Tongan woman

Deportation for paralysed Tongan woman justified - lawyer

Taipaleti Vaeatangitau was injured playing netball in Tonga. Her injury worsened, so her doctor referred her to a neurosurgeon in Auckland.

She and her husband, Loni Vaeatangitau, told the Immigration and Protection Tribunal that they sold their belongings to pay for flights and in December 2015 came to New Zealand with the youngest two of their six children.

She had surgery in Auckland in 2016 but woke to find herself a paraplegic.

Her family's visas expired in June 2018, so they applied to the tribunal for permission to stay in New Zealand.

Tongan woman co-accused in importing 501kg of meth in NZ, Crown alleges

Stevie Norua Cullen, 36, a managing director from central Auckland, and Selaima Fakaosilea, 30, from Auckland’s Beach Haven, are accused of importing methamphetamine into Northland in June 2016 and participating in an organised criminal group.

The trial got underway proper on Thursday, after several delays due to jurors being excused due to personal issues and sickness. Two more jurors were selected, bringing the jury to eight women and four men.

Tongan grandmother killed in San Mateo fire

The San Mateo County coroner’s office identified her Tuesday evening as Susana Lolohea Tonga.

Mercury News reports there were no other reported injuries.

Firefighters responded to a call early Tuesday monring and found the flames consuming the front of the building and pouring from a front window.said San Mateo Consolidated Fire Department fire marshal Robert Marshall.

One of the occupants told firefigthers the family’s grandmother was believed to be inside.

“We then went into rescue mode and attempted to rescue a person in there,” Marshall said.

Tongan pregnant mum killed in car crash, her baby delivered by emergency C-Section

The Tongan mother has been identified as 30-year-old Kaipā ʻOfa KiʻUiha Sateki Kinikini, also known as ʻOfa Kinikini, a Salt Lake City resident.

Her baby was delivered and is in extremely critical condition, said Salt Lake City Police Department spokesman Det.