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King Tupou VI and Queen Nanasipauʻu formally crowned

King Tupou VI and Queen Nanasipauʻu formally crowned



Photo: HM King Tupou VI and Queen Nanasipauʻu were crowned by Rev D’arcy Wood at the Centenary Church of the Free Wesleyan Church of Tonga. Photo/Supplied King Tupou VI was crowned at a coronation ceremony at the Centenary Church in Kolomotuʻa today. In front of more than 1,000 guests – including the Prime Minister, cabinet, royals, […]

King Tupou VI & Queen Nanasipauʻu: The story thus far

King Tupou VI & Queen Nanasipauʻu: The story thus far



 King Tupou VI and Queen Nanasipau’u married in the Chapel Royal on December 11,  1982.  Photo/Supplied   King Tupou VI, the youngest of four siblings, may have never thought he would one day become the king of Tonga. However, different circumstances saw him a prince born with a great fortune and future ahead of him. […]

Laughing Tongans! One day ahead of coronation

Laughing Tongans! One day ahead of coronation



When the bucket-lift truck services are busy erecting scaffolding somewhere in the country, and the ladder that was supposed to be used to complete the preparations of the crowning was borrowed by a neighbour who forgot to return it, there is still a way to get the job done. Instead of awaiting a bucket-lift truck or looking […]

MV Niuvākai arrives in Fiji for dry dock maintenance

MV Niuvākai arrives in Fiji for dry dock maintenance



PHOTO: Construction materials ready to be transported to Ha’apai on MV Niuvakai in May but was told the ferry was leaking. Photo/Tevita Havea (Facebook). Tonga’s MV Niuvākai has arrived in Fiji for dry dock maintenance, Fiji Sun reported yesterday. The vessel has been taken out of service in the kingdom after it was found to […]

China gifted Tonga 30 new vehicles for the coronation

China gifted Tonga 30 new vehicles for the coronation



Photo: China handover 30 vehicles for the king’s coronation   The Chinese government has gifted Tonga 30 new vehicles which included 10 cars, 15 SUVs and five 35-seat buses on June 27. The Chinese Ambassador HE Mr Huang Huaguang and the Minister of Finance Hon ‘Aisake signed documents before presenting the certificates of the vehicles to Crown Prince […]

King revokes cabinet decision to sign CEDAW

King revokes cabinet decision to sign CEDAW



The king of Tonga has  revoked the Cabinet’s decision to sign the United Nations’ Convention on Elimination of All Forms of Discriminations Against Women (CEDAW). His Majesty’s Privy Council sent a letter to Chief Secretary and Secreatary to Cabinet claiming CEDAW is a treaty and only the king has the constitutional right to sign it […]

Tonga’s interview targets 7 million Forbes readers

Tonga’s interview targets 7 million  Forbes readers



PHOTO: Tonga’s Prime Minister ʻAkilisi Pōhiva says the payment worth it. Photo/supplied.  Forbes magazine bills the Tongan government US$130,000 (TP$269,457.97)  after interviewing Tonga’s Prime Minister Akilisi Pōhiva. The interview was intended to help promote the kingdom of Tonga to over 7 million Forbes readers. The Tongan government have responded to queries and criticisms about the large sum […]

Women apologise for fountain dolphin climb

Women apologise for fountain dolphin climb



Two women appeared on a photo climbing the triple dolphin at the fountain recently restored in Nukuʻalofa to mark the coronation of King Tupou VI have contacted Kaniva News to relay an apology for their antics to the public. The apology was posted on Kaniva Pacific’s Facebook timeline. After further contacts with the person who posted […]

Tupou VI installed as king of Tonga

Tupou VI installed as king of Tonga



His Majesty, King Tupou VI, was formally installed today as the King of Tonga in a traditional royal kava ceremony at Pangai Lahi in Nukuʻalofa. The highlight of the ceremony was the king drinks the fuakava (first kava) a traditional honour performed to confirm his entitlement to the kingship. The 24th Tuʻi Kanokupolu and king […]

Dolphin fountain restored as coronation sets to start

Dolphin fountain restored as coronation sets to start



PHOTO: The new dolphin foundation commissioned by Prince Ata. Photo/Supplied A historical site in Nukuʻalofa familiar to tourists and visitors since 1970 has been restored today after a new Dolphin Fountain was commissioned to mark the coronation of Their Majesties King Tupou VI and Queen Nanasipauʻu Tukuʻaho. The new golden colour dolphin replaced a bronze […]

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