$2.3 million worth of cocaine washes up on Tongan beaches

Detective Acting Deputy Commissioner Halatoa Tāufa said local residents found the packages and handed them over to Police.

“Police confirms the packages had been tested positive for cocaine and is working closely with the Tonga Navy, utilising the VOEA Ngahau Koula to scour areas of interest in the Vava’u waters”, Tāufa said.

“There is possibility that more packages may turn up on the beach and we ask any members of the public to immediately contact Police if they found or knew anyone to have found further drugs.”

Tonga’s King Tupou VI launches $2 million business complex in Vava’u

 King Tupou VI officially launched the Fungalelea Business Complex that was built by the Sanft family.

The complex has a 60m frontage on Neiafu’s main street and a three storey building that goes down to the waterfront.

The youngest son of Carl and ‘Anaseini Sanft, Otto Gustav returned from New Zealand for his semester break last December to help with the construction progress.

Tonga defers 3 repatriation flights until next month

The flights are scheduled to arrive from Brisbane, Pagopago and Port Vila.

A repatriation flight from Auckland, New Zealand arrived in Tonga with more than 140 passengers yesterday.

The passengers included seasonal workers.

MEIDECC Chief Executive Officer Paula Ma’u said the passengers are being quarantined at Tanoa  Hotel for 21 days.

More than 3000 Tongans have so far been repatriated to Tonga.

The Government is monitoring the situation in Fiji where COVID-19 cases are increasing.

Flights between Tonga and Fiji have been stopped for now.

King and Queen of Tonga receive second dose of COVID-19 vaccine

The Royal Physician, Dr. Sione Latu and Sr. Seilini Soakai visited the royal residence and administered the doses according to protocol.

The Minister and Ministry of Health humbly express their sincere appreciation for the support from Their Majesties, a great achievement for the vaccination team as the Ministry continues to reach out to the rest of Tonga who are yet to receive their doses.

So far, 18,712 people have received their second dose of the COVID -19 vaccine.

This represents 65 per cent of the 28,841 people who have received their first dose.

Third victim dies in Nuku‘alofa house fire

The woman died this morning, according to Kaniva News.

The fire claimed the life of two other people in the early hours of yesterday morning.

Another elderly woman remains in hospital.

Seven people reportedly lived in the house opposite the Nuku’alofa Central Police Station.

A fire engulfed the big old white house known to many as the Percival residence a little after 12am yesterday.

The cause of the fire is being investigated.


House fire claims two lives in Tonga

Fire engines from the Longolongo station rushed to the home, opposite the Nuku’alofa Central Police Station on Salote Rd, shortly after 12am today.

“Two people have been located deceased inside the property,” a family member told Kaniva News.

He said three other people including two elderly persons “ongo vaivai” were taken to hospital.

The big old white house was known to many as the Percival residence.

The cause of the fire is being investigated.


Photo Kaniva News 


Tonga’s Malia Paseka defeated in a TKO

The referee stopped the fight after Wiliams delivered a turning kick to Paseka’s head to score 5 points.

Williams also scored an extra 3 points by landing body punches.

A TKO or technical knock out means the ending of a fight by the referee on the grounds of a contestant's inability to continue (because of injuries), the opponent being declared the winner.

The fight was held at the Makuhari Messe Hall in Tokyo. 


Tokyo 2020 Day Three: Pacific Athletes - Who to watch and when

Rugby Sevens (Men's)

Fiji v Canada- 8:00pm


Men's Radial Laser event, 3:05pm (PNG and Samoa)

Teariki Numa of Papua New Guinea and Eroni Leilua of Samoa join sailors from around the world taking to the waters for the third and fourth races of the Sailing - Men's Radial Laser event.

It's been 28 years since PNG have been seen sailing at the Olympics - a record held by Te Ariki Numa's father, Graham Numa, who represented the nation in windsurfing at Seoul in 1988 and Barcelona in 1992.

Tongan swimmer Amini Fonua disqualified after event in Tokyo

The Official Olympics website posted the results of the event without any reasons behind the disqualifications.

Team Tonga Swimming Management is expected to release a statement later on today on the issue.

The event was held on Saturday night at the Tokyo Aquatic Centre.


Tonga into Rugby World Cup playoff with win over Cook Islands

It was the Cook Islands who opened the scoring with a penalty through halfback Tokahirere Sopoaga to get a 3-0 lead.

The first quarter of the match was dominated by basic errors, and with the Kuki's line speed adding some pressure, it took 19 minutes before 'Ikale Tahi started to find some momentum.

Tonga's front row was crucial to their performance, creating opportunities to hold the ball in the scrum.