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Dunne on death of King of Tonga

Media statement
For immediate release
Monday, 11 September 2006

Dunne on death of King of Tonga

United Future leader Peter Dunne today paid tribute to the late King of Tonga, King Taufa'ahau Tupou IV.

"In the last Parliament, I chaired a Parliamentary select committee inquiry into the relationship between New Zealand and Tonga," he said.

"In the course of that inquiry, it soon became apparent that, whatever criticisms ordinary Tongans may have had of how Tonga was being run, their affection and respect for the late king was paramount.

"I offer my and my party's condolences to the late king's family and all the people of Tonga," said Mr Dunne.


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