Economy, education and people’s health are main challenges facing Tonga, king warns

    Tonga faces three main challenges, His  Majesty King Tupou VI said today, Thursday 2.

    Speaking at the opening of Parliament, the king said these were the people’s physical health, children’s education and the country’s economy.

    He said the people’s health was the most vital because if the problem could not be resolved and monitored there was no promising future for our children and their children. Non-communicable diseases were the biggest challenge to the people, His Majesty said.

    But he warned that any financial investments made to help improve people’s health must be a success.

    “In other words we do not have to wrongly use money which is supposed to be invested in our children’s education in their health or vice-versa,” His Majesty said.  

    The king said the way to tackle the non-communicable disease crisis in Tonga was to educate young people about it and give them the chances to practise preventive measures.   

    The other alternative was to allow all Tongan citizens to join the National Retirement Benefits Fund.

    In this way citizens could afford anything else to choose from to make sure they get access to what is best for them to live a healthy life.

    There was a time in the past when Tonga was the leading nation academically in the Pacific, but this was not the case at present, the king said.

    Education in Tonga needed to be upgraded so international institutions continued to recognise it.

    “We have learned from our people who have moved and work overseas why our education system needs to meet international academic requirements because that is the demand at international work places and is not just limited to the Pacific,” His Majesty said.

    “So it is the government’s responsibility to make sure the standard of education, in accordance with the law, could enable Tongan citizens to obtain jobs overseas.”

    He said more than 2000 students finished secondary school every year and they needed jobs.

    He said as part of its reformation of the way the kingdom was governed, the government should talk to stakeholders about the best ways to boost the economy.

    It was necessary to improve marketing and the economic state of the nation so Tonga could meet future financial challenges. The government should understand what was needed for marketing and we should work together to do it, the king said.

    He said a local slipway should be built to meet the development in Tonga’s wharfs and help local fisheries and international vessels.

    Growers and local businesses who were marketing their products oversea should be encouraged, he said.

    “We cannot compete with the big countries of the world in the amount of production sent overseas, but there are certain marketing products that could be available to us,” the king said.

    This including fisheries and crops, especially organic crops. If Tonga could make good deals with overseas markets to get good prices it would support the endeavour to promote the people’s good health.

    His Majesty said the other option was the sale of live fish at local markets because its price was high.

    The international airport had been expanded and this provided a good opportunity to export more crops because bigger aeroplanes could now arrive at Fu’amotu International Airport.

    His Majesty suggested that another option would be to minimise the importation of goods and increase what Tonga could export overseas. He said farmers would benefit if they could buy locally produced animal feed.

    He said if Tonga could do these things there was hope that education could grow, the economy would improve and the people could live a better, heathier, life.

    The main points

    • His  Majesty King Tupou VI has declared that the three main challenges facing Tonga are the people’s physical health, children’s education and the country’s economy.
    • Non-communicable diseases were the biggest challenge to the people, His Majesty said.
    • Education in Tonga needed to be upgraded so international institutions continued to recognise it.
    • He also suggested a number of ways to improve the economy.

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    1. Kuo´ u tuku ‘a e fakafeta’i ki he ‘Otua Mafimafi he’ene tataki pea tau toe tu’uta lelei mai ki he ‘aho ni. ‘Oku laumālie lelei pē ‘a e ‘Eiki Sea, ‘Eiki Palēmia mo e Kapinetí, Hou’eiki Fakafofonga ‘o e Kau Nōpele, pea pehē ki he Kau Fakafofonga ‘o e Kakaí. Ko e pole lahi taha ‘oku tau fehangahangai mo ia ‘i he ngaahi ‘aho ni ‘oku lōtolu. ‘A ia ko e tu’unga ‘o e mo’ui lelei ‘a hotau kakaí, ko e ako ma’a ‘etau fānaú, pea mo e tu’unga faka’ikonōmika hotau fonuá.

      ‘Oku tautefito ‘a e tokangá ki he pole ‘o e tu’unga mo’ui lelei hotau kakaí, koe’uhī, kapau ‘e ‘ikai ke tau vete ‘a e faingata’a ko ení ‘i ha founga fakalukufua pea ke tokanga’i ‘a e tapa kotoa, he ‘ikai ha kaha’u lelei ma’a ‘etau fānau mo honau hakó. ‘Oku hoko ‘a e ngaahi mahaki ‘oku ‘ikai ke pipihí ko e pole lahi ia ke ne uesia e anga ‘o e nofó. ‘Oku ‘ikai ko e fiema’u pē ke vahe’i ke to e lahi ange ‘a e pa’anga ki he ngāue ko ení, kā ke ‘oua na’a a’u ki ha ‘aho ‘e uesia ai e kaha’ú ‘i he fiema’u ke fakatonutonu ‘a e ngaahi fehalaaki ‘o e kuohilí na’a tau foua mai. Ko hono fakalea ‘e tahá, ke ‘oua te tau ngāue hala’aki ha pa’anga na’e mei ‘aonga ange ia ki he ako’i ‘o e fānaú, kā kuo fakamole ia ‘i he fiema’u ke mo’ui ma’a mo faka’ehi’ehi.

      Ko ia ko e founga pē ke fakasi’isi’i ai e faingata’a ‘o e ngaahi mahaki ‘oku ‘ikai ke pipihí, ko e ako’i ‘o e to’utupú pea ke mo’ui faka’ehi’ehi. Ko e founga ‘e taha ‘e ala ngāue’akí ko e faka’atā ke kau atu ‘a e tangata’i fonua kotoa ki he pa’anga fakafonua ki he vāhenga mālōlō. ‘E lava leva ke fili ‘a e tangata’i fonuá ki he palani ‘o e founga mo’ui leleí ke muimui ki ai pea ka ‘ikai, ko e tō pē ki he nunu’a ‘o e mo’ui mahamahakí.

      Na’e ‘i ai e taimi ‘i he kuohilí na’e tu’ukimu’a ai ‘a Tonga ‘i he Pasifikí ‘i he mala’e ‘o e akó, ka ‘oku ‘i ai ‘a e holomui ‘a e tu’unga ko ení. ‘Oku fiema’u ke hiki hake ‘a e akó ki ha tu’unga fakatu’apule’anga pea ke fakatokanga’i ‘i Tu’apule’anga. Na’e ‘i ai pē foki mo e taimi na’a tau feinga ai ke a’usia ‘a e tu’unga ma’olunga ‘o e akó, na’e a’usia ‘e hotau feitu’u Pasifiki ni, ka kuo hā mahino mai mei he kāinga Tonga nofo ‘i mulí, ko e ngaahi fiema’u ‘a e ma’u’anga ngāué
      he ngaahi fonua mulí ‘oku fakatu’apule’anga ia kae ‘ikai ke fakangata ‘i he tu’unga faka- Pasifikí. Ko ia ko e fatongia ia ‘o e Pule’angá ke fakapapau’i ko e tu’unga ‘o e akó ‘o fakatatau ki he laó ‘e lava ke ma’u faingamālie ngāue ai ‘a e Tongá ‘i Tu’apule’anga. Ko ia ‘oku ‘ikai ke totonu ke tau fakangatangata pē ‘a e ngaahi faingamālie ngaué ki hotau feitu’u ni pē.

      ‘Oku mahu’inga fakatou’osi pē ‘a e ma’u’anga ngāue pea pehē ki he tupu faka’ikonōmika ‘a e fonuá. Ko e toko uaafe tupu ‘oku lava ‘enau akó he ta’u. Ko ia ke tau mātu’aki tokanga ki he ma’u’anga ngāué. ‘Oku mahu’inga ke feongoi ‘a e Pule’angá mo e ngaahi kupu fekau’aki, ke faka’ai’ai ‘a e tupu faka’ekonōmika ‘a e fonua kae ‘ikai ko e liliu fakapalataha pē ‘o e ngaahi tu’unga ngāue, ‘a ia te ne holoki ‘a e fakatupu koloa. ‘Oku fiema’u ke hiki hake ‘a e fakatupu koloa mo e tu’unga faka’ikonōmika ‘o e fonua kae lava ke fakalato ‘a e fiema’u fakapa’anga ke matu’uaki ‘a e ngaahi pole ‘i he kaha’u. Ka ‘oku totonu ke mahino kia kitautolu kae tautefito ki he Pule’anga ‘a e ngaahi makatu’unga ki he fakatupu koloa pea ke ngāue fakataha leva ke fakahoko ‘a e taumu’a ko ia.

      ‘Oku mahino ‘a e fiema’u ke poupou ki he langa ‘o e tu’unga faka’ekonōmika, ‘a e ngaahi ngāue lalahi fakalotofonua ‘o hangē ko e langa ha toho’anga vaka mo e ngaahi ngāue ki he folau vaka, ke vakavakaua mo e langa lolotonga ‘o e ngaahi taulanga, pea ke tokoni ki he ngaahi vaka toutai fakalotofonua pea mo tu’apule’anga foki.

      ‘Oku totonu ke ‘i ai ha ngaahi faka’ai’ai ‘o tatau pē ki he kau pisinisi uta koloa ki tu’apule’anga pea pehē ki he kau ngoue pē fakatupu koloa. He ‘ikai lava ke tau fe’auhi mo e ngaahi fonua ‘o māmāni ‘i he lahi ‘o e fonua ‘oku uta, ka ‘oku ‘i ai pē e tefito’i māketi ‘a ia ‘e lelei ai e faingamālie ki he kaha’u. ‘E fiema’u ke fakahoko ha ngāue ke toe vāofi mo lelei ‘a e fetu’utaki mo e ngaahi fonua pē māketi ko eni. Ko e lelei ange ‘o e ola ‘o e toutai mo e fua ‘o e ngoue, ko e lelei ange ia ‘a e totongi ‘e lava ke alea’i ‘o tautefito kapau ko e fua ‘o e ngoue ‘oku faka’okēnika. ‘E toe tokoni lahi eni ke poupou ki he mo’ui lelei ‘a e kakai ‘o e fonua koe’uhī ‘e lahi ange ‘a e faingamālie ke ma’u hangatonu ‘a e ngaahi fua ‘oku maloulau mei he māketi.

      Ko e founga ‘e taha ke faka’ai’ai ‘a e fakamāketi, ko e kamata ke ngāue’aki e māketi fakalotofonua ‘a hono fakatau atu ‘o e ika ‘oku kei mo’ui. ‘Oku toe ma’olunga ange foki e totongi ia ‘o e ika ‘i hono fakatau ‘oku kei mo’ui. Kuo lava ‘a e fakalahi ‘o e mala’evakapuna, ko ia ‘e toe lahi ange ‘a e faingamālie ki he uta ‘o e fua ‘o e fonua ki muli ‘i he lava ko ia ke tō ‘i Fua’amotu ‘a e ngaahi vakapuna ‘oku toe lalahi ange. Ko ia ke ngāue fakataha ‘a e Pule’anga mo e ngaahi kupu fekau’aki ki ha founga ke faka’aonga ai ‘a e faingamālie ko eni ke uta ‘a e fua ‘o e fonua.

      Ko e taha ‘o e founga ke tau ngāue’aki ke tokoni ki hotau tu’unga faka’ekonōmika pea pehē ki he mo’ui lelei ko e holoki ‘a e hū koloa mei muli kae fakalahi ange ‘a e uta atu ki muli ‘o ‘etau koloa. ‘E lava pē ke fakahoko eni ‘i ha ngāue vāofi ‘a e Pule’anga mo e ngaahi va’a ngāue, kau ai ‘a e kau pisinisi fakataautaha. Fakatātā eni, ‘oku tau ma’u e mahoa’a uite ko e mā. Ka kapau te tau hū mai ‘a e uite ‘o ngaohi pē ‘i Tonga ni ‘a e mahoa’a, ‘e lava ke toe ma’u faingamālie heni ‘a e kau faama monumanu ‘i he ma’u hangatonu ‘o e fafanga kae ‘ikai toe uta mai mei muli. ‘I he taimi tatau ‘oku fie ma’u pē ke tau malu’i ‘etau ngaahi ngāue’anga ‘a ia ‘oku kei langalanga hake. ‘Oku totonu ke tau poupou mo toe langa hake ‘a e uta ‘o e ola ‘o e toutai mo e fua ‘o e fonua.

      ‘I he’ene pehē ko e ngaahi pole lahi taha ia ‘oku tau fehangahangai mo ia ‘i he ngaahi ‘aho ni ko e fiema’u ‘o e mo’ui lelei, tu’unga ma’olunga ‘o e ako pea mo e tu’unga faka’ekonōmika ‘o e fonua. ‘E lava lelei pē ke tau ngāue ke tokoni’i kitautolu ka ‘oku totonu ke mahino ki hotau loto ‘a e ngaahi makatu’unga ‘e fiema’u ke lava ke vete ai e ngaahi pole ko eni ‘e tolu, pea ke fakahoko leva ha palani ngāue ke liliu ai e tūkunga ko ia ‘o e ‘aho ni. ‘Oku ou talamonū atu pea
      ‘ofa ke mou ma’u ha to’u fakataha alea ‘e lelei fakalukufua ki he fonua. ‘Ofa atu.

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