What is Tonga known for?

diverse family

, France, Fiji, Germany, Guernsey, Hungary, Ireland (Republic of Ireland), Italy, Jersey, Japan, Kenya, Malaysia, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Niue, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Singapore, Solomon Islands, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, Tonga, the United Kingdom, and the United States. The '''honeyeaters''' are a large and diverse family of small to medium sized birds most common


(and anachronistically) in the film Raiders of the Lost Ark substituting for a Martin China Clipper. Personal life Smith, who is of Tongan background, was easily recognised on the field by his dreadlocked (dreadlocks) hair style until late 2006 – when he decided to sell his dreadlocks for charity.

people giving

names appearing on nautical maps and perhaps various other maps, people giving it another name and or nickname to it, visually marking the presence of this particular island with a buoy as it seems to pose a significant isolated danger to passing vessels in nearby busy marine traffic areas, an important marine ecosystem existing on and or around it, & etc. then such federally-designated islands as these must be of some significance, because the federal government, various government agencies

of such islands as these using tax-payer money, the man hours it took to record these into government datatbases, such islands as these with their designated names appearing on nautical maps and perhaps various other maps, people giving it another name and or nickname to it, visually marking the presence of this particular island with a buoy as it seems to pose a significant isolated danger to passing vessels in nearby busy marine traffic areas, an important marine ecosystem existing on and or around

documentary style

, vulgar Tongan student Jonah Takalua, all played by Lilley. It lampoons Australian high school life and many aspects of the human condition and is filmed in a documentary (Documentary film) style, with non-actors playing supporting characters. The Prince and Princess have made numerous official visits to foreign countries. In June 2002, they became the first members of the Imperial Family to visit Mongolia, in celebration of the 30th anniversary of diplomatic relations. In October

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, in Stevens (2001), p. 243 '''1st Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment''' (1 RAR) is a regular light infantry battalion of the Australian Army. 1 RAR was first formed as the 65th Australian Infantry Battalion in 1945 and since then has been deployed on active service during the Korean War, the Malayan Emergency and the Vietnam War. Additionally, the battalion has participated in peacekeeping operations in Japan (Occupied Japan), Operation Solace Somalia

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remains of his boats. The voyage continued with the mapping of part of the Caroline Islands and the Moluccas. The ''Astrolabe'' returned to Marseille during the early months of 1829 with an impressive load of hydrographical papers and collections of zoological, botanical and mineralogical reports, which were destined to strongly influence the scientific analysis of those regions. Following this expedition, he invented the terms Malaisia, ''Micronesia'' and '' Melanesia

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chicken. Commons:Category:Tonga WikiPedia:Tonga Dmoz:Regional Oceania Tonga

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such coins include Congo, Bruce, p. 2202 Panama, Bruce, p. 1618 South Africa, Portugal and France. Bruce, p. 834 thumb right Soviet-era Palladium coin (File:25 rubles palladium 1989 Ivan III.jpg) '''Palladium coins''' are a form of coinage made out of the rare silver-white transition metal palladium. Palladium is internationally recognised as a form of currency under ISO 4217. Sierra Leone issued the first

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since TBC's inception in 1961. It features local, Pacific & international news, as well as Tongan music, and overseas retro music, mostly from the seventies & eighties. Several local church organisations and businesses have weekly programs, and, though it is government-owned and funded, a significant source of its profit relies on in-house commercial advertising. In the event of local emergencies, such as tropical cyclones (cyclone), Radio Tonga has been known to stay on the air all night with constant cyclone updates from the Tonga Meteorological Service. Radio Tonga 1 can be heard throughout the entire Kingdom of Tonga, including the outer island groups of Ha'apai, Vava'u, Niuafo'ou & Niuatoputapu, although there have been reports of listeners receiving the signal in other countries, such as Samoa and Finland. During the next six years Brown was engaged in deputation and circuit work. He also wrote a series of anonymous articles in the Sydney Morning Herald regarding the necessity of British control of the islands of the Pacific. He was thoroughly familiar with German methods, and was convinced that they constituted a menace both to the natives and the world in general. In 1887 he was appointed secretary of the board of missions of the Methodist Church and held this position for many years. In the following year he was appointed a special commissioner to report on the position in Tonga, where there had been serious trouble for some years during the premiership of Shirley Waldemar Baker. He was able to speak the language of the natives and gather evidence for himself. He compiled a comprehensive and valuable series of ''Reports by the Rev. George Brown, Special Commissioner of the Australasian Wesleyan Methodist General Conference to Tonga'', printed at Sydney in 1890. He continued for many years to keep in touch with missionary work in Papua, the Bismarck Archipelago, the Solomons, Samoa, Fiji and Tonga. In the islands in the German sphere of influence he had to walk warily, but his knowledge and experience were of the greatest value not only to his own church but to the British government. He resigned his position of general secretary of missions in 1907, and in the following year brought out his autobiography ''George Brown, D.D., Pioneer-missionary and Explorer''. Unfortunately he had declined an offer by his friend, Robert Louis Stevenson, to write his biography. 100px right Flag of Tonga (Image:Flag of Tonga.svg) * Prince '''Lavaka Ata 'Ulukalala''' resigns suddenly as Prime Minister (Politics of Tonga) of Tonga. -- PFHLai (User:PFHLai) 07:45, 13 February 2006 (UTC) **Posted; this is a partiicularly interesting item as his successor is the first non-noble to serve as PM.--Pharos (User:Pharos) 05:02, 14 February 2006 (UTC) Programming The station is affiliated to the Antenna TV Network. It also airs a mix of local fare with unique programs added from Pacific Island nations (i.e. Fiji, Tonga, Cook Islands and Samoa). * The 171st meridian east and 171st meridian west * The Kingdom of Tonga in the South Pacific Ocean comprises an archipelago of 171 islands, of which 48 are inhabited Tonga sought to make its Winter Olympic debut at the 2010 Winter Olympics by entering a single competitor (Fuahea Semi) in luge, attracting some media attention, but he crashed in the final round of qualifying. Commons:Category:Tonga WikiPedia:Tonga Dmoz:Regional Oceania Tonga

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a special research post for their author. The sheer size of these tomes, each of them approaching 1,000 pages, may seem disconcerting at first sight, but they are enlivened by Beaglehole’s stylish and often witty introductions, intended to set the journals in their contexts. As well as Cook’s own journals Beaglehole also printed, either entire or in lengthy extracts, the journals of several of Cook’s colleagues on the voyages. The introductions themselves, together with copious footnotes, reveal the breadth of his erudition. They cover many topics, ranging from the structure of Polynesian society to oceanography, navigation, cartography, and much else. Etymology The term "taboo" comes from the Tongan (Tongan language) ''tabu'', related to the Maori (Maori language) ''tapu''. Its English use dates to 1777 when the British explorer James Cook (Captain James Cook) visited Tonga. Describing the cultural practices of the Tongans, he wrote: The first Europeans known to reach the South Island were the crew of Dutch (Netherlands) explorer Abel Tasman who arrived in his ships ''Heemskerck'' and ''Zeehaen''. Tasman anchored in Golden Bay, at the northern end of the island, (he named it Murderers Bay) in December 1642 and sailed northward to Tonga following a clash with local Māori. Tasman sketched sections of the two main islands' west coasts. Tasman called them ''Staten Landt'', after the ''States-General of the Netherlands'', and that name appeared on his first maps of the country. Dutch cartographers changed the name to ''Nova Zeelandia'' in Latin, from ''Nieuw Zeeland'', after the Dutch province (Seventeen Provinces) of ''Zeeland''. It was subsequently Anglicised as ''New Zealand'' by British naval captain James Cook of HM Bark ''Endeavour'' (HM Bark Endeavour) who visited (First voyage of James Cook) the islands more than 100 years after Tasman during (1769–1770). Tahitians Tahiti is estimated to have been settled between CE 300 and 800 by Polynesians, although some estimates place the date earlier. These first settlers are believed to have travelled thousands of miles across open sea by Polynesian navigation from the western archipelagoes of Fiji, Samoa or Tonga. In 1770, James Cook observed in Tahiti, a great traditional ship (''va'a'') Commons:Category:Tonga WikiPedia:Tonga Dmoz:Regional Oceania Tonga


'''Tonga''' ( of the southern Pacific Ocean, of which 52 are inhabited by its 103,000 people. Official Tongan Government Tourism Website 70% of Tongans reside on the main island of Tongatapu.

Tonga stretches over about in a north-south line about a third of the distance from New Zealand to Hawaii. It is surrounded by Fiji and Wallis and Futuna (France) to the northwest, Samoa to the northeast, Niue to the east, Kermadec (Kermadec Islands) (part of New Zealand) to the southwest, and New Caledonia (France) and Vanuatu to the farther west.

Tonga became known as the '''Friendly Islands''' because of the congenial reception accorded to Captain James Cook (James Cook) on his first visit in 1773. He arrived at the time of the '' i Tonga (the islands' paramount chief) and so received an invitation to the festivities. According to the writer William Mariner (William Mariner (writer)), the chiefs wanted to kill Cook during the gathering but could not agree on a plan. Mariner, William (William Mariner (writer)) and Martin (John Martin (meteorologist)), John (1817). ''An account of the natives of the Tonga islands in the south Pacific ocean: With an original grammar and vocabulary of their language. Compiled and arranged from the extensive communications of Mr. William Mariner, several years' resident in those islands'', Volume 2, pp. 64–65. Retrieved 3 November 2010.

Tonga has never lost its sovereignty to a foreign power. The Commonwealth. In 2010, Tonga took a decisive step towards becoming a fully functioning constitutional monarchy , after legislative (legislature) reforms paved the way for its first partial representative elections.

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