He also discusses reports of a $US1.9 million dollar investment into a new security office, and the banning of mutton flaps.
A first repatriation flight to take 50 Tongans home is expected to take place next month. In the lead up, Tu'i'onetoa says they've started running drill exercises to prepare for when the Tongans arrive.
He said those taking part will be involved on the day, including: hotel staff, the Ministry of Health, armed forces, police and emergency services.
Tu'i'onetoa will assess how smooth the transition of the first flight of citizens goes.