Line Mechanics to help in Tonga

Electricity lines companies Northpower and Vector have answered a call to help with power restoration in Tonga.

The companies have responded quickly to a New Zealand Government request to send Line Mechanics to the cyclone battered country which has suffered major damage to its electricity network following Cyclone Ian.

The request for assistance has come from The New Zealand Aid Programme, the New Zealand Government's international aid and development programme managed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

It is believed Cyclone Ian has destroyed 90% of the electricity network on the Ha’apai Group of Islands in Tonga.

Six Line Mechanics will fly to Tonga on Monday says Northpower Chief Executive Mark Gatland.

“Northpower and Vector have helped out in the Pacific Islands previously after cyclone events and we are more than happy to provide staff to help Tonga get back on its feet,” says Mr Gatland.

“We have a long-term relationship with Tonga and have a large Tongan contingent amongst our staff and they are extremely valuable to our company so it is only right that we help out.”

The Northpower workers will be in Tonga for up to six weeks.

About The Author

Sometimes when a business is growing, it needs a little help.

Right now Kaniva News provides a free, politically independent, bilingual news service for readers around the world that is absolutely unique. We are the largest New Zealand-based Tongan news service, and our stories reach Tongans  wherever they are round the world. But as we grow, there are increased demands on Kaniva News for translation into Tongan on our social media accounts and for the costs associated with expansion. We believe it is important for Tongans to have their own voice and for Tongans to preserve their language, customs and heritage. That is something to which we are strongly committed. That’s why we are asking you to consider sponsoring our work and helping to preserve a uniquely Tongan point of view for our readers and listeners.

spot_imgspot_imgspot_imgspot_img

Latest news

Related news