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Nuku'alofa, Tonga No arrests in shopkeeper’s homicide

Nuku'alofa, Tonga


Police are still seeking two Tongan men in relation to the homicide death of a Chinese shopkeeper on Friday, February 21.


One man believed to be in his 30s or 40s, has a tattoo and was wearing a blue t-Shirt with a picture of the cartoon character Mickey Mouse on the front. The other man in his 20s or 30s was wearing a black short sleeved T-Shirt. Both men were seen around the area of interest from around 9:00am to 1:00pm on the day of homicide.


Dao Zin He died at Vaiola Hospital after he was found unconscious in his shop on By-Pass Road at Halaleva on Thursday night, February 20. He was reported to have sustained severe head injuries.


Police Commissioner Grant O’Fee said no arrest had been made but the investigation continued. The police had released a description of the two men they are interested in for any information that might be forthcoming from the public.


The deceased was being kept at the Nuku‘alofa Morgue while arrangements were made with his family.

Queensland Tongans raise $13,000 for Ha'apai Queensland Tongans raise $13,000 for Ha'apai

“Nofo ‘a Kainga” Fundraiser concert for Ha'apai. Brisbane. Photos from Julian Layt.


Queensland’s Tongan Community has raised $13,000 (AUD) to aid cyclone relief in Ha‘apai.


The funds were donated at a concert hosted by “Nofo ‘a Kainga” (Queensland Tonga Council) two weeks ago in Queensland’s capital city, Brisbane, brought together families, Tongan Church denominations, Kava Clubs and Tongan ex-student associations. The concert featured music from DJ Vava’u (Leni Lolo) and the Brisbane Tongan Brass Band.


President of Nofo ‘a Kainga, Reverend Sione Maile Molitika has thanked the Tongan community for their support, stating that the “the programme was a huge success”.


Nofo ‘a Kainga or the Queensland Tonga Council is a Tongan association that advocates the rights and needs of Tongans in Queensland.


According to the Australian 2011 census, 25,096 Australian residents have Tongan ancestry. In Queensland there were 1,596 Tongan-born residents.

New trucks for electricity network upgrade

Four new bucket trucks were added to Tonga Power Ltd’s vehicle fleet to help upgrade the electricity distribution network of 33 villages in Tongatapu over the next five-years.


The trucks were handed over on Monday, March 10 under a Tonga Village Network Upgrade Project funded by the New Zealand Government with $22.2 million (NZD).


HE Mark Talbot, the New Zealand High Commissioner said the Tonga Village Upgrade Project was a fantastic project being implemented by Tonga Power Ltd. It would help to reduce line losses and reduce Tonga’s reliance on diesel for electricity generation.


“The linesmen have done a professional job with rebuilding the entire power network in Ha’apai after the cyclone in January which gives us confidence about the efficiency of the Tonga Village Project, it will be improved with these new trucks.”


Compared to the three existing trucks, the new bucket trucks are bigger and of higher reach, being capable of reaching upwards of 13 metres.


Neil Jones the project leader said the trucks would provide more support to the line crews as work continued in the villages of Kanokupolu and Nukunuku, and up to Masilamea.


Tonga Power CEO John van Brink said they were pleased to start stage two of the project after completing the upgrade of the electricity network to 17 villages last year.


Over the next five-years the project would continue working towards 33 villages, he said.


The Minister for Public Enterprises Hon Fe'ao Vakata received the trucks from the New Zealand High Commissioner at the Small Industries Centre in Nuku'alofa.

Queen's message for Commonwealth Day

“Affinities of history and inheritance from the past are strong, yet we are bound together by a sense that the Commonwealth is a powerful influence of good for the future… It is this unity that is expressed in this year’s theme: ‘Team Commonwealth’,” the Queen of the Commonwealth stated in her Commonwealth Day 2014 message, released today.