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NZ issues Tokelau a 'please explain' chopper purchase

- The New Zealand Government hopes discussions this week in Tokelau will shed light on the reported purchase of two helicopters by the territory. TVNZ reports the choppers cost millions but lack the proper certification and would struggle to reach Samoa - the closest major settlement. The buy infuriated Foreign Minister Murray McCully who said when New Zealand agreed to help finance a new inter island ferry, at a cost of

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NZ issues Tokelau a 'please explain' chopper purchase The New Zealand Government hopes discussions this week in Tokelau will shed light on the reported purchase of two helicopters by the territory. TVNZ reports the choppers cost millions but lack the proper certification and would struggle to reach Samoa - the closest major settlement. The buy infuriated Foreign Minister Murray McCully who said when New Zealand agreed to help finance a new inter island ferry, at a cost of   Read More ...
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