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Monday 14 June 2021

Auckland, New Zealand
Kiwi-Nigerian UFC champion Israel Adesanya successfully defended his middleweight title belt against contender Marvin Vettori yesterday in Arizona, United States. In an emotional victory speech following the fight, Adesanya dedicated the win to his Tongan sparring partner Fau Vake, bowing down in tribute to the 25-year-old father who was killed in a vicious attack by four men in Auckland only two weeks ago.
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Tuesday 8 June 2021

Christchurch, New Zealand
Former Tonga High School teacher, Siale Faitotonu, has been awarded the prestigious New Zealand Order of Merit for more than 30 years of service to Pacific education.
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Thursday 27 May 2021

Canberra, Australia
Prizes of up to AUD$3,000 are being offered in an amateur photographic and media competition for seasonal workers launched by the Tonga High Commission in Canberra, Australia.
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Thursday 11 March 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Dr. Alika Tongamatamoa Siaosi Lafontaine (39), an anaesthesiologist who advocates to improve indigenous health care in Canada was elected President of the Canadian Medical Association, the first person of indigenous descent to do so. He also has Tongan heritage through his mother from Vava'u.
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Monday 4 January 2021

Kyoto, Japan
Rugby player, Siale Pasa, who by chance was captivated by traditional Japanese gardening, has made a career out of landscaping beautiful gardens, “I found it more fascinating than rugby,” he said after becoming the first Tongan to be certified by the Japan Landscape Contractors Association.
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Friday 30 October 2020

Auckland, New Zealand
Eleven-year-old Sosaia Vea from Ha’ateiho won a speech competition in New Zealand urging Pacific students to stay in school. His headmaster at Remuera Intermediate School said Sosaia’s speech was incredibly powerful and he delivered it flawlessly and with great pride and passion.
Saturday 10 October 2020

Queensland, Australia
A Tongan fruitpicker died after being bitten by a venomous eastern brown snake on a farm near Dimbulah, west of Cairns, in September, and relatives want his body to be flown home to Tonga.
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Wednesday 16 September 2020

Bundaberg, Australia
A Tongan fruit-picker was fined $650 after punching a backpacker from Vanuatu in a consensual fight in Australia.
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Thursday 30 July 2020

Auckland, New Zealand
Frazer Mataitonga, from the ‘Akanesi Mataitonga Trust has won ‘Good as Gold’ recognition from the ASB Bank in New Zealand with an award to help him continue sending aid to Tonga, and other Pacific Island countries.
Thursday 16 July 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Like the humpback whales born in Vava'u, Vaiufia Makatu'u Latu, a young Tongan mariner sailing on a tall ship, has worked her way across the Southern Ocean to reach the frozen waters of Antarctica. Now she longs to return to the Port of Refuge. By Mary Lyn Fonua
Friday 10 July 2020

Brisbane, Australia
A new Pasifika TV and Radio service provided by the Tongan Community in Brisbane, Australia, is gaining popularity after its launch on 27 June, following months of isolation due to CoViD-19.
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Thursday 18 June 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Louena, a Tongan mother of two who lives in Japan, is desperate to be reunited with her babies, daughter Kathleen (5) and infant son, who are now in Tonga without her. The sudden border closure caught the family by surprise and has separated them for over three months.
Monday 27 January 2020

Brisbane, Australia
Two members of Brisbane’s Tongan Community received Local Heroes Australia Day Community Service Awards on January 26, at Oxley Bowls Club on Brisbane’s west side, for helping improve the lives of others and building community spirit.
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Tuesday 7 January 2020

Salt Lake City, Utah
Five-thousand elementary students in the state of Utah in the United States were given winter garments by the Tony Finau Foundation – a charity founded by Tony Finau in 2015.
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Monday 23 December 2019

Brisbane, Australia
Christmas has come early for the Sia Melie Kava Club, based in Brisbane, Australia, with members enjoying the recent increase in kava import from 2kg to 4kg, and $800 in grant funding from their local council on 20 December.
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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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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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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.
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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