Tongan national

Tongan national in Fiji border quarantine facility tests COVID-19 positive

The 22-year-old travelled with his 23-year old colleague who was also registered positive for the virus on 29 April by health authorities in Fiji.

Both travelers were returning home from Guyana in South America.

They transited via Auckland, New Zealand and arrived in Nadi on the last inbound commercial passenger flight on 22 April as Fiji stopped international travel after COVID-19 cases were confirmed.

Head of Health Protection at Fiji’s Ministry of Health, Dr Alisha Sahu Khan confirmed the border quarantine case in a press conference this evening.

Tongan national tests COVID-19 positive in Fiji

The 23-year-old passenger travelled from Guyana in South America and was returning home to Tonga.

He was on the last flight into Fiji from Auckland on 22 April after authorities stopped all international flights.

The border quarantine case is one of five new COVID-19 cases announced by Fiji’s Permanent Secretary for Health, Dr James Fong this evening.

The traveler is in quarantine in Nadi.

Another man who travelled from Papua New Guinea has also tested positive for COVID-19.

Tongan with failing kidney fighting to stay in New Zealand

A tribunal has ordered Sosefo Lakalaka to leave New Zealand by 16 May.

Mr Lakalaka said he and his family were very sad that his appeal to stay in New Zealand was rejected.

The 53-year-old received a kidney transplant in New Zealand a decade ago but it's now failing and he wants to stay because Tonga can't provide the treatment he needs.

In November last year New Zealand's Immigration and Protection Tribunal denied Mr Lakalaka's appeal against deportation.

Tongan woman admits illegally providing immigration advice

Maria 'Ilaisaane Valu-Pome'e, a Tongan national, pleaded guilty to 14 charges in the Waitakere District Court on Tuesday.

The Auckland woman agreed to withdraw her application for renewal of her law licence during a 2014 proceeding where she was found guilty of a series of misconduct and negligence charges, after representing a couple who wanted to adopt their 1-year-old niece.

Among other failings, Valu-Pome'e had sought a visa extension from Immigration New Zealand by falsely claiming a close relation of the couple had drowned in the Waikato River.

Tongan father returns home after two years in American Samoa detention

Toni Foketi was detained because his immigration ID had expired, and his sponsor, his wife, had moved to the mainland for work.

The NGO, Alliance for Strengthening Families, helped pay for a lawyer so Mr Foketi could eventually go to court for an immigration hearing.

But the court ruled that he should have left the territory already and by not doing so he had violated the conditions of his probation from a previous crime.

Tēvita Mafi Filo cleared of murder by reason of insanity

Tevita Mafi Filo, 25, was suffering from a “complex delusional system” when he attacked jogger Joanne Pert on January 7 in Remuera.

Kaniva News reports local residents found the body of the 41-year-old on their lawn about 11am.

A suppression order has prevented publication of how Pert died.

Filo will be detained indefinitely as a special patient at the Mason Clinic, a secure psychiatric unit.

He has schizophrenia and also suffers from end stage renal failure and completes dialysis three times a week.

Tongan terrorist suspect denied bail

Alo-Bridget Namoa, 19, is charged with possessing an item connected to a terrorist act and recklessly collecting documents connected to a terrorist act along with her 19-year-old husband, Sameh Bayda.

Sydney Morning Herald reports Police allege she was found with a hunting knife and a Shahada flag in her handbag as well as instructions for making a bomb detonator.

On Tuesday, Magistrate John Edwards denied her bail in Central Local Court.