Tonga's Coronation Comes In Under Budget

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Pacific Islands Development Program, East-West Center With Support From Center for Pacific Islands Studies, University of Hawai‘i

Cites benefits of collaborative cost cutting

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, October 31, 2015) –

Tonga's government says its spending for this year's coronation celebrations was more than US$700,000 under budget.

The country held days of festivities and celebrations in July to mark the coronation of King Tupou VI, which was attended by heads of state, dignitaries and royal guests from around the world.

Massive clean up programmes were also held around the capital, Nuku'alofa.

The government had budgeted US$2.4 million for the logistical and ceremonial preparations, but it says it managed to save money through effective collaboration measures.

 

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