Tuesday, October 12, 2010

[pima.nius] Moves to block sale of Tongan King's NZ residence

11:24 AM |

Moves to block sale of Tongan King's NZ residence

http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/pacbeat/stories/201010/s3036416.htm

Updated October 12, 2010 17:03:48

Attempts by the King of Tonga to sell his residence in New Zealand are being blocked by a group of Tongan lawyers.

The house, called "Atalanga" is set on 1.5 hectares of land in the well-heeled Auckland suburb of Epsom.

It's expected the property could be worth as much as seven million US dollars.

But some Tongan lawyers in New Zealand have launched an attempt to legally halt the sale until it's determined who exactly owns it.

The groups' spokesman, Joel Fotu, says the official New Zealand residence of the King is government property, and belongs to the people, not His Majesty.

Presenter: Bruce Hill
Speaker: Joel Fotu, Tongan lawyer in New Zealand

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