20 Apr 2015

Tongan PM in New Zealand on private visit

1:50 pm on 20 April 2015

The Tongan Prime Minister has arrived in New Zealand on a private trip to accompany his sick wife as she undergoes surgery.

'Akilisi Pohiva says his wife, Neomai Pohiva, has been ill and bed-ridden for some time, including throughout her husband's election campaign.

The Prime Minister says he will also undergo a routine medical check-up while he is in New Zealand, and will be returning to Tonga this week, to resume duties on Wednesday.

Tonga Prime Minister 'Akilisi Pohiva.

Tonga Prime Minister 'Akilisi Pohiva. Photo: RNZ