Immigration

Edwards warns Tongan police and auditor’s office over passport leak

Edwards warns Tongan police and auditor’s office over passport leak

Tonga’s Minister for Justice Clive Edwards has warned Tonga’s Ministry of Police and the Auditor General, Dr Pohiva Tu’i’onetoa, over the leak of information about the Tongan passport scandal to Kaniva News and the New Zealand media. In an interview with Radio and Television Tonga, the Justice Minister even implied that Australia and New Zealand […]

PM disobeys King’s order over diplomatic passport

PM disobeys King’s order over diplomatic passport

E-mails between staff of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs have revealed Prime Minister Lord Tu’ivakano ignored King Tupou VI’s warning not to issue any more diplomatic passports to Chinese man Sien Lee. According to the e-mails, Sien Lee is a close friend of Her Majesty the Queen Mother. Foreign Affairs staff sought confirmation from the […]

Lawyer seeks reprieve for Ha'apai deportees

Lawyer seeks reprieve for Ha'apai deportees

An immigration lawyer believed the New Zealand government should hold deporting Tongan overstayers because of the consequences after cyclone Ian struck the islands in January 11. Almost 100% of houses and buildings in the central Ha'apai Islands group, which is home to about 8000 people and which bore the brunt of Cyclone Ian, were damaged […]

Migrants warned to avoid unlicensed immigration advisers

Migrants warned to avoid unlicensed immigration advisers

Unlicensed immigration advisers have similar methods when dealing with migrants, warned the Immigration Advisers Authority. The Registrar of Immigration Advisers, Barry Smedts, said the Authority had investigated several such advisers in 2013. Some operated from home like Mt Roskill-based Khadijah Lolohea (also known as Khadijah Piu) who offended against 13 mainly Tongan migrants. Others operated […]