27 Aug 2009

New Zealand telethon to help raise funds after Tongan ferry tragedy

4:50 pm on 27 August 2009

Two small New Zealand television stations Triangle and Stratos will screen a two hour telethon on Sunday night to help families of victims of the recent Tongan ferry disaster.

The programme is called Tonga 'Ofa Kihe Vahanoa and will feature performances by local Tongan groups and key speakers from the Tongan community.

The event is being backed by Pasifika Broadcasting, Kele'a newspaper, Pacific Media Network and the New Zealand Tongan Society for Political Reform in Tonga.

The fundraiser aims to give all the proceeds to the families of the victims.