PTI NZ Bowling Stones winner in Tonga cyclone fundraiser

The annual New Zealand Tonga Business Council (NZTBC) Bowling Tournament turned up some surprising winners in a charity event to help the Red Cross relief effort in Tonga.  The competition was held in good spirits with the eventual winners making sure every bowl counted!

The trophy that champions PTI NZ won.

NZ Tonga Business Council Chairman Sione Taufa gave Pacific Periscope a rundown of the event and the winners of the tournament “The Bowling Stones” from Pacific Trade Invest New Zealand!

Here’s Mr Taufa’s Pacific Periscope report:

Malo e laumalie

The NZTBC “Bowling Stones” 2018 was a great success on Thursday evening.

The wind and rain that caused cancellation of the 2017 event was nowhere in sight and a good turnout meant we were set for a great evening.

After a hard-fought battle of 12 teams which had drama, thrashings, draws and defaults, the Pacific Trade Invest (PTI) New Zealand team of Michael Greenslade, Kate Greenslade, Ian Furlong and Jackie Furlong emerged victorious over the defending champs of Rhys Faleafa, Lopi Faleafa, Sam Tangitau and Sake Akana by the slimmest of margins. Congratulations to Mike and his team.

We would like to give a special malo ‘aupito to the bowls sub-committee of Christine, Sef and Charlotte for all the hard work and to Butch Riechelmann and the team at B&R Associates for the awesome catering.

Auctioneer Mike Greenslade squeezed the last cent out of the attendees as the evening also included an auction with items donated by Air New Zealand, Scenic Hotels, Villa Maria, Bob Wilton from Delegats, Reddy Group, New Zealand Warriors, Ralph Elika from ECG, PTI and Lion up for grabs.

The proceeds from the auction together with other donations meant were able to raise $5000 that will go to the Tonga Red Cross to assist with the recovery efforts due to Tropical Cyclone Gita.

On behalf of the Executive of the NZTBC we would like to thank all the sponsors, the bowling teams and of course our auction winners for helping us raise funds but also for making the event a success.

Malo ‘aupito.

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