12 Dec 2023

Collin Tukuitonga's resignation from govt advisory boards a blow - Tongan leader

From Morning Report, 8:17 am on 12 December 2023

A Tongan community leader says Sir Collin Tukuitonga's resignation from government advisory roles is a blow to pacific communities. 

Sir Collin stepped down yesterday from his role as chair of the National Pacific Health Senate, saying he has"no confidence" in the new governement.

The Pacific Health Senate, established in January, provides advice to Te Whatu Ora.

The Minister for Health Dr Shane Reti praised Mr Tukuitonga for his work in Pacific health, but declined to be interviewed on Morning Report.

Tongan community leader Pakilau Manase Lua. He told me he respected Sir Collin's decision to step down. 

He spoke to Ingrid Hipkiss.