New Zealand Prime Minister first visit to Tonga

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Prime Minister English arrives in Tonga tonight (Thursday 15 June) as part of the Pacific Mission he is leading.

The Prime Minister is bringing with him New Zealand’s Minister for Pacific Peoples Alfred Ngaro, representatives of parliament, Pasifika community leaders, iwi and business representatives.

The Mission has also visited the Cook Islands and Niue this week.

This is Prime Minister English’s first trip to Tonga and will be an opportunity to strengthen New Zealand and Tonga’s bilateral relationship and reinforce New Zealand’s commitment to the wider Pacific region.

The Prime Minister will meet Prime Minister Pohiva and Cabinet Ministers and lay a wreath at the Cenotaph.

The Prime Minister has also been granted an audience with His Majesty King Tupou VI.

Site visits will include Tonga Police Headquarters, Tonga Village Network upgrade in Tatakamotunga Village and Teufaiva stadium.

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