5 Aug 2014

McCully singled out over MA60 saga

8:24 pm on 5 August 2014

The Deputy Prime Minister of Tonga has singled out New Zealand's Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully over New Zealand's travel advisory for Tonga.

The travel warning was put in place after Tonga began flying an MA60 aircraft from China which Mr McCully claimed was not properly certified.

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Photo: RNZ

Real Tonga have since purchased two Jetstream planes from Australia to provide more options to passengers.

In addition, a Y12 plane gifted from China is due to arrive in Vava'u this evening after a delay in Papua New Guinea.

Samiu Vaipulu says more New Zealanders fly the MA60 aircraft than Tongan passengers and he has reiterated it was cleared in a recent World Bank report.

"I don't treat it as New Zealand government, I treat it as Mr McCully only. And Tonga is happy with New Zealand and it's a McCully issue. It's up to Mr McCully to remove it."

The Deputy Prime Minister of Tonga, Samiu Vaipulu,