Certification brings cheer to 27 local handicrafters

    Twenty-seven handicrafters in Nuku’alofa under a handicraft training program were awarded with certificates on Wednesday 27.

    Participants and organisers gathered at Girl Guides Training Centre in Nuku'alofa for the awards which were presented by Lady Tuna Fielakepa.  

    The New Zealand funded program was aimed at providing opportunities for local communities to obtain sources of income through cultural tourism activities.

    The short handicraft training courses were designed to prepare participants to know how to make jewellery from local materials.

    It also provided workshops to help participants to screen-print a wide range of items and to weave and make handicrafts using cultural and professional skills.

    Participants, including10 men and 17 women, were also trained on customer service and tourism awareness.  

    Monalisa Palu, the National Coordinator of the program, said this was a chance for local communities to obtain income for their families.

    Provided under Tonga Handicrafts and Cultural Tourism Support Program, the trainers were: Sione Loseli for screen printing, Hu’ahulu Ha’unga for jewellery making and Taumosi Hemaloto for customer service and tourism awareness.

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    1. Ne ta’imalie ha toko 27 i he ‘aho Pulelulu 27 ‘i hano foaki ha’anau ngaahi tohi fakamo’oni ako  ‘i Nuku’alofa hili ‘enau kau atu ki ha  polokalama ako fakamea’a.

      Na’e fakatahataha hake ‘akinautolu ne kau pehe ki a kinautolu ne nau fokotu’utu’u ‘a e polokalama ni ki he Senita Ako’anga ‘a e Girl Guides ki he foaki tohi fakamo’oni ako ni ‘a ia ne feia ‘e ‘Eiki Tuna Fielakepa.

      Ko ha polokalama fakapa’anga ‘eni ‘a Nu’u Sila na’e taumu’a ke ne ‘oange ha faingamalie ki he kakai ‘o e komiunitii ke ma’u ha’anau seniti mei he ngaahi ngaue fakatakimamata ‘oku faka’aonga’i ai ‘a e ngaahi naunau tu’u fonua ‘a Tonga.

      Ko e ngaahi koosi nounou ‘eni ki he fakamea’a ne fatu ke teuteu’i ‘a kinautolu na’e kau ke nau ‘ilo e anga hono fatu ‘o e siueli mei he ngaahi me’a pe ‘oku ala ma’u ‘i honau feitu’u.

      Ne toe ‘i ai heni ‘a e faingamalie ki ha ngaahi uekasopu ke tokoni’i kinautolu ne kauu ke nau lava ‘o fai ‘a e paaki hiki tatau ‘o ha kupesi pe fakatataa pea  lalanga mo ngaohi ‘a e ngaahi me’a nimamea’a ‘o faka’aonga’i ‘a e poto’i anga fakafonua mo fakapolofesinale.

      Ko kinautolu ne kau hake, ‘a ia ko e kau fefine ‘e toko 17 mo e kau tangata ‘e toko 10 na’e toe ako’i kinautolu ki he tali kakai mo hono fakatokanga’ia ‘o e ngaue faka-Takimamata.

      Pehe ‘e Monalisa Palu ko e kou’otineita ia ‘a e polokalama ni ko ha faingamalie ‘eni ki he komiuniti ke ma’u ha seniti ma ‘a honau ngaahi famili.

      Ko e polokalama ni na’e fakalele ‘e he Tonga Handicrafts and Cultural Tourism Support Program ‘o ako’i ‘a e paaki tatau ‘o ha kupesi ‘e Sione Loseli, ngaohi siueli faka-Tonga ne fai ia ‘e Hu’ahulu Ha’unga pea ko e tali kakai mo hono tokangaekina ‘o e takimamata ne ako’i ia ‘e Taumosi Hemaloto.

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