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Law to return power to king “has taken us backward” says Hon. Siaosi; describes  Democrat MPs’ support for Tu‘i‘onetoa government’s proposal as “disappointing”

Tonga’s Democratic Party’s Secretary MP Siaosi Pōhiva has described a vote to return the power to appoint the Secretary for Foreign Affairs from the...

Tonga defers first expected repatriation flight after Fiji confirms three new cases of Covid-19

The first repatriation flight to return stranded Tongans from Fiji which was supposed to start tomorrow as announced by the government has been postponed...

Sea cucumber diver dies near ‘Oneata; another remains missing

A sea cucumber diver, 37, has died while another man, 20, was still missing near the island of ‘Oneata on Monday. Police said a rescue...

Change in rules will make it easier for RSE workers stuck in New Zealand to change jobs

Immigration Minister Iain Lees-Galloway said yesterday an announcement would be made soon around easing of conditions for temporary migrant workers and those in the...

Some Tongans remain cautious about repatriation flights as 1000 register to fly home

While many Tongans welcome the start of repatriation flights, others are more cautious. Comments on the Kaniva website following our story last week showed the...

Queen Sālote’s song broadcast to mark anniversary of shipwreck and heroic survival efforts by Tongan passengers and crew

On the evening of November 26, 1962, the Kava Tonga group went to the royal palace in Nuku’alofa and sang a new song for...

Tonga reopens border next week to repatriate stranded nationals from Fiji and NZ, says PM Tu’i’onetoa

The government will bring the first batch of stranded Tongans from Fiji starting next week, the Prime Minister Pōhiva Tu'i'onetoa has confirmed to Kaniva...

Tonga “emergency” border reopening decision expected today puts fruit pickers first, reports say

The Tu’i’onetoa government was expected to make a decision shortly whether or not to open its Fua’amotu international airport to incoming passenger flights. This has...