Tongan RSE worker flees Auckland airport to avoid return, community asked to help locate him

    In picture: Fehoko Fifita authority believes he was hiding in Auckland. Photo/Supplied


    A Tongan seasonal worker who was sponsored by his employer to come privately to New Zealand to have his injured knee operated on has repaid this generosity by absconding just as his flight was due to depart.

    Nelson orchardist, David Easton who has employed workers from Vava’u each year for the last 9 years, is going to have a black mark against his name at Immigration New Zealand and is likely to fork out more money to meet the cost of finding his former employee.

    He is asking the Tongan community to help persuade Fehoko Fifita and his family in Auckland to go home or his accreditation as an employer under the RSE scheme will be affected.

    Twenty-four year old Fehoko Fifita from Vava’u was booked to return to Tonga on Friday last week, the day that his visa expires but after being checked in at Nelson airport, he managed to get his luggage off-loaded when he got to Auckland and did not board the flight.

    Airport CCTV footage showed that Fehoko was with a woman when he asked for his luggage to off-loaded at the international terminal in Auckland and has since gone to ground suggesting that he is being aided by family members in Auckland.

    RSE liaison officer in New Zealand, Sefita Hao’uli says that when he called Fehoko’s mobile phone and asked to speak to him, the phone was hung up.   He got a text message saying that Fehoko was away temporarily.

    He said there was a hint that something like this was on the cards because the family approached Ministry of Internal Affairs staff in Tonga a few days prior and asked if Fehoko’s visa could be extended so that Fehoko could be with his mother who now lives in Auckland.

    They supplied a contact number for  Mr Tevita Fakaʻata who is a used car salesman working for Tarnica Cars Limited in South Auckland.

    “I told Faka’ata that the 30-day visa for Fehoko could not be extended as the sponsor, David Easton had told Immigration New Zealand that Fehoko will return within the 30 days and that if they want to bring him over, they should make a separate arrangement and he said he accepted it”, he said.

    Fakaʻata told Kaniva News he only knew about Fehoko and his family through a friend of his in Auckland. The family asked him if he can help them find a way to extend Fehoko’s visa.

    “It’s probably because of how I connected with the Tongan community here in Auckland and  I told them I have to talk to Tonga’s Ministry of Labour and Commerce”, Faka’ata said.

    “In fact I do not know the family personally and even Fehoko. After I found out he was sponsored by an RSE employer here in New Zealand I told them I could not be able to help and that was it,” Faka’ata said.

    Sefita said he was asked by David to meet Fehoko off the connecting flight from Nelson but Fehoko managed to evade him at the domestic terminal.

    “You can imagine how hurtful this has been for David Easton and his wife Maryanne, and frankly, I find it incredibly embarrassing to deal with this level of ingratitude”, said Sefita.

    “David told me over the phone, he didn’t have to do this but decided to do so because he felt sorry for the worker so and he forked out for his visa costs and airfares and looked after him in all the time that he was here.

    “I thought that at the very least, Fehoko should have got better advice from those of his family here in New Zealand who are obviously looking after him now.

    “It isn’t too late to do what I think would be the right and proper thing to do.  They should pack him off to Tonga as that will go some distance to putting this right.

    “He has breached his visa conditions.  He has no regards to the generosity towards him.  He risks the livelihood of 50 families from Vava’u who rely on the Eastons for work every year.

    “The reputational cost to many is huge and I think that this family will know that”.

    Anyone with information they think might help locate the wherebout  of Fehoko can contact Sefita at 027 4531 000.

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    1. Kuo hola ‘i Nu’usila ni ha talavou mei Vava’u na’e ‘omai ke fai hono faito’o ka ‘oku faka’ise’isa mo fakatomala e tokotaha na’a ne fua e fakamole ‘i he mahino ki ai ‘a e ta’ehounga’ia ‘i he ‘ene tokoni na’e fai.

      Ka ‘i ai ha taha ‘oku ne ma’u ha fakamatala ‘e ala tokoni ke ‘ilo ai pe ‘oku ‘i fe ‘a Fehoko Fifita ‘i ha tapa ‘o Nu’u Sila ni ‘e lava ke ne fetu’utaki ki he fika telefoni 027 4531 000 o lea kia Sefita Hao’uli.

      Pea ‘oku ne kole heni ki he komiunitī Tonga pē ‘e lava ke nau tokoni ange ‘o fakakolekole ‘a e tokotaha ni pea mo hono famili ke foki ‘iate ia pē telia e ngaahi nunu’a kehe te ne fua tupu mei he ‘ene maumau’i e lao.

      Na’e siponisoa mai e David Easton mo hono fāmili mei Nelson ‘a Fehoko Fifita mei Vava’u ke foki mai ‘i ‘Okatopa ke tafa mo faito’o hono tui pea na’e totonu ke foki he ‘aho Falaite kuo’osi, kae hili hono fakahekeheka ia na’a ne toe fakahifo ‘e ia ‘ene kato ‘o ‘ikai ke heka ‘o foki.

      Pea neongo ‘a e feinga telefoni ki ai pea mo hono fāmili ‘i ‘Okalani, ‘oku ‘ikai pē ke tali mai.

      ‘Oku hoha’a e fāmili Easton telia na’a uesia heni ‘a ‘ene ‘omai ‘a e kau ngāue RSE ‘e toko 50 mei Vava’u he ta’u ngāue kotoa pē ‘o tupu mei hano tautea ia ‘e he potungāue Immigration New Zealand.

      ‘Oku tautea foki ‘a e ngaahi ngāue’anga RSE kotoa pē ‘o a’u ki he $3000 ki he tokotaha hola kotoa pē ke tāpuni ‘aki e ngaahi fakamole ‘a e potungāue ‘i hono kumi ha taha ngāue kuo talangata’a ki he ‘enau tu’utu’uni.

      Ko e faka’amu ‘a e fāmili ni, ke fai ‘e Fehoko pea mo hono kāinga ‘oku nofo ai ‘i Nu’usila he ngaahi ‘aho ni, ha fakakaukau fakapotopoto koe’uhi ko e ngaahi maumau ‘oku tu’unuku mai ki he kakai tokolahi tupu mei he ‘enau fa’u ‘oku fai.

      Na’e pehē foki ‘e he ‘ofisa ‘oku ne tokanga’i ‘a e kau ngāue RSE mei Tonga, Sefita Hao’uli na’a ne ofo ‘i hono fai ‘e he tokotaha ni ha me’a ke tupu ai ‘a hono fakafehu’ia ‘e he fāmili Easton pē na’e tonu ke nau tokoni’i ia pē ‘ikai.

      “Pea neongo na’e fakalea pehē mai ‘e David ‘a e me’a ni, ka ‘oku ou tui ‘oku ‘e kau atu pē ai ha’a ne manavasi’i na’a ko ha ‘ulungaanga fakafonua eni,” ko Sefita mai ia.

      “Ko ‘ene mahino kiate au mei he fakamatala ‘a David na’e ‘osi laka hake he $3000 tupu ‘a ‘ene fakamole ki hono ‘omai ‘o Fehoko ‘o ‘ikai kau ai ‘a hono teuteu kimu’a pea ‘ave ‘o tafa, seniti ke ne nofo atu ‘aki koe’uhi he na’e ‘ikai ngofua ke ngāue pea na’e a’u pē foki ‘o fai ‘e hono hoa, Maryanne ‘a e fetongi ‘o hono palasitā hili ‘o hono tafa”, ko e fakamatala ia ‘a Sefita.

      Na’e mahino mei he ngaahi fakamatala kuo ma’u ‘e he Kaniva, ko e toki fuofua kau mai pē ‘a Fehoko he ngāue RSE he ta’u ni pea ko ‘ene to he ngāue na’e toki ‘ilo ai na’e ‘osi lavea ia kimu’a he ‘akapulu he na’e va’inga foki ma’ae timi Under 20 ‘a Tonga.

      Pea na’e feinga ‘a David ‘o lava pē ke fai ta’etotongi ‘a hono faito’o pea ko hono ‘uhinga ia na’e fekau ai ke foki ‘i he ‘osi ‘a e ta’u ngāue kae ‘oua ke ma’u ai ha taimi ‘ataa ‘o e tōketā ke fai ai ‘a hono faito’o.

      Na’e ha mei he fakamatala ‘a Sefita na’e ‘osi fetu’utaki ‘a e fāmili ‘o Fehoko ki he kau ngāue ‘a e potungāue Ministry of Internal Affairs ‘i Nuku’alofa ‘o kole pē ‘e lava ke fakaloloa atu ‘a e visa ‘a Fehoko ke faile ‘a ‘ene pepa nofo fonua he ‘oku ‘i Nu’usila ‘a ‘ene fa’ee.

      “Ka na’a mau fakahā ange ki fāmili ‘i Tonga ‘e ‘ikai lava ke fai eni he ko e visa ‘aho pē ‘e 30 pea na’e ‘osi fakahā ‘e he fāmili Easton ki he potungāue Immigration ‘i Nu’usila ni ‘e foki ‘a Fehoko he ‘osi ‘a hono faito’o, ko e lau ia ‘a Sefita.

      “Na’e ‘omai ai ‘e he fāmili ni ‘a e fika telefoni ‘o Tevita Faka’ata ‘i he kautaha fakatau me’alele ko e Tarnica Cars ‘i Papatoetoe ke fai ‘a e fetu’utaki ki ai pea na’a ku ‘osi fakahoko ki ai ‘e ‘ikai lava ke nofo lōloa atu”, ko Sefita mai ia.

      Ko e visa ‘a Fehoko na’e ‘aho ‘e 30 mei he ‘ene tū’uta ‘i Nu’usila ni pea na’e ‘i heni ia he ‘aho 14 ‘o ‘Okatopa pea na’e fakaheka ia ke foki he ‘aho 13 ‘o Nōvema.

      Na’e pehē ‘e Sefita na’e ‘osi fai e feinga fetu’utaki kia Faka’ata ka na’e te’eki ai ke ma’u mai ha’a ne tali.

      Ka ne pehe ‘e Faka’ata ki he Kaniva ko ‘ene ‘ilo ‘ana kia Fehoko ‘i hano kaunga tangata ‘i Nu’u Sila ni ne fakafou mai ai ha kole ‘a e famili na’a lava ke tokoni ange fakaloloa e visa ‘a Fehoko. Ka ne hili ha’ane feinga ‘o mahino ne siponisoa mai ‘a Fehoko ia ‘e he kautaha toli ‘i Nu’u Sila ni pea ne fakaha ‘e ia ‘e ‘ikai lava ia ke tokoni. Pehe ‘e Faka’ata ko e ngata’anga pe ia ‘ene ‘ilo ‘ana kia Fehoko.

      Pehe ‘e Sefita na’e toutou telefoni ki he telefoni to’oto’o ‘a Fehoko ka na’e tu’otaha pē ‘a hono tali mai pea na’e tāmate’i mai e telefoni ia ‘i he mahino ko ia na’e telefoni ange ki ai.

      “Pea na’ ku ‘osi tātohi (text) ki ai ke ma talanoa fekau’aki mo ‘ene visa pea tali mai ia ‘oku kei ‘alu ‘a Fehoko pea talu mei ai ‘oku te’eki fai ha longona.

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