Consulate denies Maori Party claims of royal endorsement of Tongan candidate

    ʻOku ʻi he konga taupotu ki lalo ʻosi e ongongó ni ha fakamatala ʻi he lea faka-Tongá

    Tongan Consul has denied claims by Tongan Maori Party candidate Manase Lua that he was endorsed by His Majesty King Tupou VI.

    Lua made the claims in comments posted underneath photographs of him and his supporters meeting the consul on Monday.

    His comments under the photos on Facebook said this was proof he was endorsed by the king and the Tongan consulate to be the only Tongan candidate in New Zealand for Tongans to vote for.

    “Here are photos of our meeting with His Excellency Sitaafoti Aho the Tongan Consulate General for NZ on 20th July, 2017, confirming me as the number 1 Tongan candidate for the Maori Party. In humble response to the Maori King’s request to the King of Tonga”, Lua wrote on Facebook.

    Tongan Consul Stafford ‘Aho told Kaniva News today Lua was wrong.

    He said neither the king nor him has endorsed Lua.

    On Sunday a Maori Party press release said: “He (Maori King Tuheitia Potatau Te Wherowhero VII) made a request for His Majesty King Tupou VI to ask his subjects living in Aotearoa to join and provide a Tongan candidate to stand for the Māori Party. The King of Tonga answered the call.”

    “Manase Nehemaia Lua is the chosen Tongan candidate blessed by the Royal Houses.”

    It claimed similar requests had been made to the Head of State in Samoa and the Ariki of Rarotonga.

    “All have answered the call, hence why we now have eight candidates from these Pacific Nations running,” the press release said.

    Six candidates from New Zealand’s Pacific communities will stand in general seats for the Maori Party in the national elections.

    They are standing in areas with strong Labour support and in some cases against sitting Labour MPs with Pacific backgrounds, including Jenny Salesa and Aupito Su’a William Sio.

    Lua has been contacted for comment.

    The  main points

    • Tongan Consul has denied claims by Tongan Maori Party candidate Manae Lua that he was endorsed by His Majesty King Tupou VI.
    • Lua made the claims in comments posted underneath a photograph of him and his supporters meeting the consul on Monday.
    • A Maori Party press release on Sunday claimed Lua had been “blessed by the royal houses.”

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    1 COMMENT

    1. Kuo faka’ikai’i ‘e he Konisela Tonga Nuʻu Silá e ngaahi lau ʻo pehē kuo poupouʻi ʻi ha femahinoʻaki ʻe Heʻene ʻAfió Kingi Tupou VI ʻa e kanititeiti Tonga ʻa e Paati Maulí ko Manase Lua.

      Naʻe fai ʻa e lau ko ʻení ʻe Lua ʻi ha ngaahi ʻata ʻo ʻona mo hono kau poupoú ʻi haʻanau fakataha mo e koniselá ʻi he Mōnité, naʻá ne tukuhake.

      Ko ʻene komeni ʻi he ngaahi ʻata ko ʻeni he Feisipuká naʻá ne pehē ko e fakamoʻoni ʻeni kuo poupouʻi ia ʻi ha femahinoʻaki ʻe he tuʻí mo e koniselá ʻene hoko ko e kanititeiti Tonga fika ʻuluaki maʻa e Paati Maulí ki he kakai Tonga ʻi Nuʻu Silá.

      Naʻá ne pehē ko e tali ia ki ha kole ʻa e Tuʻi Maulí ki he tuʻi ʻo Tongá.

      Ka naʻe pehē ʻe he konisela Tongá Stafford ʻAho ki he Ongoongo ʻa e Kanivá naʻe hala e lau ʻa Luá.

      Naʻe teʻeki ʻiate ia pe ko e tuʻí te ne poupouʻi ʻa Lua ʻi ha femahinoʻaki.

      ʻI he ʻaho Sāpaté ne ʻi ai ha fakamatala tuku ange mai ʻa e Paati Maulí ʻo pehē ai naʻe fakataufolofola ʻa e tuʻi Maulí ki Heʻene ʻAfió Kingi Tupou VI ke ne kole ki hono kakai ʻi Aotealoá ke nau kau mo ʻoange hanau fakafofonga kanititeiti ki he Paati Maulí. Naʻe tali ʻe he Tuʻi ʻo Tongá ʻa e kolé, ko e lau ia ʻa e fakamatalá.

      Ne toe pehē ai kuo fili ʻa Manase Nehemaia Lua ko e kanititeiti Tonga ia kuo fili pea tāpuakiʻi ʻe he Fale ʻo Haʻa Moheofó.

      Naʻe toe fai ai mo ha ngaahi lau ʻo pehē naʻa nau ʻosi fai ʻa e kole tatau ki Haʻamoa mo Lalotonga.

      Ne nau tali kotoa ʻa e kolé pea ko e ʻuhinga ia kuo ʻi ai ai ʻenau kau kanititeiti ʻe toko valu mei he ngaahi fonua Pasifiki ko ʻení, ko e lau ia ʻa e fakamatala tukuangé.

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