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Vava’u 16 Parliamentary visit covers all homes, social gathering and Schools in the area

Radio & TV Tonga, Nuku’alofa, 18/07/2017


Maintenance of public and agricultural roads topped the priority needs of the people of Vava’u constituency 16.


Agriculture is the source of income for the residents but when the roads are rugged and bad – then growers will be unable to cater for their needs because of not having access to their plantations.


‘Akosita Lavulavu – people’s representative of Vava’u constituency 16 spoke to Radio Tonga News from Leimatu’a yesterday saying it is hoped that these problems can be solved sooner rather than later.


Other needs raised from Vava’u 16 includes call to carry out health and medical checkup for fruit pickers on the island, instead of travelling to Tongatapu which is costly.


Other concerns includes ongoing hikes in prizes of goods including cartons of chicken, need to enforce Asian shops having a cash register and the increase in duty and tax shipped in the domestic ferries to the island which is very high.


A visit was also conducted to the Leimatu’a Government Schools and problem of overcrowded classes was noticed where one class has about 40 students with only one teacher which is unacceptable.


Contact was made to the Vava’u branch of the Ministry of Education and it says it has referred the matter to the head office in Nuku’alofa but no response has been made yet.


Vava’u 16 Parliamentary visits have been changed from gathering to town and village halls to the representative visiting homes, schools, Tongan kava club gathering and women groups gatherings.


Twelve villages are registered under Vava’u 16.


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