31 Mar 2012

Kava ceremony to install new King of Tonga is underway

10:35 am on 31 March 2012

In Tonga, the special kava ceremony to install the new King Tupou the Sixth as monarch is now underway.

About 200 nobles and their speaking chiefs are taking part in the outdoor ritual beside the Palace in Nuku'alofa.

This morning's ceremony will also end the 10 official days of mourning for the late King, George Tupou the Fifth.