FOUR NATIONS COMBINE TO ASSIST TONGAN SCHOOL

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NUKU’ALOFA, Tonga (April 26, 1998 - PACNEWS/Tohi)---Tonga, New Zealand, Australia and France are combining resources in support of a joint project to rebuild classrooms at 'Alele'uta Primary School on Tonga's northern island of Niuafo'ou.

The classrooms were destroyed by hurricane Ron earlier this year, during January.

Each country will contribute up to 30,000 pa'anga ($US 19,700) to the project, the first Tongan joint-venture development assistance effort supported by all four countries.

The initiative symbolizes the desire of France, Australia and New Zealand to work together in assisting the development needs of the Pacific, a statement from the New Zealand High Commission in Suva says.

Three new classrooms, a library and a staff room will be built at the school by Tongan contractors.

The work, which is to begin soon, will be under the supervision of Tonga’s Ministry of Works.

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