Request for prison on northern Tongan island

Tongan MP Vatau Hui has asked his Government to provide a prison for one of his constituencies, the small island of Niuatoputapu.

There is no prison on the remote island which is home to just over 700 people.

Hui made the official request in Parliament where he also asked for renovations to be made to a detention facility on another remote island, Niuafo'ou.

Hui is the sole MP for Niuatoputapu and Niuafo'ou which comprises Ongo Niua, Tonga's smallest and northern-most island group.