Newly refurbished Tonga stadium badly damaged by Gita

Nuku'alofa's Teufaiva Stadium has been badly damaged in Cyclone Gita just months after a multi million dollar upgrade funded by New Zealand.

Matangi Tonga reports less than eight months after being officially re-opened, the stadium has fallen back into disrepair after much of its tin roofing was torn off during the cyclone a week ago.

The New Zealand Government funded the upgrade last year to the tune of $US1.5 million dollars and the stadium was re-opened in a ceremony in June.