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Peters unapologetic about contents of leaked US diplomatic cable

Peters unapologetic about contents of leaked US diplomatic cable

Updated 21 August 2013, 16:51 AEST

A former New Zealand foreign minister is unapologetic about a prominent Tongan community leader in New Zealand finding himself named in a US diplomatic cable.

in 2006, Melino Maka, chair of the Tongan Advisory Council in New Zealand spoke to the New Zealand High Commissioner to Tonga about the political reform process in the Kingdom.

His comments formed part of a briefing by New Zealand officials about their efforts to promote democratic reform in Tonga.

It was passed to the US Embassy in Wellington which sent a diplomatic cable to the State Department in Washington which was subsequently made public by Wikileaks and was published in the media.

Melino Maka says he's annoyed about that, but former New Zealand foreign minister Winston Peters tells Bruce Hill he shouldn't be too concerned.

Presenter: Bruce Hill

Speaker: Former New Zealand foreign minister Winston Peters

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Bruce is one of the Pacific’s most experienced journalists with nearly 20 years covering the region and has won several international awards.

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