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Saturday 4 May 2019

Denarau, Fiji
With a dire warning that, “If we do not act now, by 2050, 90% of the region’s coral reefs will be dead, and there will be no commercially exploitable wild fish stocks left,” the President of the Asian Development Bank, Mr Takehiko Nakao, launched an ‘Action Plan for Healthy Oceans and Sustainable Blue Economies for Asia and the Pacific’ yesterday, 3 May in Fiji. By Pesi Fonua.
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Tuesday 21 November 2017

Brighton, United Kingdom
Despite the clear evidence linking poverty to psychological distress, policies tackling poverty do not typically take shame into account. ... Being poor is a highly shameful experience, degrading one’s dignity and sense of self-worth. While the manifestations and causes of poverty differ, the humiliation that accompanies it is universal. Recent research conducted at the University of Oxford found that from China to the United Kingdom, people facing economic hardship – even children – experience a nearly identical assault on their pride and self-esteem.
Monday 21 November 2016

Vaini, Tongatapu, Tonga
An Eco-tourism project, Vai ko Felefonu (Felefonu Pool) in Vaini was officially launched by the Acting Prime Minister, Lord Ma’afu and his son Hon. Tevita 'Unga last Friday, 18 November, after the area received a $70,000 make-over. The project has provided a landscaped space that can be used for the selling of handicrafts by women and youth interested in tourism activities.
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Tuesday 20 September 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The latest Asian Development Bank Report on our country shows that twenty-two and one-half percent (22.5%) of our people in Tonga live below the poverty line!! That is a national shame! Shame on our government! Shame on our rulers! Shame on us as people! – Peni Katoa.
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Wednesday 14 September 2016
Manila, Philippines
Some 22.5% of Tonga’s population - or over 23,200 people live below the national poverty line, according to the Asian Development Bank's latest statistics released yesterday. The high cost of living as well as lack of access to basic infrastructure, services and utilities and the lack of employment or opportunities to generate income make it difficult for people to meet their basic needs.
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Thursday 14 January 2016
Kent, United Kingdom
The United Nations recently claimed that the Millennium Development Goal that focused on primary education increased global enrolment from 83% to 91%. Despite these gains, today it is estimated that 124 million children do not attend school and 757 million adults are illiterate.
Saturday 13 June 2015

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
An American photojournalist Paola Gianturco (75) will feature stories of local girls under the Talitha Project in her sixth photographic book ‘Wonder Girls’, to celebrate girl activists from around the world who are making the world a better place.
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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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Tuesday 9 April 2013
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Violence is a learned behavior. Community violence is a traumatic event that is a bad symptom of something that has reached deep into our society. It is a behavior of citizens who are stressed, who are trying to cope and solve problems. Some of the sources of stress include poverty, lack of housing, joblessness, family pressures, and hopelessness. ...In random community violence, like we are seeing here in Tongatapu, there are no warnings. This should make us all realize that something like this could happen to us. By Kristi Seymour.
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Monday 19 November 2012
Washington DC, USA
Today (November 15), the World Bank Board of Directors approved a US$1.8 million grant for Tonga, to help strengthen the economy and improve critical service delivery for its population of 104,000 people.
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Thursday 29 December 2011
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
We have in our beautiful country, a group of men who beg or penipeni people on the streets of Nuku'aolfa to buy alcohol, and they are drunk 90% of the time. They are a real menace to society. – Concerned Citizen.
Monday 21 February 2011
Rome, Italy
In a world that has 1.6 billion people who are overweight, the biggest challenge to mobilizing action against hunger is that hunger is becoming invisible in places, "and in a world exploding with prosperity and possibility we have become morally bankrupt, we have lost the sense of compassion. . .," UN Messenger of Peace HRH Princess Haya Al Hussein said this weekend, appealing to leaders who can make a difference for the rural poor. - By Mary Lyn Fonua
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Sunday 29 January 2006
California, USA
I came across your website for the first time approximately 3-4 years ago, and since then, it has been very educational and entertaining. As such, it has been a tremendous pleasure for me to utilize the same to learn more about our Kingdom Island. ... I hope that the on-going political changes in the Kingdom Island will bring hope, fairness, and chance for the poor people of Tonga to live comfortably- just like their superiors. How can the government and its high officials sleep well at night, knowing their people are suffering?. - Joe
Tuesday 1 March 2005
Dili, East Timor
East Timor's government, angered by published reports of famine deaths it denies, has severed relations with one of the country's two daily newspapers, Suara Timor Lorosae.
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Monday 1 December 2003
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tongan communities realise they need new skills and more income. - Matangi Tonga, Vol. 18, No. 3
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