The National- Tuesday, January 11, 2011
By ELIZABETH VUVU
THE Chan family in New Ireland has freed up more than 28ha of land to build a new high school for Tanga Island.
The Tanga people joined the Catholic church last week to honour and thank the family for the land to have the new Tanir High School a near reality.
Catholic bishop Ambrose Kiapseni thanked Governor Sir Julius Chan and the family for the gift to the church and people of Tanga and Anir island communities.
The piece of land was bought from the Chan family for K75,000 by the New Ireland provincial government, however, Sir Julius did not take the money but instead donated K50,000 to the church and K20,000 to his Pasomobo clan and 11 other sub-clans as a token of appreciation by his late father, Chin Pak, who planted the coconut plantation in the 1930s.
The remaining K5,000 funded the cheque presentation which was witnessed by leaders.
Kiapseni said the church was most grateful to the governor and the Chan family for their foresight to make education key development on the islands, giving people an avenue to prosper and excel through education.
He said the current government leadership demonstrated a keen heart for the people through its visionary policies that embraced the churches and the people needed to support the government to realise greater development in future.