Tongan teacher commits suicide citing depression

Silakivai Vaea, a male teacher at Tonga High School, took his own life last week.

Police have yet to release details surrounding the incident but a family member has confirmed Vaea committed suicide.

His brother Henelē Vaea told Kakalu-ʻO-Tonga newspaper, the family regret Silakivai’s death.  He said the family should have provided more care to Silakivai’s life conditions because they knew he suffered from “puputuʻu” (depression) for about 10 years now.

Henelē rejected rumours that Silakivai committed suicide after his marriage proposal was turned down.

The deceased was described as good character, quiet and a loner.

Henelē and his brother ʻAuka flew to Tonga from Auckland on Monday 20 to attend Silakivai’s funeral, the paper reported.

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  1. Naʻe taonakita ha faiako ʻi Tonga ko ha tangata ne faiako ʻi he Tonga-Hai-Sikulú ʻo toʻo pē ʻene moʻuí ʻi he uike kuo ʻosi. Ko e tokotaha ni ko Silakivai Vaea .

    ʻOku teeki tuku mai ʻe he kau polisí ʻa e fakaikiikí ka kuo fakahā ʻe ha taha tonu mei he fāmilí a ia ko e tokoua pe ʻo pekia, Henelé Vaea ki he Nusipepa Kakalu ʻo Tongá naʻe taonakita ʻa Silakivai Vaea.

    Oku nau tukuakiʻi ko e tupu ʻeni mei he puputuʻu pe ʻa e tokotaha ni.
    Kuo ʻi ai ha fakamatala kuo fononga holo he fonuá ʻo pehē ko e tokotaha ni ne taonakita tupu mei ha ʻikai tali ʻene kole mali ka kuo fakaʻikaiʻi ia ʻe he fāmilí e lau ko iaa.

    ʻOku pehē ko e tokotaha fakalongolongo pe ʻa Silakivai, angalelei mo faʻa manako ke nofonofo tokotaha holo pe.

    Ne toki puna atu mei ʻAokalani he Mōnite aho 20 ʻa hono ongo tokoua ko Henelē mo ʻAuka ki hono putú ʻi Tonga.

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