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New Zealand Kiwis perform the haka against Mate Ma'a Tonga during a Test in Hamilton at the 2017 Rugby League World Cup.

Tongan advisory council hit out at 'exploitation' of fans after Kiwis Test

Mate Ma'a Tonga are in need of sponsorship and funding, despite the success of Saturday's clash.

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The Gisborne 43-year-old is also the youngest person to lead the society.

Meet Tiana Epati, the first Pasifika leader of the New Zealand Law Society

"I have a different world view and perspectives for sure," she told Tagata Pasifika.

Children take up arms for West Papua's rebel army

Experts say many join the fight after their parents die in battles with Indonesia's military.

The Ocean Cleanup's first buoyant trash-collecting device heads toward the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco en route to the Pacific Ocean.

Device to trap plastic waste in Pacific Ocean relaunches

A floating device designed to catch plastic waste has been redeployed after it broke apart late last year.

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Mate Ma'a Tonga fans are packing into a sold out Mt Smart for tonight's Test against Australia.

South Auckland company shouts 200 workers tickets to watch Mate Ma'a Tonga

Workers from Hynds Pipe system in East Tamaki will take up about 6 rows in the South Stand at Mount Smart.

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1 NEWS’ Pacific correspondent Barbara Dreaver has a round-up of news from the region.

Pacific Update: Elton John movie causes a stir, PNG’s Under 19s cricket team loses World Cup opportunity

1 NEWS’ Pacific correspondent Barbara Dreaver has a round-up of news from the region.

Cowboys star forward Jason Taumalolo poses for a photo with Cowboys teammate John Asiata.

'His mum and dad took me in' - John Asiata on close bond with Tongan star Jason Taumalolo

The Cowboys utility said he considers Taumalolo like a brother after his family opened their doors to him when he first moved to Townsville in 2014.

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The Cowboys utility said he was grateful that his Samoan father gave him the nod to represent his mum's Tongan heritage.

Former Toa Samoa player John Asiata had to get dad's permission to play for Mate Ma'a Tonga

"Dad is a very strong Samoan and for him to say yes, it's an honour."

Andrew Fifita of Tonga fends Sam Burgess of England during their 2017 Rugby League World Cup semi-final at Mt Smart Stadium in Auckland, New Zealand. 25 November 2017 © Copyright Photo: Anthony Au-Yeung / www.photosport.nz

'Absolutely gutted' - Andrew Fifita to miss Mate Ma'a Tonga's clash with Kiwis with three-week NRL ban

Fifita said his dangerous contact was just him stopping a quick play the ball.

Jason Taumalolo leads Tonga's Sipi Tau

Mate Ma'a Tonga name eight former NZ rep players in clash against Kiwis

Jason Taumalolo, Manu Ma'u, Siliva Havili and Sio Siua Taukeiaho are former Kiwis players named to start in the Tongan forward pack.

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The Storm enforcer is also eligible to play for Toa Samoa, with both his parents born in the Pacific Islands.

'NZ gave my family a safe place to stay' - Kiwis prop vows to never switch allegiances, despite Samoan lineage

Melbourne Storm enforcer Nelson Asofa-Solomona is eligible to play for Toa Samoa but has chosen the Kiwis instead.

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The Tonga and Kiwis halves will face off at Mt Smart Stadium this weekend.

'He's one of my idols' – Tui Lolohea excited by Benji Marshall matchup

The Tonga and Kiwis halves will face off at Mt Smart Stadium this weekend.

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Before moving to the US, he came to New Zealand as a child - his parents selling wood from the walls of their home just to get here.

Tonga's first ever NFL player recalls humble beginnings in New Zealand

Vai Sikahema moved to NZ as a child - his parents selling wood from the walls of their home just to get here.

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A Ministry of Justice official told 1 NEWS that censorship laws are aligned with Samoa’s constitution, it’s Christian beliefs and other customs.

Samoa's banning of Elton John biopic Rocketman due to its homosexual scenes aligns with country's constitution

"The movie itself has a very explicit scene...not something we can publicly view," a Samoa Ministry of Justice official said.

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Coach Toutai Kefu said his players draw strength from family and emotion, so are looking forward to a warm welcome when they play at Eden Park.

Tongan rugby team hoping to draw on passionate Auckland support ahead of World Cup

Tonga's touch-down in Auckland ahead of the 2011 World Cup was one of the enduring images of the tournament.

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The Mate Ma'a Tonga and former Warriors five-eighth will join Leeds Rhinos next year.

Mate Ma'a Tonga name strong forward pack for Kiwis Test, but scrambling in the halves

Tui Lolohea and John Asiata have got the nod, despite neither playing in the halves regularly.

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The former Wallaby couldn’t resist a sly jab as it was announced Tonga will play Fiji at Eden Park in August.

‘Half their team are islanders’ - Tonga coach takes cheeky swipe at NZ Rugby over Pacific players in All Blacks

The former Wallaby couldn’t resist a sly jab as it was announced Tonga will play Fiji at Eden Park in August.

Samoa's Danny Tusitala celebrates his try with teammates

Fiji, Tonga and Samoa to play RWC warm-up matches at Eden Park

It's going to be a Pacific bonanza on August 31.

Samoa bans Elton John movie Rocketman due to homosexuality

The movie examines John's sexuality and relationship with then-manager John Reid.

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More than a billion will go towards replacing the nation’s ageing Hercules fleet.

Government outlines $20b Defence spend - 'A humanitarian plan'

"It readies NZ to lead in the assistance of our neighbours," the Defence Minister said.

Pasifika people fearful of vaccinations after infants' deaths in Samoa

The Counties Manukau DHB where the country's largest Pacific population reside is urging locals to make sure they're protected.

Ngatupuna Raela, known as Puna, was travelling with family friend Marc Pearce, on a holiday when she was detained in Los Angeles for two weeks.

Girl, 9, heading home to Cook Islands after being detained in the US for two weeks

Ngatupuna Raela was travelling with family friend Marc Pearce, on a holiday that turned into a nightmare.

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The national carrier stopped flying there in 2016.

Winston Peters calls for Air NZ to reassess three-year suspension of flights to Vanuatu

The national carrier stopped flying the journey over concerns the country's runway was not in good condition.

In this Dec. 2016 photo provided by Tracey Calanog shows Michelle Paul and David Paul, along with their dog Zooey, in Hawaii. The couple from Texas died while vacationing in Fiji. Health officials in Fiji say they don't yet have an answer on why a Texas couple died while vacationing on the island, but say influenza has been ruled out as a potential cause. Michelle Paul's father, Marc Calanog said that he got a call that Michelle was dead on May 25, 2019, and that David Paul was dead two days later. (Tracey Calanog via AP)

No answers into mysterious deaths of US couple who fell ill then died in Fiji

The couple died within two days of each other after falling ill from an unknown ailment.

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