13 September, 2006
Tongans in Fiji mourn their late King
Tongans in Fiji have begun mourning their late King Taufa'ahau Tupou IV who died after an illness in Auckland, NZ, last week. More than 100 Tongan students at the University of the South Pacific and those working in Suva converged at the Oceania Centre for Arts, University of the South Pacific, to commemorate their late King. Women and men dressed in black with mats wrapped around their waists, looked solemn while attending the service. An additional flight has been planned by Air Pacific to fly Tongans to Tonga to be part of the official mourning that takes place at Nuku'alofa to be followed by the funeral next Tuesday. The Tongan Royal Family has close family relations with some of the Fijian chiefly families. Representatives of these families have said that they will be going to Tonga to be part of the funeral gathering and to pay their respects to the late King.