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Indigenous Public Diplomacy

2018 NAIDOC Speaker Series - Tonga

Belinda speaking to a class of children.
Belinda visited many schools across Tonga. Credit: Ana (Longo) Kolokihakaufisi/ DFAT

Former professional soccer player and teacher, Belinda Dawney visited Tonga in June 2018. Belinda's official program engaged with the Tongan soccer and touch football communities, school students, and local artists. Belinda's visit presented an excellent platform for post to promote healthy lifestyles and an awareness of Indigenous culture to the Tongan community. Links to sporting associations Tonga Football (a recipient of the Australian aid funds through Pacific Sports Partnerships) and Tonga National Touch Rugby were strengthened.

Belinda speaking to a group of children
Belinda shares the finer points of passing with Tonga Side School (Kolofo'ou) students in Nuku`alofa. Credit: Ana (Longo) Kolokihakaufisi/ DFAT


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