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Thursday 7 October 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Retired rugby league star, Manu Vatuvei (35) faces a lengthy prison sentence in New Zealand, after he pleaded guilty yesterday, to the importation of methamphetamine there.
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Thursday 27 May 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga Police Drugs Enforcement Taskforce seized two rifles, cannabis and drugs utensils and arrested seven people from four different locations in Tongatapu last week.
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Tuesday 20 April 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A 12-year-old boy has been charged with manslaughter by negligence over the death of an 18-year-old, in an alleged firearms incident on Saturday night, 17 April at Kolomotu'a.
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Wednesday 27 June 2018

Suva, Fiji
Following a search by Customs in Savusavu of a New Zealand based yacht, the Captain and two crew-members are now in Police Custody, Fiji Revenue and Customs reported today. Local border agencies and Customs are working with partners in New Zealand and Australia to expose and prosecute smuggling attempts.
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Sunday 27 November 2016

Auckland, New Zealand
Four Tongans are among seven fisherman whose bodies have been recovered after their vessel capsized in New Zealand's Kaipara Harbour yesterday. Two have been identified as Tongan cousins Alipate 'Pate' Manumu'a and Sunia 'Junior' Onga'unga, in their 30s, both were fathers.
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Tuesday 2 December 2014

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Some 10% of Tonga Police staff (35 people) have been dismissed, are serving time in prison or are under investigation for dishonesty, brutality or bribery since 2012, the retiring Police Commissioner Grant O'Fee said today.
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Monday 23 June 2014
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Inspector Latu Lavaki (51) who headed the Tonga Police Drug Squad, died from a suspected heart attack on Friday night June 13, at Vaiola Hospital, after collapsing during a work dinner at the Vakaloa Beach Resort.
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Thursday 6 March 2014
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Four people were injured in a two car collision, at Pahu this morning. A car went through the block wall of a property and another vehicle hit a telephone pole in the crash on the corner of Railway Road and Hala Holomui.
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Friday 15 November 2013
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga’s Deputy Commissioner of Community Policing Soakai Motu’apuaka (60) has retired after 35-years of service. Having served in the US Army and trained at the New Zealand Police College, the top cop was farewelled with a parade at the Police Headquarters in Longolongo, Nuku‘alofa, on Thursday, 14 November.
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Tuesday 23 July 2013
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga College and Tupou College are no longer fit for the purpose. For decades their owners' incompetence have held to ransom the education of their own students and those of other secondary schools as well. ...To end this once and for all, these two social menaces should be deregistered and bring their owners ...to their senses. - Sefita Hao'uli
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Law
Wednesday 22 May 2013

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
An important development in Tonga's criminal justice system, which will allow offenders to carry out Community Service under police supervision, will provide an alternative sentence to a jail term. Community service orders in most cases are imposed on first time offenders and young offenders.
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Wednesday 24 October 2012
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Australian National Rugby League players are visiting Tonga together with the Australian Federal Police to conduct a three-day Cyber Safety Pasifika program, aimed to educate and raise public awareness among the community, particularly school children, on the risks and danger involving the internet.
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Monday 1 October 2012
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Six accused men, including five police officers, who are charged with manslaughter in relation to the death of New Zealand Police Officer Kali Fungavaka, had their case adjourned to November 2 after appearing before a Magistrate in Nuku'alofa this morning.
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Thursday 27 September 2012
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Six male accused, including five Tongan police officers and one detainee, have each been charged with manslaughter at the Nuku'alofa Magistrate's Court this afternoon, and were expected to be released on bail later today, September 27. The three police officers who were arrested today included the supervising officer identified as Inspector Kelepi Hala'ufia, with the two police constables named as Manu Tu'ivai and Tevita Vakalahi.
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Monday 27 August 2012
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Magistrate Pita Soakimi this morning queried why only one civilian, Semisi Kalisitiane Manu, was charged with the new count of murder in relation to the death of New Zealand policeman Kali Fungavaka who was injured while in Police custody, while two policemen have not been similarly charged.
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Saturday 25 August 2012
New Zealand
We migrated from Tonga to NZ, and pick up the difference of policing service. We feel safe/secured in NZ, not fear. – Tasi 'Ahio.
Saturday 25 August 2012
Auckland, New Zealand
I write with regret at receiving the news of fallen hero and family member, Kali Fungavaka. Now, Tonga, so-called Friendly Islands, needs to deal with the reality that they are harbouring bigger problems than it imagined. We are not only
 facing an economic crisis in the Kingdom but a crisis of greater proportion. - Justice Fonua, Papatoetoe, New Zealand.
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Friday 24 August 2012
Dunedin, New Zealand
I was shocked and saddened to read the news that a New Zealand Police Officer has died after an incident in the Police cells at Nuku'alofa Police Station. I cannot comment on the specific facts of the case but it does raise real concerns about progress within the law and justice sector in Tonga. - Chris Kelley, Tonga's Former Police Commissioner.
Friday 17 August 2012
Vaini, Tongatapu, Tonga
My house was robbed last year in November with goods worth over $20,000 stolen. Three months later (this year), a further break-in occurred. With utter frustration and annoyance, I arrived at the Police station angrily demanding a response. - 'Amelia 'Ofakineiafu.
Thursday 24 May 2012
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A car windscreen was smashed with a shovel in a confrontation between a road-worker and a tourism operator after tensions rose last week during one of many long closures of the main road to Kanokupolu.
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