The rumours have related to the state of Armstrong’s health.
“It is distressing to family and friends to hear unfounded, inaccurate and ignorant remarks about the health of their loved one,” the spokesperson said.
“The family asks for privacy at this time and thanks those who have given kind words of support, prayers and encouragement to Tony and his family during this challenging time. “Meitaki ngao e te Atua te Aroa.”
Meanwhile, an Office of the Prime Minister spokesman says prime minister Henry Puna has not visited Mangaia, as reported in yesterday’s CINews.
The prime minister would in fact be visiting Mangaia later this month to open the island’s new solar power installation, the spokesman said.