25 February 2011
All Tongan Government-funded scholarship students currently studying at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand are confirmed to be safe and secure, after the devastating earthquake that shook the city on Tuesday 22 February.
Pacific Islands Education Advisor at the University of Canterbury, Mrs. Katinia Makaafi, has confirmed with the Scholarship Unit at the Ministry of Education, Women's Affairs and Culture (MEWAC), that all students remain unharmed and safe with their families.
The university campus is currently closed until further notice and staff and students have been advised to stay at home.
MEWAC has also contacted some of the students directly by telephone, and they have affirmed their safety and prefer to remain in Christchurch until the resumption of classes.
Issued by the: Prime Minister's Office, Nuku'alofa, 2011.