Tongan Oamaru speaks out

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Almost one in five Oamaruvians are Tongan, the Waitaki District Council was told yesterday.

Waitaki’s Tongan population has grown significantly – prompting Waitaki Tongan Community president Talanoa Palu to make a submission to the Waitaki District Council, urging them to take Tongans into account in the Long-Term Plan.

In a submission to the Waitaki District Council’s Draft 2015-25 Long Term Plan, Mrs Palu said Oamaru’s Tongan community makes up close to 20% of the town’s population.

By Daniel Birchfield

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