A total of 78 principal Tongan applicants were successful in the New Zealand government’s Pacific immigration quota ballot for 2013, Angie Enoka, of New Zealand Immigration said today. “That amounts to 249 people with their families,” she said.
Combating human trafficking in the Pacific islands was the focus of a three day regional workshop held from April 23-25 in Nadi, Fiji. The workshop was organised by the United States Embassy based in Suva who invited the participation of 27 legal officials, prosecutors, customs and immigration officers from Tonga, the Cook Islands, Kiribati, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu.
Six overseas Tongans have been deported to Tonga or have voluntarily left New Zealand after their criminal records were wrongly wiped-off by Tonga Police under a former practice that remains under police investigation in Nuku’alofa, while New Zealand immigration alerts have been issued at borders on the names of other Tongan individuals who have been identified to have concealed criminal records.
New Zealand’s immigration minister has put an immediate hold on Tongan visa applications that require a police clearance, expressing his serious concern over incorrect declarations.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank you and your staff for continuing to provide us overseas with information and matters that are relevant to us and our allegiance to our Island Kingdom. I have been looking out for further information regarding the dual-citizenship legislation since its acceptance in 2006, and the procedures in place for it to work. - Polikalepo Tuaileva
You put joy in my heart and a smile on my face knowing that my kids will be one day recognized in writing that they’re Tongans. My prayers goes out to the Decision Makers in Tonga and all supporters of dual citizenships. Good News!
“Dual Citizenship - is now Lawful”. This is a very welcoming outcome! The outcry and the persistence of our campaigns in the past few years has certainly made the difference. “We can now, once again, call Tonga - HOME!”- Polikalepo Tuaileva
Regarding the Tongan Government confiscating the passports of local nationals who hold dual citizenship…If the government had any real business sense or common sense they should have encouraged the Tongans abroad to “give” more via inducements to “re-invest” their finances in new Tongan business start-up initiatives and by allowing dual citizenship to make things easier for these people. - Kitione Fale