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Tonga Now Government of Tonga Nukualofa, Tonga July 7, 2007


Last night at the finale of the Air New Zealand Miss Galaxy pageant for 2007 – 2008, Miss Tonga New Zealand South Seas, Miss Rasa Maya Douglas Tania, was crowned the new Queen by Hon. Salote Maumautaimi Tuku’aho.

The guest of honour for the finale was the HRH Princess Salote Pilolevu Tuita representing the patron of the Tonga Leiti’s Association, Hon. Salote Lupepau’u Tuita who is currently out of the country. HRH Princess Pilolevu was accompanied by the Hon. Salote Maumautaimi Tuku’aho who represented her Highness during the crowning of the new Queen.

Hon. Maumautaimi Tuku’aho also gave a short address saying that the contestants were all winners and should be proud of a job well done over the last three days.

The Miss Galaxy pageant, held annually during the Heilala Festival in July, has been sponsored for the last five years by Air New Zealand and is the only transsexual pageant that the airline supports.

Chairman of the Tonga Leiti’s Association, Joey Mataele, thanked Air New Zealand on behalf of the patron of the association Hon. Lupepau’u, for their support and for the love and care the airline has shown throughout the years. Mataele said that the pageant, which is all about equality, is greatly respected because here in Tonga family life is more important than anything else.

Mataele said that the association wanted to thank all the sponsors for this year’s pageant for their support and also the international media that were in the Kingdom specifically for the internationally-acclaimed Miss Galaxy pageant.

Tonight’s finale rounded off three nights of talent, fashion and colour at the Queen Salote Memorial Hall.

Tonga Now, formerly operated by the Government of Tonga’s Reform Information Office, is currently operated by Kalia Media Serivces, which provides media responses and information about Tonga from the Government.

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