TONGA TO RECEIVE ADDITIONAL AID FROM NEW ZEALAND

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NUKU'ALOFA, Tonga (April 26, 1998 - PACNEWS/Tohi)---New Zealand's new fiscal year development assistance funding for Tonga totals $NZ 5.6 million ($US 3.14 million), about the same as during the current fiscal year.

A substantial $NZ 2.9 million ($U.S. 1.62 million) --over half-- has been allocated for human resource development, according to an agreement signed in Nuku'alofa last week by New Zealand and Tongan government officials, Radio Tonga reports.

The human resources allocations include $NZ 1.1 million ($US 616,000) for New Zealand study awards and $NZ 950,000 ($US 532,000) for Pacific regional awards.

Short-term training programs for public and private employees, as well as projects for schools, total $NZ 250,000 ($US 140,000) each.

Vocational training has been allocated $NZ 150,000 ($US 84,000), with several other projects to receive up to $NZ 100,000 ($US 55,000) each.

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