NZ PM to meet Pohiva during three nation tour

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Prime Minister Bill English was given the Leuluaialiiotumua matai title in the village of Faleula, Samoa – where his wife Mary hails from.

New Zealand Prime Minister Bill English will visit Tonga this week as part of a three country tour of the Pacific.

Mr English will meet with Prime Minister ‘Akilisi Pohiva and Deputy Prime Minister Sovaleni.

“New Zealand has deep links with Tonga so I’m looking forward to the opportunity to exchange views and discuss how we can continue to support our shared goals,” English said.

“The mission is a reflection of the close relationship we have with our Pacific neighbours and the high regard New Zealand places on these relationships.”

The New Zealand Prime Minister will be accompanied by a delegation of New Zealand Pasifika community leaders, iwi and business representatives.

Minister of Foreign Affairs Gerry Brownlee, Minister for Pacific Peoples Alfred Ngaro and Members of Parliament will also accompany the Prime Minister.

New Zealand provided a total of NZS$21.1 million to Tonga in the 2015/16 year.

About 60,000 Tongans live in New Zealand, making up the country’s third largest Island community.

The New Zealand delegation will also visit the Cook Islands and Niue.

The main points

  • New Zealand Prime Minister Bill English will visit Tonga this week as part of a three country tour of the Pacific.
  • Mr English will meet with Prime Minister ‘Akilisi Pohiva and Deputy Prime Minister Sovaleni.
  • He will also visit the Cook Islands and Niue.

For more information

PM to lead Pacific Mission to Cook Islands, Niue and Tonga

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