Wedding, Hair Cutting, Ear Piercing, Birthdays, Anniversaries, Graduation, Divorcing, Unveiling
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22/04/2014 HEADSTONE OF THE LATE FALEMALO MONIGA MAUTAMA COMMISSIONED
IT FEELS TRULY EQUAL THAT NENA FAIMALO MONIGA FERETI-MAUTAMA’S HEAD STONE UNVEILING CELEBRATION COINCIDES WITH THE MOST SPECIAL WEEKEND ON EARTH.THAT OF GOOD FRIDAY AND EASTER MONDAY.FOLLOW SUIT BY THE ANZAC PUBLIC HOLIDAY AND MORE CELEBRATIONS. THE HEADSTONE WAS BRILIANTLY DESIGNED AND TILED TO SHINE FROM THE MAIN LIKU/HAKUPU HIGHWAY. IN ANY VISITOR’S EYES THE GRAVEYARD GIVES ENERGY OF ART AND SHOWS THE TRADITIONAL SIGNIFCANCE OF UANI, WHICH IS THE ENTRANCE TO THE LEGENDARY COCONUT CRABS, FRUIT BATS AND WILD PIDGEON SANCTUARY. AND THE OPPOSITE SEA TRACK RUNS DOWN TO THE WRECKED JAPANESE YASO MARU FISHING BOAT.
THE CROWD WATCHED IN SILENCE FROM THE FRINGE OF COCONUT TREES PRESSED TO THE BRIEF DEVOTION LED BY PASTOR IGATIATMAMA MOKOLE BEFORE THE PRINTED MATERIALS WERE REMOVED FROM THE HEADSTONE. IT WAS A BLENDED AFTERNOON WITH GOOD COMBINATION OF A HUMBLE AND CONNECTED CROWD. IT HAS BECOME AN EXERCISE OF RESURRECTION AND UNITY AS THE CARETAKER PREMIER TOKE TALAGI ALSO HEDGED AROUND TO PAY RESPECT TO THE OCCASION. THE CONCLUSION WAS CONDUCTED BY WILLIAM MAUTAMA WHO THANKED THE CROWD AND INVITED THEM FOR THE HUGE DINNER AT THE TUATEA COMMUNITY HALL. ALL THIS GAVE MEANING TO THE CELEBRATION, AS WELL; PAPA TUKUTONU MAUTAMA WAS PRESENT AT THE UNVEILING WHICH SEALS THE THEME OF FAMILY UNITY. THE HEIGHT OF THE CELEBRATION WAS HERE IN UANI.
THE EXTENDED FAMILY FROM AUSTRALIA, NEW ZEALAND AND NIUE GATHERS TOGETHER ON THE MAINLAND FOR THE ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY AND TO CELEBRATE THE MONUMENTAL HEADSTONE FULLY DEDICATED TO THEIR LOVING MOTHER, GRAND NENA, GREAT GRAND NENA, AUNTY, SIBLINGS AND FRIEND. IT WAS TRANSPARENT THEY MISSED THEIR LOVING MOTHER FIGURE. ONE YEAR PASSED BUT MEMORIES REMAIN SOLID LIKE SHE WAS ALIVE YESTERDAY. A GRAND MEETING FOR THE SIBLINGS JIM, WILLIAM SALANOA, FRANSCIS REED, HEATHER SOZIDA BROWN, PACIFIC ENTERPRISE AND ANNIE USED THE EVENT TO REMINISCE AND STRENGTHEN THEIR BONDSHIP TOGETHER WITH THEIR LOVING FAMILIES.
NEARLY EVERYTHING IN THE HOMESTEAD HAS CHANGED. THE FAMILY HOME REMAINS INTACT BUT DAMPENS BY NON-OCCUPATION. ON THE DEATH OF THEIR MUM THE HOUSE THAT RAISED THEM HAS A DIFFERENT MEANING. THE CHIDREN HAD MOVED ON FROM THEIR PLEASANT AND LEISURED HOME BESIDE THE MAIN MANUNU DISTRICT HIGHWAY TO LOOK FOR BETTER LIVING OVERSEAS. THEY COULD EASILY LAY CLAIM AS GATEWAY TO FINEONE-HAKUPU ATUA IN FULL HEIGHT AND DIGNITY.
THE UNVEILING CEREMONY WAS NOT SO MUCH A TRADITIONAL WAY OF LIFE BUT LATELY SEEN AS AN INSTRUMENT OF ACTION TO DESCRIBE MODERNITY AND EVERLASTING LOVE. THEY WANTED THIS PARTICULAR EVENT TO BE A FLASH ONE AND REVEAL REFLECTION OF THINGS THAT THEY NEVER GET TO DO FOR THEIR MOTHER.
THE LATE NENA FALEMALO MONIGA FERETI-MAUTAMA AND HUBBY TUKUTONU MAUTAMA HAD STARTED AND BUILT A STURDY AND CHEERFUL FAMILY AT THE SUMMIT OF THEIR MARRIAGE LIFE AND UNCONDITIONAL LOVE. BECAUSE THEY WANT THEIR OFFSPRING TO EXCEL AND TO DO THEM JUSTICE. WHO WOULD HAVE THOUGHT LIFE TURNS OUT IN THIS PAINFUL MANNER? BUT ONE DAY WE WILL ALL GROW TOO OLD TO GROW YOUNGER AGAIN. IT WAS NO COINCIDENCE THAT LIFE HAS WON OVER DEATH AS THE RESURRECTION THEME ILLUSTRATE DURING THE HOLY WEEKEND.
AT THE TIME WHEN THE VILLAGE POPULATION HAS DECREASED THE MAUTAMA TRIBE FROM OVERSEAS CHANGED ALL THAT. IT WAS A TYPICAL FLOCK COMING BACK TO ROOST AND RESTATE THEIR HAKUPU BLOOD AND PERSONAL PROPERTY.
THE LATE FALEMALO WAS A PILLAR OF THE HOME WHOM PREFERRED TO ACT BEHIND THE LIMELIGHT AND HARDLY SEEN IN PUBLIC. HER HERBAL MEDICINAL EXPERTISE SHONE FAR BEYOND MANUNU TO NEW ZEALAND. SHE HELPED SAVE NUMEROUS LIVES OF BROKEN BONES AND SHATTERED HEARTS. EACH YEAR SHE MADE A SPLINTERED INJURY HEALED WITH HER MAGIC PORTION.
AT TIMES IT ALMOST FEELS AS THOUGH SHE HAD A REGISTERED HERBAL CLINIC IN THE DISTRICT. YET IT WAS ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY TO HELP THE INJURED PATIENTS TO REGAIN THEIR HEALTH AND WELL BEING. THE HARDEST THING WAS KEEPING WITHIN THE RULES OF THE OLD TABOO TRADE BY NOT REVEALING THE MIX OF HERS AND MATTERS MUCH TO KEEP THE MAGIC PORTION WORKING. A BLESSING SHE HAD PASSED ON TO A MEMBER OF THE FAMILY AND WHO ACCORDING TO OLD ETHIC MUST KEEP WITHIN THE SACRED RULES. LOVING HER CHIDREN AND THEIR OFFSPRING CERTAINLY REMAINS IN HER MIND FOREVER. AND IT’S ONLY JUSTIFIED THAT THEY RALLY BEHIND HER UNVEILING CEREMONY WITH FOND HEARTS AND MEMORIES.
THE LORD HAS RISEN!
01/01/2014 HENDER TALAGI WEDS LOVER CHRISTIAN POUMALE!!
The wedding of Hender Tania Talagi to long-time friend Christian Lay Preacher Poumale on Tuesday 31 December signs off the last day of 2013.
Both families with their friends celebrated with sparking life at the Paliati multi-purpose hall in Alofi. The program moved with incredible on time record. Unfazed by the pressure of community chores the pair brightens the day with happiness.
After the marriage at the Liku Ekalesia Kerisiano church they were spotted on the motorcade heading south to Hakupu and the classic coastal scenery of Avatele and Tamakautoga. Eventually they retired at the hall full of decoration and joyous guests.
Hender Talagi is the daughter of Pauline Talagi raised by Nena MataloseTogatule-Talagi and the late Titania Talagi.
They have been close friends for a number of years before they decided to label the golden day.
During the celebration their families and friends provided sparkling performances of singing and dancing to entertain the young couple. In honour of invited guests they stood brightly to greet and say thank you for making their special day a wonderful experience.
Best wishes, Happy New Year and a prosperous future for Hender and Christian.
24/10/2013 NATALIE PUASINA TATUI WEDDING CEREMONY (pics by hon.tatui)
The families and friends of Natalie Tatui and Henry Lesoa joined together as one family on Monday 7 October to celebrate their wedding at Sheraton Fiji Resort in Denarau. Ordinary chores were dropped while they concentrated on the big day.
The ceremony was considered a major transformation from cultural practices to a laid back atmosphere. Foreign tourists gazed and wonder from the side ways with some inquisitive visitors seen walking beside the main stage by the sandy beach.
The pristine tourism environment and mixed of colourful and styled attire adds flaming ambience to a fine afternoon. Relatives came far from England, Australia, New Zealand, Samoa and Niue for the occasion pledged to follow simple yet modern nature and comforting meaning.
The wedding reflects a fresh approach by the present generation to modern style marriage in a natural environment than the traditional village setting with firm rituals and restless bodies in the end. It may be hefty in monetary terms and losing the mana of cultural marriage, however, innovation and cheerfulness overruns the order of event.
At the end of the formal part a serenading cocktail party followed with melodious Fijian numbers performed by the resort trio string band befitting the perfect Pacific paradise impulse. The crowd of 80 rejoiced and mingled to applaud the wedded couple. Later they moved to the reception in the giant foyer with more upsurge of enjoyment and family harmony. Then onwards to the resort lounge disco night jiving with fruit salad of international guests and friends.
Natalie and Henry had planned for the wedding for more than a year after the peculiar engagement proposal was sealed at the Niue Hanan International airport in January 2012. Various activity amounts to a single packaged arranged with the organizers well in advance. They have spent a few years on trial friendship and blessed with baby Rylie Wani Arubelle in 2008.
Natalie is the eldest daughter of Puasina Erick and Crossley Tatui of Tuatea District and presently works as Marketing Management Adviser in Auckland. Her sibling Le’Roy missed out the fun due to work commitments. Natalie was accompanied by close childhood buddy Asatina Viviani and younger sister Taucilla. Flower girls were Rylie Lesoa and Fifita Veikiso supported by male cousins Troy Tatui and Lennox Sila.
The bridal party was graced with the presence of Godmother Aunty Andy Opa Jackson, Uncle Wayne and Aunty Hekemalilo Warren, Aunty Ruth and Uncle Fapoi Akesi, cousin Vaeroncy Akesi, Luina Vilila, Teresa Erick-Talima, Aseri Hipa (Asatina’s fiancé), Aunties Sophie and Winnie Shackley and cousins Kevin Maitava and Louise Shackley from Suva and Natalie’s living school friend formerly of Suva Grammar Valda Hoerder and Family also from Suva. Valda’s brother, Hupfield the judged 2013 South Pacific designer produced the attire for Natalie’s parents.
Husband Henry Lesoa is of Samoan heritage and also works in Auckland. Born and raised in New Zealand with his European friends Ariki Bratton and Derek Grace whom were honoured as his attendants on the day. The families enjoyed a short stint of Fijian hospitality, decent lights and Bula fun before returning to their home countries and routine chores, far different from the Denarau experience.
Pua and Crossley family extends grateful thanks to relatives and friends for the best wishes, blessings and invaluable gifts. A humble and simple wedding marked by lasting friendship bonded in rare elation.
Congratulations Natalie and Henry! God’s Blessings be upon you always!
19/05/2013 POPE AND CHRISTABELLA VOWED ‘I DO’ IN HUVALUFOREST!
Fantastic setting in the heart of HuvaluForest poised with very natural yet straight forward spiritual wedding ceremony. Two touching words made up of three alphabetical letters declared in the form of a sacred and traditional loving vow “I Do! Translated to Niuean ‘E to fakamonuina mai he Atua! Being present to witness the event on site was a benefit.
It was simply another affirmative way of saying ‘Yes’ between the stunning bride and groom. Rev Igatiatama Mokole performed head of the Ekalesia guiding the bridal party with short meaningful declaration. The practice was new presented in contemporary form for the gathering of more than a hundred people.
A short and sweet but absolutely moving ceremony to seal the marriage of Christabella Kaukasi of Lakepa village to Pope Junior Talagi of Malakava, Hakupu on Saturday 18th May 2013. The truth was there for everyone present to see and marvel at. There was no church bell ringing, no choir and no rush for seats, this time the location reminds you of the original Garden of Eden transformed intoHuvaluForest.
Tears of joy, hearts pounding and gracious smiles blended in central scenery unique as anyone in Niue could imagine in their life time. Remember this was just the formal beginning that matters for the jovial couple. The vocational tried period had gone and now is the time to come together as one to the aid of the party before the mass crowd.
The creative arc made from wild vines, plaited red ‘ti’, flora, and bundles of dry coconuts woven around the base of the bow with the Huvalu Forest sign post planted under made perfect free screening and praise. Huvalu Forestis one of the registered conservation areas of the Pacific region under the United Nations environmental project.
Like any other marriage ritual worldwide, the formal part paused a little while allowing Christabella the final moment to prove her commitment travelling from home to Huvalu Forest. An opportunity too which gave space for those late goers to find shade in the conservation area to observe the nuptials.
Families and friends assembled around the terrestrial foyer exclusive to the serenity of Huvalu Forestonly. Pope and Best Man Morgan Magatogia waited flustered anxiously. Wild pigeons cried to relieve the tension as more people arrived.
Shortly the bride and Maid of Honour, Patlin Tukitoga-Ugamea arrived wearing dazzled flowery attire to delight the crowd and the bash of impatient photographers from the professional Bill Vakaafi (BV) Motufoou, Morsheena Jackson-Ioane of Niue Star media and Jack Feleti of Hakupu web site page flanked by up to ten other amateurs with the same purpose. There was no concern for the paparazzi stuff at all. They dived and skipped behind the tall trees to enjoy the free for all graphic show.
Rev Mokole preached the gospel from 1 Corinthian based on the theme ‘love” which represents everything in life, an action word that has deeper meaning, feeling and blessing.
Young Petesa Laufoli, grandson of Lucy and Hakemotu Laufoli helped to hold the decorated pad with the marriage rings.
‘The ring has no ending and love is endless. Not only true for the newlywed but the same principle apply to every couple here today; Pastor Mokole asserted the crowd.
After the jungle ceremony the motorcade journeyed around the southern road along the coastal scenic spots for more photographs and cuddling for the couple.
Back at Talo’s Restaurant invited guests rallied for refreshment to await the delegation. The place was full even though the celebration clashed with other private functions on the day.
They sang, laughed, hugged and chatted as the couple and party smiled from the front table. MC Ligi Mitikea assisted by sister Lucy Laufoli pushed the flow with ease. And when the chow time was over the cultural performance and blessing followed in time to see the sun sunk in the west.
A joyful wedding event celebrated with simplicity and elegance. Christabella’s mum and families came especially for the big day. Pope’s daughter Denise flew fromWellingtonin support of her Dad and only brother Semo Talagi. He together with Brother Kean accompanied the bridal party.
Happy wedding Christabella and Pope! And produce more children meaning to pursue life with exceptional love.
02/02/2013 STYLISH 21ST BIRTHDAY OF ADORRA MISIKEA
The sole beloved 21st birthday girl, Adorra Sifaline Misikea, deserves to be chilled on the 1st February 2013 to celebrate her birthday with friends and to thank her caring parents, Ligimanogi Talagi-Misikea and Tom Senior Misikea, for the wonderful party.
Ligi and Tom, families and friends showed their height of love and long time commitment to hold a glowing celebration at the Misikea family home in Malakava-One Tree Hill. They find it hard to believe how time runs so rapidly, now to see their only daughter turning twenty one.
Surrounded by her energetic brothers, Tom Junior, Misinia and Ikipa, they cheer at their single birth sister, birthday girl Adorra for she has thrived with blessings since her childhood days. They know well, being thankful growing up together in the homestead with one sister. And on the day little to complain about but more to laugh at for the odd times when the princess sibling sneers at them over home chores. Tom Junior travelled especially from Wellington for her sister’s 21st party. They have all grown up to be helpful and supportive youth for the village and Niue.
Adorra dressed smartly in flamboyant pink outfit and green lei, the theme colours chosen for the special event. She constantly smiled with a swish look and tender smile, a gesture sufficient to express her deep appreciation and honour.
At the background of the main table a banner with dazzling Happy 21st Birthday Adorra shone the message clearly. During the party, she posed confidently, beamed and few times jolts humbly to show thank you to the gathering. But it was the speeches from Nena Matalose Togatule Talagi and her parents when she began to thaw and as she really value their encouragement for the rest of her life.
Little did she and the crowd know another birthday surprised celebration of the evening in the Lady of the House, Ligi Misikea, whom in 2012 has turned 50th years of blessed life (not 50 years old) as another way of saying a birthday anniversary. They sang and cheered at the double celebration in one year and one party. What an excitement from the gathering as Ligi lay claim a share of the youngest of smile just like daughter, Adorra.
The brilliant weather spoiled the invited guests attending the birthday party relaxed as if it was day light saving. But the party decoration, plenty of drinks, a big feast, friendly cheers and champion music from DJ’s Misinia Misikea and Semo Pope Junior Talagi that carried the jubilant crowd long into the night and new day. The invited teens secretly relaxed and enjoyed the ice-breaking party and wished there was no ending. Like Adorra, who is returning to resume second year studies towards an Environmental Science degree at Waikato University, the school teens must pack their bags to start school the following week.
Prior to studying at Waikato University, Adorra was seconded to the Niue MET office at Fualahi where she gains practical knowledge and skills. She was former Treasurer and Committee member of the Hakupu Young People’s Fellowship. In 2010, she was a member of the Hakupu Youth Tour of Shanghai, China. With a talented voice, Adorra has launched a single popular hit music CD produced with Island Brothers production. She is a gifted athlete and vibrant young lady, rightly so as the manner her parents and family decided to gift her a 21st birthday party.
Reaching 21st is a milestone birthday described by Europeans as coming of age and giving away of adolescent freedom to a growing child. In the Niuean culture, it is a special ‘tu tau’ of two decades and one year, plus parental reminder to the dear child to live a happy life and prosperous future within their guiding love. That may well be the case in the ‘palagi culture, but when parents only have a sole beautiful daughter, as you would expect, it creates shining thoughts and warm, adoring appreciation. They have a point to bring attention to the child how special she/he is and to put aside childishness, immaturity and shyness, neither they want to grant their kids old status at just 21 years. They want their child to have good quality life and happy future. A long useful life with 3 to 4 times of 21 years added to the 1st 21st party. With the second 21st at 42 years, the third at 63 years, fourth at 84 years.
Hooray Adorra and your dearest mum Ligi, we offer you blessings!
02/01/2013 TELSON LIUVAIE HAIRCUTTING-1ST JANUARY 2013
Telson Liuvaie, eldest son of Teresa and Sonny Liuvaie, was born a handsome and cheerful baby after the Cyclone Heta episode. Brought up in Manunu District, he attended early childhood education at Halamahaga and developed a likeable personality in school for his long hair and happy smile. The catching smile and hair grew with the young man to the 1st day of January 2013 when the immediate family celebrated his haircutting ceremony at Nena Laifone and Papa Naki’s residence at Tamakautoga.
It was a modern do based on present-day thinking and fashion. Less hassle to family life, hefty cost savings, simple but pleasant with plenty of food to share as one loving family during New Year. Parents Sonny and Teresa Liuvaie, felt it proper to have Telson’s haircutting in Niue where he was born. Their short festive break in Niue was planned sometimes back and thought the time seems ideal to get over Telson’s haircutting wish.
Telson sat, listened and watched patiently from the seat decorated with materials suitable for a little prince. A monetary ‘lei’ of $50 and $100 notes was rolled around his shoulder collar.
Telson didn’t hesitate to show off his bright smile on the cutting of the first hair lock from his hair that Aunt Nicola Puheke plaited neatly for the occasion. The young man looks to have no fear and full of fresh life to explain to his friends in Palmerston North when the family returns home at the end of their holiday.
In as much as trying to modernize the traditional haircutting do, speeches were few, short and culturally moving for Telson who was the winner in the end to come out with a light hair to cope with after years of perseverance and personal sacrifice to fulfil his parents wish and someway a craze token of backing the Bob Marley reggae club.
Spare me from your bullying ways in the past big brother and be my best friend from now on, Hugo Liuvaie, Telson’s young brother, begged to the guest of honour.
Come back to live with us in Niue, another young prince, Timuga Puheke, told Telson before he cut off one of the hair locks. Nicola and Hikitogia smiled as son Timuga snipped the hair lock, he too, has long hair to care for like what Telson went through.
Then it was Telson’s time to say his thank you speech, a few hair locks remain hanging on the left side for his elder brothers to cut when the family returns to New Zealand.
I thank each and every one of you who made me special today. Thank you to Nena Fone and Papa Naki, to my parents, siblings, uncles, aunties and cousins. I love you all, Telson said with his wide smile. Onlookers clapped and cheered at the young man.
The low key occasion turns out exciting for the family and proves a point that things can be achieved economically and enjoyable if we keep it short and simple. It was not meant to replace the local custom just making life easier and comfortable for Telson and the family, MC Sonny Liuvaie explained. It was a different version of Niuean haircutting, short, sweet, loving and memorable for years to come.