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Customs and laws of Tonga

08 Mar 2012

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What are the customs and laws for Tonga?

Level: Secondary

There are lots of good places you could find information on customs and laws in Tonga, depending on what in particular you are looking for.


The World History in Context entry on Tonga has really useful information on different Tongan customs and ways of doing things, including food, family, the arts and religion. A search for "Tonga" will bring up lots of different results, so look for entries that mention "culture" (a word sometimes used instead of "customs"). 

HOT TIP: World History in Context is available through the EPIC databases. To get to the EPIC databases you will need a password from your school librarian first. Or, you can log on to between 1 and 6pm Monday to Friday, and one of the librarians can help you online. Some EPIC databases may also be available through your public library.

Another helpful place to start would be Te Ara: Encyclopedia of New Zealand, which has some useful pages on Tonga, including customs and culture, especially relating to Tongans in New Zealand. From there you may like to try the official Tongan Ministry of Tourism page. Both these websites should help you identify keywords or particular customs you can then search for separately using a search engine like Google.

HOT TIP: Look for addresses in the results that have .edu or .gov in the URL. These are quality webpages from educational institutions (such as universities) and official government sites.


Christchurch City Libraries has a great list of websites on Tongan government and laws that will help you find explanations of how the laws are made and how the government works. If you would like to find Tongan laws on a certain topic (for example "education" or "owning land"), you can look up the official Kingdom of Tonga legislation website (in English & Tongan) and search by subject.  

HOT TIP: Another place to look is Wikipedia which has great coverage of many topics, including Tongan laws and customs. But you need to be aware that this information is contributed by lots of different people. If you are using this site, it always pays to check the information against that on other sites or in books from the library.

You may like to also check out our other entries on Tonga.

If you have any trouble finding useful information, feel free to visit between 1 and 6pm Monday to Friday, and one of the librarians can help you online. Good luck!

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