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Tevita Halaiano Ma’ilei awarded certificate of readmission as Tongan citizen

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19 November 2012  Leading an official delegation on a scoping visit to Australia to appraise public and private superannuation funds, Lord Tu'ivakano the Honourable Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs & Trade also devoted time to attend to community programmes in an effort to enhance cultural and social links with the Tongan communities across the Commonwealth.

These community commitments comprise of church service programmes, issuing certificates of recognition to the elderly, and meeting members of the Tongan community. 

One such community event was conferring of consular responsibility at the Tonga High Commission in Canberra with the issuance of a Certificate of Readmission to Tevita Halaiano Ma'ilei, an Australian citizen whom now had been reissued with his Tongan citizenship since acquiring Australian nationality in 1986. 

On 13 November 2012, Halaiano Ma'ilei reacquired his Tongan citizenship after being sworn in by the Lord Prime Minister at an oath taking ceremony at the Tonga High Commission.  The event was part and parcel of a 3-city tour of Australia by the Prime Minister, ensuring that the Tongan communities of Canberra, Melbourne, and Sydney are appraised with communal dialogues on Government's work and vision.  These 3 metropolises play host to large Tonga communities.

The Lord Prime Minister will be meeting the Tongan community of Melbourne on 15 November and will conclude the Australian scoping assignment on Friday 16 November with a Tongan community congregation at Sydney.


Issued by the: Ministry of Information and Communications, Nuku'alofa, 2012. Photos: Tonga High Commission (Canberra, Australia).

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