UAE sends medical aid to Pacific Island countries in fight against COVID-19

The countries include Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, Federated States of Micronesia, Palau, Cook Islands, and Niue.

Commenting on the delivery, Abdulla Al Subousi, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the UAE to Australia, said, "Today’s aid shipment to Pacific island countries reflects the UAE’s continued efforts to support and stand by these countries to contain the spread of COVID-19 by providing critical medical supplies and protection to strengthen the efforts of healthcare personnel."

Tonga Drug Taskforce arrest 7 men in anti-illicit drug operation

The arrests are part of an ongoing operation targeting drug dealers and suppliers.

Police seized 2.56 grams of methamphetamine, over $800 paánga in cash and drug utensils.

All seven accused have been charged with possession of illicit drugs.

“The community can help stop the availability of illegal drugs by reporting suspicious activity to Police. By working together, we can make a difference and stop the crime and social harm associated with this illegal activity,” said A/Deputy Commissioner Tevita Vailea.

66-year old man dies in car crash

The driver of the other vehicle, a 55-year-old man, is in a critical condition at Vaiola Hospital.

The crash occurred on Hihifo Road between Fatai and Sia’atoutai at around 10pm.

Tonga Police have confirmed that the victim died at the crash site.

The victim was driving from town back to the western district when the accident occurred.

A vehicle heading in the opposite direction, driven by the 55-year-old, overtook a vehicle and collided head on with the victim's car.

Both drivers were each carrying one passenger.

They sustained minor injuries.

150 passengers test negative for COVID-19 in Tonga

“That is good news and we are very happy about that,” MEIDECC CEO, Paula Ma’u said.

The 39 seasonal workers staying at Taliai Military Camp were tested for COVID-19, while the other 111 passengers (including another 31 seasonal workers) staying at the Tanoa Hotel were also tested.

Nineteen front line workers are also staying at the Tanoa Hotel and 16 at the Kupesi Hotel, near the military camp, for the 14 days of quarantine.

Tonga prepares for second NZ repatriation flight

The NEMC also discussed a few process concerns as members are now anticipated to bring the second repatriation flight from New Zealand later this month.

The Chairman of the NEMC, Poasi Tei acknowledged the NEMC members and staff for the hard work in bringing back the first 150 repatriated passengers from New Zealand on Tuesday.

“I would like to thank all of you for the work well done and your tireless support to bring back our first 150 passengers from NZ and also the safety of our people. Even though there were challenges but it all went well in the end.”

Tonga deposits Instrument of Ratification on ILO Convention on Worst Forms of Child Labour

A virtual ceremony was held in London on Tuesday, 4 August.

Tonga helps anti-child labour convention get across the line

Tonga signed the International Labour Organisation's Convention 182, on the Worst Forms of Child Labour, this week.

Ambassador for the Kingdom of Tonga, Titilupe Fanetupouvava'u Tu'ivakano, formally deposited the ratification instruments with ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder.

Ryder said the ratifications reflected a global commitment that the worst forms of child labour, such as slavery, sexual exploitation, the use of children in armed conflict or other illicit and hazardous work, had no place in modern society.

150 Tongan nationals return home on first NZ repatriation flight

The passengers were tested for COVID-19 in New Zealand last week and the results were all negative.

CEO for Health, Dr. Siale ‘Akau’ola said, the flight brought many passengers in comparison to the repatriation flight from Fiji and the passengers were required to present their COVID-19 test certificates to the Ministry of Health Boarder Control Team at the airport.

Tonga extends COVID-19 State of Emergency to end of August

In March, the Government declared the novel coronavirus COVID-19 to be a public health emergency and declared a State of Emergency.

As cases continue to increase in countries close to Tonga, like Australia, the government said it is clear that COVID-19 is a continuous public health emergency in Tonga.  

The Kingdom of Tonga remains COVID-19 free.


Photo file Caption: Prime Minister Dr Pohiva Tu’ionetoa


Two men arrested with methamphetamine in Tonga

On Thursday, 30h July 2020, the Drug Taskforce arrested a 31-year-old man from Hauloto and a 30-year-old man from Ma’ufanga at Vuna Road and seized 7 packs of methamphetamine (3.22 grams) and drug utensils.

The 31-year-old accused is a suspended police officer.

Both accused are in police custody while investigation continues.


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