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From the Kingdom of Tonga and anywhere else I go, collecting things and moments...

Tongan beach fale yes please.

these amazing kupesi pieces are such beautiful treasures. Made in the late 1930s/early 1940s and part of a private collection here in Nuku’alofa. They are used as rubbing templates for making Tongan ngatu (or tapa cloth).

this beautiful kahoa made by Sulieti Fieme’a Burrows.
Part of the No’o Fakataha group of artists exhibition, ‘Tauhi Va’, on at Fresh Gallery in Otara until Oct 4.
Photo by Tui Emma Gillies.

this beautiful kahoa made by Sulieti Fieme’a Burrows.

Part of the No’o Fakataha group of artists exhibition, ‘Tauhi Va’, on at Fresh Gallery in Otara until Oct 4.

Photo by Tui Emma Gillies.

I got to hang out with this beautiful Tongan baby on the weekend

I got to hang out with this beautiful Tongan baby on the weekend

taahineadele asked: It's impossible to go scroll through your blog without constantly liking & reblogging your photos!!! They're all SO BEAUTIFUL ! ❤️ Ofa Atu :)

Thankyou! It was so hard dragging myself to work this morning but this message just made my week :)

opium1 asked: Cool blog..ouaa!

ouaaa! Thanks :)

mereadani asked: Hi! I absolutely love your pictures. You really capture the beauty of the simplest things in this world. What camera do you use? And what is your greatest hope or dream for Tonga? Thanks :)

wow, thanks so much for that. I have an old canon 1D and a 700D. I dream about Tonga having a community arts centre to encourage all the amazing local artists here to get their work out into the world! I hope it happens one day :)

morning walk in Sopu.

morning walk in Sopu.

Maori language week!

Maori language week!

beautiful sunset at Faua wharf in Nuku’alofa.

beautiful sunset at Faua wharf in Nuku’alofa.