The Tongan community will honour Queen Mother Halaevalu Mataʻaho in south Auckland tomorrow Thursday 23.

The first public memorial service will be held at the Tuingapapai church in Mangere at 6pm.

The service was formally announced last night during a meeting with the Tongan community conducted by Princess Latufuipeka.

It is understood the Queen Mother’s body would be taken from the Fountains Funerals and Monuments in Papakura to the ‘Atalanga Royal residence in Epsom, Auckland tomorrow morning at 11am.

Tomorrow’s memorial service will mark the beginning of a five-day evening service that will be held until Monday before Her body will be flown back home to Tonga on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, a nationwide clean up for the royal funeral began in Tonga today in Nukuʻalofa.

The Queen Mother married her husband, the late king Tāufaʻāhau Tupou IV on June 10, 1947.  Taufa’āhau Tupou IV died in 2006.

They had four children. The Late King George V, Princess Salote Mafile’o Pilolevu Tuita, Late Lord Maʻatu and King Tupou VI.

Queen Mataʻaho became the Queen of Tonga from 1965 – 2006 and since 2006 she became the Queen Mother of the kingdom.

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