Authorities treating church minister’s car fire in Vava‘u as arson

Authorities in Vava’u are treating a blaze in a car in Holonga village as arson.

Photo/ Vava Lapota

The vehicle was allegedly set on fire during the early hours of Sunday January 1.

Neiafu Town officer Vava Lapota said the incident happened at around 3am while the car was left unattended on a road from Holonga to Ta’anea.

The car belongs to a Pentecost Church pastor. It broke down before the pastor and his family sought help from a nearby village, Lapota said.

When they arrived back at the scene with a helper the car had been torched and destroyed.

Photos of the burnt-out vehicle showed the car received an extensive damage and what appeared to be its windows had been smashed.

It is understood Police were seeking a person of interest.

Sometimes when a business is growing, it needs a little help.

Right now Kaniva News provides a free, politically independent, bilingual news service for readers around the world that is absolutely unique. We are the largest New Zealand-based Tongan news service, and our stories reach Tongans  wherever they are round the world. But as we grow, there are increased demands on Kaniva News for translation into Tongan on our social media accounts and for the costs associated with expansion. We believe it is important for Tongans to have their own voice and for Tongans to preserve their language, customs and heritage. That is something to which we are strongly committed. That’s why we are asking you to consider sponsoring our work and helping to preserve a uniquely Tongan point of view for our readers and listeners.

Latest news

Related news