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New MP Jenny Salesa honours Tongan heritage

New MP Jenny Salesa honours Tongan heritage

New Zealand’s first Tongan speaking MP, Jenny Salesa, wore formal Tongan dress to the opening of Parliament yesterday and opened her maiden speech with the fakatapu– the formal introduction when…

Princess Angelica Lātūfuipeka attends Canberra reception

Princess Angelica Lātūfuipeka attends Canberra reception

Princess Angelika Lātūfuipeka Tuku’aho attended a reception held by Australian Foreign Minister, the Hon. Julie Bishop MP, for the women Ambassador in Canberra on October 22. The event was an…

ʻAkilisi Pōhiva pays TP$22,000 legal costs before election deadline

ʻAkilisi Pōhiva pays TP$22,000 legal costs before election deadline

Tonga’s Democratic Leader ʻAkilisi Pōhiva has cleared his way to Parliament before the November general election after he paid his TP$22,000 legal costs,  ordered by the Supreme Court in Nukuʻalofa, …

Tonga’s public servants strike action cancelled

Tonga’s public servants strike action cancelled

A planned industrial action by Tonga’s public servants as part of an ongoing row over pay rise has been called off. Members of the Public Servants Association (PSA) were due…

Lord Fakafanua’s wedding goes ahead with profound dignity

Lord Fakafanua’s wedding goes ahead with profound dignity

Tonga’s Speaker of Parliament, Lord Fakafanua married his long-time fiance, Kristy Fane Kite, yesterday (October 15). The marriage ceremony went ahead as planned, but with respect for Lord Fakafanua’s aunt,…

Ben Tāmeifuna named in ‘Īkale-Tahi’s squad for Europe

Ben Tāmeifuna named in ‘Īkale-Tahi’s squad for Europe

Auckland-born Waikato prop Ben Tāmeifuna has been named in Tonga’s squad for tests against Georgia, the United States and Scotland, it has been confirmed today. The 23-year old Tongan, who…

Free Wesleyan director opposes strike threat; tells public servants: “Don’t bite the hand that feeds you.”

Free Wesleyan director opposes strike threat; tells public servants: “Don’t bite the hand that feeds you.”

A senior member of the largest Methodist denomination in Tonga said the people should show their “disapproval” of the Public Service Association’s planned strike. Rev. Dr. Tevita Tonga Mohenoa Puloka…

Princess ‘Elisiva Fusipala Vaha’i is laid to rest at Fo’ui

Princess ‘Elisiva Fusipala Vaha’i is laid to rest at Fo’ui

The ha’as  and royals throughout Tonga yesterday attended the burial of Princess ‘Elisiva Fusipala Vaha’i who died at the age of 65 on October 2. Princess Fusipala, who lived in…

Former Springboks coach Jake White offers to help ‘Īkale-Tahi

Former Springboks coach Jake White offers to help ‘Īkale-Tahi

Springboks’ former coach who coached the South African national rugby team to 2007 Rugby World Cup victory has offered to assist the ‘Īkale-Tahi team as technical assistant while touring Europe…

ʻĪkale-Tahi squad for november tour named

ʻĪkale-Tahi squad for november tour named

The 30-strong ‘Īkale-Tahi squad to take on Scotland, Georgia and the United States next month was named last week by Tonga Rugby Union. The side will be captained by Japan’s…

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