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Duo from Ma’ufanga returned home after absconding from the Mr. Apple Farm in NZ

Radio & TV Tonga, Nuku’alofa, 21/04/2017

A duo from Ma’ufanga that were absconded from an apple Farm – MR. Apple on Monday in Hastings NZ, have been found and returned home last night.

It is reported that Sitiveni Junior Uasi and Atonio Patua Kuliitapa fled the farm on the company’s vehicle.

Sefita Hao’uli – Tonga Liaison Officer to the RSE Scheme says the two men were found in Manurewa Auckland.

“Our Prime Minister was just here a fortnight ago; he had made the undertaking that there is a full review of the process. But it is a process that continued to be changed and respond to difficulties as we find them. And over the ten years you wouldn’t recognize the process we have now compared to what we did ten years ago. I think in the interest of being generally part of the scheme to gain full benefit from it for the majority of our workers. We had to change and we see this an opportunity to be able to respond to a younger demographic and we’re concern about our U25 unattached male, I think they are in high demand from the employers but they need to be responsible at the same time”, says Sefita.

Information from NZ reveals that the duo felt great remorse for what they did.

Earlier this month the Prime Minister – Hon. ‘Akilisi Pohiva visited the farm due to many Tongans absconding from the farm.

A recent case says that a Tongan never made it to the farm after arriving Auckland airport, to date he is yet to be found.

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