Tens of thousands of pa’anga raised for ʻIkale Tahi by Aoniu is yet to be paid to players

    ‘Epeli Taione, the Chair of Tonga Rugby Union and also one of the organisers of the Aoniu Fundrasing. Photo/Facebook


    Tonga’s Rugby World Cup team players are yet to receive any of the money raised in Tonga as a donation for their representing the kingdom.

    The Aoniu Fundraising Committee said the money must be paid to the ʻIkale Tahi team members as soon as possible.

    However, it has been revealed that not all donations promised to the fundraising committee have been paid.

    The Committee announced in the weeks ahead of the tournament that they would organise a dinner to raise money to help the boys and their families while they were in England.

    A function was held at the Queen Salote Memorial Hall on September 11, with 10 seat tables going for TP$500, or TP$1000 if they were hosted by a member of the royal family or a former ʻIkale Tahi player.

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    But Tonga Rugby Union Chair ʻEpeli Taione revealed to Kaniva News yesterday the money had not yet been paid to the players.

    The money was set to be given as a bonus after the ʻIkale Tahi’s match with Argentina or New Zealand, but “since we blew out, we will probably give it this week as a thank you sweetener,” Taione said.

    Some people who had promised to donate to the  fundraising dinner by either attending it or buying tables had yet to pay up.

    “There is (sic) people who haven’t pay (sic) up their tables but they will give out this week and they are the most credible people I know,” Taione said.

    After the fundraising Taione wrote on his Facebook page that the Aoniu Fundraising Committee had raised TP$75,919 (US$34,645.64/NZ$52,431.42). He then divided the money by 32, the number of the ʻIkale Tahi players and said each one should get TP$2380 each.

    It was not clear whether the TP$75,919 reported by Taione was cash collected before and on the night of the fundraising dinner or whether it included the money that had been promised, but not yet paid.

    The ʻIkale Tahi coach Mana ‘Otai  said he did not know whether or not the money had been paid to the boys because the arrangement was that the money would be paid directly to each player’s bank account.

    Team captain Nili Latu was reluctant to respond to Kaniva News’ questions about the Aoniu donation. He said he needed time to talk to all the players before he could comment on whether or not they got the money.

    Another fundraising event was held in Auckland to raise money for the Tongan team in the first week of September. It was organised by a group of Tongan ʻIkale Tahi supporters led by Kite Tuʻakalau, Melino Maka and ʻEseta Finau.

    They raised more than NZ$20,000  and according to Tuʻakalau they had already paid the money to the ʻIkale Tahis, with each player receiving TP$800.

    The main points

    • Tonga’s Rugby World Cup team players have not received any of the money raised in Tonga as a donation for their representing the kingdom.
    • The Aoniu Fundraising Committee said the money must be paid to the ‘Ikale Tahi team members as soon as possible.
    • Tonga Rugby Union Chair ʻEpeli Taione revealed to Kaniva News yesterday the money had not yet been paid to the players.
    • The money was set to be given as a bonus after the ʻIkale Tahiʻs match with Argentina or New Zealand, but “since we blew out, we will probably give it this week as a thank you sweetener,” Taione said.

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    1. ‘Oku te’eki ai ke ma’u ‘e he ‘Īkale Tahí ʻa e paʻanga lau mano ne tānaki he feinga paʻanga ʻa e Aoniú.

      Ka kuo pehē mei he Kōmiti Feinga Paʻangá ni kuopau ke totongi atu ʻa e paʻangá ki he ʻĪkale Tahí ʻi he vave tahá.

      Neongo iá kuo fakahā kuo teʻeki lava ʻo tānaki kotoa ʻa e ngaahi palōmesi fakapaʻanga ki he tina feinga paʻanga ko ʻení talu ʻene ʻosi.

      Ne fanongonongo ʻe he kōmití ʻi he ngaahi uike ki muʻa he kamata ʻa e tunamení te nau fokotuʻutuʻu ha tina ke feingaʻi ha paʻanga ke tokoni ki he tamaikí mo honau ngaahi fāmilí lolotonga ʻenau ʻi ʻIngilaní.

      Ne fakahoko leva ha tina feinga paʻanga ʻi he Holo Fakamanatu ko ia ʻo Kuini Sāloté ʻi Sepitema ʻaho 11 ʻo paʻanga ʻe $500 ki he tēpile sea ʻe 10 pe ko e paʻanga ʻe $1,000 kapau ko ha tēpile ʻe ʻai ʻe he Fale ʻo e Tuʻí pe ko ha taha ne vaʻinga ʻĪkale Tahi ki muʻa.

      Ka kuo fakahā ʻe he Sea ʻo e ʻIunioni ʻAkapulu ʻa Tongá ki he Ongoongo ʻa e Kanivá ʻaneafi ʻoku teʻeki totongi ʻa e paʻangá ki he kau vaʻingá.

      Naʻe fokotuʻutuʻu ke toki ʻoange ko ha pōnasi ʻa e ʻIkale Tahi ʻi he tau mo ʻĀsenitiná pe ko Nuʻu Silá ka ne hili e foʻí ngali ʻe toki ʻoange he uiké ni ko ha meʻaʻofa ke fakahoungaʻi e vaʻinga ʻa e tamaikí ko e lau ia ʻa Taioné.

      Ne ʻi ai ʻa e niʻihi ne nau palōmesi ʻe nau tokoni fakapaʻanga ki he tina feinga paʻangá ni pe ko ʻenau kau hake ki he tiná ʻo totongi haʻanau tēpile ka kuo teʻeki totongi e siliní ia ki he kōmití.

      ʻI he lau ʻa Taioné ne ne pehē ko e kakai ne teʻeki totongi ʻenau tēpilé ʻe ʻoange ia ʻi he uiké ni pea ko e kakai ʻeni ʻokú ne ʻilo lelei ko e kakai falalaʻanga ʻaupito.

      Hili foki ʻa e feinga paʻangá ne tohi ai ʻa Taione ʻi heʻene peesi Feisipuká ʻo ne pehē kuo tānaki ʻe he Aoniú ha paʻanga ʻe TP$75,919. Ne ne hanga leva ʻo vahevahe 32 ia ʻa ia ko e tokolahi ia ʻo e tamaiki vaʻinga peá ne pehē ʻe taki $2380 ʻa e tokotaha.

      Ne ʻikai foki mahino pe ko e $75,919 ko ʻeni ne fakahā ʻe Taioné ko e paʻanga kesi ia ne ʻosi tānakí pe ko hono fakatahaʻi mo e paʻanga ne palōmesi ki he ngaahi tēpile ne nofoʻi lolotonga e tiná ka kuo teʻeki totongi ha sēniti ai ki he kōmití.

      Ne pehē ʻe he faiako ʻa e ʻĪkale Tahí Mana ʻŌtai ki he Kanivá ʻoku ʻikai ke ne ʻilo pe kuo ʻosi totongi ʻa e paʻanga ʻa e Aoniú ki he tamaiki pe ʻikai he ko e fokotuʻutuʻú ke totongi hangatonu pe ʻa e sēniti ia ki he ʻakauni pangikē ʻa e tamasiʻi vaʻinga takitaha.

      Ne kiʻi ʻāmio pe tali mai ʻa Nili Lātū ki he fehuʻi atu mei he Kanvá kau ki he tokoni ʻofa ko ʻeni mei he Aoniú ka ne iku ʻo ne pehē ke ʻoleva kae talanoa ki he tamaiki vaʻinga ke fakapapauʻi pe kuo nau maʻu pe ʻikai ki muʻa pea toki ʻomai haʻane lau.

      Ne ʻi ai foki mo ha feinga paʻanga ne fakahoko ʻi Nuʻu Sila ni ʻo tataki ia ʻe Kite Tuʻakalau, Melino Maka mo ʻEseta Fīnau ke tokoni ki he ʻIkale Tahí. Ne feʻunga ia mo e paʻanga ʻe Ua Mano tupu pea ne pehē ʻe Tuʻakalau ne ʻosi totongi atu ia ki he tamaiki vaʻinga ʻo nau taki 800 Tonga.

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