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Address by His Majesty King Tupou VI at The Commissioning of the Final Phase of the Development and Refurbishment of Vaiola Hospital

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" Ko e ngaahi Tala fakatapú kuo ‘osi hono aofaki kae ‘ataa ke u fakaha ‘eku fakafeta'i mo e fakamālō he fakakoloa ‘o Tonga he ‘aho ko'ení.   Ko e ‘aho ke tau fiefia mo haka he langi kuo tau.

It is a happy coincidence that I was asked to open this extension on His Majesty King George Tupou The Fifth's actual Birthday.    Happy because His Majesty King Tupou The Fourth's last official engagement before leaving Tonga for the last time was connected to this extension. This is also my first engagement in Tonga.   Both Lord Tangi and I, were involved in Cabinet with the plans for this but in different capacities.   Perhaps it goes to show in a way the importance of continuity and forward thinking.

In a way, both Health and Education can be seen in this light.   Continuity of our children who are the future of our Country. Continuity of cooperation with our Aid Partners.  Continuity of the challenge for the future generations to excel.

I should like to thank the Government and People of Japan for the beautiful and Final Phase of the Development and Refurbishment of Vaiola Hospital.  Also worthy of mention, are the Contractor Kitano Construction and the Consultants Nihon Sekkei both of Japan.  And, we acknowledge the hard work of JICA.   Our Aid Partners as we do, take a holistic cooperative view of how we can assist each other.  Ranging from Water projects to Schools to this Hospital. Indeed historically the Tongan Government Budget has always been heavily weighed towards Health and Education.

‘Oku ou polepole ‘i he kakato ‘a e langa ‘o e Konga fo'ou koeni ‘o e Fale Mahaki kuo ‘osi fakanaunau kakato, pea  ‘e lava pe ke tau pehe ko e Fale Mahaki ‘i he tu'unga fakavaha'a-Pule'anga mo'oni fakataha mo hono kau ngaue.    ‘Oku ou manatu ki he ta'u ‘e meimei fangofulu kuohilí, ki he taimi koia na'e hoko ai ‘a e ‘api ní,  ko e Fale Mahaki Vaiola fo'oú.  ‘I he ‘eku vakai ki he fu'u ngaue kafakafa ko'ení, ko e fakakaukau ‘oku ha'u kiate au mo e tokolahi ‘ia kimoutolu,   Ko e ha nai ha founga te tau tauhi ai?   Ko e  fo'i lea faka-Pilitania ‘oku ou ‘uhinga kiaí ko e ‘sustainability'- Ko e  mahu'inga ke tauhi ke tolonga pe hokohoko lelei.

Na'e ‘iai ‘a e  Folofola ‘a e Tama Tu'i ko Siaosi Tupou V ‘aia na'a ne pehe,  "Oku ‘ikai ko e pa'anga ‘oku tau to nounou ai ka, ko e taleniti,  ke faka'aonga ‘a e me'a oku tau ma'u".  ‘E lava pe ke tau ngaue fakataha ‘o tokoni.  Ko kitautolu ‘a e matu'á, ke tau fakalotolahi mo faka'ai'ai ‘a ‘etau fanau ke nau ako malohi, pea ke tā sipinga ‘i he tataki ‘o e founga mo'ui lelei mo fa'a fakamalohi sino.  Ko e Fanau akó, ke nau tokanga ‘aupito pea ke faka'aonga ‘a e faingamalie kotoa ke fakamaatoato ‘a e akó.  ‘Oku ‘ikai ko ha fakapulipuli ia, koe'uhí kapau ‘oku te fiema'u ke ako  ki he faito'ó (medicine) pe ko e saienisí, kuopau ke te ako ke tu'ukimu'a ‘i he fiká (matematika) mo e lea faka-Pilitaniá.  Ko e fiká, ko e makatu'unga ia ki he ako ki he ngaahi lesoni fakasaienisi lahi, ‘o hange pe ko e hoko ‘a e lea faka-Pilitaniá ko e lea ia ‘oku ngaue ‘aki ki he fakahoko ‘o e akó, ‘i ho tau Feitu'u ni.

Kapau ‘e hoko ‘a e Ngaahi Matu'á ko e sipinga lelei pea ‘oku ou tui ‘e muimui ‘a e fanau ki he sipinga lelei koiá.  Kapau te ke ma'u me'a tokoni pea mo tauhi ho'o fakamalohi sino ma'u pe, pea ‘oku ou ‘ilo'i te ke ma'u ‘a e faingamalie koia ke fiefia mo ho fanga mokopuna.

Ko e sipinga lelei tatau pe ke muimui kiai ‘a e fanaú pea tauhi 'aki ‘a e famili ‘oku te ‘omi ke tauhi ‘aki hotau Fale Mahaki pe ko e Fale lotu pe Fale ako.  Tauhi ke ‘aonga pea tolonga.  Ko ‘eku faka'amu ia ma'a Tonga mo e kakai ‘i he ‘eku fuofua  to'o  fatongiá. Ko e fonua mo e kakai ta sipinga mo'ui lelei mo tauhi koloa lelei ma'ae ‘Otuá mo Tonga.

‘Oku ou ‘ofa atu kiate kimoutolu hono kotoa. "

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Issued by: The Lord Chamberlain Office.

 

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