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New Zealand donates NZD$11 million for the Nuku’alofa Network Upgrade Project

Radio & TV Tonga, Nuku’alofa, 18/04/2018

The Government of New Zealand has reaffirmed to allocate11 million NZD to Tonga for the implementation of the Nuku’alofa Network Upgrade Project.

The Operation Manager of Tonga Power – Setitaia Chen said the total cost of the project is 53-54 million NZD and the Asian Development Bank – ADB is assisting the project through its disaster recovery program.

Once Tonga Power completes the Tonga Village Network upgrade around September or October they will commence with getting materials ready for the Nuku’alofa Village Upgrade Project.

Chen says, “The 53 million NZD for this project is for sections to five areas. What we have been able to secure due to the tropical cyclone Gita is area one or section one which is the Kolomotu’a district and the area two which is heading up to the area in Tofoa.  These were the areas most affected during the hurricane”

He further explains the significance of the project.

This project has started since 2012 and this has been focusing in the rural area and that is due to be in completion by the end of this year. So basically TC Gita made a lot of damages to the network and at the same time it was a blessing in the sky , it was also accelerated  the proposal for the Nuku’alofa upgrade project.”

Most of the damage recorded after Cyclone Gita, were in these areas and there’s high expectation that with the completion of this project, minimal damage will be recorded after a cyclone strike.

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