Lady ‘Ahomeʻe threatened with legal action over whale teeth by unhappy villager

PHOTO: Lady Tangikina ʻAhomeʻe. Photo/Supplied

Lady Tangikina ‘Ahomeʻe has been threatened with legal action after teeth removed by local villagers from a dead whale were taken away with promises they would be sold in the United States.

Lady ‘Ahomeʻe is the daughter of Lord Nuku, lord of the estate that includes Kolonga village, where the whale washed up.

As reported earlier in Kaniva News, villagers cut out the teeth and jaw bones of a dead sperm whale.

It is alleged that Lady ‘Ahomeʻe sent a request through one of the villagers saying she could sell the teeth for them in the United States.

It is claimed that she said that if she did not sell the teeth, she would return them.

The teeth have not been returned and the villagers could not make contact with Lady ʻAhomeʻe.

Sia Adams from Tonga’s Police Communication Unit in Longolongo said an unhappy villager had lodged a complaint at Mu’a Police Station. It is understood the villager was Kepu Noa.

Kaniva News understands that Noa’s legal representative has written to Lady ‘Ahomeʻe and threatened civil action.

Neither Lady ‘Ahome’e nor Kepu Noa could be reached for comment.

It now appears that the bones have been sold, but that Noa did not receive any of the money sent to the village.

Kepu Noa and locals removing teethe and bones from the sperm whale that had probably been dead for some time before washing ashore.Photo/Supplied
Kolonga villagers removing teeth and bones from the sperm whale that had probably been dead for some time before washing ashore.Photo/Supplied

Lord Nuku said he did not know anything about the allegations against his daughter.

He said he was at the beach while the villagers were removing the teeth and bones, but he did not know