Tongans

NZ bus company pleads guilty over crash that killed Tongans

The bus was carrying members of a school brass band that was on a four-week fundraising tour from Tonga.

The band was on its way to Gisborne to perform at a church on Christmas Day, when the bus plunged down a steep bank.

Three people were killed and many others were injured.

The crash killed 11-year-old Sione Taumololo and a 33-year-old Talita Fifita.

Leotisia Malakai, 55, died later from her injuries at Waikato Hospital.

NZ university holds historical British Tongan registers

The records show registrations of British subjects residing in Tonga from 1874 until 1968.

The University of Auckland's Special Collections department received the records from the British High Commissioner to New Zealand, Jonathan Sinclair.

Special Collections manager Stephen Innes said the records were formerly held in the British Consulate in Nuku'alofa in Tonga.

Mr Innes said the Tongan registers would now be part of the Western Pacific Archives that began the university since 2002.

Night of violence on South Auckland streets as Tongans attack their own

New footage has emerged of a night of shocking violence as Tongan supporters clashed using weapons and brute force following their team's victory in the much-anticipated league match against Pacific rivals Samoa.

Despite widespread appeals for calm, South Auckland's main road became a battleground bringing traffic to a standstill as scores clad in the Tongan red jersey brawled, some brandishing poles, in a series of violent fracas.

NZ Herald reports the skirmishes - which took place on Otahuhu late on Saturday night - saw victims felled by powerful punches and kicks.

$1 million a month skimmed from illegal migrant 'slave workers' in Australia

The inquiry heard that some labour-hire contractors were skimming close to $1 million (US$765,000) every month off illegal Malaysian migrant workers.

And some contractors in the Sunraysia district of Victoria others in Bowen, Queensland are placing up to 15 workers in squalid homes and charging them up to $100 a week each, the hearing which is sitting in Mildura, Victoria, was told.

Calls for calm as tensions rise among Tongan and Samoan rugby league fans

Police have confirmed they have received calls regarding "celebrations'' in parts of Auckland, particularly in Otahuhu, where vehicles decked out in national flags have been lining the streets and beeping horns continuously.

Groups of supporters have also turned out in force on a daily basis.

After Mate Ma'a Tonga's thrilling win against Scotland on Sunday, legions of fans and supporters turned out to the streets of Otahuhu to celebrate.

US authorities deport 22 Tongans in 2016

The number is a significant increase from 2015 when ICE recorded 16 deportations to Tonga.

According to Matangi Tonga, the report showed that in 2016, deportations to Tonga (22) were larger than that of nationals of Samoa (3), Fiji (12), New Zealand (16), Palau (10) and Papua New Guinea (1).

The Pacific Island country with the largest deportation numbers was the Marshall Islands (35). T

The country with the largest deportation numbers in 2016 altogether was Mexico (149,821).

Memorial service for Katikati crash victims

Father Sitiveni and son, Koli Vaipulu, 28 year old Halani Fine, Samiuela Taukatelata and Sione Tauleka died when their vehicle was hit by an unladen logging truck as they left work at a kiwi fruit cool store on the night of August 2, 2016. 

The manager of the cool store, Clive Exelby told Kaniva News reports the ceremony will be held next week.

Exelby said Tongans living in the area have been invited to the memorial service that will be held on Wednesday.

There will be prayers and speeches from community leaders.

Tongan fishermen rescued after three days lost

The men went out on Monday near Fonoi Ha'apai and were expected back on Tuesday night.

Tonga police sought help from the New Zealand Rescue Co-ordination Centre and the United States Coastguard to try and locate the men.

The US Coastguard used a Hercules aircraft returning from a Search and Rescue conference in Auckland.

The plane found the boat last night and the men were rescued by a Tongan navy vessel early this morning.

Businessman in U.S citizenship scam on trial

Hansen, 64, has been charged with 16 counts of fraud and two counts of encouraging illegal immigration for financial gain, according to U.S. District Judge Morrison England.

Hansen and his agents, who operated in such far-flung locales as Tonga and Hawaii, allegedly charged undocumented immigrants between $150 and $10,000 each on the false promise that they’d become U.S. citizens after adoption.

Sacbee reports the victims, some of them as old as 50, were also promised tax identification numbers, birth certificates, Social Security numbers and, ultimately, U.S. passports.

Two Tongans wanted by New Zealand Police for fraud and drug charges

Police said they have a warrant to arrest Mafi for 19 charges relating to using a document and obtaining by deception.

She is 180cm tall with a solid build and has tattoos on the back of her left hand.

Mafi is thought to be somewhere in the Auckland area.

She is known to use a number of aliases including the first names of Mele, Stephanie, Chantelle, Marysienna and Luseane.

On a separate note, Police in Counties Manukau have 15 warrants to arrest Weis Donald Saafi for multiple drug charges including possession of methamphetamine.