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Accused pleads not guilty in 1.9kg multi-million meth seizure


Nuku’alofa, Tonga: Viliami Mangisi pleaded not guilty today to charges relating to the seizure of 1.9 kilos of methamphetamine in the departure lounge at Fua’amotu International Airport last year. His co-accused, meanwhile, has pleaded guilty.

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Tonga must guard against security threats, Deputy PM Sika tells memorial service 


Tonga must be alert to potential security threat, Deputy Prime Minister Semisi Sika said on Friday. Hon. Sika was speaking at an early morning memorial service for the victims of the Christchurch massacre held at Tonga Police Headquarters in Nuku’alofa. “The World changed for us all on March 15,” the Deputy Prime Minister said. “Tongan […]

Source: Tonga must guard against security threats, Deputy PM Sika tells memorial service – Kaniva Tonga | Largest New Zealand-based Tongan news service

Tevita Pangai Jnr ‘a sealed deal’ to feature in State of Origin for NSW Blues


It’s the news that will set tongues wagging in New South Wales: Broncos man-mountain Tevita Pangai Jnr will play for NSW in the Origin arena.

Source: Tevita Pangai Jnr ‘a sealed deal’ to feature in State of Origin for NSW Blues

Businessman failed to declare cash to Customs


Nuku’alofa, Tonga: A businessman of Asian origin was convicted of failing to declare carrying over $10,000 pa’anga at Fua’amotu International Airport last year, and is expected be sentenced in April.

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King orders petitions from government’s enemies to be referred to Ombudsman


King Tupou VI has ordered three petitions attacking the government to be referred to the Ombudsman.

Source: King orders petitions from government’s enemies to be referred to Ombudsman | Kaniva Tonga | Largest New Zealand-based Tongan news service

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.

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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.

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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.

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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