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Rev Socratez Yoman: ‘Akilisi Pohiva is the only Polynesian leader who has publicly shown support for West Papua

Rev Socratez Yoman: ‘Akilisi Pohiva is the only Polynesian leader who has publicly shown support for West Papua

Reverend Socratez Sofyan Yoman, on behalf of West Papuans Words, photos, and interview by Todd Henry.  EDITOR’S NOTE: Todd Henry is a photographer and writer currently based in Auckland, New Zealand.  He is originally from the USA, but has spent the past decade travelling extensively around the Pacific, and he has a great deal of interest in […]

Blake family celebrates Queen Mother’s 90th birthday

Blake family celebrates Queen Mother’s 90th birthday

The Blake Family celebrates with the Queen Mother at the first day of her 90th birthday celebration at Queen Salote Memorial Hall  in Nukuʻalofa today. The Blakes come from the Queen mother’s paternal side which can be traced back to an English man, Alexander Blake,  who came to Tonga in 1830s and married to a […]

Tonga and China special meeting at world first tourism conference

Tonga and China special meeting at world first tourism conference

The Tongan delegations to the First World Conference on Tourism  in Beijing last week met China’s Head of National Tourism Administration in a special meeting. Tonga’s Tourism Minister Hon Semisi Sika and Hon Li Jinzao exchanged gifts and discussed China’s interests in Tonga tourism. The participants from about 100 countries in the world who attended the […]

Kiwi woman seriously injured in Tonga, man to appear in court

Kiwi woman seriously injured in Tonga, man to appear in court

A 20-year-old man is due to appear in court on Tuesday 31 charged in connection with an attack on a New Zealand woman at Atenisi compound in Kolomotuʻa Saturday 21. Tongan Police said the man was charged with causing serious bodily harm on Sunday 22  and is facing further charges. It said the young woman, […]

Vatikani and Tapueluelu lose libel case, owe Filihia $28,000

Vatikani and Tapueluelu lose libel case, owe Filihia $28,000

ʻOfa Vatikani editor of Keleʻa NewspaperA Lower Court in Tonga said last week the editor of Keleʻa Newspaper ‘Ofa Vatikani and publisher Lautala Pōhiva Tapueluelu and the Keleʻa Tonga Ltd  defamed a business man ‘Aisea Filihia and as a result they must pay him TP$28,000 in damages and legal fees. On May 18, 2015 the […]

Tongan student at Kelston Girls College honoured after her death

Tongan student at Kelston Girls College honoured after her death

A West Auckland school will ensure the spirit of a standout student whose life was tragically cut short will live on with a scholarship in her honour. Penina Latu, 17, a pupil at Kelston Girls College, was remembered as a humble high-achiever at her funeral on Saturday. The immensely popular Year 13 student died last […]

USC gains $2.3m grant to research Fiji, Samoa and Tonga fruit production

USC gains $2.3m grant to research Fiji, Samoa and Tonga fruit production

Professor Steven Underhill inspecting food crops in FijiA University of the Sunshine Coast researcher hopes to improve the health of Pacific Islanders with the launch of a major research project into tropical fruit production. Professor of Horticulture Steven Underhill has received a $2.3 million grant from the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Development to run […]

Body of man shot dead in US buried in Tonga

Body of man shot dead in US buried in Tonga

The Tongan man who was shot dead in Jefferson County in the United States on April 23 has been sent home to Tonga and his body was laid to rest in  Nukunuku. According to a news release from Jefferson County Sheriff’s office, the man was Kimo Salakielu, 31. Sheriff’s deputies responded at about 1:40 a.m. […]

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