Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search


Tonga Update: Central City Calm And Secure

New Zealand Defence Force
Te Ope Kaatua O Aotearoa
Media Release
Wednesday, November 22, 2006.
Central City Calm And Secure

Click for big version

Image: An NZDF soldier patrols the streets of Nuku’alofa.

Reports from the New Zealand-led task force confirm that the situation in Nuku’alofa appears calm at present. The Combined Joint Task Force remains in a security role at Fau’amotu Airport.

New Zealand and Australian soldiers are providing relief to elements of the Tongan Defence Service in the central city, who have been on continuous duty for sometime, enabling them to get much needed rest and recovery.

“The situation appears to be returning to normal, with more Tongan citizens around and day to day activity resuming,” said Task Force Commander, Lieutenant Colonel Darren Beck. “The task force remains focused on supporting the Tongan authorities to return calm and stability in Tonga.”

The 72 NZDF personnel in theatre are predominantly from 2/1st Battalion, based at Linton. The deployed force includes infantry soldiers, a Headquarters command element, medical team and Air Load personnel to operate at the airport.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Veronika Meduna: The Kaikoura Rebuild

A Scoop Foundation Investigation

Friday will be a big day for people north of Kaikōura – and for hundreds of construction workers who are racing to reopen State Highway 1 in time for the holiday season.

By the afternoon, the South Island’s main transport corridor will be open to traffic again, more than a year after a magnitude 7.8 earthquake mangled bridges and tunnels, twisted rail tracks and buried sections of the road under massive landslides. More>>


BPS HYEFU WYSIWYG: Labour's Budget Plans, Families Package

“Today we are announcing the full details of the Government’s Families Package. This is paid for by rejecting National’s tax cuts and instead targeting spending at those who need it most. It will lift 88,000 children out of poverty by 2021." More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Defence Spending, Alabama, And Dolly Parton

The spending lavished on Defence projects to meet the risks that could maybe, possibly, theoretically face New Zealand in future is breath-taking, given how successive governments have been reluctant to spend even a fraction of those amounts on the nation’s actual social needs. More>>


Members' Bills: End Of Life Choice Bill Passes First Reading

The End of Life Choice Bill in the name of David Seymour has been sent to a select committee for consideration by 76 votes to 44. It is the third time Parliament has voted on the issue in recent decades and the first time such a Bill has made it over the first hurdle. More>>


State Sector: MPI Survives Defrag Of Portfolios

The Ministry for Primary Industries will not be split under the new government, but will instead serve as an overarching body for four portfolio-based entities focused on fisheries, forestry, biosecurity and food safety. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Vulnerable Kids, RNZ Funding, And Poppy

The decision to remove the word ‘vulnerable’ from the Ministry for Vulnerable Children could well mark a whole shift in approach to the care of children in need... More>>





Featured InfoPages