The first repatriation flight from Fiji next week and from New Zealand on the last week of July or the 1st week of August

Prime Minister Hon Dr Pohiva Tu’i’onetoa

03 July 2020 The unpredictable nature of the COVID-19 and the responsibility of the Government to ensure that the people of Tonga will be safe once the repatriation process begins has not taken lightly by the Prime Minister and his Cabinet Ministers.

The government has not left any stone un-turn when strengthening the preparedness of the frontline workers through multiple drills and technical experimentation, while some of the Tongan fruit pickers in New Zealand suffered social problems that enforce government to bring them home on the earliest flight.

Some of the Tongan community in New Zealand called for the Prime Minister of Tonga to repatriate these Tonga fruit-pickers on the first available flight.

Hon Dr Pohiva Tu’i’onetoa

However, the Hon Prime Minister Dr. Pohiva Tu’i’onetoa this afternoon confirmed to VPON Media that the first repatriate flight from Fiji and Vanuatu will be commenced next week in bringing the stranded Medical Doctors with their families as well as the Tongan students who wanted to come back home.

Once they arrive here in Tonga, they will be quarantined for 14 days to ensure that they are COVID-19 free before allowing them to go home.

Hon Tu’i’onetoa said , and I quote, “that the returning of the medical Doctors from Fiji is so crucial to the preparedness of Tonga to combat against the COVID-19.”

“If everything workout accordingly, then the repatriation of stranded Tongan in New Zealand including the Fruit pickers will be started on the last week of July or no later than the first week of August,” said Hon Tu’i’onetoa.

“Even though there is a possibility that the COVID-19 should get to Tonga with the Tongan citizens (stranded Tongans) who are coming back home, and despite its burdensome and hard to swallow but the government has no choice.”

“There is also pressure from New Zealand to repatriate the stranded Tongans and the fruit pickers as there were other problems involved with the fruit pickers.”

“We will do our uttermost best to ensure that we could eliminate and stop any COVID-19 should any of the stranded Tongans bring with them.”

“We desperately ask for your prayers during the repatriation process so that Tonga can still COVID-19 free, and if we do have one then we should be controlled and contained.”

The repatriation of stranded Tongans is not the opening of our borders to international flights. Tonga’s border will still be closed to all international travelers and due to further announcements.

FAKAHA ‘E HE PALEMIA ‘OKU ‘AMANAKI KE FAKAFOKI MAI E KAU TOKETA MO HONAU NGAAHI FAMILI MOE FANAU AKO MEI FISI HE UIKE KAHA’U PEA ‘OKU FAKAANGAANGA KE KAMATA HONO FAKAFOKI MAI E KAU TONGA MEI NU’USILA ‘I HE UIKE FAKA’OSI ‘O SIULAI PE UIKE ‘ULUAKI ‘O ‘AOKOSI. ‘OKU MAHU’INGA KEMOU LOTUA MAI KE ‘OUA ‘E HOKO HA FAINGATA’A PEA KA HOKO PEA KE LAVA PE ‘O MAPULE’I.

Koe ‘uhi koe natula feliliuaki mo ta’epau koia ‘a e COVID-19, na’e fakahoko ai ‘e he Palemia moe Pule’anga hano teuteu’i mavahe e kau ngaue ‘otumu’a he kau’afonua kenau mateuteu ki hano fakafoki mai e kau Tonga kuo nau tukuvaka ‘i tu’apule’anga, pea ke fakapapau’i ‘e kei malu pe fonua mei he vailasi. Taimi tatau kuo ofongi mai mei Nu’usila ‘a e ngaahi palopalema fakasosiale kuo fakahoko he ni’ihi e kau toli fua’i’akau pea moe ui kuo fakahoko mei Nu’usila ki he Palemia moe Pule’anga ke fai mo fakafoki mai e kau toli moe kainga Tonga i tu’apule’anga he vavetaha.

Na’e fakahoko ai ha fakatalanoa ‘a e ongoongo ni ki he ‘Eiki Palemia fekau’aki moe ‘isiu ko ‘eni pea na’a ne fakaha mai (quote);

” ‘Oku ‘amanaki ke fakafoki mai ki Tonga ni he uike kaha’u ‘a e kau Toketa Tonga mei Fisi mo honau ngaahi famili pehe ki he fanau ako, pea ‘e quarantine ‘aho e 14. Koe me’a ia ‘oku ‘uluaki ‘omai ai kau Toketa ‘oku nau lolotonga ako ‘i Fisi ke nau tokoni ki he kau Toketa ‘i Tonga ni ki he mateuteu koia ki he COVID-19. Ka lele haohaoa pea ‘e kamata leva ‘a e fakafoki mai hotau kainga ‘i Nu’usila he uike faka’osi ‘o Siulai pe ‘uluaki uike ‘o ‘Aokosi. ‘E ‘ikai ke toe tuai ange ‘i he uike ‘uluaki ‘o ‘Aokosi. Kuo mau tali ‘e lava ke humai heni ‘a e virus corona 19 ki Tonga ni. Pea neongo ‘a e faingata’a ‘a e tu’utu’uni ka ‘oku ‘ikai ha’amau toe fili he kuo hoha’a mai ‘a NZ ke fakafoki mai hotau kainga he ‘oku toe ‘iai moe palopalema kehe ‘oku hoko. ‘E fai homau lelei taha ke fakahaofi ‘a e fonua mei ha mafola ‘a e mahaki ‘o toe lahi ange kapau ‘e ma’u ha taha ‘i he kakai ‘oku foki mai, ke isolate he vave taha ke ta’ofi ‘a e toe mafola ‘a e mahaki he ‘oku ‘ikai lelei ‘a ‘etau ngaahi me’a ngaue. ‘Oku ou kole atu pe ke mou lotua mai ke ‘oua ‘e hoko ha faingata’a, pea ka hoko pea lava pe ‘o mapule’i (contained), Malo.”

©VPON Media 2020