Visiting Tonga, New Zealand’s Prime Minister John Key this morning pledged around $2 million assistance to upgrade Tonga’s Teufaiva Stadium for the 2019 Pacific Games. New Zealand has also committed another $5 million towards the reconstruction of schools in Ha’apai that were destroyed by Tropical Cyclone Ian.
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Results for New Zealand aid
Creative Tongans are realizing that they can make a livelihood from handicrafts, after receiving training in cultural tourism awareness, says Sione Loseli who ran workshops in Vava‘u last week, under a Handicrafts and Cultural Tourism Support Program.
The New Zealand Government has committed $40,000 (NZD) to Tonga’s Red Cross to purchase guttering kits for over 500 homes in Ha’apai for clean rainwater collection.
New Zealand is providing a further $1.4 million to help Tonga recover from Tropical Cyclone Ian, Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully announced on January 22. The contribution will cover resources needed to reconnect power to villages including on smaller outer islands.
A Royal New Zealand Air Force C-130 Hercules delivering relief supplies for Ha‘apai arrived at Fua‘amotu International Airport early this afternoon, following a request for assistance by the Tonga Government. Today’s commitment brings New Zealand’s support to Tonga since Tropical Cyclone Ian struck last week to $500,000 (NZD). Photos by Linny Folau.
Four young entrepreneurs have won $1,900 seed capital for building their business plan, in a competition for business investment capital.
Increased opportunites for Tongan migrant workers and lower fees for students going to New Zealand and Australia, along with other development assistance goals, are among key advantages being sought by Tonga in its PACER Plus free trade negotiations.
Multi-million grants from Australia and New Zealand were handed over to the Vice-Chancellor and President of the USP, Professor Rajesh Chandra at the Oceania Centre for Arts, Culture and Pacific Studies, Suva on 30 January.
Tatakamotonga celebrated the opening of the Mata’aho Hall Women’s Training Centre at on Wednesday September 5, after renovations were completed and training equipment provided in a joint collaboration between the Governments of Japan and New Zealand. Photos by Linny Folau and Mary Lyn Fonua.
A project to reduce the cost of sending remittances from New Zealand and Australia to Tonga and seven other Pacific islands is succeeding, Kim Hailwood and Jonathan Capal of Developing Markets Associates Ltd, said in Tonga on Wednesday, June 13.
An independent audit has found that poor record keeping was behind the alleged misuse by the Tongan government of a New Zealand grant, and there was no evidence of fraud, according to a statement from New Zealand Foreign Affairs.
The construction of a $12 million Solar Farm on Tongatapu, began with an official groundbreaking ceremony at the Popua Power Station on Thursday, 10 November.
A new ‘Ohonua Community Police Station in ‘Eua constructed at a cost of $1.1 million pa’anga was opened on September 14, the second to be built under the Tonga Police Development Program.
The New Zealand Government has become the first donor to pledge budget support to Tonga, when the New Zealand High Commissioner HE Dr Jonathan Austin and Tonga’s Minister of Finance Hon Sunia Fili, signed a Letter of Intent for the provision of $3 million in Nuku’alofa today, August 3.
New Zealand has committed TOP$3 million pa’anga to assist community development programs in Tonga’s remote outer island communities through MORDI Tonga Trust whose target is to fight against poverty through provision of skills training and community projects.
New Zealand has committed NZD$5.8 million dollars to fund a major upgrade of electricity distribution networks in 17 rural villages in Tongatapu that would improve the lives of some 10,000 people by providing a safe and reliable electricity supply.
New Zealand has committed $5.2 million pa’anga over three years to support the development of tourism in Tonga by funding the development of marketing activities and heritage sites to supporting community-based tourism association projects.
An agreement for the New Zealand Government to give Tonga a TOP$250,000 granted for the establishment of a new Business Opportunity Support Scheme BOSS, was signed by the Tongan Prime Minister, Hon, Dr Feleti Sevele and the New Zealand High Commissioner HE Ms Christine Bogle on Monday, 26 October in Nuku’alofa.