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Women chat and smoke after leaving the local Catholic church after a Sunday service in the remote northern islands of Vava'u. They are dressed in black and wearing ta'ovalas (traditional pandanas mats that are wrapped around the waist) in respect of the official mourning period following the death of the King of Tonga, Taufa'ahau Tupou IV. The king, one of the world's longest-serving monarchs, died in Auckland on 10 September 2006 following a long illness. His body was returned to his homeland and he was buried on 19 September 2006 at Mala'e Kula (the royal burial ground) in the Tongan capital.