Tongan teenager

Tongan teen deported after typing 'I have a bomb' into Air NZ messaging app

Australian citizen Meke Fifita, 19, appeared at Manukau District Court on Thursday charged with breaching the Civil Aviation Act.

He provided information to another person relating to the safety of an aircraft, knowing the information to be false, police said.

The charge was laid after emergency services scrambled to Auckland International Airport on Wednesday night due to a "threatening comment" made while the Air New Zealand A320 was taxiing to the runway.

Fifita was arrested after the plane – bound for Sydney – returned to the gate.

Body found believed to be that of missing Tongan teen

Police said a body has been recovered north of Piha Beach after it was spotted by the Police Eagle helicopter on Monday evening.

At this stage, Police believe it to be the 16-year-old Leka Pasiaka reported missing from Whatipu Beach on December 29, 2018.

A post mortem and a formal identification will now be carried out.

Police said they are unable to comment further at this time.

The teen had been at the beach with family members when someone raised the alarm that he had been caught in a rip.