GOVERNMENT OF TONGA

MEDIA RELEASE

(18 August 2015)

“Government of Tonga funds foreshore construction in Ha’apai.”

 

 The Prime Minister Hon. Samuela ‘Akilisi Pohiva laid the foundation for Ha’apai new foreshore at the Pangai coastal area facing the Governor of Ha’apai Residence on Tuesday 11 August 2015.

The 200 meter foreshores to run along the waterfront from the area facing the Governor’s Office up to Tau’akipulu Palace, and is estimated to cost around TOP$400,000 to be funded by the Government of Tonga Emergency Fund. The new foreshore is about 6 meter width from land to sea.

The building of the new foreshore is to replace the existing one wrecked by recent strong winds since 2010 including Tropical Cyclone Ian early 2014. The coastal area are partially eroded due to high waves. The construction work is to be carried out by the Ministry of Infrastructure under the responsibility of civil engineer and Acting Chief Executive Officer of the Ministry, Mr. Pesalili Tu’iano.

Hon. Samuela ‘Akilisi Pohiva told the gathering that he noticed a big change in the foreshore today due to work of nature and reminding the people that they should work together as Ha’apai people were known as wise people, active and always do things for the sake of future generation.

He pointed out that islanders rely on overseas relatives for assistance ignoring the fact that they should stand up to develop and support development of the island. He urged the people of Ha’apai to work in collaboration with relevant partners for the betterment of the island.

The Ministry will use their own equipment and quarry for the construction work with expectation to complete within 6-12 months. The construction work will also employ locals.

The event was graced by the present of some of the Cabinet Ministers; Governor of Ha’apai, Ha’apai Constituency No.12 People’s Representative and other guests. Dedication prayer was conducted by the Free Wesleyan Church Minister Rev. Dr. Tevita Mohenoa Puloka and service led by the Pangai/Hihifo FWC choir.

 

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Prime Minister, Hon. Samuela ‘Akilisi Pohiva laying foundation for the foreshore construction in Ha’apai.

 

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