NZ pays most of Commissioner’s salary

    Ko e konga lahi ‘o e vāhenga ‘o e komisiona polisi Steve Caldwell ‘oku totongi ia ‘e he pule’anga Nu’u Sila. ‘Oku ‘i ai e tui ‘oku tatau pe lahi ‘a hono vāhenga mo e vāhenga ‘o e komisiona polisi ki mu’a ‘a Tonga mei Nu’u Sila ko Grant O’Fee ‘a ia ko hono tefito’i vāhenga ‘o na ko e tola Nu’u Sila ‘e $270,000 pe pa’anga Tonga ‘e Fā Kilu Tolumano tupu ‘ikai lau ki ai ‘a e fakamole kehe hangē ko e pa’anga folau mo e malu’i mo’ui. ‘A ia ko e pa’anga ‘e Tolu Mano pe tola Nuu Sila e Ono Mano tupu ne totongi ‘e Tonga pea Fā Kilu leva ‘a Nu’u Sila. Kapau ‘e tu’ulāhoko ai pe pehē ‘e he Minisitaa Polisi te ne ta’ofi ‘e ia e vahe ‘a e komisiona polisi kapau 'e tali ‘e he Fakataha Tokoni e fokotu'u mei he'ene pēnolo ke fakalōloa e konitleki ‘a Caldwell. ‘Oku toe leva ke mahino pe ko ‘ene ‘uhinga te ne ta’ofi ‘a e vāhenga ‘oku totongi ‘e Tonga pe pe ‘e kau ai ‘ene feinga ke poloka’i e pa’anga mei Nu’u Sila. Ne 'osi fakahā foki 'e he pule'anga Tonga ia ki he palēmia Nu'u Sila 'oku 'ikai te ne toe fiema'u ke faklōloa e konituleki 'a Caldwell.

    Police Commissioner Steven Caldwell’s position is  largely paid for by New Zealand.

    The Tongan government pays a relatively small portion of the costs.

    If the Police Minister goes ahead with his threat to stop Mr Caldwell’s pay it is unclear whether he means the Tongan contribution to his pay or whether he intends to block the New Zealand component as well.

    The Tongan Government has already told New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern that it no longer wants Mr Caldwell, but it is unclear how Wellington would react if the Police Minister carried out his threat.

    It is believed that Mr Caldwell is receiving substantially the same package as his predecessor, Grant O’Fee, who left his position six months early.

    Total annual costs for salary and administration were NZ$270,000.

    Under this contract Tonga paid about NZ$33,000.

    Miscellaneous travel, medical and other costs were also funded by New Zealand.

    During his term in Tonga, O’Fee sacked, jailed or investigated 10 percent of the police force for dishonesty, brutality or bribery.

    When he was leaving he warned: “We still have, let’s not fool ourselves, a long way to go.”

    The main points

    • Police Commissioner Steven Caldwell’s position is largely paid for by New Zealand.
    • The Tongan government pays a relatively small portion of the costs.
    • It is believed that Mr Caldwell is receiving substantially the same package as his predecessor, Grant O’Fee, who left his position six months early.

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