Photo 2: The coffin carrying Tonga’s King George Tupou V
was carried on a giant black and gold-topped catafalque by 150 pallbearers to the Royal Tombs in Tonga’s capital Nuku’alofa Photo: Matangi Tonga
& Reuters – Peter Poulsen
Photo 1: Pall bearers carry the royal casket of Tonga’s late King George Tupou V into the Royal Tombs during his funeral in Nuku-alofa, Tonga Photo: AP, Published in The New Zealand Herald.
Photo 3: The new King Tupou VI looks on during the State Funeral held for King George Tupou V Photo: Sandra Mu/Getty Images
The funeral service mixed Tongan ritual with the Wesleyan Christian tradition of hymns, bible readings, prayers and eulogies.
Tonga, which comprises 170 islands, has a population of about 100,000 and lies about 2,120 km (1,320 miles) northeast of New Zealand. Its debt-stricken economy is dependent on tourism, fishing, growing crops, and earnings sent back by expatriates.
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Tuata Mei Helen Hill of Helensville (pictured far right with distant tribal cousins) was born beside the Kaipara Moana into the tribes of Ngati Whatua o Kaipara and Ngapuhi.
After marrying a good looking Waikato farmer’s son, she grew up to live in Tonga with the Tongan people where she spoke the Tongan language every day.
It was tough for her initially in harsh conditions. She got over herself smartly and grew to love it. Three of her Maori Kiwi babies were born in Tonga Tapu where she was a missionary’s wife.
Mom travels to Tonga today at least once every two years from New Zealand to be with her Tongan friends.
Today I asked her, “so mom what do you think Tonga needs at this time with King George Tupou V‘s passing.
“I think they need leadership to take them to the next level. This is what this means now for Tonga to move on,” she said.
There you have it – some words for Crown Prince ‘Ulukalala Lavaka Ata‘s dad – Tupouta’a Lavaka (ʻAhoʻeitu ʻUnuakiʻotonga Tukuʻaho) the new Crown King of Tonga at the dawning of a new day.
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