The Royal Palace undergoing a $12m face-lift

Jul 8, 2010 Full story: Matangi Tonga 38

Nuku'alofa , Tonga: THE Royal Palace, home of the Tongan royal family for over 100 years is undergoing a $12 million renovation and extension that is expected to be completed by November.

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Randy Duff

Mooresville, IN

#23 May 12, 2012
King George Tupou V accomplished two marvellous feats during the six years of his reign. He paved the way for a more democratic framework of government. AND he provided for a complete renovation of the Royal Palace. The Palace of FANGATAPU is 150 years old in 2012. It is said that the mansion was a creaking, leaking mess. I have noticed comments concerning the T$12 million pa'anga spent to finance the renovation of the palace. The money is NOT an important factor. The enlargement and improvement of the palace will last for another 150 years. The beautiful old manour house is a part of Tonga's history and cultural heritage. It was built by King George Tupou I in 1862, and has been the home of every Tongan monarch since that time. It is just a shame that the Chapel Royal was so damaged by hurricanes that it could not have been saved. I think that the new king should build a copy of the Chapel Royal to look exactly like the original little church which was built in 1882. God bless the memory of GEORGE TUPOU V and God Save His Majesty The King 'Aho'eitu Tupou VI !
tongan

United States

#24 May 12, 2012
Randy Duff wrote:
King George Tupou V accomplished two marvellous feats during the six years of his reign. He paved the way for a more democratic framework of government. AND he provided for a complete renovation of the Royal Palace. The Palace of FANGATAPU is 150 years old in 2012. It is said that the mansion was a creaking, leaking mess. I have noticed comments concerning the T$12 million pa'anga spent to finance the renovation of the palace. The money is NOT an important factor. The enlargement and improvement of the palace will last for another 150 years. The beautiful old manour house is a part of Tonga's history and cultural heritage. It was built by King George Tupou I in 1862, and has been the home of every Tongan monarch since that time. It is just a shame that the Chapel Royal was so damaged by hurricanes that it could not have been saved. I think that the new king should build a copy of the Chapel Royal to look exactly like the original little church which was built in 1882. God bless the memory of GEORGE TUPOU V and God Save His Majesty The King 'Aho'eitu Tupou VI !
Truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.
This god that you preaching was NEVER part of our true tradition and heritage. Your just another superstitious fool who worships the so called king. There are other far more important issues that requires urgently attention. This palace should be left to rot, if you want a western copy cat heritage then move to Europe. The Tongan culture did not just emerge from 1860, Tupou 1 is solely responsible for the total destruction of our true heritage, centuries of indeginous intelligence and traditions that were flushed down the toilet.

"When the human tide starts to rise, the arrogant will be uprooted forever".

“Fight For Democracy in Tonga!!”

Since: Sep 10

Location hidden

#25 May 13, 2012
Why don't these so-called cousins Marry their Chinese guests,after all in 25 years from now the Chinese will be the new elite in Tonga.
then these royal ass kisses can kiss the asses of the Chinese
these cousins and their in- bred half baked children
will be enjoying themselves in Sydney New York or London, with their ill gotten gains
all the normal citizens of our country will be destitute
and the Chinese will turn our holy land our Christian Tonga
into a sex destination for Chinese sex tourists
not only these current ass kisses of royalty, they will be licking the dark side of the Chinese and loving it

“Fight For Democracy in Tonga!!”

Since: Sep 10

Location hidden

#26 May 13, 2012
Randy Duff wrote:
King George Tupou V accomplished two marvellous feats during the six years of his reign. He paved the way for a more democratic framework of government. AND he provided for a complete renovation of the Royal Palace. The Palace of FANGATAPU is 150 years old in 2012. It is said that the mansion was a creaking, leaking mess. I have noticed comments concerning the T$12 million pa'anga spent to finance the renovation of the palace. The money is NOT an important factor. The enlargement and improvement of the palace will last for another 150 years. The beautiful old manour house is a part of Tonga's history and cultural heritage. It was built by King George Tupou I in 1862, and has been the home of every Tongan monarch since that time. It is just a shame that the Chapel Royal was so damaged by hurricanes that it could not have been saved. I think that the new king should build a copy of the Chapel Royal to look exactly like the original little church which was built in 1882. God bless the memory of GEORGE TUPOU V and God Save His Majesty The King 'Aho'eitu Tupou VI !
Yes, you have a very impressive tongan name, Randy Duff, are you kidding me? Not only are you a total fool and criminal, but you are also a liar.
It's not t12 million, its 12 million USA dollars.
It's a big difference, but even for $6 top , any competent builder can pull down the entire timber palace and rebuild a brand new one to the king, bigger and better than the last.
Why is it costing 12 million US?
Is the same old story, corruption
when our people going to wake up that our country is being sold out from under our feet?
How along are our children going to put up with dying in a underfunded and rat infested hospital
where are the 10 good men that can save us?
People like this Randy Duff, are paid informers by the elite Royal group,Who were not even briefed as to what to say on the Internet, so they regurgitate this diarrhoea
God help our poor people

Since: Dec 09

AKLD, New Zealand

#27 May 15, 2012
Randy Duff wrote:
King George Tupou V accomplished two marvellous feats during the six years of his reign. He paved the way for a more democratic framework of government. AND he provided for a complete renovation of the Royal Palace. The Palace of FANGATAPU is 150 years old in 2012. It is said that the mansion was a creaking, leaking mess. I have noticed comments concerning the T$12 million pa'anga spent to finance the renovation of the palace. The money is NOT an important factor. The enlargement and improvement of the palace will last for another 150 years. The beautiful old manour house is a part of Tonga's history and cultural heritage. It was built by King George Tupou I in 1862, and has been the home of every Tongan monarch since that time. It is just a shame that the Chapel Royal was so damaged by hurricanes that it could not have been saved. I think that the new king should build a copy of the Chapel Royal to look exactly like the original little church which was built in 1882. God bless the memory of GEORGE TUPOU V and God Save His Majesty The King 'Aho'eitu Tupou VI !
Shux - what a great Idea! yep, dont worry about improving economy and the infrastrutre of the people... Lets put our money into a new tree hut and do up the palace LOL You must be the proposed builder haha

Since: Apr 12

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#28 May 30, 2012
That's allot of clothes and food for the people . Too bad !
Lesi

Australia

#29 Jun 14, 2012
Fefe ke ai ha foi $1 miliona Sii langa Aki e tukuhausia moe Paea I tonga ,,'iauuu fk'ofa Sii kakai e ,, fefe ia kakai???
Ima Tamapeau

Auckland, New Zealand

#30 Jun 17, 2012
Many lives could have been spared. Did they really think they could get a way with it? In Elizbeth R's day, it would have been, off with their heads. Isolation and solitude serves a purpose.

“Fight For Democracy in Tonga!!”

Since: Sep 10

Location hidden

#31 Jun 18, 2012
Poverty is so widespread now in the islands, that of course criminality will flourish.
just look around us, we have families now living on rubbish tips
we have mobs of homeless children, turning to pretty crime and prostitution
we have Chinese construction gangs and fishermen, looking for a good time in the Golden Apple
we have the United Nations complaining about people smuggling and trafficking
we have a corrupt king, and his gang out to get every cent they can get their hands on.
We are governed by a corrupt elite, who are protected by a corrupt public service and defended by the corrupt religious elite.
Every one's senses the level of duplicity and corruption through all society
these problems at Westpac will only get more widespread, as our country destroys itself
we are becoming a failed state
when will the people wake up and shake the chains off themselves.
we have nothing to fear, we have a country to win
let's have democracy today
and put the Royal family on trial tomorrow
jmk

Melbourne, Australia

#32 Jun 24, 2012
i am a retired australian architect, family history has it that my great grandfather , fredrick john mathews ,a builder from new zealand, built the palace and chapel , i am interested in confirming wether this fiction or fact
whilst in tonga , my grand mother and and her sister, shared apparently the same child minding nanny .
jmk

Melbourne, Australia

#33 Jun 25, 2012
I am a retired australian architect, researching my family history , a family story has it that my great grandfather , Fredrick John Mathews, a builder from New Zealand,( orginally from England ) built the royal chapel circa 1888,

Since demolished circa 1982 badly damaged after a cyclone.

I am interested in confirming wether this is fiction or fact,
whilst in Tonga, my grand mother and and her sister, apparently shared the same nursery child minding facility with the future Queen Salote.
.
On there his return to Auckland,he built a house in Jervois Road Ponsonby which became known as Nuku'alofa villa.

Is there perhaps a reference source, that some one on line can refer me too, if so I would be very interested to follow this up

Since: Dec 09

AKLD, New Zealand

#34 Jun 25, 2012
jmk wrote:
I am a retired australian architect, researching my family history , a family story has it that my great grandfather , Fredrick John Mathews, a builder from New Zealand,( orginally from England ) built the royal chapel circa 1888,
Since demolished circa 1982 badly damaged after a cyclone.
I am interested in confirming wether this is fiction or fact,
whilst in Tonga, my grand mother and and her sister, apparently shared the same nursery child minding facility with the future Queen Salote.
.
On there his return to Auckland,he built a house in Jervois Road Ponsonby which became known as Nuku'alofa villa.
Is there perhaps a reference source, that some one on line can refer me too, if so I would be very interested to follow this up
Interesting. Might have to ask around? Its not commonly known for contractors to have their children on palace grounds and share the royal nanny But particularly the Queens?? Especially back in those days, it was much more conservative and traditionally observed.
Randy Duff

Mooresville, IN

#35 Aug 12, 2012
Some of the replies to my comment were very unkind. I am certainly NOT some sort of paid informant for the Royal Family of Tonga. I have studied the history of the Kingdom since I was a young child. Here in the United States, historic buildings are pulled down with no regret. I think it is wonderful that the Palace has been saved and improved and enlarged.

Of course the history of Tonga did not begin in 1860. Tonga has one of the most interested and richest histories in the entire world. And yes I am sure that the money (which was spent on the renovation of the palace) could have been put to better use ... such as education and health care. I am NOT arguing that point. Yet it would have been a shame for FANGATAPU to be left to rot. It is a part of Tonga's history and culture, just like the tombs of the Tu'i Tonga Kings and the Ha'amonga-a-Maui Trilithon. All of these these venues should be preserved for the betterment of Tonga's people and their historic heritage.

I was so sad that the replies to my comment were so negative and unkind. I have friends from Tonga and Samoa and Fiji, and they are all so full of love ... alofa. My comments were offered with ALOFA.
masii

Salt Lake City, UT

#36 Aug 12, 2012
Incognito wrote:
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For all you stupid people out there, extending a royal palace is not cheap especially when the materials needed are not aplenty locally. This means it will have to be imported so its more expensive. It is a royal palace! The furniture and decorations needed is not going to be $2 items.
And to add to this, the renovations to the whole palace including the palace grounds have not even finished yet! And who cares where the money goes? Respecting the King is way more respectful than questioning his authority.
nofo koe 'i Nz peau nofo au 'i Amelika..Pea how dare keke pehe mai ..who cares...keu pa'ai mai ho mata..kae fefe si'i kakai 'i tonga..lea vale..mo'oni 'ae lau koee koe faele'i mai 'e he vale 'ae fanga ki'iki'i vale eheee!
lia

Rancho Cordova, CA

#37 Aug 12, 2012
its about time...si'i aupito e 12miliona...'oku tototnu ke 20miliona .......god bless tonga..
Leger

Collaroy, Australia

#38 Jul 21, 2013
jmk wrote:
I am a retired australian architect, researching my family history , a family story has it that my great grandfather , Fredrick John Mathews, a builder from New Zealand,( orginally from England ) built the royal chapel circa 1888,
Since demolished circa 1982 badly damaged after a cyclone.
I am interested in confirming wether this is fiction or fact,
whilst in Tonga, my grand mother and and her sister, apparently shared the same nursery child minding facility with the future Queen Salote.
.
On there his return to Auckland,he built a house in Jervois Road Ponsonby which became known as Nuku'alofa villa.
Is there perhaps a reference source, that some one on line can refer me too, if so I would be very interested to follow this up
was wondering if you have any knowlege about my great great great grandfather, John Francis Basley Leger, who apparently finished off the Palace and built the Royal Chapel? He was a French Canadian Carpenter from Samoa...they moved to Tonga to build the Royal Chapel etc. He may been the one who built the verandah upstairs of the Palace too??

I think the Palace Office may have such info your looking for....Ive yet to find out
jmk

Melbourne, Australia

#39 Jul 21, 2013
Hi , sorry I do not have any more information than what I have already posted , I am thinking my GG F construction was limited to building only the Chapel , he returned to New Zealand and built buildings over a wide area of the north island , given the importance of the buildings one would think records are stored some where .If you find some references please respond I am hoping to go their next year regards jmk Melbourne
Brighton

United States

#40 Jul 22, 2013
They should take pictures of the completed interior spaces that dont infringe on the royal family's privacy, like the throne room and reception areas, that would be nice.

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