Three missing Tongan fishermen welcomed in Suva

    Vakai ki lalo ki he fakamatala faka-Tonga

    A Tongan formal reception was held this afternoon in Suva to mark the handing over of three Tongan fishermen who went missing on July 30.

    ‘Elone  Taulafo, his son Sione Taulafo and  his son-in-law Sofele Folau were found alive at Oneata island in the Lau group in Fiji on August 6 after their return was overdue.

    Fiji authorities said divers from the island found the trio swimming near Oneata.

    Since then they had been staying on the island waiting to be transported to Lakeba Island where a Fiji police rescue team took them to Suva this morning.

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    The Secretary for the Tongan community in Suva, ‘Eleni Tevi, told Kaniva News this afternoon she has met the three fishermen.

    “I went this morning to the wharf with the head steward of ApiTonga, Kisione Finau to receive them, but the Oneata community asked if they can have a formal traditional handover of the three men to the Tongan community,” Tevi said.

    She said they acknowledged the Oneata community by presenting kava to their chiefs in a faikava (kava ceremony) attended by the Tongan community in Suva.

    Tevi was thankful and said people of Oneata have taken good care of the men  for more than three weeks and accompanied them to Suva on the MV Sandy.

    Fiji Foreign Affairs and Immigration are in the process of making arrangement for the return of the men to Tonga.

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    1. Na’e fakahoko ha ouau talitali faka-Tonga ‘i he ho’ata ‘o e ‘aho ni ‘i Suva ke katoanga’i ‘a hono ‘ohake mo’ui ‘o e toko tolu toutai Tonga ne nau mole ‘i Siulai ‘aho 30. Na’e ma’u mo’ui ‘a ‘Elone Taulafo, hono foha ko Sione Taulafo pehe ki hono foha-‘i he-fono ko Sofele Folau ‘i he motu koi a ko ‘Oneata ‘i he ‘Otu Lau ‘i Fisi ‘i ‘Aokosi ‘aho 6 hili ia ‘a e ‘osi e taimi ne tonu ke nau foki hake ai ki Nomuka. Na’e pehe ‘e he kau ma’u mafai ‘i Fisi ne ‘ilo ‘a e kau tangata ni ‘oku nau kakau ofi ki ‘Oneata ‘e ha kau uku mei he motu. I ha fakamatala ‘a e sekelitali ‘a e komiuniti Tonga ‘i Fisi, ‘Eleni Tevi ki he Kaniva na’a ne pehe ne nau fe’iloaki he ‘aho ni mo e kau tangata toutai ni. Na’a ne pehe ne ‘i uafu pongipongi mo e faifekau taki ‘o e ‘Api-Tonga, Kisione Finau ke talitali ‘a e kau tangata ka ne kole ‘a e hou’eiki ‘o ‘Oneata ke tuku mu’a ke nau fakatu’uta honau fononga. Pehe ‘e Tevi ne pau ai ken au teuteu ‘a hono tali ‘o e fakatu’uta ko ‘eni pea ne fakahoko kotoa pe ia ‘i he Api-Tonga ‘i Suva pea lele ai pe mo e faikava. Kuo ngaue foki ‘a e Potungaue ki Muli ‘a Fisi pehe ki he Imikuleisini ke ‘ohake ‘a e kau tangata ni ki Tonga he vave taha.

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