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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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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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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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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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Tuesday 13 November 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Welsh rugby star Taulupe Faletau has launched a fundraiser on gofundme, to raise money for his critically-ill cousin Amanaki Taimi (21) – who is diagnosed with kidney failure.
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Tuesday 23 October 2018

Salt Lake City, Utah, USA
A Tongan man in the United States, Alama 'Ulu'ave, has been awarded the prestigious Dorothy Richardson Award for his contributions to his local community in Salt Lake City, Utah.
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Tuesday 25 September 2018

Everett, Washington
College softball player Lesieli Aholelei was recognised as ‘Collegiate Female Athlete of the Year’ by the Snohomish County Sports Hall of Fame in Everett, Washington on 19 September.
Wednesday 19 September 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Dr Manumatavai Tupou-Roosen, was elected by Pacific governments earlier this year to be the Director General of the Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA). She is one of the few Tongans and women entrusted to take charge of regional bodies in the Pacific.
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Tuesday 4 September 2018

New Zealand
New Zealanders of Tongan descent will celebrate their heritage this week in the annual “Tongan Language Week” (Uike Kātoanga’i ‘o e Lea Faka-Tonga). Over 60,000 New Zealanders identified themselves as Tongans in New Zealand’s most recent census.
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Tuesday 4 September 2018

Los Angeles, United States
Dinah Jane last week collected Youtube’s prestigious Diamond Play Button Award in Los Angeles, California. She received the award on behalf of her band Fifth Harmony.
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Monday 11 June 2018

Auckland, New Zealand
A headstone was unveiled on Jonah Lomu’s grave in Auckland today at the Manukau Memorial Gardens. Lomu passed away on 18 November 2015, less than month after he witnessed New Zealand win the 2015 Rugby World Cup.
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Friday 25 May 2018

Wellington, New Zealand
A Tongan chemist and researcher, Taitusi Taufa has been honoured by Victoria University in New Zealand for the exceptional quality of his doctoral research that explored properties of marine life in Tonga. He isolated several new natural products with unique and interesting anti-cancer properties
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Wednesday 23 May 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A Tongan-American scholar Angelina Finau (22) of Los Angeles, has been selected by the United States Government’s prestigious Fulbright Student Program.
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Monday 7 May 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
There are signs of improvement in the protection of Pacific seasonal workers from exploitation and neglect in Australia, said the President of the Pacific Australia Seasonal Workers Association (PASWA) in Sydney, Falepaini Maile. Six Tongans were among 14 Pacific Islander seasonal workers who have died from ill health since the working programme started in 2012. By Finau Fonua
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