Public Holiday

Tonga declares public holiday Mate Ma’a Tonga world cup campaign

All team players will return to Tonga today except for six who require medical attention.

As Kaniva News reported the players will be invested with an award of the Royal Orders to recognise their contribution to sports.

The investiture ceremony will be held on Wednesday (November 29) at the Royal Palace at 4.30 pm (local time).

The awards will reflect the tremendous effort Tonga made to take on top tier teams like England and New Zealand and to come within a whisker of gaining a place in the finals.

Tonga's Queen Mother laid to rest today

Queen Mata'aho is to be laid to rest this morning after dying in Auckland last weekend.

RNZ reports the Queen Mother lay in state overnight at the Royal Palace in Nuku'alofa while the takipo was held.

Churches were allocated an hour each throughout the night to pay homage to Queen Mata'aho through prayer and song while schools took turns to keep ceremonial fires burning outside until day break.