I am the partner of one of the missing sailors. I want anyone concerned with the search to know that the cost of fuel for the search must not be an impediment to the search continuing. I will raise the money to pay, I pledge that sincerely. I want my beloved to come home. I am beside myself with grief and fear of losing him. - Sue Love
Late Island’s coastline is rugged for landing by large boats, but a dinghy could find a suitable landing place on the northern shorelines. I was stranded on Late Island for a week with two Vava’u strangers as guides when I was 18 years old. - Sione Ake-mei-hakau Mokofisi.
While a search for two missing yachtsmen has stalled in Vava’u, Tonga, today, Sunday, searchers still held out a glimmer of hope that the men may have reached the rugged coastline of the uninhabited Late Island where their yacht “Navillus” was reportedly “shredded” after becoming grounded on Thursday night.
A large group of women from Australia have arrived in Tonga to celebrate five Fakafetongi Koloa events with women’s groups in Vava’u, that will likely result in over $234,000 worth of exchanges.
Marching in defiance, and singing hymns, over 200 protestors petitioned the office of the Vava’u Governor, Lord Fulivai, yesterday morning, opposing a move by government to create a monopoly shipping service between New Zealand and Vava’u.
Lord Fulivai has been appointed by King George Tupou V as the new Governor of Vava’u, effective from July 1.
The popular Mermaid Bar and Restaurant on the waterfront of Fungamisi, Neiafu, was razed by fire on Tuesday afternoon, May 10.
Tonga’s growing reliance on imports to meet its protein needs, threatens the nation’s food security, and this was a concern discussed at a regional FAO meeting in Vava’u last week.
I read with interest comments supporting the resumption of whaling
in the Kingdom.