Tongan Broadcaster Seeks Donations To Print Tsunami Book

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‘Niuatoputapu Tsunami’ to benefit those affected by 2009 disaster

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, June 24, 2013) – The Tongan Broadcasting Commission (TBC) is looking for donors to help it print 9,000 copies of a book about the impact of the 2009 earthquake and tsunami on the people of Nuiatoputapu.

The book, Niuatoputapu Tsunami, documents the experiences of survivors of the tsunami, which killed 9 people in Tonga’s northernmost islands.

The general manager of the TBC, Nanise Fifita, says it already has 150 copies of the book in Tongan and English, but wants to distribute copies to all of the Kingdom’s schools, as well as some in the wider Pacific.

"This book is not for TBC’s own commercial interests. First and foremost it has to benefit the people of Niuatoputapu. The survivors of the 2009 earthquake and tsunami, what they have contributed should become a learning material for Tonga’s present generation and those to come."

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