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Tribute to King & People of Tonga

Tribute to King & People of Tonga

Manukau City Councillor Su’a William Sio says the death of King Taufa’ahau Tupou IV will be sadly felt by all the people of Tonga throughout New Zealand and also throughout the South Pacific region.

“The impact of the death of the Tongan King will also be felt by the people of Samoa,” says Councillor Sio.

“Samoa and Tonga have long held strong traditional connections. Samoa’s first monarch, Paramount High Chief, Queen Salamasina, who united the Samoan chiefs sixteen generations ago was the daughter of Tui A‘ana Tamalelagi and the Tongan princess Vaetoeifaga.”

“I express my deepest condolences to the bereaved Royal Tongan family and express my sorrow for the people of Tonga at this time.”

ENDS

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