Saturday, November 18, 2006

Trouble in Tonga

The past 24 hours have not been good in the
tiny Pacific Island nation of Tonga. Pro-
democracy riots protesting the current prime
minister have burned up to 80% of the central
business district of the capital Nuku'alofa.

As a result of the violence, the New Zealand
Defence Force (NZDF) is sending in 60 peace-
keepers. How does this affect McMurdo and
Antarctica you ask? Those peacekeeping troops
are being taken to Tonga on two C-130 Hercules
airplanes. Because of this, the two C-130's
from the NZDF that were to arrive here this
week aren't coming this way. Now our plane
itineraries have shuffled a bit and have made
scheduling passengers a little more challenging.
I work alongside a handful of Kiwi Cargo military
personnel who are glad they're here...and not
going to Tonga.

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