Kaniva receives spam e-mails from Ian Jones over human waste dumping stories

'Oku taupotu 'i lalo ha fakamatala faka-Tonga

An e-mail sender who used the name and email address of Ian Jones has accused Kaniva Tonga News of incorrectly reporting Mr Jones’ dumping of septic human waste in mangroves in Vava’u.

Mr Jones did not say which part of our stories was incorrect.

His first email on July 18 was received through our spam folder and because of that we did not reply.

Mr Jones claimed he was a victim of a what he described as a government cover-up after he threatened to expose what he claimed was illegal dumping thousands of litres of sewage into the mangroves at Kalaka in Vava’u by the Ministry of Meteorology, Energy, Information, Disaster Management, Environment, Climate Change and Communications.

“I am prepared to give you a full report and press release together with photos showing what the government is doing.

“Will you publish my release in full?  Will you show the photos?” he asked.

Jones was convicted by a Vava’u court and fined TP$1000 on June 20 after an inspection by the Health Authority following the dump found infectious disease from the waste in the sea near the dumping site.

Fishing and swimming in the area has been banned, affecting residents of Pangaimotu, Toula, ‘Utungake, ‘Utulei, Talihau and Neiafu.

On July 31 we received another email from Jones, but this time he complained about our not replying to his previous email.

“Your lack of response would indicate to me that you are not interested in reporting both sides of the story.

“Your bias is noted with disappointment,” Jones’ e-mail read.

Because of his complaint Kaniva’s editor decided to take the risk of replying to spamming e-mails and sent a reply.

Our response to Mr Jones did not go through and hotmail sent us a returned rejected email message saying we were contacting Jones on trippm1960@yandex.com.

We did not emailed Jones on this email. We emailed him on the hotmail address he was using when he emailed us which was ianjones@hotmail.com.

After following suggestions given to us on the rejected email message which was sent from postmaster@outlook.com we resent the email to Jones this evening. Again our response was rejected with the following same message as before:

mxfront7o.mail.yandex.net rejected your message to the following email addresses:


The address you sent your message to wasn’t found at the destination domain. It might be misspelled or it might not exist. Try to fix the problem by doing one or more of the following:

  1. Send the message again, but before you do, delete and retype the address. If your email program automatically suggests an address to use, don’t select it.
  2. Clear the recipient AutoComplete cache in your email program by following the steps in this article: Status code 5.1.1. Then resend the message, but before you do, be sure to delete and retype the address.
  3. Contact the recipient by some other means (by phone, for example) to confirm you’re using the right address. Ask them if they’ve set up an email forwarding rule that could be forwarding your message to an incorrect address.

mxfront7o.mail.yandex.net gave this error:

Editor’s note:

Kaniva stands by our stories on Mr Jones’ actions before and after he was convicted in Vava’u. We only run this story to let him know how his e-mails to us were received through our spam folder and when we tried to reply the responses were rejected. He should try contacting us on Facebook on https://www.facebook.com/kanivatongamedia/ or https://www.facebook.com/Kanivatonga. He is welcome to tell his side of the story on Kaniva.

What is spam email?

According Google, Gmail automatically identifies spam and suspicious emails and marks those emails as spam.

In another words, they were irrelevant or unsolicited messages sent over the Internet, typically to a large number of users, for the purposes of advertising, phishing, spreading malware, etc.

When you open your Spam label, you’ll see any emails that were marked as spam by you or Gmail. Each email will include a label at the top that explains why it was sent to Spam.

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