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Tradition and Cultural Division extends its information gathering to Vava’u

Radio & TV Tonga, Nuku’alofa ,12/06/2018

The Tradition and Cultural Division of the Ministry of Tourism continues this week to Vava’u – with their program aiming to gather information about village and island’s history, its people and estate holders, historical sites and others.

Speaking to Radio and Television Tonga News the Deputy Director of the Division Pulupaki Ika says, the long week program started yesterday with a workshop to locals that they have chosen to help collect these important information.

According to Pulupaki – the participants chosen were labeled as trustworthy people on the island because they are fully aware about the islands and villages’ history.

She says one of the challenges that they are facing is lack of data about Tonga’s history but they are hoping that this work will solve this problem in the future.

Pulupaki says the work they are doing now is vital because they can document it for the benefit people and the future generations.

She thanked everyone that has helped them with the project and said how they were overwhelmed with the support shown from the locals.

The team is currently in Vava’u after conducting the same program in Ha’apai last week.

Once they will complete their program in Vava’u, they will continue to the two Niuas, ‘Eua and then Tongatapu.

The Tradition and Cultural Division is trying to document this information and a book will be drafted to be presented to His Majesty next year to mark the Tradition and Cultural Week.

The program is funded by UNESCO.

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