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Monday 20 June 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The new Secretary General for the United Nations in 2017 has to be able to help the UN step up to the challenges, and women have to be part of the solutions, says the UNDP head, Helen Clark, who left Tonga today at the end of a Pacific islands visit.
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Monday 20 June 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Pacific is on the global frontlines of the fight against Non-Communicable Diseases and the time has come for action with deadlines to reverse the crisis without delay, regional leaders heard at the opening of the Pacific Non-Communicable Diseases Summit in Nuku’alofa, Tonga, this morning.
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Wednesday 15 June 2016

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Sione Talanoa Fifita says: "I admire the PM for acknowleding his sympathy with the flood victims and at least he was honest with his response, despite the fact he is not proactive enough. The global most concern now is climate change and he should have been forecasted that such natural disaster would occur and be proactive to put aside a proportion of the budget for such occurrence." Read 21 other comments on lack of funding for flooding...
Thursday 2 June 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The most serious challenge confronting the Tongan society today is the physical health of our people, HM King Tupou VI said, when he opened the 2016-17 session of parliament this morning, 2 June, in a thoughtful speech that also challenged legislators to educate Tonga's children for global employment, and urged them to engage with all stake holders in the economy and not unilaterally change operating conditions, that may stifle growth.
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Friday 19 February 2016
Washington D.C., U.S.A
The US Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, Daniel Russel, will travel to Apia, Samoa; Nuku'alofa, Tonga; and Koror, Palau, February 20-25, for bilateral meetings and regional consultations. Commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet Admiral Scott Swift will accompany Assistant Secretary Russel.
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Monday 8 February 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Australia will donate up to $500k to combat the Zika virus as part of an aid package to Pacific island countries to stop it from spreading and the initial focus of fighting the virus would be in Tonga, after it was confirmed five people contracted the virus and 259 suspected last week in Tonga.
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Friday 29 January 2016
Suva, Fiji
A United Nations initiative to combat ill health and the premature/preventable death of women, children and adolescents worldwide recently gained a Pacific Islands representative with the appointment of Dame Meg Taylor, Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat, to the Every Woman Every Child High Level Advisory Group.
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Friday 22 January 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Naming Tonga the fattest nation in the world, a BBC report on 18 January 2016 says that consumption of imported mutton lamb flaps is to blame. But Tonga’s Director of Health, Dr Siale 'Akau'ola, says that it’s the quantity of food Tongans eat that’s the main problem, not mutton lamb flaps.
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Wednesday 11 November 2015

Auckland, New Zealand
Tongan Dr Simione Lolohea (48) a surgeon in Hamilton is one of only two doctors in New Zealand offering hot chemotherapy, a rare and controversial cancer treatment.
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Tuesday 1 September 2015

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Newly released Pacific Hazardous Waste survey reports have identified the risk of asbestos materials to health in 13 Pacific Island countries, including Tonga. Fibres can travel to the lungs and result in asbestosis, mesothelioma and other lung cancers, stated PacWaste.
Wednesday 13 May 2015
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Three men who were found dead in different plantations in Tongatapu and Vava’u in early May, are reported to have died from heart attacks, said a police spokesperson in Nuku'alofa today.
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Thursday 15 January 2015
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Sydney resident, 26 year-old Ulu Tu‘ipulotu is being called the heaviest man in Australia. His official weight, a whopping 337 kilograms. Ulu could also possibly be the heaviest Tongan in the world.
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Tuesday 16 December 2014

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A container-load of rotten meat in plastic wrappers dumped off Tongatapu's scenic cliffs at Makeke yesterday, with the knowledge of the Ministry of Health, left a trail of stinking sausages on the lookout, foul plastic strewn down the cliff face and a sea of brown boxes and plastic bags washing against the coastline.
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Monday 10 November 2014
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A newborn baby boy who was found alive after being abandoned inside shrubs at the gateway of the Mahina Fekite residence in Nuku'alofa on Sunday, November 9 is recovering well at Vaiola Hospital.
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Tuesday 26 August 2014
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
David Maka (26) who was shot in the United States four years ago, is grateful to a Chinese doctor who last week extracted a bullet from his chest, located close to his heart, where it could have killed him over time.
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Monday 25 August 2014
Noumea, New Caledonia
Tonga currently has an increasing number of cases of Dengue serotype 3, while Samoa and American Samoa have increasing numbers of Chikungunya, and there are current Measles alerts in the Western Pacific in Papua New Guinea, Federated States of MIcronesia and the Solomon Islands. The alerts can be seen on a new web-based map of the ‘Epidemic and emerging disease alerts in the Pacific region' launched recently by the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC).
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Friday 8 August 2014
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
‘Peace Ark’, a Naval Hospital Ship from China, will visit Nuku‘alofa on August 13-20 to provide medical services.
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Thursday 24 April 2014
Suva, Fiji
Widespread coverage by Pacific immunisation programmes is a significant reason why deaths to children under the age of five have dramatically declined in the Pacific countries and territories. But there are still too many children who are not fully vaccinated and not only are they at risk, but they tend to be in groups who are susceptible to an outbreak, warns Dr Karen Allen, the Representative of the United Nations Children’s Fund in the Pacific, at the start of World Immunisation Week, today.
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Thursday 13 March 2014
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
“Hardship” is the new word describing poverty in the Pacific Islands, where “the label of poverty is considered culturally inappropriate,” according to a report released by the World Bank this week, that highlights the increasing concerns over the vulnerability of many people living in its 11 member countries.
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Wednesday 5 March 2014
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
“Foul” is the only way to describe a container-load of around 10 tonnes of rotten chicken, dumped onto a picnic spot on Tongatapu’s scenic Hufangalupe coastline last week. The maggoty mess has disgusted locals and remained a stinking issue this morning.
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