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NZ $3.2m to upgrade 'Eua airport

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Tonga and New Zealand sign NZ $3.2m grant to upgrade ‘Eua airport

1 September 2011

The Tonga and New Zealand Government today signed a grant agreement worth NZ$3.2 million (TOP $4.2 million) to upgrade Kaufana Airport on the island of ‘Eua.

The project will develop a new runway pavement along with new taxi and apron earthworks. The project will also allow for the demolition and reconstruction of the existing terminal and replacement of the airport safety fence.

Present at the signing ceremony today was the New Zealand High Commissioner HE Dr Jonathan Austin and the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Works and Transport, Honourable Samiu Vaipulu who represented the Government of Tonga.

"New Zealand has a long history of providing support to ‘Eua," Dr Austin said. "This project is a continuation that longstanding engagement and is also a demonstration of our commitment to growing Tonga's tourism industry."

"'Eua is a unique and interesting eco-tourist destination. We want to make it safe and easy for people to visit, as well as for locals to travel to Tongatapu."

After winning a competitive open tender process, New Zealand firm Fulton Hogan will undertake the work in conjunction with local contractors. Work is expected to start next month and be completed by early next year. The airport will remain in use during the upgrade.

This project, like all New Zealand assistance to Tonga, comes as a grant rather than a loan.

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Issued by the: New Zealand High Commission, Nuku'alofa, 2011. For more information contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Last Updated ( Saturday, 17 September 2011 00:39 )  

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