Dolphin fountain restored as coronation sets to start

PHOTO: The new dolphin foundation commissioned by Prince Ata. Photo/Supplied

A historical site in Nukuʻalofa familiar to tourists and visitors since 1970 has been restored today after a new Dolphin Fountain was commissioned to mark the coronation of Their Majesties King Tupou VI and Queen Nanasipauʻu Tukuʻaho.

The new golden colour dolphin replaced a bronze dolphin gifted by the Queen of England  to Tonga four decades ago but was damaged and stolen two years ago.

In commissioning the fountain Prince Ata said the project beautifies the Nuku’alofa waterfront, which is now the Kingdom’s tourist hub.

Prince Ata thanked the Government for replacing the dolphin fountain.

Tourism Minister Hon ‘Etuate Lavulavu said while the old dolphin and its pool were on the ground, the new one has been raised to rise above the ground.

Hon Lavulavu said the beautification of the capital city was important for Tourism and thanked all those who participated in the cleaning up campaign before the Coronation Week started.

Prime Minister Hon ‘Akilisi Pohiva was also present at the event along with Cabinet Ministers Hon Poasi Tei and Hon Dr Pohiva Tu’ionetoa.

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