Pacific Islands - Tonga

Image: Tonga Time by San-Tuson Flickr

This collection of websites provides information on all aspects of Tonga including geographical facts and figures, culture, festivals, people, places and history. SCIS 1525176

See also other entries on Pacific Islands.


Auckland Museum: Pacific Pathways – patterns in leaves and cloth

This Education Kit explores the patterns, designs and textiles of the Pacific, and has pages dedicated to ngatu, the tapa of Tonga.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate, secondary
https://www.aucklandmuseum.com/getmedia/49cfb814-032b-4aae-afbf-83a922302c7d/auckland-museum-education-pacific-pathways-y1-13


CIA World Factbook - Tonga

The site provides summary information on Tonga, together with the flag and a map. Tabs open up to further information on Tonga’s geography, transport, demographics, and economic data.

Suggested level: intermediate, secondary
https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/tn.html


Commonwealth - Tonga

This website includes an overview on Tonga as well as sections on society, economy, constitution and politics, history and travel.

Suggested level: intermediate, secondary
http://thecommonwealth.org/our-member-countries/tonga


Digital NZ
This site provides access to thousands of pictures, video, sounds and objects from New Zealand museums, libraries, galleries, archives and private institutions. To discover sets and items use the search term 'Tonga.'

Suggested level: primary, intermediate, secondary
http://www.digitalnz.org/user_sets/53feaf59fb002cfa1f000004


Fact Monster

Information includes a range of quick facts, with some up-to-date statistics, and some brief information on the geography, history and government of Tonga, along with a map and the Tongan flag.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate
www.factmonster.com/ipka/A0108042.html


ManyAnswers

To discover information on the school work site ManyAnswers use the search term Tonga.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate, secondary
http://manyanswers.co.nz


Te Ara
Te Ara has a story on the Tongan people. This looks at their history, migration and settlement in New Zealand, and the continuing close cultural ties Tongans have with their homeland.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate, secondary
http://www.teara.govt.nz/en/tongans/page-1


Te Papa: Museum of New Zealand
Te Papa’s website provides access to Tonga’s objects, specimens and research.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate, secondary
http://collections.tepapa.govt.nz/explore


Tonga Country Profile – BBC

The information on this site includes photographs, a general overview, quick facts, the country’s leaders, and the media in Tonga. The home page provides a map, and a link to a chronology of key events.

Suggested level: intermediate, secondary
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/country_profiles/1300742.stm


Tonga travel guide

Aimed mainly at tourists, but includes information about the geography, climate, flora and fauna, history, economy and people of Tonga. Also includes maps.

Suggested level: intermediate, secondary
http://tonga.southpacific.org/


EPIC
Encyclopaedia Britannica Online offers comprehensive information on Tonga, at all levels. School login (username and password) is required.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate, secondary
http://www.tki.org.nz/epic2


Books
Have you thought about using books with your class to support your topic? The following are some suggestions for your students (and you!) to read and enjoy.

Ko e hā ʻa e hikingaua? by Anahina Sikalu, 2012 (picture book)
Ko e taʻu taha ʻo Tomi, by Anahina Sikalu, 2012 (picture book)
Tau kokaʻanga faka-nuʻu sila, by Lesieli MacIntyre, 2012 (picture book)

Video
Ngatu Tonga from The CoconetTV. YouTube. 6:31
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0xMCU8qylB0