Visit makes mama’s day

Friday October 23, 2015 Written by Release Published in Outer Islands
Pictured during their visit to meet Mama Caroline Daniel are (from left) Tutai Kitimera Malietoa, Latafale Auva’a, Mama Daniel and Miss Cook Isalnds, Felicia George. Behind Mama Caroline Daniel, is Aitutaki Disability & Elderly coordinator Joanna Patterson. 15102012 Pictured during their visit to meet Mama Caroline Daniel are (from left) Tutai Kitimera Malietoa, Latafale Auva’a, Mama Daniel and Miss Cook Isalnds, Felicia George. Behind Mama Caroline Daniel, is Aitutaki Disability & Elderly coordinator Joanna Patterson. 15102012

The Aitutaki Disability Centre recently hosted two special guests: Miss South Pacific, Latafale Auva’a and current Miss Cook Islands Felicia George.

 

The guests were given were told about the centre’s work and watched people with disabilities making eis.

Before they left, they were all presented with pareus and shell necklaces.

“It was a great honour for the people who come to the centre, and the centre coordinators, says Aitutaki Disability & Elderly coordinator, Joanna Patterson.

Patterson says the pair also made a home visit to an island celebrity - the oldest mama in the Cook Islands, Mama Caroline Daniel who is 103.

Mama Caroline had two children to the last King of Samoa and his eldest daughter Tutai Kitimira Malietoa was also present.

“This visit made her very emotional as she was born in Aitutaki and when she was five her father came to Aitutaki to take her to live in Samoa.

“She is now living here taking care of her mother as it was one of her father’s last wishes.

“Tutai was very excited to have Miss Pacific Islands come to visit her and Mama Caroline as she was once a Miss Samoa and loves having her Samoan people visit.

“It reminds her of her father and of her other home, Samoa.”  

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