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Division over continued stay of Mailefihi-Siuilikutapu band in New Zealand

Radio & TV Tonga, Nuku’alofa, 06/01/2017

Mailefihi Siu’ilikutapu Brass Band continues their fundraising drives in New Zealand despite 3 lives lost in the Xmas crash and hopes for the students to return home with the deceased.

Chairman of the Tonga Community Council in New Zealand Melino Maka says, according to the families of the deceased Leotisia Malakai head tutor of the school the decision for the band to remain in NZ is very disrespectful and unwise.

The Band Performances features students who have recovered from injuries as well as those with minor injuries from the accident.

The brass band was told by Rev Lopini Filise the Head Minister of FWC in New Zealand to withhold the fundraising and let the congregations send their contributions direct to Vava’u.

But the president of Mailefihi and Siuilikutapu Ex-Student in NZ, Rev. Mele Suipi Latu says, it is not disrespectful because they have completed their roles to the victims.

She says the band can continue and let the dead bury the dead.

Rev’Latu says it was the head tutors final wishes to continue the fundraising because they aimed to collect TOP$200, 000.00 for the urgent needs of the college.

The third deceased will be flown back to Tonga, next week.

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