Ambassador Yosef Livne of the State of Israel, recently presented his letter of credentials to the King of Tonga, His Majesty ʻAhoʻeitu ʻUnuakiʻotonga Tukuʻaho at Tonga’s Royal Palace.
Tonga’s King Tupou VI and Queen Nanasipau’u visited Bangkok, Thailand, last week, where they attended a number of engagements, including meeting the Minister for Foreign Affairs to discuss closer bilateral relations.
The wedding of Hon. Lupepau‘u Tuita (34) and well-known Tongan rugby player ‘Epeli Taione (34) was held at Natadola Bay in Fiji on Saturday, August 17.
The bride is the eldest daughter of Princess Pilolevu and Lord Tuita. The groom from ‘Utui, Vava‘u, is the current Chairman of the Tonga Rugby Union and a former ‘Ikale Tahi player.
Princesses Salote Lupepau’u Tuita, sixth in line to the throne, is marrying a former rugby player, while her younger sister, Princess Frederica Tuita, who is tenth in line, is marrying the son of a businessman.
This morning’s most dignified and auspicious occasion of installing the new Chancellor and graduation ceremony for Tonga’s University graduates was attended by members of the Royal Family – Her Majesty Queen Nanasipau’u, Her Majesty Queen Halaevalu Mata’aho, the Queen Mother and Her Royal Highness Princess Salote Mafile’o Pilolevu Tuita. The Acting Prime Minister and distinguished members of His Majesty’s Cabinet, Parliament and Diplomatic Corps were also present at the installation.
Poems by King Tupou II reflect his struggle to prevent Tonga being annexed, according to a Tongan scholar.
King Tupou II ruled Tonga from 1893-1918.
University of Canterbury doctoral candidate Paula Onoafe Latu is studying two of the king’s anthems, ‘Sikaiona’ and ‘‘Alamoti,’ as part of his thesis.
The ‘Ikale-Tahi team were today served with a wonderful meal given by the Queen Mother of Tonga, Her Majesty Queen Halaevalu Mata’aho.
The taumafa was delivered by the Queen’s niece, Hon Lavinia Veiongo Latuniua ‘Ahome’e and nephew Hon Pavel Takanga-moe-Mafi ´Ahome’e, to the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Foster City, San Francisco where the team stay.
Their Majesties, King Tupou VI and Queen Nanasipau’u are expected to return to Nukualofa on Saturday 1st June, following a short visit with the new born Prince Taufa’ahau Manumataongo, The second in line to the Throne at the Royal Residence Atalanga in Epsom, Auckland.
In a first photo, a new heir to the the Tongan throne, the new baby Prince Taufa’ahau Manumataongo Tuku’aho is being held by his mother Princess Sinaitakala (at left)
The occasion was a failotu for HM King Tupou VI, at ‘Atalanga, Auckland, on Saturday May 18.
The new baby born in Auckland on May 10, is the son of Crown Prince Tupouto’a and Princess Sinaitakala and is second in line to the throne.
His Majesty King Tupou VI has been pleased to accept the invitation of the Council of the University of the South Pacific to the appointment as Chancellor of the University for the period 1 July 2013 to 30 June 2014.
The appointment follows the resolution of the 75th meeting of the USP Council held in Suva on 6 November 2012.