Philip Cass

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Watch: Covid-19 restrictions mean only a handful of mourners able to attend grandmother’s funeral

The hard reality of saying goodbye to a loved one during the Covid-19 pandemic has come home to a Tongan family this...

Tongan players touted for proposed State of Origin series to be played in empty stadium

Tongan player Jason Taumalolo has been  touted as a possible starter for a Queensland side in a series of state of origin...

Supreme Court rejects appeal by Minister of Justice over charges of threatening police

The Supreme Court has rejected an appeal by the Minister of Justice Vuna Fā’otusia against charges of using threatening language to a...

New Portuguese immigration laws could be model for regularising overstayers in NZ

Overstayers in New Zealand face deportation, bans on returning and legal struggles to fight deportation orders. But one European...

Appeal Court denies claim by ‘Atenisi Institute it does not have to obey Qualifications Act; judges agree with earlier ruling

The Court of Appeal has denied an appeal by the ‘Atenisi Institute for a declaration that it does not have to comply...

Covid-19 pandemic may pose risks for seasonal programmes in NZ and Australia

The Coronavirus pandemic has the potential to have a major affect on the regional seasonal workers’ programme which allows Pacific Islanders to...

All Covid-19 suspects cleared; WHO boss says lockdowns won’t be enough on their own

UPDATED: As Tonga prepares to go into lockdown, all suspected coronavirus cases in Tonga have tested negative. However, the...

Lockdown, curfew, begin in Tonga on Sunday: People must stay home, most businesses closed

Tonga will go into lockdown at 1am on Sunday morning, April 29. There will also be a night time curfew...