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New Zealand Pacific Sporting Partnership program launched in Nuku’alofa yesterday

Radio & TV Tonga, Nuku’alofa, 10/05/2018

The New Zealand Pacific Sporting Partnership Program was officially launched in Nuku’alofa yesterday by the Minister of Education and Training – Penisimani Fifita and New Zealand’s High Commissioner to Tonga – HE Tiffany Babington.


The initiative is a partnership between Netball New Zealand and the Tonga Netball Association.


New Zealand’s High Commissioner to Tonga, H.E. Tiffany Babington emphasizes the importance of sport for the benefit of the country.


She also shares on how sports has brought Tongans and New Zealanders together.


The Pacific Sporting Partnership Program was announced by New Zealand in 2016 recognizing the important role that sport plays in New Zealand’s relationship with the Pacific.


Netball New Zealand’s ambassador, who is also a former Silver Ferns Coach for more than 10 years – Ruth Aitken says netball will benefit the young women in the country.


Aitken hopes that this launching program will ensure that Tonga has the right equipment, the right coaching skills, and the technical support that needs to lift young people’s participation in sports.


Meanwhile, the program manager for the Pacific Sporting Partnership – Ivan Harre says, the four year program is aimed at promoting healthy lifestyle campaigns using netball sporting events.


The first part of the program conducts a trial where 10 schools in Tongatapu will participate with students between the ages of 6-8.

The program is funded by the Government of New Zealand and they will assist Tonga Netball Association in buying netball equipment, coaching training and netball-related materials to help facilitate those competitions.


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