Tongan King’s Visit To New Zealand Lacked Organization

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Tongan King’s Visit To New Zealand Lacked Organization Local Tongan council chair says visit lacked protocol, planning

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, Feb. 28, 2013) – The Tongan Advisory Council chairman in New Zealand says he’s appalled that proper protocols weren’t observed when the King of Tonga visited the Auckland University of Technology on Wednesday.

The Council’s Auckland-based chairman, Melino Maka, says the head of state arrived with no traditional Maori welcome to give proper respect for the king’s visit.

He says it was embarrassing that the king’s visit was so poorly organized and acknowledged, and he wants a review of what happened to make sure it doesn’t happen again.

"I’m really, really, disappointed because that’s not the way you handle a state visit. To come into or to enter into a state institution that actually acknowledges the Treaty of Waitangi and just ignore some of the basic fundamentals of Maori culture or protocols, (which) is to have a powhiri or a Maori welcome."

Melino Maka says social networks have had numerous postings, complaining about the lack of cultural planning for the king’s visit to AUT.

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