Fundraisers must make sure money for ‘Ikale Tahi is wisely managed, Sika warns

    Any fundraising for Tonga’s national rugby union team while they are in England for the World Cup next week must be wisely managed, Parliament has been warned.

    The Whole House Committee Chairperson Hon. Sēmisi Sika told Parliament on Monday that any money raised must be spent on its intended purpose.

    Hon. Sika made the comments while telling the House about a national fundraising campaign for the the ‘Ikale Tahi, who face Georgia in a Pool C game in Kingsholm, Gloster, on September 19.

    The fundraising event will be held in Nuku’alofa this Friday.

    Hon. Sika warned that in the past Tongan sport teams competing overseas had not received most of the money raised because the events were not well planned and managed.

    Hon. Sika, who is the chairman of the Tonga Rugby League Committee, referred to two fundraising campaigns in Auckland in 2011 and 2013.

    He said: “Ko e motu’á ni ‘oku fuoloa mai ‘eku fa’a poupou ki he ngaahi me’a pehé ní. Ko ‘etau ‘osi kotoa atu ko ia ki ‘Okalani ‘i he 2011, na’a tau kau atu ki he ngaahi feinga pa’anga na’e fai aí. Na’e ‘i ai e feinga pa’anga ia na’e tānaki e 1 kilu pea ‘osi pea to e ‘alu pē kilú ia ki he ngaahi fakamole ko ia na’e faí”.

    (Translation: “I have been involved in supporting fundraising such as this one for a long time. We were all in Auckland in 2011 and we participated in fundraising there. One fundraising campaign raised NZ$100,000 and nearly all the money raised went on paying for the expense of holding the activity.”)

    Hon Sika said that in 2013 he was in Auckland with the Mate Ma’a Tonga rugby league team and a committee in New Zealand staged a fundraising for the team before they flew to England.

    He said once again most of the money raised went to paying for the expenses of organising the fundraising event.

    Hon. Sika said it appeared this pattern of unsuccessful fundraising was common among the Tongan community in Tonga and Tongans overseas.

    He said people should take notice of previous failures so they would not be repeated when raising money for the ‘Ikale Tahi.

    Prince Taufa’ahau takes the lead

    Hon. Sika said the royal family had been informed about Friday’s activity and young Prince Tau’ahau already bought five tickets.

    He told the House all money raised on Friday would all go to the ‘Ikale Tahi team, except for some minor expenses that had to be paid from the money.

    This would be limited to necessary equipment such as chairs and tables hired to be used during the fundraising and nothing else.

    Hon. Sika said there had been plans to ask some of the members of the public to help pay for these items so they could save money.

    However, given that people had only recently paid for their kavenga (obligations such as presenting gifts) during the coronation of His Majesty, he thought it might be better to use part of the money raised to pay for the equipment and the rest would go the ‘Ikale Tahi players.

    Fundraising in Auckland

    In 2011 a committee in New Zealand was set up to raise fund for the ‘Ikale Tahi. The committee was believed to have raised about NZ$100,000 dollars, but most of the money was used to pay expenses such as the hotel in the city where the fundraising dinner was held.

    It is believed that not all the money owing for the NZ$1000 per table tickets could be collected.

    The fundraising in 2013 for the Mate Ma’a Tonga was held at the Otahuhu Rugby League Club.

    Kaniva News attended the fundraising night and witnessed people standing outside the door complaining that they had pre-paid for tables at the dinner, but when they arrived all tables were fully occupied.

    When they complained to the organiser, they were told the tables had been taken by people who arrived earlier and paid at the door.

    The issue was widely discussed on social media the following day. Many people believed the main problem was that people who did the fundraisings were only volunteers and Good Samaritans who were willing to help, but did not have the skills or knowledge to organise such events.

    The main points

    • Any fundraising for Tonga’s national rugby union team while they are in England for the World Cup next week must be wisely managed, Parliament has been warned.
    • The Whole House Committee Chairperson Hon Sēmisi Sika told Parliament on Monday that any money raised must be spent on its intended purpose.
    • Sika made the comments while telling the House about a national fundraising campaign for the the ‘Ikale Tahi to be held in Nuku’alofa this Friday.
    • Tonga play Georgia on September 19.

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    1. Kuopau ke fakapapau’i ʻe he kau feinga paʻanga maʻa e ʻĪkale Tahí ʻe fakapotopoto ʻa hono fakahokó, ko e fakatokanga ia mei a ʻOnapolo Sēmisi Sika.

      Ko ha feinga paʻanga ʻe fai maʻa e timi ʻakapulu fakafonua ʻa Tongá lolotonga ʻenau ʻi ʻIngilani ki hono tauʻi e Ipu ʻa Māmani ʻi he uike kahaʻú kuopau ke fai fakapotopoto ko ha fakatokanga ia kuo ʻoatu ki he Fale Aleá.

      Ne fakahā ʻe he Sea ʻo e Kōmiti Kakato Sēmisi Sika ki he Fale Aleá ʻi he ʻaho Mōnité ko ha paʻanga ʻe maʻu kuopau ke fakamoleki ki hono taumuʻa totonu ne tuʻunga ai hono fakahokó.

      Ko e meʻa ʻeni ʻa ʻOnapolo Sika lolotonga ʻene fakahā ki he Falé ʻa e feinga paʻanga fakafonua ʻe fai maʻa e ʻĪkale Tahí ʻa ia foki te ne fepaki mo Georgia ʻi he pulu C ʻi Kingshom, Gloster ʻi Sepitema ʻaho 19.

      ʻE fakahoko e feinga paʻanga ko ʻení ʻi Nukuʻalofa ʻi he ʻaho Falaité.
      Kuo fakatokanga foki ʻa Sika fekauʻaki mo e ngaahi feinga paʻanga maʻa e ngaahi timi sipoti ʻa Tongá ʻi muli ne iku ʻo lahi ange meʻa ia ne ʻalu ʻi hono toe totongi ʻo e fakamolé ʻi he meʻa ne taumuʻa ki aí ʻa ia ko e kau vaʻingá pea ne tupu ia ko e ʻikai palaniʻi lelei mo fakapotopoto hono fakahokó.

      Ko Sika foki ʻoku Sea ʻi he Kōmiti ʻAkapulu Liiki ʻa Tongá pea naʻá ne lave ai heni ki ha ongo feinga paʻanga ʻe ua ne fakahoko ʻi ʻAokalani ʻi he 2011 mo e 2013.

      Naʻá ne meʻa ai ʻo pehē: “Ko e motu’á ni ‘oku fuoloa mai ‘eku fa’a poupou ki he ngaahi me’a pehé ní. Ko ‘etau ‘osi kotoa atu ko ia ki ‘Okalani ‘i he 2011, na’a tau kau atu ki he ngaahi feinga pa’anga na’e fai aí. Na’e ‘i ai e feinga pa’anga ia na’e tānaki e 1 kilu pea ‘osi pea to e ‘alu pē kilú ia ki he ngaahi fakamole ko ia na’e faí”.

      Naʻá ne toe meʻa mai mo e timi līkí ʻi he 2013 ʻo fakahoko ai ʻe ha toe kōmiti ʻe taha kehe ʻi Nuʻu Silá ni ha feinga paʻanga maʻa e timi ki muʻa nau folau atu ki ʻIngilaní ki he Ipu ʻa Māmaní pea ko e meʻa tatau pe naʻe hokó.

      Pehē ʻe Siká ʻoku meimei tatau pe meʻa ʻoku hoko peheni i ha feinga paʻanga ʻi Tonga mo muli pea ʻoku fiemaʻu ke fai ha tokanga ki ai ke ʻoua naʻa toe hoko.

      Ne toe pehē foki ʻe Sika kuo ʻafioʻi mei Fale Lahi ʻa e feinga paʻanga ko ʻení pea kuo totongi ai ʻe he Tama Pilinisi ia ko Taufaʻāhaú ha tikite e nima ki muʻa ʻoku teʻeki fakahoko e feinga paʻangá.

      Ne ne toe fakahā foki ki he Falé ko e paʻanga kotoa ʻe maʻu heni ʻe ʻalu kotoa ia ki he tamaiki vaʻingá tukukehe pe ha fanga kiʻi fakamole ikiiki ʻe pau ke toʻo mei he siliní.

      ʻA ia ʻe fakangatangata pe fakamole ko ʻení ki he ngaahi meʻangāue ʻe fiemaʻu hangē ko e sea mo e tēpile ke ngāueʻaki ki he feinga paʻangá.

      Ne ne pehē foki ne ʻi ai pe fokotuʻutuʻu ke kole pe ki ha niʻihi mei he kakaí ke nau ala mai ʻo toʻo atu e fatongia ko ia ki he ngaahi meʻangāue ko ʻení ka ko e fakaʻatuʻi pe kakaí koeʻuhi ne toki ʻosi atu e Hilifaki Kalauní mo hono kaveinga.

      ʻI he 2011 ne fakahoko ai ʻe ha kōmiti ʻi Nuʻu Sila ha feinga paʻanga maʻa e ʻĪkale Tahí. ʻOku ʻi ai e tui ne lava ʻe he kōmiti ko ʻení ʻo tānaki ha paʻanga nai ʻe Taha Kilu, ka ko e konga lahi ʻo e paʻangá ni ne toe fakaʻaongaʻi pe ia ki hono totongi ʻo e hōtele ne fakahoko ai ʻa e tina feinga paʻangá ʻi sitií.

      ʻOku ʻi aim o e tui foki ko e ngaahi tikite ko ia ʻa ia ne paʻanga $1000 ki he tēpile ne ʻikai maau hono tānakí ʻo na.

      Ko e feinga paʻanga ko ia ʻi he 2013 maʻa e Mate Maʻa Tongá ne fakahoko ia ʻi he Kalapu Liiki ʻa Otahuhu peá ne ʻi ai tonu ʻa e Kanivá.

      Ne mau fakamoʻoni mata ai ki ha lāunga ʻa ha niʻihi ne nau tuʻu holo ʻi tuʻa ʻo pehē kuo omi kinautolu kuo ʻikai toe maʻu haʻanau tēpile koeʻuhī kuo fonu ʻa fale ia.

      Pehē ʻe he faʻahinga koʻ ení ne nau ʻosi totongi tokamuʻa ʻe kinautolu ʻenau tēpilé.

      Ka ne pehē mei he kau fokotuʻutuʻu ia ʻo e tina ko ʻení ne tokolahi e muʻa ange ia ʻo kole ke nau toki totongi ʻenau tēpilé he matapaá pea nau fakaʻatā kinautolu ke hū nautolu pea ko e ikuʻanga ia ko e haʻu a kinautolu ia ne totongi taʻofí ʻo tōmui.

      Ne tālangaʻi lahi ʻa e meá ni he mītia fakasōsialé ʻo pehē ʻe he niʻihi ʻoku tupu ʻeni he ko e kakai ne nau fokotuʻutuʻu ʻa e ngaahi feinga paʻanga ko ʻeni ko e kau ʻofa p eke tokoni mo ha kau Samaletani Lelei ka ʻoku ʻikai haʻanau poto mo ʻilo ki he founga totonu hono fakalele ha faʻahinga ouau lahi pehē maʻa e kakaí.

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