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WELLINGTON, New Zealand (RNZI, Aug. 27) - The paramount chief of
Kurumabe Village on Tongoa Island in Vanuatu has praised the Australian
Government for providing the village’s first ever water system.

The system, running on solar power, pumps water up a one hundred
meter high cliff to Kurumabe.

Chief Taripoamata says it is the first time in the village’s
600-year history that it has had a proper water supply.

Australia’s deputy high commissioner, Mark Grey, who opened
the system, says Australia believes that water is a right for all and they are
most happy to help the village.

He says the project is an example of joint partnership between
the Australian government, the Vanuatu government and the people of Tongoa

Chief Taripoamata has set up a committee to ensure the system is
extended to all the nearby villages, schools and the airfield, and that it is
properly maintained

August 28, 2003

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