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Tonga in top five of countries recommended for re-opening borders by Auckland academic as gov’t further eases coronavirus restrictions

Dr Collin Tukuitonga, who is Associate Dean Pacific at the University of Auckland Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences said Tonga should be a priority in re-opening quarantine free travel. Meanwhile, the government continued gradually lifting its restrictions imposed to prevent the kingdom from the novel coronavirus.

Support by local people ensures good quality food available says Neiafu Town Officer

Opposition MP Piukala raised the issue in Parliament and told the Minister of Health Dr ‘Amelia Tu’ipulotu and Food and Agriculture Minister Lord Tu’ilakepa that Vava’u people had complained about poor quality food. He said people were extremely concerned about the ongoing problems of expired foods and frozen meat in dry containers being brought into the island group.

Vava‘u Town Officer claims authorities flouting food safety laws as heated dispute erupts over dirty buckets of salt beef

The arrival of a shipment of what appears to be dirty plastic buckets full of salted beef in Vava’u without product labels caused disagreements...

Mad and murderous or co-operative and alive? Tongan students’ story shows castaways can survive  by working together says Dutch author

What would happen if a group of poorly equipped, hungry, frightened and lost schoolboys washed up on a deserted tropical island? Would they manage to...

Overloaded ship was carrying 356 passengers, Supreme Court told; judge concerned by ‘integrity and security’ of ferry service

The Supreme Court is considering seizing a vessel involved in a charge of overloading. 'Evona 'Akau, stood indicted on one count of permitting a ship...

New laws could help migrants suffering under Covid-19; lawyer calls for social security act emergency payment provisions to be used

Immigration lawyers have called on the government to use emergency powers to allow emergency payments to immigrants, but say there may be some hope...

PM Tu‘i‘onetoa predicts PTOA party’s “falling apart and quarreling” as he speaks out amid Democrats’ pestering him following power struggle saga 

Prime Minister Dr Pohiva Tu’i’onetoa said even though he quit the Democratic Party last year, the PTOA had not stopped hounding him. Hon Tu’i’onetoa,...

Real Tonga’s problems latest in long line of disturbances to kingdom’s airline services

When Air Chathams owner Craig Emery announced that his airline’s Pacific subsidiary was to cease flying in Tonga in 2013, he said his company...