The New Ireland Provincial Government will continue to provide funding to churches for delivery of services.
New Ireland Governor, Sir Julius Chan, said the United Church has been the helping hand for when the government fails to provide.
“The work of churches has always been the supporting hand to the provincial government in delivering services,” said Sir Julius.
“In most cases, the government is always found handicapped by administration processes when delivering services to people. The partnership with churches to embrace development will continue,” added Governor Chan.
A sum of K800,000 is provided to the United Church Synod in New Ireland every year.
Education and health services have been the two sectors most services churches partner with the government in order to provide.
The Catholic Church, United Church, Seventh Day Adventist and other Pentecostal churches have all been partners with the New Ireland Provincial Government in delivering vital services.
Governor Chan made these remarks at a recent church opening on the west coast of Namatanai.