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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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