20 Nov 2009

New Tonga women's crisis centre to apply for NZ Aid funding

6:46 pm on 20 November 2009

NZ Aid says it's too early to confirm whether it'll fund a newly-opened emergency service for women in Tonga.

All but one of the 17 staff from the Tonga National Centre for Women and Children walked out at the end of October to form a new NGO called the Women and Children Crisis Centre.

The co-ordinator, 'Ofa-ki-Levuka Guttenbeil-Likiliki, says there's no funding for salaries yet so her staff are working as volunteers.

She says NZ Aid pays the salary costs for the national centre and she's applying for the same funding for the crisis centre.

But NZ Aid's media advisor, Adham Crichton, says it's too early to confirm whether his organisation will fund two organisations offering a smiliar service.

"We're yet to receive any proposal from this organisation you refer to and we would have to consider that once we'd received that proposal."