(Rev Dr. Kitiona Tausi)
The President of the Ekalesia Kelisiano Tuvalu dedicated the 9 bungalows and Te Niu Fakamauganiu Mini Bar yesterday evening, Friday, 22 June 2018.
It is normal in Tuvalu customs for any new building before commissioning to be dedicated to God and always by an EKT minister. Tuvalu is a Christian country and believes in God as the Source of Life, the Source of Blessings and Well-beings. Tuvalu’s national motto “Tuvalu for God” is a response to that belief.
That was why we had the EKT President, Rev Penitusi Taeia to dedicate and bless the buildings to ensure that they receive divine protection and also to ensure that whoever uses or occupies them can benefit from.
After the dedication and the opening of the bungalows and the mini bar, quests were invited to tour the bungalows. The photos below were some of those who had the opportunity to get in into one of the two units in a bungalow. The photo on the left is the wife of the Rt. Hon Prime Minister, Salilo Sopoaga, in the centre is the Taiwan Ambassador, Marc Su and on the right were few overseas guests.
The overseas guests were very impressed with the standard of the units.
In his speech to open the bungalows, the Rt Hon Prime Minister, Enele S. Sopoaga thanked the Public Works Department and all its employees for the hard work. He said “the bungalows are for the purpose of providing accommodation for Polynesian leaders who are coming for the Polynesian Leaders Group Summit to be held in Funafuti next week.
Former President of Kiribati, H.E Anote Tong was also given the opportunity to make a speech and he was also very impressed with this development.
All this developments, the 9 bungalows and the mini public bar are being built on the reclaimed land to the lagoon side of the government building, the Funafuti Lagoon Hotel and the Vaiaku Church and this reclaimed land has been named ‘Queen Elizabeth II Park’.
More than a hundred people, young and old took part in a Yoga session conducted by a Yoga Teacher, Renuka Pala from the ART OF LIVING Organization of India. Ms Pala was here in Tuvalu this week as part of the celebration of the Yoga’s International Day.
Ms Pala was sponsored by the Indian High Commission in Fiji and she is also based in Fiji.
Last Wednesday evening, she conducted a yoga session for anybody that was interested in, and more than hundred Tuvaluans, young and old participated in the session which was held at the Vaiaku Falekaupule. She was very impressed with the attendance she could feel the enthusiasm of those who participated. She said this was her first visit to Tuvalu and she hopes she can get another opportunity to come back.
The ultimate goal of Yoga is moksha (liberation), although the exact definition of what form this takes depends on the philosophical or theological system with which it is conjugated.
According to Jacobsen, “Yoga has five principal meanings: Yoga, as a disciplined method for attaining a goal;
Yoga, as techniques of controlling the body and the mind;
Yoga, as a name of one of the schools or systems of philosophy (darśana);
Yoga, in connection with other words, such as “hatha-, mantra-, and laya-,” referring to traditions specializing in particular techniques of yoga;
Yoga, as the goal of Yoga practice.” according to David Gordon White, from the 5th century CE onward, the core principles of “yoga” were more or less in place, and variations of these principles developed in various forms over time.
Tuvalu’s final preparation for the Polynesian Leaders’ Group Summit is on course and in this morning, the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development made a last go at planting lily plants on some parts of the road at Tekavatoetoe.
The Public Works Department, however, worked this week in creating a public park at the end of the southern end of the airfield and to the lagoon side. This site used to be a desalinator plant installation but has been removed to make room for a mini public park.
There were also improvements to the road to the lagoon side of the main office building and this has been completed by PWD.
Instead of planting lily plants on the road, one family has decided to put up a fence of painted brown coconuts.
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.
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
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.
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 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.
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.”
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
(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.
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.
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.
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.