Louena Tupa

Tongan mum closer to reuniting with her kids after she's finally granted access to NZ

Three weeks ago, Louena Tupa shared her story of how she and her husband, who live in Japan, decided in February to fly their then four-year-old daughter and five-month-old son to Tonga to keep them safe after a Covid-19 cluster broke out in their neighbourhood.

Tupa had planned to join her children a week later but flight after flight she booked got cancelled — and then the borders closed.

After speaking to Breakfast, she was put on a repatriation list by the Tongan government — but was still declined by Immigration NZ.