21 July 2020 Pacific Leaders and more than 50 people from different Pacific communities in Aotearoa get together to the Parliament, the Beehive in Wellington to present the petition for overstayers known as the pathways to residency.
Amongst the leaders from the Tongan community were Manase Lua, Soisiua Toki, Fakana’ana’a ki Fualu, and other well-known community leaders from Tonga community, Samoa, Fiji, Kiribati, Tuvalu, and the Cook Island.
Mr Makahokovalu Pailate, the architect of the petition presented the overstayer’s petition to Labour MP Anahila Kanongata’a-Suisuiki outside the parliament, and despite the rain, due to the protocol required by the Parliament to present petition papers outside Parliament.
The signatures in the overstayers’ petition were over 34,000 signatures including 11,119 were done electronically and over 24,000 were paper signatures.
Due to rain, the program was moved to the Banquet Hall in the Parliament Building. MP Anahila Kanongata’a-Suisuiki told the Pacific communities that the petition has been tabled to read to the House of Representatives.
MP Kanongata’a-Suisuiki puts on social media how she was moved to tears seeing the faces of the Pacific Leaders who are in cold and wet of Wellington afternoon but still keen to attend this special occasion outside parliament.
The important message of this overstayers’ campaign is for everyone including the Prime Minister and the Cabinet Ministers and the people of New Zealand is to be kind to overstayers.
New Zealand-born Manase Lua emphasised the importance for this Labour led government to be kind to overstayers as he was the product of overstayers plus others from the Pacific communities such as the Legend Jonah Lomu, Jerome Kaino, Adam Velarie and so forth.
MP Kanongata’a-Suisuiki was moved by her speech when told the crowd that she was one of the product of Tongan overstayers in New Zealand.
Manase Lua stated that this is not a condone of overstayers but each and everyone of them have a human rights so as everyone else here in New Zealand. Be kind to overstayers!
Na’e lava ‘a hono fakahu e tohi tangi koia ma’ae kau nofo’ova ta’efakalao ‘i Nu’usila ‘ehe memipa Falealea Tonga ko MP ‘Anahila Kanongata’a-Suisuiki. Koe tohi tangi foki ‘eni na’e fa’u ‘e Makahokovalu Pailate pea tokoni kiai ‘a Manase Lua pea moe toenga e Komiti na’a nau fakahoko e ngaue lahi mo mahu’inga ko ‘eni ma’ae komiuniti Pasifiki. Koe polokalama fakamafana neongo ‘ene ‘uha ka na’e malava ke fakahoko lelei e tohi tangi ki he Falealea ‘o Nu’usila ‘i Uelingatoni, Nu’usila.
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