Tonga’s first baby of 2016 was born after three hours of New Year’s day

The first baby born in Tonga in 2016 arrived while New Year’s Day revellers were still partying and shooting off fireworks.

The official time that Tēvita Jr Tuʻakalu was born at Vaiola Hospital  in Tonga was 3:15 a.m.

He was 9 pound and was healthy.

His mum’s aunt ‘Ana Lēlea Fili told Kaniva News Baby Tuʻakalau and his mum are doing well.

His mum Panitita Tuʻakalau is staying with Mrs Fili in ‘Eua, but she is from Lapaha in Tongatapu.

The baby was a blessing to the family as he was the first grandchild of her grandmother’s siblings, Mrs Fili said.

Hospital staff said there were five babies altogether that were born on the New Year’s day.

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