Glasgow 2014: Tonga to receive Queen's Baton

Tonga was chosen as one of the 70 Commonwealth nations and territories to receive the Queen of Britain’s Baton ahead of the opening ceremony in Glasgow on 23 July 2014.

The Queen's Baton Relay has been the Commonwealth Games' curtain raiser since 1958.

The baton left Buckingham Palace on 9 October 2013 and it would be landing in the South Pacific’s Friendly Islands next Monday, 9th December 2013.

Tongan government has announced that Hon. Tungi has accepted an invitation to take part in the Welcoming of the Glasgow 2014 QBR at Fua’amotu airport.

Statement from Ministry of Information in Tonga says, on Day 1, the first leg of the QBR rotation will start at Hihiho district from the Christianity Landing Place at Ha’atafu.

 Hon. ‘Etani Tuku’aho will commence the Hihifo rotation at around 8am.

The QBR will continue through the villages and communities of the Western district and hoping to reach Nuku’alofa area at around 4pm where it will be ended at the Office of the Minister of Education and Training, Dr ‘Ana Taufe’ulungaki.

On Day 2, the QBR rotation will start from Ha’amonga-‘a-Maui in Niutoua by Tamale and will travel through the villages and communities of Hahake district.

The QBR will continue and expect to reach Nuku’alofa town area around 4pm where it will end at the Prime Minister’s Office with Lord Tu’ivakano.

Takitoa Taumoepeau, Secretary General of TASA quoted in the statement as saying  “some local businesses have confirmed their participation during the QBR rotation in the Nuku’alofa business district which includes ANZ Bank, EM Jones Ltd, Stephenson Associates, Tonga Development Bank to name a few”.

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