New Zealand Prime Minister John Key has announced that New Zealand will contribute around $2 million towards upgrading Tonga’s national stadium in Nuku’alofa ahead of the 2019 Pacific Games.
Commenting on the funding, Prime Minister Key explained:
New Zealand looks forward to working with the Tongan Government to improve Teufaiva Stadium in the lead up to the 2019 Pacific Games and other international events.
Teufaiva Stadium is already an important site for domestic rugby, athletics and community events and will be a great venue for the Pacific Games.
New Zealand supports a fit-for-purpose upgrade of the stadium that will expand its utility while supporting the strong community that participates in current stadium events.
I’m happy that New Zealand can assist Tonga in its efforts to promote sports and healthy lifestyles in Tonga.
The first step in the upgrade work will be a New Zealand-funded feasibility study and design, and technical support for the Tongan Government.