16 Oct 2018

Criticism over Tongan MPs travel to league match

12:36 pm on 16 October 2018

The son of Tonga's prime minister has hit out at parliament's decision to pay for MPs to fly to New Zealand to watch a rugby league match.

Tonga captain Sika Manu waves to the crowd after his side's semi-final loss to England at the World Cup last year.

Photo: Photosport

The 14 MPs and staff are reported to be going to this weekend's international between Tonga and Australia at the taxpayers' expense.

Kaniva News reported a corporate box at Auckland's Mt Smart stadium has been paid for as well as MPs' allowances and accommodation in New Zealand.

The acting Speaker of Tonga's parliament reportedly approved $US35,000 for the trip but Siaosi Pohiva claims the cost is more than $US87,000.

Mr Pohiva said the government was trying to operate from a tight budget and the move is extravagant and unloving.

The King of Tonga, the Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister are also attending the match.

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