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NZ yacht still in Tonga’s waters

Radio & TV Tonga, Nuku’alofa, 08/07/2020

A NZ sailing yacht is still in the waters of Tele-ki-Tonga and Tele-ki-Tokelau, awaiting an official decision from the government.

Commander Taniela Tuita from HMAF says, the yacht was expected to leave the area around 12 this afternoon, however it requested the government to let them wait a little longer as their yacht was experiencing some technical problems.

The government received request from the office of NZ’s High Commissioner to Tonga regarding the yacht and are now pending an official decision.

Three foreign yachts altogether were denied entry into the area but two have now left this morning.

However, the VOEA Neiafu is currently in Tele-ki-Tonga and Tele-ki-Tokelau to ensure the yacht will comply with the government’s decisions.

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