Speaker to lead Parliamentary team to Mate Ma’a Tonga match
NUKU’ALOFA – October 17, 2018: 5pm (Nuku’alofa Times): The Speaker Lord Fakafanua will lead a Parliamentary team to go and watch the Mate Ma’a Tonga – Kangaroos Rugby League Test match in Auckland this weekend.
This was confirmed by the Office of the Legislative Assembly of Tonga, while clarifying misleading news regarding Members of Parliament travelling to watch the Mate Ma’a Tonga game against the Kangaroos in Auckland.
A statement said that the team will go and show Parliament’s support to the Mate Ma’a Tonga team.
This was agreed through collective resolution of Parliament.
“It was not unilaterally approved by the Deputy Speaker (Lord Tu’ilakepa), nor the Nobles’ Representatives as alleged,” the statement said.
Three parliamentarians Lord Vaha’i (Nobles’ Representative), Hon. Vātau Hui (People’s Representatives), the Lord Speaker, Chief Clerk and two supporting staff will travel to New Zealand.
Other parliamentarians who are currently on official parliamentary business overseas will join the delegation at Mt Smart Stadium, upon returning through Auckland from official duties.
The statement said that the travel cost for the delegation is nowhere near TOP$80,000, let alone TOP$200,000.
The Lord Speaker, Lord Fakafanua, also announced Parliament’s support for the Tonga Broadcasting Commission (TBC) by donating $10,000 for a live broadcast and telecast of the match.
The Test match is at 7pm this Saturday.
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