(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.

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Te Niu Fakamauganiu Bar a few minutes after its dedication

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.

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The Prime Minister on the left and the Governor General on the Right cutting the ribbon
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The Prime Minister, Governor General and Former President of Kiribati (H.E Anote Tong)

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.

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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’.

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Te Niu Fakamauganiu Mini Bar at day time
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The area between the bungalows and the mini bar has been beautified with plant


(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.