Old Archive News

(all articles sourced by : Hon. Crossley Tatui)


Unusual change in weather pattern and climate variability no doubt impacted on the New Year uga coastal migration and cliff hunting season. This year, the ordinary season started late after mid-January so overseas visitors and friends suffered as a result with very few coconut grabs to share. For most of them, the absence of uga’s during their presence confirms the idea that the number of uga population has and will continue to decrease due to over exploitation for export.  

It was not the case according to Robin Toatolu, skilled hunter and traditiona uga expert from Pokofutu District. The local warriors who treaded the rugged cliffs from Wani Sea to Tuhia Peninsula and Pala Sea to the Ketuketu Blow Rocks in recent weeks proved the scientific statement false and misleading. The outcome of their uga hunting expedition on the coastal cliff made historical uga harvest both in size and number. What seemed out of the ordinary was the number of large male ugas that roved the cliffs possibly to protect their opposite sex or just a plain chasing game. And it occurred after the mainstream of family visitors had returned home. 


After the evening church service on Sunday 3O January 2011, the Ekalesia finally agreed to endorse the single name recommended by its Deacon Council. The name remains respectfully confidential until the selection procedure has been complied with. What matters now is the relief to the members that the current selection process will be over and pray for a peaceful outcome. 


Village Elder Young Vivian was granted by the Deacon Council supported by the church members’, sabbatical leave in New Zealand from 4 February to visit his family, meet with the Hakupu Community among other village business matters. A short break from church and community activities over the New Year period was part of the reason for his  overseas vacation.  


Almost a year without a Pastor the Ekalesia chose one of its own reverent pastoral sons, The Reverend Nukanuka Tauevihi who is currently serving in the Vaiea Ekalesia to conduct the February church sacrament on Sunday 6 February. Reverend Tauevihi delivered a lively speech from Deuteronomy chapter 14 inviting the congregation to give in straight away to the Almighty God to lead and fight for them. The presence of Common Role Member Hon Terry Coe to worship and glorify God together with the Ekalesia helped brighten up the main church service. 


Chairperson and Chief Coordinator of the Hakupu Kindergarden Committee, Kiliheke Viviani and family were busy cleaning up the class room on Saturday 5 February at Tuatea in preparation for the Monday 7 February re-opening for 2011. Even with the low number of children and lack of financial resources to run the school the urge for early education and caring of our little stars remains a top priority. 

Preparation has been affected by a power failure which is urgently required to be fixed by the Village Council. The problem began after Cyclone Heta and not easy to solve because the whole power network for the Community building needs re-wiring. For now there is high risk to all users of the room unless the problem is fixed properly. 

Parents and baby carers’ planned to make a successful launching of the 2011 class and to enjoy a shared lunch to mark the opening of the new school year. Chairperson Kiliheke invites the village and families to donate generously to the course which is foundation to our future sustainability. 


Saturday 11 June 2011 has been confirmed for the Village Annual Show Day. Chairman Tom made the announcement during the village meeting on Sunday evening 6 February at Tuatea. The village wholly supported the proposal to invite families overseas to attend the show day. It was recognised that the show day activities had become dull with same routine events and new ideas is needed to add value and make the day colourful, livelier and meaningful. 

The level of complimentary prizes for the show day goods, crafts and food produce  needs to be looked at including sponsorship and guidelines for sponsors to understand and follow. Past show days had been graced with the presence of our senior elderly from New Zealand and ideally the way for us to develop and follow through to encourage and attract those lost sons and daughters who have missed home and willing to return and visit.

Those of us overseas who have access to this information should inform others in the community who would love to be part of the celebration to make preparation now. Further detail enquiries should be sent to the Web Master or the Chairperson of the Village Council, Tom Senior Misikea. 


It would be the tenth time or more that Warren Halatau and Family from Perth Australia and New Zealand graced the birth village with generous monetary and goods donations for vital projects. Every time they responded with speed and open handed love to village appeals for financial help, not to mention their own private, family to family aid and to the Government of Niue. Their donations have been timely, most helpful, meaningful and really appreciated by the village as fund raising on Niue are hard and pitiful to have. No matter how committed and patriotic a family can be toward the village course and in the name of keeping unity and peace. Neither because we lack trying, no we give our best to the course and never say die, whatever time it may take to reach the total target. What matters most is that all attempt to give a hand, big or small, and leave the rest to the invisible helping hand.

Thanks indeed and God Bless Warren Halatau and Family!!Warren is now nominated for the 2011 Show Day Guest Speaker and Special Citizen Award!


The Web Master owes you an apology for the temporary breakdown of current news events over the Festive period due to other pressing social commitments. To help make our valued young site alive, we need your contribution. You will note that the latest news items are old but our goal is to record a diary of local events and share with our overseas family. Please contact me by e-mail or verbally if you have and want useful news reported, like a story, poem, old or new photographs of interest etc 


Organized and led by the Hakupu Ekalesia Kerisiano Sunday School Teachers, the traditional spirit of Christmas Eve celebration of 2010 held at the Pastor’s residence front balcony facing the evening stars from the east was sensational. Though the week was filled with various family, village and national events, they still found quality time to practise their best selection of Christmas songs to entertain in ‘open air’ the village, friends and visitors from Australia and New Zealand. Signs of dark clouds, strong winds and drizzle of rain that fell earlier in the evening warned a dazzle evening but eased off    in time for the main activities. 

 Lay preacher and Leader Ben Pitasoni Junior Tanaki facilitated the programme and the hundred who turned up to the celebration were honoured with entertainment by the little children considered unique and heart moving in the way they sang, swayed on stage and held on to their candle lights. The programme was blessed with special entertainment by the visiting and home Veseaga tribe from Matavao directed by Anna and Francis Teofilo from Townsville, Australia.   

####Taking a flash back and remember, most or all of us in this grown up generation came through the same event during childhood and early days but no doubt more naughtier, tough and noisy to control than the present generation. Some only had an inch candle, some with dummy candles and some had none while walking around the village to entertain families. Hard luck for the boys who wore home made pants with elastic bands because the pants continually slacken throughout the home visit and kept sliding down the slim stomachs. 

We remember fond memories of one prominent Sunday School Choir Master and Senior Teacher, The Late Reverend Aue Ahetoa who passed away in an accident hours before Christmas Day in 1979. 


Christmas 2010 in our birth village emerged unusually quite but graceful.

Dawn was busted by the traditional roosters club but largely cursed for their disruptive noise by our overseas visitors (the awaking alarm clock to the village ‘Ulumotua’ and men folk). Morning was blessed with beautiful blue sky swamped with umu smoke as families slowly sort out their breakfast and Christmas lunch menu that included the sumptuous ‘lupe and peka’ delicacy. Some families rushed to cherish their beloved ones grave sites with home grown organic flowers.  

The church service started at 10 am sharp according to Michael Naea Jackson, Secretary General of the Hakupu Ekalesia Kerisiano so families have enough time to prepare their food and home chores. Christmas sermons included Kokela Siligi who represented the church lay men. Families later rejoiced in the special gathering for the splendid lunch and reflections on the loved ones and old times sparkling chats. Of course, not without the traditional ‘momoi’ obligation to the close families and friends of delicious local and imported food, a practice inherited from our forefathers that wrap up the theme of Christmas. 

The Hakupu Village Council organized healthy motivated games at the village ‘male’after the heavy lunch for fun entertainment and to loosen off additional body fats built up in December from break up parties and feasts. Later in the evening, the Fineone Darts Club ran a married couple darts tournament at Tuatea that saw cup holders Chrisbina and Ricky Konelio got knocked out in the first round. The finale show match went to the Manunu Terminators, Kerry and Pacific Enterprise Mautama, against the Pokofutu Rebels, Susana and Robin Toatolu. In the end, after a close exciting final, Sue and Rob Toatolu came off winners for 2010 to round off a colourful, cheerful and peaceful Christmas. We hoped that we all enjoyed the festive season and life time celebrations throughout the world. 

Before the spirit and mood of Christmas disappears into the family closet until 25 December 2011, a reminder notice is hereby served to all our families and groups overseas who want to take part in the coming Christmas to secure your bookings now. 


The extended family, relatives and friends of the beloved Wani and Punapa Veseaga from Australia, NewZealand and Niue mounted and unveiled their ceramic china headstones at Fumaila, Hakupu on the 28 December 2010. The occasion ended a year long planning to honour the lives of their beloved parents, grandparents, uncle, aunty, cousin, sister, brother, village ‘tupunas’ and dear friends. Success of the big day came as a result of family, team work, community and national cooperation, mutual friendship and togetherness. 

Family Head Steven Erick ably led the organising of the group travel and materials for the headstones and the home family assisted by families and friends helped to cater the feast. Many people and friends attended the unveiling ceremony blessed by the family Pastor, the Reverend Vili Kamupala Viviani in the presence of the retired Reverend Malaetolu and Asamaveta Salatielu from Auckland, New Zealand who came specially for the event. The Teofilo Family from Australia funded the beloved Punapa’s headstone, a Christian Cross printed with Napa on the front and the birth and dead dates that he designed before leaving us behind. And the Steven Erick Family in Auckland funded the headstone of the much loved Wani Hoyte.

The social part of the unveiling was held at the Tuatea Community Hall entertained by Francis Teofilo, Ian Hipa and Village Chair Tom Misikea. The whole family extended their appreciation and love to everyone involved for the help and care.


‘Po Taha’ in Niuean defines the last day and night of the year, 31st December 2010 connecting with the New Years day, the 1st January 2011 that ended with a special church prayer from 11.30 pm to 12 midnight to farewell the old year and welcome the new year. Main events peaked with explosive firecrackers, and family meals and drinks after midnight. Unlike the European culture of open kissing at the strike of New Year, the Niuean way is a Christian kiss on the cheek and jubilant screams and blessings among families and friends. That is if you are still awake at mid night otherwise it has to be early morning belated (mule mai) kiss. 

The Hakupu Village Council arranged a family fabulous evening at Tuatea for the whole village to share food, drinks and entertainment enjoyed by those that attended. Speeches by the elders thanked the council and village people for a successful year followed with blitz of fire crackers and mid air explosives to cap the night off. After the church prayer, a fund raising dance followed into the early morning entertained by the great sounds of DJ Mahalo Junior Aue. A few old crackers tramped the Tuatea dance floor right to the top of the hour of the first church bell for the New Year church service before retiring warped from the busiest and longest night of the year.

Best wishes and good health for 2011!!!! 


Fineone Darts played good Samaritan to one of their Niue Auckland darts team from the Phoenix Club in Otahuhu, New Zealand on Tuesday 29 December at Tuatea. Led by Senali Malaki and Ron Jessop, the visitors were all hyped up for the tough contest by 2pm. Official games began at 3 pm and following a close tail chase affair throughout the evening, Fineone Darts won the contest by two points. Former member of  Fineone Darts, Johnston Jackson from Auckland reluctantly took a blind cheque to play for the visiting team. 

Speeches acknowledged the need to strengthen ties between the darts clubs and families of the two nations in future. After the Village Elder, Young Vivian said grace the visitors helped themselves to a succulent meal of local food and beverage drinks.

“I am very happy with the outcome and the cooperation by the two clubs” said Andre Siohane, Fineone Darts President. “I also thank the members of the Fineone Darts, friends and the village elders for the support and friendship shown to the visitors” Andre said. 


During a UNDP organized village meeting in 2010, a tractor slash mower was approved with initial funding of $10,000 from the Millennium Village project. Balance of funds to be subsidised by household contribution of $100 plus other fund raising methods. Nine families have paid their shares up to the end of December 2010. 

The purpose for the tractor mower is to help clean the demolished and bushy areas in the village including bush and sea tracks. Landowners of these vacant areas had left and physically abandoned their properties but still hold strong spiritual links to the sites which makes it tricky for those on the mainland to accept the logic of paying for something which they would not directly benefit from. What needs to be clearly established are the extent and criteria for the use of the tractor mower so everyone understand the project objectives and the charge out rates to be implemented. 

In addition, the tractor mower can be hired out to clean coconut plantations and road sites so it is sure that all families will benefit from the asset. What remains to be known is how and when our overseas cousins who claim to own the bushy land can contribute to the project at this time so the tractor cost can be settled without further delay. 

“I plea for those who have not paid your shares to do so immediately in the spirit of unity and mutual cooperation”, Chairman Tom said.

“ I have spoken to the Purchasing Agent in New Zealand who likes the funds remitted as soon as possible” he added.

HICT is confident of a Good Samaritan out there with spare funds to come to the aid of the Hakupu Party of 2011. The bid is now open, please!!!1 


The 2011 New Year church service and celebration coincide with the thanksgiving feast (as explained in an earlier article).

The three divisions firmly held their guns tight with abundance supply of taros, corned beef, monetary gifts, one chilly bin of reef fish and assorted basket of food for the Village Elder Mititaiagimene Young Vivian. A notable absence was the resident pastor who retired in June 2010. Special guests, Rev Liva Tukutama and pastor trainee, Fania Talagi graced the gathering with their presence.  

Spectators unofficially judged Division Three under the leadership of elder Sefo Lui the gold medal prize for the most taros. Ritchie Mautama was awarded first prize for the biggest uga and tasked to sponsor the uga competition next year. Robin Toatolu came second and Oluolu Siohane got the third prize, thanks to the financial sponsorship of Andre Siohane family from Tamani. 

The speeches that usually took up hours in the past was wrapped up in one hour as the men and women folks, youth and boys present paid respect to the theme of thanksgiving and not making speeches to judge and slam the innocent village elder for old issues not related to the ceremony. Elder Vivian humbly thanked the people for all the support, cooperation and hard work during the year, and asked them for forgiveness during difficult times of stress and tiredness. 

A bonus initiative by Liuvaietama Liuvaie for the revival of  prize giving to recognize the best growers and hunters in 2012 was endorsed by the Secretary General of the Ekalesia, Michael Naea Jackson and family who offered to sponsor the prizes. Overseas volunteers who wish to contribute shares to the designated sponsor for 2012 may do so with a generous heart preferably in advance so the awards can be finalised in good time. 

In the end, the village elder distributed part of the feast to visitors and his disciples and a bundle of taros and corned beef each per household so they can in turn plant the taro shoots to sustain the fertile genes and future harvest. 


The resolution by the Ekalesia to submit ballot papers for voting of the new village pastor took a veer after the Hakupu Ekalesia Deacon Council over ruled the resolution when it received directive from the central national council to suspend open voting and re-submit the final nomination for their consideration pursuant to the Ekalesia Constitution. 

The Church Elder made the announcement in church early January but fell short of naming the final nominee choice as discussed and endorsed by the Hakupu Ekalesia Deacon Council and kept the Ekalesia flock wondering in regret. The candidate residing temporarily in Australia withdrew leaving one local and another overseas candidate on the critical path for final selection. The diversion simply exposed the hidden church politics of today. 

Reverend Liva Tukutama who happened to conduct the church service prior to the announcement by the church elder offered encouragement to church members to carefully consider the best choice and decide without undue influence and haste. He had delivered an inspiring sermon that afternoon reminding the church about the sanctity of keeping the church of God intact and living separate from the human and societal rituals and cultural practices. Such as the worn of hats is a ritual and not biblical.

May the love of God prevail in these difficult times? 


They came, stayed and left us. Time flashed against our belief. During the Festive season when the heat was on we locals (landkeepers) rejoice and enjoyed very much the warmth radiated by our visiting families, children and friends after a long period of absence. The feeling in our hearts was unique, if this was the best word to describe it, the best point of greeting and celebrating the loss prodigal members of our village clan. On the other hand, they claimed to come and visit the forgotten ones stranded on this beautiful rock. Some of us also left home to visit loved ones and took deserving breaks overseas. 

 But what else can we say, it was the best time to visit the birth home despite the threatening warning of La Nina and her hidden spoils for us to wonder and guess. They sorely missed and needed to visit their original sacred homes. If only this physical paradise has rich mineral resources and sandy beaches that come with low lying atolls to attract tourists we might be economically better off here and there would be no desperate need to migrate in the first instance. 

We prayed, chatted, ate, drank coconuts, played, danced, sang, peeled taros and cassavas, rode, shouted and slept together or nearby in our family house, land and village. But everything came to end as we need to continue with daily, weekly and monthly chores to sustain life and keep on praying hard that we will meet again in the near future. One tupuna stated in his Christmas speech “Thank God that we are able to meet and celebrate together as we know in 10 years time, some of us would not meet again like today. Thank you very much for coming back home and hope to see you again. God Bless Us All”. 

Such an inspiring story but heartbreaking reality!!!



FineOne Fale’s Business Venture Questioned?


Comments made late November in the Niue Confidential web site imply the Hakupu accommodation project may not be functioning well following support by the Niue Government of a $400,000 European Community grant to fund the Avatele Accommodation project at Liolau. These comments show perception of a doubtful investment funded under the village development initiative of the European Community and the Niue Government. Right or wrong, the claim stands to challenge the village and people of Hakupu.

 The Fine One‘Fales’project is a valued project. Its name has heritage nuance translated into, the modern ‘Good Houses”.

 Expression of doubt from sideliners gives freedom of opinion and challenges its nominated legal name and what the project was planned out to achieve in the business plan. The simple test invites our internal response on what is happening.

 Ironically, as time ticks into the future, remember time can’t forever wait for us, we need urgency to make optimal choice from this golden opportunity to benefit from the investment. Is the critic justified or misleading?

 The bottom line is, everyone Hakupuan, is involved and should honestly accept censure from our stakeholders.  

May peace reign supreme in the Good Houses? 

PS Wonderful sight to see the lights shining from the Good Houses during this festive season and goes to slap back at the critic in the Niue Confidential site.

Hakupu Thanks Giving Day Set for Saturday 1st January 2011


Thanksgiving is an annual ceremony to thank God for all the blessings (including misgivings) in the year. It is a religious and social event for each household to harvest the best taros, crops, fruits, provide a basket of assorted baked food and present it to the church pastor, elder and deacons in a special ceremony to bless and distribute among themselves, friends and visitors who donated money to the church. It is a time when the village praise and pray together with God in front of the pastor’s house. The pastor has the most say about how the feast is distributed. In his absence it becomes the church elder. But it is the senior deacons and elders who are qualified to say a speech. The rest of the village just listen and agree or disagree to the speeches in silence. Lately, the women have challenged their right to be heard.  

During the last century, the belief was if the year yields to a drought and the crops did not produce good results, the pastor gets the blame for not doing his job properly. The belief goes that the pastor’s prayers during the year had not reach the heavens to deliver the rain for the crops to blossom and that he made ineffective delivery of his sermons in church and should terminate his services. That’s how the human accusation is calculated with or without understanding the climate change theory and the effects of the Italian boy El Nino and girl named La Nina. To think hard about it, part of the ceremony in the old days was also to praise and give thanks to the forefathers for their strong dedication to the establishment of the church and its various protocols which were borrowed from Sava’i. 

Village households are divided into three divisions which were inherited from the forefathers long ago. Nothing is written for reference today other than its real meaning and biblical value is spread by word of mouth from generation to generation. Usually when a young man gets married or elope with his fiancée for many years they become members of the ritual through voluntary participation. Each division keeps a list of their members which they circulate in silence to its members. If a household did not participate in the ceremony nor contribute a bundle of taros they are classed as lazy and hopeless. However, today cash donations are very much preferred as the cost of living soars high. 

Previously, the church compensates those with the largest taros and the most land and sea items with modest planting tools and money but is no longer practised due to financial hardship. Only those with the largest coconut crabs are rewarded.  

On the final chapter, it is the spirit of the event from the Old Testament times to our forefathers that passed away which counts supreme rather than the human ritual part of the ceremony to measure how the pastor performed his sacred duties during the year. 

Happy New Year 2011 and God’s Blessings to Us all!!! 

(Photos to follow…)


Ratuisuva Awarded Niue High School Year 9 Scholar


Barely a week after Maravena Siohane was awarded the Niue Primary School Dux , another of our young pupils, Aytron Ratuisuva Veseaga Tatui (a.k.a Suva) of Niue High School, snatched the top scholar of Year 9. He is the youngest son of Puasina Erick and Crossley Tatui of Tuatea. They have five children, Natalie, Dr Le’Roy, Rhys, Tarucilla and Suva.

Born at 46 Rakua Street, Nailuva Road, Suva in Fiji on the 31 January 1996, he had an accident at their flat on Christmas Day of the same year and received major burns to his body and admitted to the CWM Hospital in Suva for three weeks. It took up to three months for him to fully recover but in the end he turned out to be a normal, cheerful and blessed young man.

Suva is a keen taro and cassava planter, enjoy uga hunting, driving, sleeping, IT, reading and touch rugby. As part of the Niuean custom, Suva specially reserved a hair plait since his grandparents, the late Wani and Punapa Veseaga passed away towards the end of 2009.

In October, he accompanied the Hakupu Youth as a member of the Performing Group that represented Niue at the Shanghai Expo in China.

The family are pleased with his academic achievement and they look forward to the treble celebration of his award, the Christmas anniversary and the cutting of his hair plait on the 28 December to mark the unveiling ceremony for his beloved maternal grandparent’s headstones.

Well done Suva!!


Peter Jackson Tied Wedding Knot

Best Wishes is dedicated to the newly wed couple of Hakupu, Mr & Mrs Peter Jackson, officially got married as husband and wife last Saturday 18 December at Matavai Resort followed by a splendid private reception and entertainment at Talo’s Restaurant at Paliati, Alofi. The families of both sides travelled especially from New Zealand for the planned occasion. The young couple has a lovely daughter and blessings for more to come in future.

Peter is the baby boy of Johnston and Losatina Jackson. His only sister, Jane and husband Liu and family also joined them for the grand event.

Merry Christmas and Long Happy Life!!!


Christmas 2010 and Seasonal Greetings

With Christmas celebration day getting closer by the hour, preparations are busy for every family and groups in the village trying to sort things out in readiness for the big day. For 2010, Christmas will fall on a Saturday which for those countries to the west of the dateline falls on a Friday, a day earlier than in Niue and sister countries located to the east where the three stars appeared to the star seekers. 

 For all Hakupuans living abroad, we will be thinking of yous enjoying Christmas while we’ll be gathering taros and dry coconuts at the bush for the Christmas umu. 

And comes the next day for our celebration you’ll be having a darn recovery from the Christmas storm ready for late boxing day fun. 

Anyway, the spirit and theme of Christmas stays on. 

Families from abroad in Australia, New Zealand, Cook Islands have filled the village, and of course, the church with pride, colour and valour. An incredible sentiment for them for the way they honour their homestead and soil after many years of parting from one another. 

The Johnston and Bob Lui Jackson family of Tuatea Park were first to arrive for son Peter’s wedding and Bob’s grand hair cutting.

The Veseaga tribe of Matavao are here (Andy Opa Jackson, Anna and Francis Teofilo and children from Townsville, Lotomoka and Children, Mali and Steven and Family from Auckland to mount and formally unveil the headstones of their beloved, the Late Wani Hoyte and Punapa Veseaga at Fumaila, and celebrate the first anniversary of their passing away. 

The Jackson clan of Masi Street led by Luana Ravai and Jane Vilila are also here on a holiday and beams life to the dark family house after a period of absence.

The missing smiling faces of our scholars once again rebound the village joy of returning home for a deserved break- Steve Alapaki, Zarn Viviani Kavisi, Monica Tasmania, Hana Lisa and nephew Philip Junior, Tarucilla Tatui and Jacinta Levi. 

Village Council Chairman Tom Misikea wishes all of us A Merry and Successful Christmas.

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