NZ Tongan leader unhappy comments on political reform leaked | Pacific Beat

NZ Tongan leader unhappy comments on political reform leaked

NZ Tongan leader unhappy comments on political reform leaked

Updated 20 August 2013, 20:45 AEST

A prominent Tongan community leader in New Zealand is annoyed private comments he made to a New Zealand diplomat were made public by Wikileaks.

Melino Maka, chair of the Tongan Advisory Council in New Zealand was in Tonga in 2006 for the funeral of the Chair of the Kingdom's political reform committee, Prince Tuipelehake.

He made some comments to the New Zealand High Commissioner about the political reform process in the Kingdom, which eventually found their way to the US Embassy in Wellington.

A diplomatic cable to the State Department in Washington detailing the New Zealand government's activities in support of political reform in Tonga has been made public by Wikileaks and was published in the New Zealand Herald.

Melino Maka is not happy about a private chat being made public like this.

Presenter: Bruce Hill

Speaker: Melino Maka, chair of the Tongan Advisory Council in New Zealand

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