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New Zealand and Tonga Prime Ministers reopen Teufaiva Stadium

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19th June, 2017 The Prime Minister of New Zealand, The Right Honourable Bill English and Tonga’s Prime Minister Hon. ‘Akilisi Pohiva reopened Teufaiva Outdoor Stadium last Friday.

PM English said New Zealand is proud to provide $1.9 million to fund the upgrade of Teufaiva.

He encouraged the Tongan Government, businesses and sports team to use the field to host international games that would provide a venue for local sports teams and boost the sports in Tonga.

PM English said that sports holds an essential place in the life and culture of Tonga and New Zealand.

“It is a shared passion, we not only share the passion, we share the players particularly in rugby, a sports field such as Teufaiva Stadium, provides the venue to push participation and healthy lifestyle activities,” he said.

Tonga Prime Minister Hon. ‘Akilisi Pohiva expressed his gratitude to the New Zealand Government in upgrading Teufaiva Outdoor Stadium. “The upgrade to the facility plays a critical role in building a strong community. We thank you for your commitment to upgrade the rugby field to an international stage.”

“We hope that this upgrade to the stadium will be recognized by international standards so Tonga will be able to host major games in rugby but to also train our very own ‘Ikale Tahi team on their own soil.”

PM Pohiva told PM English and the New Zealand delegation that the government will make certain that the stadium and other sports facilities will be available for the training of athletes to the upcoming Pacific Games.

He also thanked the Project Management and the Contractors and all responsible partners for supporting the upgrade of the Teufaiva Outdoor Stadium.

PM English also presented rugby balls to Hon Pohiva under the Pacific Sporting Partnership.

The second phase of the Teufaiva Outdoor Stadium upgrade is expected to start in December this year.

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Issued by the: Ministry of Meteorology, Energy, Information, Disaster Management, Environment, Climate Change & Communications

 

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