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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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Friday 31 January 2014
Noumea, New Caledonia
Dr Colin Tukuitonga is the new Director-General of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) based in Noumea, New Caledonia effective on January 23.
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Wednesday 9 October 2013
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Taniela Halahuni (22) has made a remarkable recovery from a coma after sustaining severe head injuries during a violent attack by Tupou College students at a Tofoa home in July.
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Thursday 26 September 2013
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
HRH Princess Pilolevu officially opened the 16th Pasifika Medical Association Conference at the Fa'onelua Convention Centre, Nuku'alofa on Tuesday evening, 24 September.
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Thursday 11 July 2013
Neiafu, Vava'u
Free medical services are being provided this week to some of Tonga’s isolated islands through a floating health care clinic, under the Sea Mercy programme .
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Tuesday 25 June 2013
Neiafu, Vava'u
Tonga’s Kau Mai netball campaign has attracted 55 teams who have registered in Vava’u since its launch there last Saturday 22 June, in a programme that tackles obesity in Tonga, where over 90 percent of the adult population are over-weight.
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Tuesday 18 June 2013
Noumea, New Caledonia
Scientific and public health experts including Tonga's Chief Surgeon and former Minister of Health Lord (Dr) Viliami Tangi is part of a new Scientific and Technical Expert Group of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community's Public Health Division that met in Noumea on June 17-18.
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Wednesday 12 June 2013
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Ten days of medical and civic assistance to Tonga under the Pacific Partnership Mission began on Tongatapu today, June 12 with the arrival of the USS Pearl Harbor bringing military personnel and civilians, including doctors and veterinarians.
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Wednesday 24 April 2013
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Australian Government has given the Tongan Government a generous $8.7 million pa’anga boost to support salaries and service delivery in the health and education sectors.
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Saturday 13 April 2013

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
FROM OUR ARCHIVES: Domestic violence statistics in Tonga are disturbing, women have died, and the high rate of physical, sexual and emotional abuse impacts the whole community. It is shocking to see Tonga, a Christian country, bashing its daughters as soon as they become women, community leaders said in Nuku'alofa on April 12, 2013.
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Monday 4 March 2013
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's pubic servants have launched a year-long programme to combat non-communicable diseases and to create healthier workplaces in an effort to "build a healthier quality public service for Tonga".
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Wednesday 13 February 2013
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Dr Kolini Vaea, a general surgeon at Vaiola Hospital in Tongatapu has been selected as one of five Pacific Islanders of the Greg Urwin Awards for 2013.
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Wednesday 5 December 2012
Melbourne, Australia
An Australian medical research scientist, Dr Tu’uhevaha Kaitu’u-Lino, has been recognised for her work in women's health and recently chosen as a Victorian Tall Poppy, an award for excellence in scientific research and communication.
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Thursday 22 November 2012
Nukunuku, Tonga
Christmas is just around the corner. But, I bet the festive spirit in Nukunuku, will be ... gloomy I think. Dust, is now the order of our days twenty-four-seven for two months running...houses, drinking water and from new born to the elderly have their dose of dust every day. When will the road work complete? It left us to wonder what went wrong? Whether there was adequate funding for the project?- Witcliffe TM.
Monday 29 October 2012
Neiafu, Vava'u
More than 150 women in Vava'u underwent free testing for breast cancer and one woman who was detected with a lump was referred to hospital, during the first Breast Cancer Awareness program launched on October 26-27, in Tonga's outer islands.
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Sunday 14 October 2012
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Tonga Breast Cancer Society Inc. raised over $3,000 from a Pink Luncheon and auction attended by over 100 people at the Scenic Hotel, Fua'amotu on Saturday October 13.
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Monday 1 October 2012
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Breast cancer ranks as one of the top 20 causes of death in Tonga and the rate is higher here than in the developed countries because women are leaving it too late to come forward for detection and treatment, speakers at the launch of "Pink October" for public awareness said this morning. A Vaiola Hospital surgeon Dr Saia Piukala called for traditional and religious healers and all Tongans to become involved in the talanoa on breast cancer in order to save more lives. Photos by Linny Folau.
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Monday 23 April 2012
Manila, Philippines
In the Western Pacific Region, two to three million people per year contract diseases that could be prevented by immunization. These diseases cause severe illness and, in some cases, death, the World Health Organization (WHO) stated in launching World Immunization Week on April 23.
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Wednesday 7 March 2012
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Tonga Cabinet has approved the establishment of a Renal Dialysis Unit at the Vaiola Hospital, the Minister of Health Hon. 'Uliti Uata said at Vaiola Hospital yesterday, March 6, but on the condition that there would be public consultation on the subject and public participation in the running of the unit.
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