Prime Minister John Key has today announced New Zealand will contribute around $2 million towards upgrading Tonga's national stadium in Nuku'alofa ahead of the 2019 Pacific Games.
"New Zealand looks forward to working with the Tongan Government to improve Teufaiva Stadium in the lead up to the 2019 Pacific Games and other international events," says Mr Key.
"Teufaiva Stadium is already an important site for domestic rugby, athletics and community events and will be a great venue for the Pacific Games."
"New Zealand supports a fit-for-purpose upgrade of the stadiumm that will expand its utility while supporting the strong community that participates in current stadium events."
"I'm happy that New Zealand can assist Tonga in its efforts to promote sports and healthy lifestyles in Tonga" says Mr Key.
The first step in the upgrade work will be a New Zealand funded feasibility study and design, and the technical support for the Tongan Government.
Mr Key made the annoucement in Tonga today where he is visiting from June 3-5, as part of the 2014 Pacific Mission.