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Message from The Patron

Message from The Patron

Message from The Patron

  • I would firstly like to acknowledge our heavenly father for his blessings in which he continues to bestow upon each and every one of us daily. We praise in your name our heavenly father and give praise and thanks for all you continue to bless us with.
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  • As Patron of the TLA I am humbly honoured to acknowledge the inception of the TLA strategic plan 2016-2020. The importance of the TLA is very dear and close to my heart, not only do I celebrate and support the new vision and mission of the TLA, I also acknowledge the importance for Tonga to continue supporting the achievements of our TLA members nationally and internationally.
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  • Sexual health, HIV and AIDS and human rights for all Leitis in Tonga sets an ongoing platform for Leitis themselves to develop strategies and goals to be achieved by themselves and catering to their own specific needs. I can never fully understand the complexities involved in daily life as a Leiti in Tonga, but as a fellow Tongan, I can do my best to continue supporting Leitis in achieving early intervention methods and plans pertaining to sexual health, HIV and AIDS and human rights issues. I will support the TLA in carrying out the activities in this plan free from harm, prejudice and
  • discrimination.  
  • I wish to acknowledge all who have supported and participated in the planning of the strategic plan and encourage all TLA members to continue your good work in achieving and developing your goals collectively.
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  • May our heavenly father continue to bless us all.
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  • The Honourable Salote Lupepau’u Salamasina Purea Vahine Ari’i O’e Hau Tuita
  • Patron of the Tonga Leitis’ Association   

    TLA Core Values

    TLA GOALS

    TLA GOALS

    TLA GOALS

  • Goals
    • Reduce stigma and discrimination against Leitis and People Living with HIV.
    • Strengthen and expand the services of the TLA community centre (‘Ofa He Paea Drop In Centre)
    • Educate and advocate about international human rights law, recent international developments and agreed principles such as the Yogyakarta Principles
    • Strengthen governance, management and communications within the TLA.
    • Raise awareness of Leitis issues through public engagement

    HISTORY OF THE TLA

    HISTORY OF THE TLA

    HISTORY OF THE TLA

  • History of the TLA
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  • The first known HIV positive person in Tonga was a Leiti, a member of the Leiti community and died in August 1987. This tragedy led to a growing understanding by some key members and supporters of the Leiti community to do more to support Leitis in Tonga.
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  • In 1992, five members got together with the leadership and support of Mrs PapiloaFoliaki to discuss the need to establish an association to look after the welfare of Leitis. HRH Princess Salote Mafile’o Pilolevu Tuita supported the idea and agreed that her eldest daughter Hon Salote Lupepau’u Tuita become the Patron of the new organisation.
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  • In 1993, the Tonga Leitis Association (TLA) was born, a constitution was approved and was registered with the government. The first Miss Galaxy Pageant was held later that year and has become a key event on the Tongan calendar every year since.
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  • The TLA has a long and complex history. It is a history of survival; a history that has been filled with diverse and contesting ways of understanding, filled with contradictions, categorisation, labelling and marginalisation. This history has situated Leitis outside the ‘normal’ ‘Anga FakaTonga’ (Tongan ways) mainly because their distinctive behaviours are perceived as falling outside the ‘Anga FakaTonga’ definition of acceptable behaviours and attitude.
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