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Accused in airport $2 million meth seizure put onto “no fly” list


Nuku’alofa, Tonga: A Supreme Court judge expressed concern that accused Meth mule Viliami Mangisi (59), was granted bail by a lower court, after he was late for his first appearance at the Supreme Court in Nuku’alofa this morning. The judge issued a warrant for Mangisi’s arrest shortly before he turned up to face charges in relation to the seizure of 1.9 kilos of meth at Fua’amotu Airport departure lounge last year.

Source: Accused in airport $2 million meth seizure put onto “no fly” list

21 packs of meth seized at Ngele’ia


Nuku’alofa, Tonga: Nineteen people arrested for drugs offences over the weekend in different locations, included one man who was in possession of 21 packs methamphetamine at Ngeleia.

Source: 21 packs of meth seized at Ngele’ia

Tongans in New Zealand show solidarity with Muslims after racist murders in Christchurch


Tongans living in New Zealand have been asked to wear black this week as a sign of support for the country’s Muslim community.

Source: Tongans in New Zealand show solidarity with Muslims after racist murders in Christchurch | Kaniva Tonga | Largest New Zealand-based Tongan news service

Hard work pays off for budding actress Visesia in Seattle


Tacoma, Washington, USA: A young Tongan-American actress, dancer, and singer, Visesia Fakatoufifita (11) is reaping the benefits of her hard work having landed her first major role as Annie in ‘Annie’ at the 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle, Washington, at the end of last year, and cast as Cassie in the Village Theatre’s “The Passage” in Issaquah, Washington last month.

Source: Hard work pays off for budding actress Visesia in Seattle

Nobles and Cabinet meeting deadlocked as gov’t blocks decision for another public consultation on new Bills


A meeting this morning to resolve a disagreement between the noble MPs and the Cabinet ministers in Parliament ended in deadlock.

Source: Nobles and Cabinet meeting deadlocked as gov’t blocks decision for another public consultation on new Bills | Kaniva Tonga | Largest New Zealand-based Tongan news service

Australia set to play Tonga in Auckland Test in November


Australia are set to play Tonga in a rugby league international Test in Auckland in November.

Source: Australia set to play Tonga in Auckland Test in November

“Unnamed party” funding Tongasat unlikely to pay costs if it loses appeal, Lord Chief Justice says; orders security deposit


An unnamed party was standing behind Tongasat and funding its appeal against a ruling that the transfer of nearly US$50 million to the company was illegal, the Supreme Court has been told.

Source: “Unnamed party” funding Tongasat unlikely to pay costs if it loses appeal, Lord Chief Justice says; orders security deposit | Kaniva Tonga | Largest New Zealand-based Tongan news service

Junior Fa scores first round KO, cements top contender status


Columbus, Ohio, United States: Uaine Fa Jnr needed only one round to dismantle top-notch French-Algerian boxer Newfel Ouatah in the city of Columbus in Ohio, United States. The victory extends Junior Fa’s undefeated record to 17 wins. Newfel Ouatah entered the bout with a professional record of 16 wins and 2 losses.

Source: Junior Fa scores first round KO, cements top contender status

Heavy rain and gale warnings for Tonga


Nuku’alofa, Tonga: Tropical Cyclone Pola Category 2 was located about 315km west of Ha’apai, 285km west northwest of Nomuka, 325km west of Ha’apai or 290km northwest of Nuku’alofa, at 5:00pm this afternoon. TC Pola is expected to develop into a Category 3 in the next 6 to 12 hours, according to Tonga Met’s Tropical Cyclone advisory this evening.

Source: Heavy rain and gale warnings for Tonga

Man killed in Tongatapu crash


A man has died following a fatal crash in Fatai this morning.Reports on social media claimed the victim was from Nukunuku.

Source: Man killed in Tongatapu crash | Kaniva Tonga | Largest New Zealand-based Tongan news service