New Zealand new high commissioner to Tonga announced

New Zealand new high commissioner to Tonga announced

Foreign Minister Murray McCully has announced diplomat Sarah Walsh as New Zealand’s new High Commissioner to Tonga.

New Zealand has a strong relationship with Tonga, based on a population of more than 60,000 Tongans resident in New Zealand, says a statement from the Office of Mr. McCully.

“New Zealand has a strong relationship with Tonga, based on a population of more than 60,000 Tongans resident in New Zealand, development cooperation, and our shared interest in regional issues,” he says.

“Our High Commissioner in Tonga is responsible for overseeing our $28 million aid programme, which has a focus on renewable energy, education and training, private sector development, and policing.

“New Zealand is also involved in supporting reconstruction in the Ha’apai Islands following Cyclone Ian in 2014,” Mr McCully says.

Mrs Walsh held the role of Acting High Commissioner to Solomon Islands until early 2014, and was previously the New Zealand Aid manager in Timor-Leste.

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  1. Ongoongo Faka-Tonga  17/05/2015 at 21:12

    Kuo fanongonongo ‘e he Minisitā ʻa Nuʻu Sila ki mulí Murray McCully ʻa e hoko ʻa Sarah Walsh he uike kuo ʻosí ko e Haikomisiona foʻou ia ʻa Nuʻu Sila ki Tonga.

    Pehē foki ʻe McCully ʻoku fuʻu vāofi fakatipilometika ʻaupito ʻa Tonga mo Nuʻu Sila tautefito ʻoku laka hake ʻi he kakai ʻe toko ono mano tupu Tonga ʻoku nau fakakakai ʻa Nuʻu Silá.

    Ko e taha e fatongia mahuʻinga ʻo e haikomisiona ʻa Nuʻu Sila ʻi Tongá ko hono tokangaʻi ʻa e polokalama tokoni paʻanga ʻe $28 miliona ʻa Nuʻu Sila ʻoku fai ki Tonga ʻi he malaʻe ʻo e akó, polisí, maʻuʻanga ivi ʻoku malava ke toe fakafoʻoú pehē foki ki he fakalakalaka ʻa e sekitoa taautahá.

    Ne hoko ʻa Walsh ko e tokoni haikomisiona ʻi Solomone ʻo aʻu mai ki he taʻu 2014 pea ne ne hoko ko e pule foki ʻi he polokalama tokoni ʻa Nuʻu Sila ki Tīmoá.

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