• Short Summary

    TONGA IS A SMALL GROUP OF ISLANDS, ELEVEN HUNDRED MILES NORTH-EAST OF AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND.?

  • Description

    TONGA IS A SMALL GROUP OF ISLANDS, ELEVEN HUNDRED MILES NORTH-EAST OF AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND. CRUISE SHIPS ARE CALLING AT TONGA REGULARLY, BUT FOR THE SEAMAN THERE IS ONE BIG DISADVANTAGE. THE MAIN PORT, NUKUALOFA, HAS NO DEEP WATER BERTH. SO PASSENGERS HAVE TO BE TAKEN ASHORE EITHER BY LIFEBOAT OR LAUNCH.

    ONCE ASHORE THERE IS A LOT FOR THE TOURISTS TO SEE. THE WAR MEMORIAL AT NUKUALOFA OVERLOOKS A QUAINT NATIVE MARKET PLACE. HERE TOURISTS CAN BUY BASKET WORK, OR TRADITIONAL GRASS SKIRTS.

    NEAR THE TOWN SQUARE IS THE ROYAL PALACE, AND KING TAUFA'AHAU TUPOU IV, WHO SUCCEEDS QUEEN SALOTE, WILL BE CROWNED HERE IN JULY.

    ALONG THE SHORE IS THE ISLAND'S NEW INTERNATIONAL STYLE HOTEL. IT WAS OPENED IS SEPTEMBER. THE HOTEL HAS FIFTY ROOMS AND MORE THAN A HUNDRED BEDS -- AND, OF COURSE, A SWIMMING POOL.

    AWAY FROM THE TOWN, LIFE GOES ON WHETHER OR NOT A TOURIST LINER IS IN PORT. IN THE EVENINGS THE TOURISTS ARE ENTERTAINED BY DANCING GROUPS. THE STYLE IS SIMILAR TO TAHITIAN AND POLYNESIAN DANCES, AND THERE'S SOME SUGGESTIONS OF THE MAORI ABOUT THEM.

    BUT AT THE END OF THE EVENING IT'S BACK TO THE SHIP -- AND GOODBYE TO THE FRIENDLY ISLES.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVABZT7BG1HGJMR0E0M49SABCXDL
    Media URN:
    VLVABZT7BG1HGJMR0E0M49SABCXDL
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    10/04/1967
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:00:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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