obituaries

Communities mourn passing of Sione Liava’a

Communities mourn passing of Sione Liava’a

The Auckland Pacific communities are mourning the death of Sione Tupukauvalu Liava’a, a prominent Tongan community leader. Liava’a from Ha’avakatolo in Tonga immigrated to New Zealand in the early seventies, after working for Radio Tonga Broadcasting for three years. He arrived in Auckland and worked for Telecom for thirteen years. He became a radio broadcaster […]

Former speaker and parliamentarian, Lord Fusitu’a passes away

Former speaker and parliamentarian, Lord Fusitu’a passes away

The Legislative Assembly's Noble Representative for Niua and renowned parliamentarian, Lord Fusitu’a (87), passed away on Thursday evening, April 24. The Honourable Fusitu’a has a distinguished parliamentary history, serving as the longest Member of Parliament. At the height of his political career, the Hon. Fusitu’a was Speaker of Parliament from 1990 –1998. This week, the […]

Dr Malakai 'Ake laid to rest

Dr Malakai 'Ake laid to rest

Nuku’alofa – Health and medical professional, Dr Malakai ‘Ake, 63, was laid to rest Tuesday 8 in Kolomotu’a.   He served the government of Tonga’s ministry of health for more than 30 years in which he became the Ministry's Chief Medical Officer before it was revealed he had cancer. Born on 28 May 1951, ‘Ake […]