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Kasivaki: An Ancient Tongan Game That Was More Than Underwater Rugby

Ancient Origins 06 Dec 2021
When most people think of the sport rugby, Tonga is not at the top of the list of competitors ... Tonga students dancing the traditional Tongan kailao dance, which, like kasivaki, is one of Tonga’s faiva performing arts ... The term “faiva” is normally used within and outside of Tonga to refer to Tongan performance arts, including dance, music, and poetry.

I Watched China Overwhelm a Small Island Nation

Politico 29 Aug 2021
What’s happening in Tonga is a microcosm of China’s expanding global influence and why the United States is losing ground fast. King Tupou VI of Tonga and Chinese President Xi Jinping ... NUKU’ALOFA, Tonga—August 2016 was a sun-swamped winter in the South Pacific and the vanilla business was bad ... the largest building project that Tonga had ever seen.

A panel discussion at Creative Matakana considers how the visual arts world has changed since 2019

RNZ 12 Jul 2021
Hear Lisa Reihana, Ane Tonga, Scott Lawrie and Deborah Rundle talking about a changing art world ... Hear Lisa Reihana, Ane Tonga, Scott Lawrie and Deborah Rundle talking about a changing art world ... Ane Tonga. An artist and curator, Ane Tonga has recently taken on the inaugural role of Curator of Pacific Art at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki.

Tonga Room swimmingly back in business

San Francisco Examiner 09 Jul 2021
Jan Wahl, wearing a hat specially bedazzled for the Tonga Room party, is a longtime fan of the iconic lounge ... Former San Francisco resident Lauren Gallagher said she routinely came to dance at the Tonga Room when she was in college ... Tonga had an Art Deco cruise-liner theme set conceived by Mel Melvin, a designer with MGM.

MMA fighter Fau Vake farewelled by hundreds today

NewstalkZB 28 May 2021
Hundreds of mourners have gathered to say a final goodbye to fallen mixed martial arts fighter Fau Vake ... At a funeral service at the Free Wesleyan Church of Tonga Tuingapapai in Favona, family, friends and many within the mixed martial arts community gathered to hear tributes to the young man.

Women 'ignite a fire' to keep cultural traditions alive

RNZ 21 Feb 2021
"Then we started thinking, 'let's go bigger; we have seen these smaller things being made overseas but we haven't seen a ngatu being made outside of Tonga', the real authentic ngatu." ... The artist behind this creation, Mele Tonga-Grant, said she made it for her children who are of both Tongan and Māori descent.

Giant, Fruit-Gulping Pigeon Eaten into Extinction on Pacific Islands

Heritage Daily 22 Jul 2020
A large fruit-eating bird from Tonga joins the dodo in the lineup of giant island pigeons hunted to extinction ... Tonga’s four ... “There wasn’t a plant on Fiji or Tonga that Art didn’t know, including all of the pigeon-dispersed fruits,” Steadman said.

state of the arts

The Independent 03 Jul 2020
Street Art Boy, by director Ben Anthony, tells his story and reveals why, 30 years after his death from an Aids-related illness at the age of 31, his work bestrides popular culture like a bespectacled colossus ... Cultural appropriation? Who is allowed to tell the story of the Tonga. How the art world can step up for Black Lives Matter.

Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki appoints new curators

Scoop 20 Dec 2019
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki announces the appointments of Dr Sophie Matthiesson as Senior Curator International Art and Ane Tonga as the Gallery’s inaugural Curator Pacific Art ... .

Curating change with a Kupe Leadership Scholarship

Scoop 08 Jul 2019
Ane Tonga started curating while she was a student at Elam School of Fine Arts. In her role as a Tuakana mentor at the University of Auckland, she put together her first exhibition to showcase the art of Māori and Pacific students at the George ... .
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