Tanoa Hotel

Tongans home from Kiribati and Fiji

Fifty six passengers were on the flight from Nadi while there were six more from Tarawa, accompanying the body of a deceased citizen.

Senior government official Paula Ma'u told Matangi Tonga the Fiji flight was commercial while the Kiribati plane had been chartered by the Mormon church.

The passengers are staying at the Tanoa Hotel for 14 days of quarantine.

All passengers had tested negative for Covid-19 before boarding the flights.

They will be tested again on the 14th day of quarantine and then asked to self-isolate in their homes for another week.

Tongans pack premiere screening of ‘Vai’ film

The film is about female empowerment across the Pacific and it was told through the story of a woman named Vai, played by different indigenous actors in each of the islands depicting different stages of her life.

Vai, meaning water in each of these countries,  was directed and written by nine female Pacific filmmakers including Tonga's ‘Ofa Guttenbeil-Likiliki, and filmed on seven Pacific Islands; Fiji, Tonga, Solomon Islands, Kuki Airani (Cook Islands), Samoa, Niue and Aotearoa (New Zealand).