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New Zealand intends to maintain positive relationship with Tonga Featured

New Zealand's Prime Minister The Right Honourable Bill English and Tonga's Prime Minister Hon Samuela 'Akilisi Pohiva at the Joint Media Statement, Fa'onelua Convention Centre. Photo: MEIDECC New Zealand's Prime Minister The Right Honourable Bill English and Tonga's Prime Minister Hon Samuela 'Akilisi Pohiva at the Joint Media Statement, Fa'onelua Convention Centre. Photo: MEIDECC

18 June, 2017. The Prime Minister of New Zealand, The Right Honourable Bill English has assured the Tongan Government that New Zealand intends to maintain a positive relationship with Tonga.

 In a Joint Media Statement with the Tongan Prime Minister on Friday morning 16 June at Fa’onelua Convention Centre PM English said, “I want to assure the Tongan Government that after the very positive relationship of my predecessors John Key and Murray Mccully with Tonga and the other Pacific countries I fully intend to maintain that degree of commitment.”

PM English stated that one of the areas that New Zealand would want to collaborate with Tonga on is the development of government.

“We discussed this morning some of the areas where New Zealand operates in practical partnership with Tonga and it was interesting to hear from the Prime Minister about the strong focus here on the political development and the development of government that goes with that,” he said.

PM English also acknowledged the role of the Tongan Government in hosting the signing of the PACER plus agreement.

“The agreement takes a wide and long view of development across the Pacific and provides a framework for a whole lot of detailed efforts required to lift our regional integration.”

“In the long run this region and all of the Pacific countries and clearly New Zealand is going to be determined by our economic success and the PACER Plus agreement is the first indication in a long time of common commitment to the economic success and so it was a pleasure to see the symbolism of Tonga hosting the sign of that agreement.”

PM English also recognized the contribution of the Tongan community to New Zealand.

“Can I just note the extensive contribution of the Tongan community in New Zealand where some of our most prominent citizens, most prominent sports people and academics are of Tongan descent including some of the current delegation MPs. So while we are here we do talk about New Zealand’s contribution to the development of Tonga and just want to recognize the contribution of the Tongan community to New Zealand.”

Tonga’s Prime Minister Hon Samuela ‘Akilisi Pohiva said Tonga and New Zealand are close friends and traditional partners tied by its shared values and history.

He said, “Tonga will need to undergo a new political order of perform, thinking and participation by its people and the nation as a whole moving from the old order and mindset into the new reform Tonga of setting ownership of resources, skills, talents and strength in order to build a modern nation where it pushes growth and sustainability.”

He applauded New Zealand’s assistance to Tonga’s education sector, justice, security and the development of Teufaiva Outdoor Stadium.

Hon Pohiva assured that he will work closely with PM English to strengthen the ties Tonga and New Zealand shares.

-MEIDECC

1 comment

  • Mark Hanson
    Mark Hanson Monday, 19 June 2017 13:15 Comment Link

    Is 'akili talking about the New World Order? .... "moving from the old order and mindset into the new reform Tonga of setting ownership of resources, skills, talents and strength in order to build a modern nation..." ki'i fakaninimo tama e fo'i me'a ko eni. Does he really understand what he's talking about or was he just reading what PA Po'oi cut and pasted from the internet? what modern nation is he talking about? does he call being left behind by our neighbours "modern"? Please somebody, wake him up and fakafolo his fo'i'akau 'avanga!!!.
    Talanoa mai a Bill English ia he levolo 'oe international relation kae fetakai atu ia he levolo e kau ngutulau moe taufehi'a kihe hou'eiki moe kakai na'e talu 'enau tupu moe ma'u 'enau me'a. "ownership of resources"??? like his paaka and his mala'e tapulu ... ?? and destroying the Sia Heu Lupe and other protected heritages? si'i kei 'opusesi pe moe vahe 'ae komiti sipoti - fiema'u e ownership 'oe resources ko ia ke ha'u ki ai mo hono family mo 'ene fanga pone. Me'a 'oku ui koe tanginoa moe manumanu.
    Tau 'ulupunou ai pe ki mamani he fa'ahinga fakamatala 'oku ha'u mei he motu'a ta'emahino ko eni.

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