15 April 2020 Air New Zealand has confirmed today that their special flight NZ0970 from Auckland to Tonga, Wednesday 15 of April 2020, has no passengers on-board apart from the two Pilots and six Flight Attendants.

Air New Zealand’s special flight was scheduled to pick up New Zealand and overseas citizens who got stuck in Tonga during the closed down and the State of Emergency from COVID-19.

On Tuesday 14 of April 2020, The Prime Minister’s Office in Nuku’alofa released an official statement in concerned with so much misinformation and false rumours with malicious content intentionally aiming to cause hatred to this current government.

The spreading of misinformation for political propaganda is all over the social media particularly those who opposed Hon Dr Pohiva Tu’i’onetoa and his Government.

Setita Tu’i’onetoa (Former Station Manager of Tonga Broadcasting Commission) stated on her Tongan News from NZ that so many people in Tonga were unsettled and concerned about the news that some passengers including the Deputy Prime Minister of Tonga Hon Vuna Fa’otusia are amongst those on tomorrow’s Air New Zealand flight to Tonga.

People of Tonga should not be blamed if they are unsettling on misinformation that they continue reading on social media due to the threatening nature of the COVID-19.

Tonga Government appeal for all Tongans to take responsibility and act according to the Law particularly during this epidemic era of COVID-19 and the impacts of natural disasters.

People of Tonga are entitle to have valid information at all times.

Minister of Health Hon Dr ‘Amelia Afuha’amango Tu’ipulotu and Minister of Agriculture & Fisheries Lord Tu’ilakepa visiting the frontline workers at Fu’amotu Airport

FAKAPAPAU’I MEI HE AIR NEW ZEALAND ‘OKU ‘IKAI HA PASESE ‘E HA’U KI TONGA NI ‘I HE FLIGHT NZ0970 PULELULU 15 ‘EPELELI 2020

Kuo fakapapau’i mai mei he Kautaha vakapuna Air New Zealand ‘oku ‘ikai ha pasese kehe ‘e toe heka mai ‘i he folau ki Tonga ni NZ0970 Pulelulu ko hono 15 ‘Epeleli 2020. Koe puna mavahe ‘eni ‘a e Air New Zealand ke fakafoki ‘a e kakai nofofonua Nu’usila ‘oku nau kei nofo ‘i Tonga ni lolotonga ‘a e tapuni moe fakataputapui e fonua ‘i he COVID-19. Koe kau ngaue pe ‘e toko 8 ‘oku nau folau mai he vakapuna ‘aia koe ongo Pailate ‘e 2 pea moe kau ngaue setuata vakapuna ‘e toko 6. Kuo ‘osi lahi foki ‘a hono fe’ave’aki holo he mitia sosiale ‘a e ngaahi fakamatala ‘o pehe ‘oku ‘iai kau pasese ‘oku nau heka mai he folau ko ‘eni pea ‘oku kau ai e Tokoni Palemia Hon Vuna Fa’otusia.

Setita Tu’i’onetoa – Tongan News from NZ

Fakatatau ki he polokalama ongoongo fo’ou ‘a e Tokoni Pule malolo ‘a e Televisone & Letio Tonga, Setita Tu’i’onetoa ‘aia na’a ne fakaha ai;”…’Oku ‘amanaki ke tu’uta ki he mala’e vakapuna Fu’amotu ‘a e vakapuna moe kau pasese pea mei Nu’usila ni ‘a pongipongi. ‘Oku hoha’a ‘a e tokolahi hono fakangofua koia ke faka’ata ‘a e fefolau’aki he ‘akolo ‘o Tonga ‘i he ‘ea lolotonga e fakataputapui ki he vailasi kolona. ‘I he fakamatala kuo ma’u he ongoongo ni, ‘oku kau ‘a e Tokoni Palemia Vuna Fa’otusia he folau atu ki Tonga ‘Eiki he vakapuna…”

‘OKU ‘IKAI KE MO’ONI ‘A E FAKAMATALA KO ‘ENI PEA ‘OKU FIEMA’U KAKAI E FONUA KENAU ‘ILO MA’U PE KI HE MO’ONI PEA ‘E FAKASI’ISI’I AI ‘ENAU HOHA’A MO LONGOA’A.

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