Tongan students

Tongan students participate in cyber bullying awareness

A group of secondary school students took part in a ‘Stop, Block & Tell’ programme which developed one-minute videos for television and raise awareness on cyberbullying.

The programme which hopes to create a coordinated national approach against cyberbullying is an initiative by Talitha Project.

Partners are Tonga Cyber Safety Working Group under Tonga Cyber Emergency Response Team, Tonga Police, Digicel and other stakeholders. 

Students from Tonga High School, Takuilau College, St Andrews and 'Apifo'ou College each produced videos with powerful messages.

Tongan uni students appear in Fijian Magistrates Court

Among the five are Tongan students Ioane Moala and Manu Makuhoa.

Fijivillage reports the students pleaded guilty to a charge each of failure to comply with order under the Public Health Act.

They were drinking alcohol on 11 April in a flat at Laucala Bay in Suva.

The Chief Magistrate has ordered the 5 University of the South Pacific students to pay a fine of $200 each within a month and failure to pay the fine will result in the 5 in spending 20 days in prison.

Chief Magistrate Ratuvili also released each student on $500 bail.

Tongan athletes stuck in China in good spirits

The Kingdom's Ministry of Internal Affairs has confirmed that 52 athletes and officials, from swimming, table tennis, boxing and weightlifting teams, remain in China despite reports that some were to be on a New Zealand-organised flight that landed in Auckland last night.

The teams' connecting flights to Hong Kong were cancelled earlier this week because of the virus. Matangi Tonga earlier reported China's government had proposed a new connection, either to Shanghai or Beijing.

Bus crash pain: 'I lost my leg, the army won't allow me to join

The bus driver, Talakai Aholelei, 66, was yesterday sentenced to five-and-a-half months home detention and had his licence suspended for two years, after he earlier pleaded guilty to 30 careless driving charges.

He has also paid $36,000 in reparations to the victims.

The courtroom at the Waitākere District Court was packed with Aholelei's supporters, as well as some of the crash victims and their families - including some who had flown from Tonga.

Gisborne crash driver pleads not guilty to death, injury, charges

Talakai Aholelei, 65, appeared in the Manukau District Court yesterday.

Kaniva News reports he was charged with three counts of careless driving causing death and 27 charges of careless driving causing injury.

Aholelei, who was represented by Nalesoni Tupou, was remanded to appear in the Waitakere District Court on July 25.

A large contingent of the Tongan community were at court today.

Aholelei was driving a bus carrying members of the Mailefihi Siu’ilikutapu College brass, which was raising money for the Tongan school’s 70th anniversary.

Four Tongan students at Otago Polytechnic win Pacific Island Scholarships

Speaking at the award ceremony Madrid Espania Helu who travelled from Tonga to study Electrical Engineering at the institute said the scholarship would help relieved “financial burdens on his parents’ shoulders”.

Kaniva news reports the scholarships were awarded during an Award Ceremony event at Otago Polytechnic which was attended by Executive Directors of Otago Polytechnic, Executives of the Otago Community Trust Board, Senior Staff, students and parents.

Madrid Helu is the son of Sosaia and Amelia Helu, both New Zealand graduates and business owners in Tonga.