Minister airlifted to NZ for medical treatment


Minister of Commerce Industry and Labor, Leatinu’u Wayne Sooialo was medevacked earlier this week to New Zealand for medical treatment, due to heart issues. 

Several Cabinet Ministers confirmed by Radio Polynesia, that a Cabinet special meeting was held last Sunday 18 December 2022,  where Ministers approved the emergency medical evacuation.

Newsline reported the $75,000 air ambulance costs are met under the Government health evacuation programme.

Allowances close to NZD$6,000 are covered by the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Labour for food and accommodations in Auckland.

Leatinu’u took over recently as acting PM in the absence overseas of the head of Government, PM Fiame Naomi Mata’afa.

He was assigned the Cabinet portfolios of Minister of Labour and Industries shortly after the new Government was sworn after the 2021 general elections.

The Minister is the elected MP for the electoral constituency of Faleata 2.