From the 15th to the 17th of June, 2017 the Prime Minister of Tonga Hon. Samuela ‘Akilisi Pohiva hosted the Prime Minister of New Zealand, the Right Honourable Bill English during a three day visit as part of the New Zealand Prime Minister’s “Pacific Mission”.
The Pacific Mission’s objective was to nurture personal relationships between New Zealand and her Pacific neighbour’s. At a joint media conference the Hon. Prime Minister of Tonga stated, “As close neighbours, New Zealand has been a longstanding support in the development of our socio-economic and security interests”.The two leaders discussed new strategic priorities and areas New Zealand may assist with Tonga’s Democratic development. Prime Minister Bill English said that the New Zealand Government would like to work in partnership with the Tongan Government on “Political development and the development of government…New Zealand certainly would like to work in partnership with the Tongan Government.”
The Right Honourable Bill English also reaffirmed the importance of relations between New Zealand and Tonga, “New Zealand’s contribution to the Asia Pacific region and its economic development is first and foremost about our partnership in the Pacific”.
During the inaugural trip for the Prime Minister of New Zealand, different sites around the Kingdom were visited due to funding they’ve received from the New Zealand Government. These sites include Teufaiva stadium, the Tongan Police Department’s training facilities and search and rescue boats and Tatakamotonga’s upgrade of electricity networks for over 50 villages in Tonga.