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Hon Prime Minister Looks Forward to Welcoming New Zealand Prime Minister, Hon. Jacinda Ardern

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06th March, 2018 TONGAN The Prime Minister, Hon Samuela ‘Akilisi Pohiva, today said that he was looking forward to welcoming the Prime Minister of New Zealand, Hon Jacinda Ardern, to Tonga on Tuesday evening, 6th of March.

The Hon Prime Minister said, “I am certainly looking forward to welcoming Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern to Tonga for the first time, as well as her Deputy Prime Minister, Hon Winston Peters and other Cabinet Ministers. I also appreciate the fact that Prime Minister Ardern had chosen to visit Tonga soon after TC Gita as it neatly sums up her Government’s concern for her closest Pacific neighbour’s well – being”.

Hon Prime Minister Ardern’s delegation will arrive at Fua’amotu airport at 6.45pm on Tuesday evening and will be welcomed on the tarmac by the Prime Minister, Hon Samuela ‘Akilisi Pohiva. The delegation of 60 includes Cabinet Ministers, representatives from the NZ Green Party as well as the National Party, representatives from the NZ private sector and civil society organisations as well as a sizable media contingent.

On Wednesday (7th March) morning, Prime Minster Adern will host a Women’s Leadership Breakfast at the Tano’a International Hotel to mark International Women’s Day. That will be followed by a bilateral meeting between the two Prime Ministers at the Cabinet Room at the King George Palace. At the end of the bilateral meeting Prime Minister Ardern will visit the Government Primary School at Fasi-moe-Afi ‘a Tungi as well as the village of Pili to witness the damage that TC Gita had caused as well as the immediate response and recovery efforts that the Government had initiated with the assistance of the NZ Government.

The Prime Minister, Hon Samuela ‘Akilisi Pohiva will then host the NZ Prime Minister and her delegation for lunch at the Tano’a International Hotel following which the visitors will be hosted at the Tonga National Cultural Centre at Tofoa by the Minister for Health and Public Enterprises, Hon Dr. Saia Piukala as well as the UN office in Tonga for a “Change Through Advocacy’ programme featuring local youth advocacy groups. The NZ Prime Minister and her delegation will then depart Tonga for the Cook Islands at 4.00pm on Wednesday afternoon.

The Hon Prime Minister also said, “I plan to take the opportunity to personally thank Prime Minister, Jacinda Adern, for the immediate and emergency assistance that the NZ Government offered us as well as for the services of the men and women from the NZ defence, electricity, health, and disaster management services, in the wake of TC Gita”.

“At the same time we are heartened by the news that Deputy Prime Minister, Hon Winston Peters, had hinted publicly at the possibility of an increase in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s budget as well as expanding the size of NZ’s official development assistance budget for Pacific Island countries including Tonga”, Prime Minister Pohiva concluded.


Issued by the: The Prime Minister’s Office, P.O. Box 62, Nuku’alofa, Tonga. Tel: (676) 24 644 Fax: (676) 23 888; For media enquiries- Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it Website: www.pmo.gov.to

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 06 March 2018 11:49 )  

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