New look Te’ufaiva field set to host international matches
NUKU’ALOFA – December 13: 12.50pm (Nuku’alofa Times): Tonga will be able to host more international rugby and rugby league matches from now on following the completion of works on the upgraded Te’ufaiva Stadium field.
New Zealand gave $2 million for the project, which was first offered to Tonga by former Prime Minister John Key, during his visit here three years ago.
Earlier today Tonga’s Interim Prime Minister Akilisi Pohiva was on hand to receive the completed works from New Zealand’s High Commissioner to Tonga, Ms Sarah Walsh.
“In 2014, the New Zealand Government announced that it would contribute NZ$2 million towards upgrading Tonga’s national stadium in Nuku’alofa,” she said.
“The aims of New Zealand’s contribution were to upgrade the Teufaiva Stadium playing field to encourage tourism, provide a quality venue for international, national and community events, and promote sports and active lifestyles for all ages.”
The New Zealand High Commissioner praised the work of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the New Zealand company, Field Drainage Specialists, who installed irrigation and drainage systems, and the new playing surface, ahead of schedule.
The major construction works have been built to World Rugby standards, and earlier this year provided the opportunity for international test rugby matches to return to the Kingdom after nine years.
“New Zealand’s investment in the Teufaiva playing field is not only an investment in the future of sports in Tonga today, but one which will continue to serve Tonga and its people long into the future,” Ms Walsh said.
The Ministry of Internal Affairs will oversee the management of the field and the ground.
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