Tonga must be alert to potential security threat, Deputy Prime Minister Semisi Sika said on Friday.
was speaking at an early morning memorial service for the victims of the
Christchurch massacre held at Tonga Police Headquarters in Nuku’alofa.
changed for us all on March 15,” the Deputy Prime Minister said.
Police must be alert and prepared for anything that comes their way. We must
all be alert and prepared for anything that comes their way.
“We must all
be alert to potential threats to our border and work together to ensure Tonga’s
security is not compromised.”
ceremony began with the raising of the Tongan flag to half-mast whilst the
Tongan and New Zealand national anthems were being played by the Tonga Police
followed by verses from the hymn, ‘Abide With Me’ and a prayer offered by Rev.
our Flag today at half-mast to show our respect, our deep sense of loss and
mourning for the 50 New Zealanders murdered at their place of worship in
Christchurch,” Hon. Sika said.
“As we pay
our respects we salute the leadership and humanity of Prime Minister Jacinda
Ardern and the courage and solidarity shown by New Zealanders to this tragic
“I take time
to commend the courage and professionalism of the New Zealand Police in putting
themselves in harm’s way to protect their citizens, the other courageous First
Responders and Emergency Services and all individuals, that went to help with the dead, dying and wounded
and those that were blessed to survive.
“This is a
day of Remembrance to the families and loved ones of the fallen and also to
show our respect and solidarity with New Zealand in their hour of sorrow and
yesterday’s service were the Acting New Zealand High Commissioner, Elena
Procuta, the Australian High Commissioner, Adrian Morrison, the Minister for
Lands and Minister responsible for His Majesty’s Armed Forces, Lord Ma’afu and
other Cabinet Ministers, Police Commissioner Stephen Caldwell and his senior
officers and advisors and the Chaplain of Tonga Police, Rev Viliami Fanaika as
well as other Church leaders.
As Kaniva Tonga news reported earlier,
Members of Parliament took part in a one minute silence last Monday morning to
pay respects for the victims of Christchurch’s terror attack.
Speaker Lord Tu’ilakepa said the minute was in respect for the memory of those
killed and hurt in the attack on Friday, which left 50 dead and at least 50
Tu’ilakepa said in Tongan: “Oku ou fie ‘oatu ‘a e fie kaungā mamahi ‘a e Fale
Alea ‘o Tongá mo e kakai ‘o Nu’usilá, ‘oku ‘oatu heni ha faka’apa’apa, mo e
fiekaungā mamahi mo’oni ‘a e Fale Alea ‘o Tonga, mo e kakai ‘o Nu’usila koe’uhi
ko e pulonga kuo tō he fonuá, tupu mei he fakapō ta’e’amanekina, ne hoko ‘i
Christchurch, ‘i he ‘aho Falaite 15 ‘o Mā’asi, 2019.”
Last week we
reported that Tongans living in New Zealand had been asked to wear black this
week as a sign of support for the country’s Muslim community.
church groups have been holding special prayer sessions for the cessation of
the brass band from the Pulela’a Methodist Church in New Lynn played
outside an Auckland mosque. Church
members prayed and laid flowers.
- Tonga must be alert to potential
security threat. Deputy Prime Minister Semisi Sika aid yesterday.
- 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.
NZ marks Christchurch massacre with
week of vigils and prayers, more events planned today
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