Tongan family

Tongan family’s isolation exemption approved for funeral

The Akauola family in Auckland started an online petition this week seeking an answer from the government in regards to their case to receive a medical exemption.

The petition reached over 6,000 signatures in under a week.

The current restriction requires anyone entering New Zealand to be placed in managed isolation for at least 14 days.

Today the Minister of Health David Clark told RNZ Pacific the exemption had been granted on compassionate grounds.

Tongan family in Australia receive death threat after shooting incident

Sicona Aholahi was on his phone outside his family home at the Bidwill property around 9.30pm when four men pulled up in a black sedan.

He ran back inside the home after the shooting, followed by a man wielding a crowbar, 9 News reports.

Kaniva News reports Aholahi’s family was inside the home as the attacker threatened to kill them.

The victim’s father, Sione, challenged the violent offender.

‘I stood my ground and he said to me “I’m going to kill you”, and I said “do it”,’ Mr Aholahi said.