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King names new auditorium as reminder of Queen Salote’s adoptive mother

King names new auditorium as reminder of Queen Salote’s adoptive mother

The king of Tonga named the Tuingapapai church’s new multi-million hall this morning the Lesieli Tonga auditorium. His Majesty King Tupou VI opened the NZ$7 million building in Favona Rd, Māngere, South Auckland. The hall was consecrated by the Free Wesleyan Church’s president Rev. Dr ‘Ahio. The late Lesieli Tonga adopted the late Queen Sālote […]

Drunken man charged after swearing on Tonga-bound plane

Drunken man charged after swearing on Tonga-bound plane

A Tongan fruit picker who terrified passengers and used foul language on a plane while he was drunk had been arrested and charged in Tonga. Police were waiting for him at the Fu’amotu International Airport on Wednesday evening. The 22-year old man from Maʻufanga was flying from Auckland, New Zealand, on Virgin Blue flight number […]

Tongan student wants lessons from internship to benefit kingdom’s economy

Tongan student wants lessons from internship to benefit kingdom’s economy

Tongan student Semi Hausia will return to the kingdom in February, determined to use what he has learned in an internship with Auckland Council to improve his country’s economy. Hausia, who has been studying a Bachelor of Agricultural Science at Massey University, is completing a 10 week summer placement with Auckland Council’s Environmental Monitoring, Research […]

Tongan police keep mum on origins of horrific accident photos

Tongan police keep mum on origins of horrific accident photos

WARNING: This article contains a graphic image. You have been warned.  Tongan Police remain tight-lipped in the face of requests from Kaniva News to confirm whether graphic photos shared on social media this week were related to an accident in Halaleva we reported on Saturday 3. In that story, we reported that a van overturned […]

Haʻafeva search called off, victims named

Haʻafeva search called off, victims named

The authorities in Haʻapai islands  have called off the search for a 3-year-old boy still missing after Saturday’s boat collision in Haʻafeva. Police have identified the boy as Saimone Vaea. Her 5-year-old sister who was hospitalised after the accident was identified as Manu Tapu. The boy and his sister were among the passengers of a […]

Tonga formally requests U.S. return Dean Jay Fletcher

Tonga formally requests U.S. return Dean Jay Fletcher

Tonga’s Office of Attorney General said this morning it has submitted on Tuesday 6 a formal request to extradite Dean Jay Fletcher, the United States citizen whom Tonga blames for the death of his wife in Vavaʻu Islands.

The Office said it made the submission through the Embassy of the United States of America in Suva, Fiji.

Children key target in fight against NCDs, Minister tells Shanghai conference

Children key target in fight against NCDs, Minister tells Shanghai conference

Tongan children are a key focus of the government’s fight against obesity and other Non-Communicable Diseases. The kingdom’s Minister for Health, Dr Saia Ma’u Piukala, told the 9th Global Conference on Health Promotion in Shanghai recently  that what he called “the obesity epidemic” was affecting young people in the kingdom. Hon. Piukala cited the example […]

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