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Nuku'alofa, TONGA — Liamelie Latu is president of the People's National Party that was launched over the weekend in Tonga. Latu is a retired army colonel and diplomat, who said the party would focus on traditional Tongan values, aiming for "peace and prosperity". It was good to have another party...
Nukuʻalofa, TONGA — A group of Tongans is preparing a petition which calls for the resignation of Prime Minister 'Akilisi Pohiva. The group, understood to contain both foreign based and local Tongans, has launched an online fundraiser in an effort to raise capital so they can promote their cause....
 Jacinda Ardern visited Fasi Government Primary School to see the destruction caused by cyclone Gita. [Photo: Pool photo / Michael Craig / New Zealand Herald]
There has been outrage among Tongans over an official letter purporting to ban girls at the country's state school from playing rugby and boxing. The letter from the Ministry of Education informed staff at Tonga High School that the girls shouldn't be playing such sports because it goes against...
 The Pasifika Festival is back for another year, celebrating its 26th birthday. [Photo / Gareth Cooke Subzero via NZ Herald]
NEW ZEALAND — The Pasifika Festival may be later than usual this year, but organisers have big plans for the new time slot, in the hopes of attracting even bigger crowds. Next weekend's event will mark the 26th year since it started at Western Springs in 1992. Like always, Pacific culture will be...
 Cyclone Gita caused widespread damage in Tonga. [Photo: RNZ / Richard Tindiller]
Tongatapu, TONGA —  Authorities in Tonga are concerned about the quality of the food items in the shops since Cyclone Gita hit last month. Health officials have inspected 48 shops on the island of Tongatapu, and found more than 20 have food items no longer fit for human consumption. About two...

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