The queen mother of Tonga, who passed away in Auckland on Sunday 20 February 2017 aged 90, is being mourned by Tongans across the globe.
Reports say the Queen Mother was brought to New Zealand with minor health issues.
However, with her granddaughter Princess Mata’aho reportedly by her side, the Queen Mother passed away Sunday afternoon as confirmed by Tongan consul in New Zealand, Stafford ‘Aho.
Born on 29 May 1926, Halaevalu Mata'aho 'Ahome'e was the daughter of Heuifanga Veikune and Noble 'Ahome'e Manuopangai.
Halaevalu Mata'aho married Siaosi Tāufa'āhau Tupoulahi, the eldest son of Queen Sāote Tupou III, in a grand royal double wedding in 1947.
The Coronation of King Taufa'ahau Tupou IV and Queen Mata'aho (Queen consort) took place in July 1967 following the passing of Queen Sālote in 1965.
Queen Mata'aho was predeceased by her husband Tupou IV in 2006, and two of their four children.
She is survived by a son King Tupou VI and daughter Princess Sālote Mafile'o Pilolevu Tuita, 11 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.
While news of her passing continues to spread tributes for the Queen Mother have been posted to social media, as Tongans pay their respects to a much-loved royal:
May you rest in God's eternal love, Beloved Queen Mother of Tonga, Halaevalu Mata'aho. 'Ofa lahi atu moe lotu🇹🇴💔🇹🇴 https://t.co/hkxkFsFlSX— Jenny Salesa (@JennySalesa) February 19, 2017
What a beautiful and long life she lived! R.I.P HM Queen Mother of Tonga (Queen Halaevalu Mata'aho Ahome'e) 🇹🇴 😞 pic.twitter.com/X6quBo5SVX— MAHOGANZ🇹🇴 (@losemoala95) February 19, 2017