A Ha‘atafu women’s group yesterday showed off their income earning activities, including agricultural produce, handicrafts, and fine mats, to a visiting advisory group interested in the advancement of Pacific women.
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Saturday 31 August 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's ailing Prime Minister Hon. 'Akilisi Pohiva (78) has a paramount concern: the succession of his leadership. He now faces opposition to the government he has headed since the elections of November 2014. There is rivalry and turmoil. He feels challenged. The reform is not what he imagined. He warns of clashes. Matangi Tonga Editor, Pesi Fonua talks to the Prime Minister about why, nine years after the reform, the PM remains at odds with the new system that parliament voted for in 2009.
Thursday 22 August 2019

Manila, Philippines
Tonga’s first ever Mr World contestant, 24-year-old Mikaele 'Ahomana, a talented musician, has won a spot in the top 12 contestants in the pageant’s grand final to be held on 24 August in Manilla, Philippines.
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Saturday 17 August 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Spectacular and beautiful Tongan ngatu, kupesi and a variety of treasured koloa may be viewed in a new exhibition at the Langafonua Centre in Nuku'alofa for a month, before the collection moves to a Hong Kong gallery for a display in December.
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Friday 16 August 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
An Open Day for Youth was held in Nuku'alofa on August 14 as part of a Tonga National Youth Week.
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Wednesday 14 August 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Transforming education to make it more inclusive and accessible for all youths, was at the forefront of a National Youth Dialogue held in Nuku'alofa, today 14 August. In Tonga, more than one third of the population is under 15-years-old. By Linny Folau.
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Tuesday 13 August 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Fifteen girls from different schools took part in a Cyber Safety Co-Design program in Nuku’alofa from July 31 to August 8. The program targeted cyber safety initiatives for young women and girls in Tonga and the Pacific region.
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Monday 5 August 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Penisimani Po’uliva’ati Lepa, President of All Saints Anglican Youth in Fasi, was awarded the Commonwealth Point of Light Award, last Friday, 2 August, for supporting the local community during natural disasters.
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Friday 2 August 2019

Suva, Fiji
Tonga’s hip hop Onion Squad have had their dreams dashed after they were denied US visas today, 2 August, to compete at the Hip Hop World Championships (HHI) in Phoenix, Arizona, United States, next week. Over 4,000 of the world’s best dancers, from over 50 countries, are set to compete but Tonga's favourites won't be among them.
Friday 19 July 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga’s new Miss Galaxy Queen 2019-20, Marina Cocobutter (Miss Kingsland NZ), was crowned last night, July 18, in a colourful rainbow show at the Queen Salote Memorial Hall.
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Monday 8 July 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The highly successful annual One Tonga Concert never fails to impress, and last night’s musical evening of “Glorifying God in Song” brought colour, passion and a sense of community to the stage in a special performance for the 60th birthday of King Tupou VI at the Queen Salote Memorial Hall in Nuku‘alofa. Photos by Pesi Fonua.
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Monday 8 July 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Dongguan Cultural Troupe of performers travelled from China to present a special Royal Performance in celebration of the 60th birthday of HM King Tupou VI in Nuku'alofa. Masterful face-changing by performer Fang Wenquiang captivated the audience in an exotic and colourful show. Photos by Pesi Fonua.
Friday 5 July 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The sunshine came out this morning in Nuku'alofa, and King Tupou VI was treated to a special visit of the Waka of Kiingi Tuheitia to Tonga, with the Taatahiora Regatta and Salute at the Domestic Wharf. Photos by Pesi Fonua.
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Friday 5 July 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A colourful Heilala floats parade on Taufa'ahau Road attracted hundreds of people lining the roads in the Nuku'alofa CBD on July 4, a public holiday to mark King Tupou VI's 60th birthday, and happily without the rain that had caused cancellation of some events over the last few days. Photos by Linny Folau and Eleanor Gee.
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