King Tupou VI

New Zealand High Commissioner presents credentials to King Tupou VI

High Commissioner Howell was accompanied by his partner Jenny McGregor.

He said, “It was an honour to meet His Majesty King Tupou VI, and to discuss some of the many  profound connections between our countries. I am excited to be here, and I am looking forward to continuing Aotearoa New Zealand’s partnership with the Kingdom of Tonga.”

EU Ambassador to the Kingdom of Tonga presents his credentials

During the credential ceremony, Ambassador Seam stressed the long-standing relation and friendship between the European Union and the Kingdom of Tonga, based on a legacy of shared values, common priorities and successful development cooperation.

China’s President Xi Jinping speaks with King Tupou VI of Tonga on the phone

President Xi Jinping held phone talks with King Tupou VI on Friday and highlighted economic and technical assistance and agricultural and technical cooperation projects.

China has also offered to provide necessary assistance for Tongan agricultural and fishery products' entry into the Chinese market

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said China also welcomes Tongan enterprises to attend the China International Import Expo and stands ready to help with the country's fight against the COVID-19 within its capacities.

Tonga’s King and Queen receive COVID-19 vaccination

According to Kaniva News, the Ministry of Health said the vaccinations were administered Saturday morning by the Ministry’s vaccination team led by the Minister for Health, Honourable Associate Professor ‘Amelia Afuha’amango Tu’ipulotu.

“His Majesty King Tupou VI, reigning King of Tonga and Her Majesty Queen Nanasipau’u received their first dose of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine today, Saturday 15 May 2021, 10am at Vaiola Hospital,” it said.

Government put on stage by King Tupou VI, people advised to select their representatives well

After welcoming and acknowledging the Speaker of the House, Lord Fakafanua, the Prime Minister Dr Rev Pohiva Tuionetoa and the Members of Parliament, His Majesty slammed the government and the House's "usual" practise of responding to His address without doing anything about it.

"It is unsatisfactory how this House does not make an effort after the promises and responses to Parliament’s Opening Ceremony each year," His Majesty said.

Hand-carved traditional canoes displayed to honour King of Tonga’s birthday

The event was one of the activities organized to celebrate the King’s Birthday, officially marked on 4 July.

The King joined his sister Princess Pilolevu Tuita to view the canoes and met the 81-year-old canoe builder Tui’one Pulotu, at the pier.

Tui'one, a renowned Hawaiian-based Tongan canoe builder and woodcarver, is a Living Treasures of Hawaii award recipient, who is currently in Tonga.

He is unable to return to Hawaii due to the closure of borders under the State of Emergency implemented in response to the COVID-19 global pandemic.

Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and King of Tonga discuss fostering relations

The meeting occasioned an exchange of views over a number of issues of common interest, with Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan affirming the determination of the UAE, under the leadership of President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, to support the comprehensive and sustainable development initiatives and programmes launched by friendly countries.

The King of Tonga hailed the opening of his country's embassy in the UAE yesterday as a step forward towards reinforcing bilateral relations across all fronts.

Tonga's King appeals to UN for greater protection from risks to peace

King Tupou VI thanked the Secretary General Antonio Guterres for his inaugural visit to the Pacific in May, to understand the climate crisis up close.

He commended the UN session's four priorities of; peace and security especially conflict prevention; stronger action on climate change; accentuating human rights for women and young people, and boosting the Sustainable Development Goals.

The King also expressed his gratitude for a more inclusive attitude by the UN towards small island states strengthening their voices.

RNZN officer meets King Tupou VI in Tonga

Mr Latu was in Tonga with the New Zealand contingent, which included Deputy Chief of Navy Commodore Mathew Williams and the Royal New Zealand Navy Band.

The Tongans were aware that Mr Latu had been newly promoted to the position and after the New Zealand contingent had been past once to shake the King's hand, the King invited him back to talk to him.

Warrant Officer Latu said it was a surreal moment.

"That's when my palms really started to sweat," he said.

Tonga kicks off king's birthday with lecture

On Monday night the former principal of Tongan High and academic Reverend Dr Geoffrey Cummins presented the lecture.

The remainder of the week will feature marches, traditional dance and music competitions, games and sporting activities, as well as prayer meetings and choir singing.

The popular Heilala beauty pageant, featuring 25 contestants, the most in its history is also taking place during the week.

The Heilala Festival that accompanies the King's birthday each year is one of the iconic features in the Tongan calendar year.