Real Tonga assures flights will resume from Vava’u

Tevita Palu, director of Real Tonga told Radio Tonga News assured the flights are likely to resume later today. 

Spare parts for the two aircraft are expected to arrive tonight or tomorrow to help ease the situation.

Palu said the MA60 will resume operation on Saturday after several training flights were conducted. 

Tongan Police struggle to apprehend escaped US murder accused

54 year old Dean Jay Fletcher escaped from police custody at Vavaʻu Police Station at approximately 3.30am yesterday, 29 September 2016, a Police statement said.

Police confirmed Fletcher has used his own yacht to enable his escape.

“At 06.00am Police on board the Police Boat “Kapakau ‘O Tafahi” located the escaped prisoner and his yacht at approximately 6 – 10 miles Northwest of Vavaʻu and are attempting to apprehend him”, the statement said.

Digicel Launches Microwave Connectivity to Ha’apai and Vava’u

The islands will now enjoy 5 times faster internet speeds as a result of moving from satellite to microwave connectivity providing superior and unmatched mobile and home broadband experience the same as fibre.

Canadian wife buried at ‘Ahomatafolau

Kaniva News reports Tongan authority allowed the funeral services to proceed after a post mortem examination was completed in Nuku’alofa.

Two sisters of the deceased and their husbands arrived in Tonga from Canada and attended the services, Vava’u Police Superintendent Netane Falakiseni said.

The deceased’s husband from Florida, United States has been charged with the manslaughter of his wife and remains in Police custody.



Fiji Airways new flight to Vavaʻu lands at Lupepauʻu International Airport

But according to Kaniva News, the airline made a change after it considered the low record of passengers coming to Vava’u at this time of the year so it included Nukuʻalofa in its Vava’u’s flightpath.

Hundreds turned up to the Lupepau’u Airport to welcome the arrival of the aircraft yesterday.

NZ Tongan community rallies relief for cyclone-hit Vava'u

The Pacific Leadership Forum met with members of the Fijian and Tongan community on Sunday night to determine what assistance is needed to help those affected by tropical cyclone Winston.

Tongan community leader Letele Tui Afitu-Tiseli, says while Fiji is the priority, people in Vava'u also need help.

She says about 200 families were badly hit by the cyclone, and the main priority is providing them with water and food.

Vava'u residents in Tonga grateful Winston veered away

The storm came close to Vava'u twice last week before increasing in intensity and hitting Fiji.

Masina Talakai said teams were out compiling a full report on the damage to homes and crops.

Earlier assessments said 10 houses had been destroyed with 200 more left damaged.

Australia and NZ provide assistance to cyclone-hit Vava’u

The island group was affected by the close passage of Cyclone Winston on Tuesday 16 February and again on Friday 19 February.

While there has been damage to agricultural food crops, some schools, military camp and hospital, Vava’u has emerged without significant damage to major infrastructure.

Cyclone Winston now directly north of Tonga's Vava'u

"The whole thing is not over yet but at this point in time it is a little more comforting to say that it went further north than Vava'u, so I mean it is drifting west, directly west, so it's giving a bit of space between that and Vava'u at the moment. There is still some damages reported.

Fiji Airways to operate twice-weekly flights from Nadi to Vava’u, Tonga

Fiji Airways Managing Director and CEO, Andre Viljoen stated, “The new route offers a seamless addition to Fiji Airways’ South Pacific network. The Tongan culture is guided by values that are rooted in family and respect; visitors are treated more like family than tourists. This ethos is aligned with Fiji Airways mission – just as we welcome you to our home when you step on board, Tongans welcome you to their tropical paradise when you arrive.”