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New Zealanders in Tonga celebrate Waitangi Day yesterday

Radio & TV Tonga, Nuku’alofa, 07/02/2018

 

Tonga marked Waitangi Day yesterday with a special reception at the New Zealand High Commissioner’s residence in Popua.

 

This is to mark the Waitangi Treaty which was signed between representatives of the British Crown and the Maori leaders in 1840.

 

The Acting New Zealand High Commissioner – Nick Hurley, hosted the reception and it was attended by the Acting Prime Minister of Tonga – Hon. Semisi Sika and many guests.

 

Hurley says Waitangi Day is a time for New Zealand to reflect on the past, celebrate, shared achievements and to work towards the future they want to create.

 

Semisi Sika then highlighted the long-lasting relationship between Tonga and New Zealand, which has seen Tonga reaping many benefits.

 

The program was concluded with a toast to the heads of state of the two nations, Queen Elizabeth, and King Tupou VI.

 

The incoming New Zealand High Commissioner is expected to arrive soon and the Prime Minister of New Zealand, Rt. Hon. Jacinda Ardern may also be visiting Tonga.

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