Watermelon trial shipments from Tonga was to resume, Friday 4 December was the date set for the first ship to leave for New Zealand.
But the hopes of growers and exporters were soon dashed as there was a failure for the organizing of trucks to transport the watermelon consignments to the wharf.
Prime Minister Pohiva Tu’ionetoa scolds and mocks a young female journalist for asking questions he does not like in an email exchange. He tells her she's a "school repeat and stop asking nonsense" after she inquired about a valid issue. Other journalists have reported similar treatment from the Prime Minister when they run stories or ask questions on issues that he dislikes.