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Langafonua ‘a e fafine Tonga competition ends today, Jan 13th

Radio & TV Tonga, Nuku’alofa, 13/01/2017

The Inaugural craft Competition led by the Langafonua ‘a e Fafine Tonga Association ends today with judging of various items such as jewelry, carvings and others.

Speaking to Radio Tonga News this morning was the Deputy Chair lady of the Association ‘Uheina Kalaniuvalu.

“This is part of our move to ensure women collect their valuable Tongan crafts which are our national treasure and pride for our traditional responsibilities, says Mrs. Kalaniuvalu.

Criteria judged during today’s competition includes new innovation and creativity, using of local product and how long will it last.

There are 13 groups and individuals competing in this year’s Inaugural Craft competition.

Similar competitions were conducted in the previous years and they wish to bring it back, to encourage women, that this can generate income for them.

Meanwhile the Adviser of the Centre – ‘Emeline Tuita spoke of the Centre’s core functions.

Langafonua is run by an executive council, what’s important is that it has the packing of organizations. Not only it is the oldest but it has the potential to really become the leader in the development of Tonga. And it has the packing from the Royal Family down to the grassroots level. It’s really a wonderful opportunity that we’re able to start this off from a simple competition we’re going to build on that, now we can go out, and know where to look. If we had to do research in the normal way, we would have to go out and research one by one, but this competition draw in several members of the public.”

The program is funded by the Chinese Government.

The patron of the Center is His Majesty – King Tupou VI.

The President is Her Majesty the Queen Mother – Halaevalu Mata’aho and HRH Princess Mele Siu’ilikutapu Kalaniuvalu Fotofili is the president.

Langafonua ‘a e Fefine Tonga was established by Her Late Majesty Queen Salote Tupou 3rd during the 1950’s to help women of Tonga develop their talents and fulfill their various obligations to  the family, church and community.

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