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Tonga celebrates Waitangi Day

Radio & TV Tonga, Nuku’alofa, 07/02/2020

New Zealand is committed to working together with Tonga to address climate change issues.

This was one of the issues highlighted by New Zealand’s High Commissioner to Tonga yesterday in a program to mark Waitangi Day.

In her remarks, NZ’s High Commissioner to Tonga – Her Excellency Tiffany Babington says, New Zealand stands ready to help Tonga in an event of a natural disaster.

“Second priority in our partnership is climate change Tonga has like other Pacific countries has identified climate change has one of the greatest threat in livelihood security and well-being and Maori the protection of the environmental is part of the natural world as well-being survival NZ is committed to working together with to address this challenge that we both face. Cyclone season reminds us that extreme weather is becoming the new normal and NZ to be the first responded when Tonga ask for assistances.

Her Excellency adds New Zealand has also assisted Tonga including renewable energy where they set up Tonga’s first solar farm, the biggest project in the Pacific, in terms of the Tonga Network Village Upgrade.

Meanwhile the Prime Minister Hon Dr Pohiva Tu’ionetoa talk about the benefits of the assistance of New Zealand to the people of Tonga.

“In 2019 it is estimated that there are roughly 65,000 Tongans who have migrated and currently live in a better standard in New Zealand therefore NZ in my view is our second best home in my view for various reasons and not just to economic reasons”

Also in attendance was Her Royal Highness Princess Pilolevu, Lord Tuita, Speaker of Parliament along with Ministers of the Cabinet, and many invited guests.

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