Tag Archive: Tonga

Celebrating Tongan Language Week 2013

Malo e lelei! The third Pacific language week of 2013, Tonga Language week, was launched this morning and it will run until 8th September. The theme for Tongan language week is: Fakakoloa ‘o… Continue reading

Talented Tongan Born Recording Artist and Actor: Rizván Tu’itahi

Rizván Tu’itahi is a Tongan born recording artist and actor who currently resides in Auckland, New Zealand. In September 2012, I had the pleasure in sharing a few of my spoken word poetry… Continue reading

The Talented Tongan Author and Poet: Mepa Taufa-Vuni

Tongan born Author and Poet, Mepa Taufa-Vuni, is a mother of four children and she is married to Siaosi Vuni from Kolomotu’a. Mepa’s father is from Vainī, Tongatapu and her mother is from… Continue reading

The Amazing and Beautiful Poet Dr Karlo Mila

Dr Karlo Mila (Mila-Schaaf) is of Tongan (Kolofo’ou, Ofu), Samoan and European descent.  She lives in Newtown with her husband and two sons.  She is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Otago Campus based at Wellington… Continue reading

Matala – A Celebration of Tongan Culture

The Tongan Artist Collective presents Matala – a Celebration of Tongan Culture. Starting from Monday 24th September to Saturday 29th September 2012, the week-long celebration of Tongan arts and culture will be hosted… Continue reading

Tongan Language Week Inspiration: Author and Poet ‘Ilaisaane Kakala Taumoefolau

Last year saw the inaugural launch of the New Zealand Tongan Language Week – Uike Kātoanga’i o e Lea Faka Tonga which was held at the Lotofale’ia Tongan Methodist Church in Mangere, South… Continue reading

Inspiration by the late Professor Futa Helu

On Saturday 4th August 2012, the world premiere of the feature documentary film Tongan Ark took place at the Skycity Theatre, Auckland City. The theatre seats 700 people and the tickets to this… Continue reading

Inspiration from the late ‘Epeli Hau’ofa

‘Epeli Hau’ofa (1939-2009) was an amazing Tongan man. His background and experiences in academia reflects his passion that he had for the people of the South Pacific. He was an ardent writer and… Continue reading

Tala ‘o mate kuo ‘aonga ma’a Tonga written and composed by Manase Lua

In a previous blog post, I had shared a poem that was written by my cousin Manase Lua as a tribute for the passing of King George V in Tonga earlier this year.… Continue reading

Tonga’s Emancipation Day

HAPPY EMANCIPATION DAY TONGA! Here in New Zealand, today is marked as a public holiday for the celebration of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee. Whilst, in the Kingdom of Tonga, June 4th is… Continue reading