Louena, a Tongan mother of two who lives in Japan, is desperate to be reunited with her babies, daughter Kathleen (5) and infant son, who are now in Tonga without her. The sudden border closure caught the family by surprise and has separated them for over three months.
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Wednesday 17 June 2020
The 50 passengers to board the first repatriation flight from Auckland to Tonga will probably be selected next week, confirmed MEIDECC CEO, Paula Ma’u today, 17 June. “If that goes well, it depends on health and their analysis on whether we will increase the number and even the flights.” Otherwise at that rate, with about 7,000 Tongans overseas who want to return to Tonga, it might take years to repatriate everyone and quarantine will be costly. By Eleanor Gee.
Wednesday 10 June 2020
Auckland, New Zealand
Tongan seasonal workers grounded in Australia are making use of relaxed regulations in the country, finding new jobs with different farms and employers. By Finau Fonua.
Tuesday 2 June 2020
Auckland, New Zealand
Thousands of protesters gathered in Auckland CBD yesterday 1 June, to show their solidarity with protests in the United States against police brutality. Among the protests were Samoan and Tongan flag wavers. The protesters attempted to reach the United States Consulate which was closed off by New Zealand police.
Thursday 21 May 2020
Hon. Prime Minister: Does my country, Tonga, expect me to break the United States law and be punished by it, because our Tongan government can’t even open up their borders even for a limited period of time for their citizens who are stuck worldwide to come home? What the Tongan country expects me to do, after my visa expires, especially when the US government have made no exceptions to allow us international students to stay in the US longer than we’re supposed to. - Salaetau Tuita
Tuesday 10 March 2020
Last week, New Zealand’s parliament unanimously passed the “Abortion Legislation Bill” by 94 votes to 23. The bill allows pregnant women in the country to have an abortion without the consent of a doctor (except after 20 weeks of pregnancy) and will be determined in a final vote. Among those who voted against the bill were two Tongan born MPs, Jenny Salesa and Anahila Kanongata'a-Suisuiki.
Wednesday 4 March 2020
Otago, New Zealand
Tongan born academic, Dr Losa Moata‘ane, has been appointed to the role of Associate Dean Pacific at Otago University’s Division of Sciences in Dunedin, New Zealand.
Tuesday 4 February 2020
United States, Scottsdale, Arizona
Tony Finau’s goal for 2020 was to finally return to the winner’s circle on the PGA Tour. It’s been four years since his first and only title, at the 2016 Puerto Rico Open, but odds were good that he would finally win again this season. The goal still remains elusive.
Monday 13 January 2020
Auckland, New Zealand
Massey University in New Zealand, has appointed distinguished scientist and professor Dr. Palatasa Havea ONZM to be the new Dean of the University’s “Office of Pasifika Student Success”.
Monday 9 December 2019
West Denton, England
Tongan representative international lawn bowler, Paris Baker, has caused a huge upset in the sport of indoor bowls, winning the World Junior (Under-25) Indoor Bowls Championships held at West Denton, England, last week. The remarkable achievement comes months after she won bronze for Tonga at the Pacific Games in Samoa.
Friday 29 November 2019
Meet golf’s next superstar, whose journey to professional golf followed an unusual route. The inspiring story of Tony Finau - a talented kid of Samoan and Tongan heritage who won the respect of veteran pros. By Chris Cox, Senior Communications Manager for the PGA Tour.
Thursday 7 November 2019
Fifth Harmony singer Dinah Jane will headline her first tour as a solo artist in the United States this month.
Thursday 24 October 2019
A combat specialist for the Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN) – Filipe Sione Malakai Latu of Manukau – was last week awarded recognition as Sailor of the Year. He's the first Pacific Islander and Tongan to be recognized as Sailor of the year by RNZN.
Wednesday 23 October 2019
London, United Kingdom
Classical musician Caroline Elizabeth Hurrell-Grint, (21), of British-Tongan descent, has graduated from the prestigious University of Cambridge, England, with an honours degree after completing a three year degree course.
Tuesday 22 October 2019
Auckland, New Zealand
Australian-Tongan actor Uli Latukefu stars in the highly anticipated action comedy, which centres around a Tongan character set in New Zealand. An official trailer of “The Legend of Baron To‘a” was released yesterday 21 October.
Tuesday 8 October 2019
There are many different ways of being Tongan, say creative sisters Vea and Emily Mafile'o, in Nuku‘alofa today, talking about their work in photography and film making and what it means for young people of Tongan heritage to grow up in New Zealand. The sisters are part of two interesting events open to the public this week in Nuku‘alofa. Together, the Ancient Futures Symposium and Nuku'alofa Film Festival are featuring an unprecedented number of artistic and creative events to be held at the Tanoa Hotel. By Mary Lyn Fonua.
Sunday 30 June 2019
Junior Fa reached a career milestone today after winning his 18th professional fight against highly experienced American boxer Dominick Guinn in Temecula, California. Fa dominated the scorecards over 10 rounds to get a unanimous decision victory.
Monday 29 April 2019
Around 10 schools took part in Queensland’s first inter-schools Polynesian Festival with Woodridge State High School winning the Tongan stage segment at the Edmund Rice Performing Arts Centre, St Laurence’s College, South Brisbane, on 27 April.
Saturday 13 April 2019
A Queensland jury has found a Tongan couple, 'Isikeli and Malavine Pulini, guilty of forcing a Fijian woman into servitude as a housemaid at their home in Brisbane between 2008 and 2016. It took the jury less than a day of deliberation to make their decision.
Thursday 7 March 2019
San Francisco, USA
A 30-year-old man of Tongan descent in the United States, Otto Halafihi of Oakland, was sentenced on 5 March to 12 years imprisonment for the assault and theft of an elderly woman in Martinez, San Francisco Bay Area last year. The victim, a 93-year-old woman Ann Marie Pederson, was hospitalized and died less than a month after the assault.