New Zealand is appropriate forum for US$1.4 million dispute between cable company and Tongan government, says High Court

Pehē ‘e he Fakamaau’anga Mā’olunga ‘a Nu’u Sila’ ‘oku tonu pe ke fai ‘a e hopo ‘i he ‘eke ‘oku fai ‘e he kautaha Hawaiki Submarine Cable ki he Tonga Cable mo e Pule'anga Tonga' ‘i Nu’u Sila’ ni. Na’e fiema’u ‘e he Hawaiki ke fai ‘a e hopo’ ‘i Nu’u Sila’ ni ka ne pehē ‘e he taukapo’ ‘e fiema’u ha ngofua ia ‘a e Hawaiki’ ke ne tufa ‘a e tohi faka’ilo’ ‘i Tonga pea mo nau kikihi ‘oku ‘ikai ko ha feitu’u fakalao ‘a Nu’u Sila ki he hopo’ ni. Ka neongo ia ne felotoi pe ‘a e ongo fa’ahi ke ngāue’aki ‘a e lao ‘a Nu’u Sila’ ki he keisi’ ni. Ko hono ‘eke’i ‘e he Hawaiki ‘a e pa’anga ‘Amelika ‘oku’ ne pehē ‘oku mo’ua ange ‘e he Tonga Cable kiate ia, ‘i he hili ‘enau fokotu’u ha fo’i keipolo ‘initaneti talifaki ‘oku lele atu ‘o kolosi ‘i Tonga ki ‘Amelika mo Hawai’i. Ne ‘osi totongi ‘a e konga ‘uluaki ko e tola ‘Amelika ‘e $1.4 miliona pea ko e konga ‘eni hono ua’ ‘o e totongi ne kuo kikihi’i fakalao ia ‘e he pule’anga’.

The New Zealand High Court has ruled that New Zealand is the right forum for a dispute between the Tongan government, Tonga Cable Ltd and Hawaiki Submarine Cable. The ruling was made as part of a legal dispute between the three parties over a debt of US$1.4 million which Hawaiki Cable says it is owed….


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