New Zealand High Commission Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Getting hands dirty for - "Clean Up the World" Day
NZHC staff joined the national clean up Tonga campaign on Friday 26th September, volunteering to tackle areas along the foreshore in Nuku’alofa. The clean up crew eagerly hopped into their cars and took off with their trash bags and gloves for a very good cause.
Leading the pack was the High Commissioner Jonathan Austin wearing bright red along with the others to show support for the ‘Ikale Tahi Tongan rugby team (plus some black for the All Blacks and Office Manager Tapu Fisi'ihoi betraying her Samoan roots with a spot of blue).
Astounded by the amount of rubbish people carelessly throw away, each staff worked side by side friends and family to clear up the trash, pick up debris and transform their area into a strikingly clean site. Other than benefiting from the exercise in the great outdoors, staff felt hugely satisfied knowing that their efforts made a difference to their community. A whole load of rubbish and recycling was taken away. Our participation even featured on the national TV news.