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Three Pasifika churches in Horowhenua get renovation funding

The Samoan Methodist church has been granted $500,000 of funding from the Provincial Growth Fund for renovations.

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The Samoan Methodist church has been granted $500,000 of funding from the Provincial Growth Fund for renovations.

Three Pasifika churches will be warmer and better equipped to support the Horowhenua community, thanks to some government funding.

The Free Church of Tonga, Samoan Methodist Church, and the Congregational Christian Church of Samoa received a total of $1.46 million from the Provincial Growth Fund as part of the Fale Lotu Connections Project.

The funding aims to improve facilities for communities around the country and create jobs as part of the Government’s Covid-19 response and recovery plan.

Mayor Bernie Wanden said enhancing the visibility of the churches would bring greater community pride for the district’s growing Pacific population.

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The Free Church of Tonga in Levin has been granted $461,172 for renovations.

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The Free Church of Tonga in Levin has been granted $461,172 for renovations.

It would also create potential for more community and inter-regional events.

The project was expected to create up to 10 jobs, with a focus on working with local subcontractors, tradespeople and suppliers.

Free Church of Tonga Fale Lotu Connections Project representative Rob Fifita-Tovo said church members were “over the moon” about the renovations.

“The church is the highest priority for the people of Tonga and is a place where members spend a lot of time together.

“Having the church and hall renovated means we’ll have modern, warm facilities that will provide more options for hosting events and other congregations.”

The Free Church of Tonga received $461,172, which would enable the church to install heat pumps and insulation, better lighting and new windows and doors.

It would also repair or replace the

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Three Pasifika Churches Get Renovation Boon

Three Pasifika churches in Horowhenua will benefit from
renovations under the Fale Lotu Connections
Project.

Under the project, the Free Church of Tonga,
Samoan Methodist Church, and the Congregational Christian
Church of Samoa will jointly receive $1.46 million from the
Provincial Growth Fund to make their buildings warmer and
better equipped.

The funding was earmarked by the
Government in May for renovations
and improvements to Pasifika churches
around the country
as part of its COVID-19 response and recovery plan. It aims
to improve facilities for the communities the churches
serve, as well as creating jobs.

Mayor of Horowhenua
Bernie Wanden said Council was delighted to be leading the
project and administering the funds.

“Enhancing the
visibility of these churches will bring greater community
pride for the district’s growing Pacific population and
create potential for more community and inter-regional
events,” he said.

“In addition, this Government
investment will deliver economic benefits for our district.
We expect the project to create up to 10 new jobs across a
variety of trades, and we’ll be working with local
subcontractors, tradespeople and suppliers so the funding
directly supports our local industry as much as possible.
Where we can, we’ll fill new positions with people
economically affected by COVID-19 and create opportunities
for students of the Horowhenua Learning Centre Trades
Academy to gain new skills and experience,” he
said.

Rob Fifita-Tovo, Fale Lotu Connections Project
Team representative for the Free Church of Tonga, said
Church members were “over the moon” about the
renovations.

“The Church is the highest priority for
the people of Tonga and is a place where members spend a lot
of time together. Having the Church and hall renovated means
we’ll have modern, warm facilities that will provide more
options for

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