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Auckland, NEW ZEALAND — Air New Zealand’s first flight to Tonga since the Covid-19 lockdown has taken off on Tuesday morning. Flight NZ970 was due to land at Fua’amotu International Airport at 1.30pm local time. It is the first Air NZ repatriation flight of Tongans since border restrictions were...
Honolulu, HAWAII — A 6.1 magnatude earthquake hit 89.9 miles east of Hihifo, Tonga and at a depth of 14 km. This was Saturday morning at approximately 4:30a.m. American Samoa time. This is in the far north of the Tongan islands about 375 miles WSW of Tutuila. There are no immediate reports of...
Ministry of Health CEO Dr Siale ‘Akau’ola
Nuku'alofa, TONGA — Tonga is looking at more repatriation flights to bring nationals home from low risk countries, but the cost of quarantine for repatriated passengers over a three-month period is estimated to be around $1 million pa’anga, the Ministry of Health CEO Dr Siale ‘Akau’ola conjected...
Nuku'alofa, TONGA — An American sailing yacht that was denied entry to Tonga is heading to Tongan territory anyway, expecting to anchor at Minerva Reef (Tele ki Tonga and Tele ki Tokelau). Tonga's patrol boat VOEA Neiafu is currently at Minerva Reef, the HMAF Navy confirmed today. The ‘Sailing...
An anchorage in Tonga
Nuku'alofa, TONGA — More than 7000 Tongans are thought to be stranded overseas by Covid-19 restrictions. The chief executive of Tonga's Ministry of Information, Paula Ma'u, said a thousand have registered for repatriation, while a thousand stranded seasonal workers are being registered by the...
Small baggies of methamphetamine and cannabis seized by Tongan police
Nuku'alofa, TONGA —  Twelve people in Tonga have been charged with methamphetamine and cannabis-related charges after a series of raids on Tongatapu. Nine men and three women, whose ages range between 20 and 41, are due to appear in court. Tonga police say they've seized 20 grams of methamphetamine...
Tonga's Fua'amotu airport
Nuku'alofa, TONGA — Tonga has extended its border closure until 12 June. The country closed its border and order the cancellation of all inbound and outbound flights last month, in a bid to prevent Covid-19 entering. Some exceptions on border entry have been made for repatriation and humanitarian...
'Eua, TONGA — A counselling service centre in Tonga is now in ruins due to the coinciding of Tropical Cyclone Harold and a king tide on 9 April. The Women and Children Crisis Centre on the island of 'Eua, was one of a number of connected offices severely damaged by the cyclone. Digicel, Ministry of...
A house in Fiji destroyed by Cyclone Harold
A house destroyed by Cyclone Harold that swept though Fiji's southwestern corner on Wednesday with lashing winds as high as 120 mph, with the southern island of Kadavu forecast to endure a direct hit. In the meantime, Tonga's Met Service issued a heavy rain warning and flash flood advisory for the...
Path of TC Harold
Nuku'alofa, TONGA — Tonga residents are being told to hunker down and prepare for the arrival of Cyclone Harold Thursday morning (Tonga time). Tonga's Met Service issued out a heavy rain warning and flash flood advisory for the country. Storm force wind warnings were in place for Tongatapu and 'Eua...

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