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WELLINGTON, New Zealand (December 8, 2000 – Radio Australia)---The New Zealand government is considering a new quota system that would allow only 200 Tongans into the country each year.

The plan was outlined this week by New Zealand's Foreign Affairs Minister Phil Goff.

Visitors from the Cook Islands, Niue and Tokelau -- which are tied politically to New Zealand -- have free entry to New Zealand, but for fully independent Samoa there is a quota.

Mr. Goff said there also is no quota now for Tonga, despite a large population of about 31,000 Tongans now living in New Zealand.

A limited quota system for some Pacific Islanders who do not have free entry into New Zealand has been part of the Labour government's manifesto.

For additional reports from Radio Australia, go to PACIFIC ISLANDS REPORT News/Information Links: Radio/TV News/Radio Australia.

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