GOVERNMENT PURCHASES CARS FOR VIP TRANSPORT

(Rev Dr. Kitiona Tausi)

The Government of Tuvalu has purchased 12 new saloon cars as VIP transport. These new cars will be used in the upcoming Polynesian Leaders’ Group Summit to assist with the transport of overseas delegates who will be coming to the summit.

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The 12 new cars parked at the airport

The CEO at the Officer of the Prime Minister, Dr Nese Conway said the cars were purchased from Fiji and arrived on the last trip of the chartered barge.

Dr Conway added that these same cars will also be used for VIP transport in the Pacific Islands Forum of Leaders Meeting in September 2018

NAUTI PRIMARY SCHOOL’S 2018 SPORTS DAY

(Rev Dr. Kitiona Tausi)

The Nauti Primary School held its 2018 Sports Day on Friday last week. There were 4 teams competing in the sports events. The sports day started in the morning with the teams marching in to the field and were all in their respective uniforms.

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Heron
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Seagull
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Frigate
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Pidgeon

 The teams were named after the birds: Heron, Seagull, Frigate, Pidgeon. At the end of the day, KMT News received a report that the Team that won the events was Heron, followed by Seagull, then Frigate and Pidgeon came last.

The number of students at the Nauti Primary school totaled to over 800 and about 40 teachers serving at the school and three of them are Fijians.

TUVALU COMMEMORATES 2018’S QUEEN BIRTHDAY

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Nanumea Community dancing group performing at the Vaiaku Falekaupule in celebration of the 2018’s Queen Birthday. Two island communities performing this evening, the other community was the Nui community

(Rev Dr. Kitiona Tausi)

Tuvalu commemorated the 2018’s Queen Birthday last Saturday, 16 June 2018. Because of bad weather, the program had to be adjusted and thus the parade used to be staged by the Police Force was cancelled and the program had to be done indoor at the Vaiaku Falekaupule.

Al the invited guests especially government dignitaries, representatives from island communities. non-governmental organizations, private sectors, religious bodies were at the hall waiting for the arrival of His Excellency the Governor-General, Sir Iakoba Taeia Italeli and Madame Italeli and the Rt Hon. Prime Minister, Enele Sosene Sopoaga and on arrival at the hall the program immediately began with a message and prayer from the President of the Ekalesia Kelisiano Tuvalu, Rev Penitusi Taeia and then a speech from the Governor General.

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Nui island community performing

In fact, this year is the 92nd birthday of Queen Elizabeth the Second and her 66th year of reign. “The longevity of her life and her reign is an indication of success and a blessed reign, said His Excellency, Sir Taeia. Every year we celebrate the Queen’s Birthday in the month of June and this confirms the cordial and warm relationship between Tuvalu and England and her Majesty the Queen.”

“In April this year, the Rt Hon Prime Minister in his recent visit to London, had the opportunity to meet with the Duke of Manchester, Prince William. Prince William told the Rt. Hon Sopoaga that the Queen used to tell them about her joy, appreciation and fond memories of Tuvalu and especially when she had the opportunity to visit Tuvalu in 1982.”

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The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, Hon Maatia Toafa in action and joining his community’s dancing group to boost the momentum of the dance.

In his speech, the Governor General wanted to acknowledge those who have brought us to where we are now through hard and difficult times and especially lack of resources. Tuvaluans and our nation were being blessed. “Now, we are witnessing with our own eyes the realization of their dreams and the fruits of their works.

“We have the belief that the realization of these dreams and works was a result of good working relationship between Tuvalu and our friends from abroad. The strengthening of this relationship can only be achieved through trust and confidence.”

The Governor General also highlighted the threats being posed by the impacts of climate change and that Tuvalu should well be protected from these impacts. “Protection from the impacts of climate change is synonymous with the protection from terrorism,” said the Governor General.

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The Governor General in action, also to boost the momentum of the dance. His Excellency belongs to this community

The Governor General also made mention of the upcoming Polynesian Leaders’ Meeting to be held here in Funafuti, and that “we are expecting the leaders to sign a declaration that will encourage Pacific leaders to support the 1.5 degree Celsius as accorded in the Paris Agreement.”

“In concluding, I would like to congratulate our leaders, the Rt Hon. Prime Minister and his Cabinet for continuing to work hard and lobbying for the protection of our rights as a nation and its people in international meetings and specially to reduce the emission of greenhouse gases and the impacts of climate change.”

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Another round for the Nanumea community and you can notice that there were some invited guests who felt the excitement of the dance joined in the dancing. The invited guests included the same guests who were invited to the morning celebration at the Vaiaku Falekaupule In the photo, right in the foreground was the Speaker of Parliament, Hon Otinielu Tauteleimalae Tausi and his wife.

After the Governor’s speech, refreshment followed and that was all for the day. In the evening, the Governor General hosted a dinner at the Funafuti Lagoon Hotel and then local dancing entertainment provided by the Nanumea and the Nui Community followed at the Vaiaku Falekaupule.

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(The Nui dancing group to their performance putting extra effort and were getting more excited)

The Nui community on the capital has a lesser population than the Nanumea community, but in this evening’s performance, it looked as the Nui dancing group had a bigger number. Some of the Nui’s items Nui were in the Nui/Kiribati language.

While the Nui community performed as in the above picture, the Nanumea community dancing group watched the performance. The invited guests were also watching the performance.

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(Guests on chairs watching the performance)

This year’s Queen Birthday celebrations was also witnessed by two Tuvalu High Commissioners serving overseas; His Excellency, Temate Melitiana, Tuvalu’s High Commissioner to Fiji and His Excellency, Paulson Panapa, Tuvalu’s High Commissioner to New Zealand. The two High Commissioners are here at the invitation of government to participate in the Polynesian Leaders’ Group Meeting (PLGM) due to be held next week.

The two High Commissioners were accompanied to Tuvalu by their wives and they will return to their respective posts after the meeting.

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TUVALU PARTICIPATES IN THE PACIFIC ARTS FESTIVAL

(Ms Afasene Iosefa)

Tuvalu is represented at the Pasifika Arts Festival which is underway in Auckland City, New Zealand. Tuvalu representatives are Tepola Esekia, Acting Tourism Officer and Toaiga Martin, Assistant Trade Officer.
Trade Officer Pula Haulagi told KMT News, both officers took with them Tuvalu products such as toddy syrup, breadfruit chips, handicrafts, tourism pamphlets and brochures to sell and market our local businesses and their products.
It is also reported that both will also hold discussions with our people there regarding the Miss Beauty Pageant because they are willing to take part in it.
The Pacific Art Festival is a Pacific Islands themed festival held annually in Western Springs, Auckland City, New Zealand, which presents a wide variety of cultural experiences, including traditional cuisine and performance s from different Pacific islands including Tuvalu which represents by the Tuvalu community in Auckland.
In addition to cultural performances, countries also used this festival as way to showcase and sell their local products in order to promote trade within the Pacific region.

GOVERNMENT DOCUMENTS AT THE NATIONAL LIBRARY AND ARCHIVES NEED GOOD PROTECTION

(Ms Afasene Iosefa)
The Chief Librarian and Archivist, Mr Noa Petueli Tapumanaia is very concerned about the safety and quality of government records and documents that are kept stored in the National Lbrary and Archives. This is because the building that house the National Library and Archives is in poor condition and is leaking and thus, the records and documents and he books could expose to damage and the quality of the records and documents and also the books may be spoiled.
Mr Tapumanaia said that a new building is required but in the meantime, there is a plan to renovate the existing building,
In the meantime, the library is being used extensively by the public and especially students. The library opens from 8am to 12.30pm and from 1.30pm to 4pm from Monday to Friday and according to Mr. Tapumanaia, there is a possibility to open the library on Saturdays because of the public demands.
He said “Before, we used to open on Saturdays but because of the cost involved, it was decided to stop opening on Saturdays.

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Chief Librarian and Archivist, Mr Noa Petueli Tapumanaia in his office

Three other staff beside Mr. Tapumanaia are managing the TNLA which include the Librarian Kana Teafiula who is presently taking her leave on Nukufetau Island, the two Assistant Librarians Fagaatia Niko and Mamao Tafao and the post of the Assistant Archivist is still vacant.
The Tuvalu National Library and Archives was established in 1976 as part of Tuvalu’s preparation towards political independence from the British Protectorate Colonies in 1978.

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The archive at the library
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The leak at the library building

In other news, TNLA is now planning to send the original Birth Register this year to the National Archive of Fiji to fix it up properly and at the same time transfer into electronic storage..The original Marriage Registers from Nanumea, Nanumaga, Vaitupu and Funafuti have already been fixed and have been transferred into e-copies.
For the original Marriage Registers from the other four islands, Mr. Tapumanaia said there’s no need to, because people can still have access to them. It was reported that people can’t access to both Registers because they are very old and some of the pages are very sticky.

PRIME MINISTER HOSTED PRAYER BREAKFAST GATHERING

Rt. Hon. Enele Sopoaga when addressing TMTI 100th course graduate at the end of last year 2017

(Ms Afasene Iosefa)

The Prime Minister of Tuvalu Rt. Hon Enele Sosene Sopoaga and Madame Salilo Enele Sopoaga hosted a Prayer Breakfast Gathering at 5.30am, Tuesday 3rd April 2018. The purpose of the gathering is for Cabinet Ministers to deliver presentations on the ‘Te Kakeaga III Roadmap.

The prayer breakfast gathering opened with a devotion that was conducted by the EKT President, Rev. Penitusi Taeia, after which the presentation by minister. This current government normally host prayer breakfast gathering in the beginning of the year.

NUKUFETAU WOMEN CELEBRATE GREAT ACHIEVEMENT

(Ms Afasene Iosefa)
A group of women from the home island of Nukufetau has come to Funafuti to celebrate a great achievement in line with the development of women of Nukufetau. They arrived on the Mv Manu Folau’s trip that arrived on Funafuti yesterday morning, Thursday 29 March 2018.
The Nukufetau women on the capital were in filled with joy yesterday morning when welcomed their sisters from the island at the Talimalie II Falekaupule. The group from Nukufetau was led by its president Mrs. Tagilima Ionatana.
On arrival, the group was met at the wharf by the Vice President of the Nukufetau women association on the capital Mrs. Mavaega Letasi and escorted them to the Talimalie meeting hall.

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The women’s touring group from Nukufeat were welcomed by Nukufetau women on the capital at the Talimalie II Falekaupule.

While having their breakfast, the group was entertained by their sisters here in the capital with various Nukufetau island songs.
KMT News was told that the group came to meet with the Nukufetau women on the capital on the review of their Foundation Fund that was reported to have exceeded its target of one hundred thousand dollars.
President of the Foundation Fund Committee, Mrs. Salilo Enele said, because the arrival of the group coincides with the Holy Week, it has been agreed for all their programs to be postponed to Monday next week.

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Mrs Salilo E. Sopoaga, the President of the Nukufetau Foundation Fund

She said both groups will sit all day Monday to review the Fund, and also look into the survey that was carried out on who are willing to join the second target of the Fund, those who would like to withdraw their shares, and those wishing to continue contributing into the Fund on behalf of their deceased family members.
Those planning to withdraw their shares, Mrs. Enele said “will get theirs but are unable to join the second part of the Fund.”
The Fund was established with high hopes that every woman will benefit from it.
Other Committee members of the Fund are the Vice President, Valisi Alimau, the Secretary Vaovai Elisala, and Treasurer Siemai Niko Apinelu.
The group from the island will be here for a week and is expected to return on 10 April, 2018.
In addition, the women from Nukufetau presented an ‘alofa’ of local food to their sisters here in the afternoon which included bags of salted fish, germinating nuts, pulaka, buckets of toddy syrup and coconuts.
In return, Pulafagu Sepulona stood on behalf of the Nukufetau women here on the capital to convey their big thank you to the group for the wonderful gift they have received from them, and also wished everyone a very enjoyable Holy Week.

EKT YOUTHS CELEBRATE GOOD FRIDAY

(L-R): The 4 participating youth groups: Funafuti, Vaiaku, Fa’kai Fou and Lofeagai

(Rev Dr. Kitiona Tausi)
The youths of th Ekalesia Kelisiano Tuvalu on the capital had also something to contribute to the commemoration of this years Good Friday. There were 4 youth groups that took part in an open air display of items that correspond to the events of Good Friday. The 4 youth groups were from the EKT congregations here on the capital: Funafuti, Fa’kai Fou, Vaiaku and Lofeagai. Unfortunately, the Tekavatoetoe youths were not able to participate at this evening’s open air show.

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Lofeagai youth group performing

The show was held between the Fetu Ao Lima Chapel and the Tauspa Lima Falekaupule. Surrounding the show venue were many spectators who were there to witness the youths’ performance. Tonight’ items were not only restricted to action songs but there were also skids and play portraying themes from the first Good Friday.

Vaaku youths performing
Vaaku youths performing
Fa’kai Fou youths in action
Fa’kai Fou youths in action
The Funafuti youths in action
The Funafuti youths in action

GOOD FRIDAY AT THE VAIALOFA VAIAKU CHURCH

A play produced by the Vaiaku Church Sunday School to portray
the Death of Christ on the cross at the Special Good Friday Service today

(Rev Dr. Kitiona Tausi)
Today is Friday and it is Good Friday not only to Tuvalu but to all Christian countries in the world. Good Friday is part of the Holy Week Celebration and Good Friday is always a Public Holiday in Tuvalu and this also applies to Easter Monday which is Monday, 02 April next week.
Tuvalu is a Christian country and the Ekalesia Kelisiano Tuvalu (EKT) is the only major Christian Denomination that claim a membership of about 90% of the 11,000 of the country’s total population.
Thus, all member churches of EKT in Tuvalu and overseas in Fiji, New Zealand, Hawaii, Australia, Nauru commemorate the Holy Week as well as the Good Friday.

The Vaiaku Choir singing in church
The Vaiaku Choir singing in church

The Prime Minister, Rt. Hon. Enele Sosene Sopoaga and Minister of Health, Hon Satini Manuella and wife were in attendance.

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EKT’s commissioned minister to the Vaiaku Church Congregation, Rev Tofiga Falani delivering the sermon of the day

After the main service, then came the administration of the Holy Communion and Rev Falani continued to preside over the Holy Communion. This morning’s Holy Communion was historical in the sense that there all female deacons who served the Holy Communion which included the wife of the Hon. Prime Minister, Mrs Salilo E. Sopoaga.

Rev Falani administering the Holy Communion and Mrs Sopoaga is in white dress
Rev Falani administering the Holy Communion and Mrs Sopoaga is in white dress