‘Prosperity through unity’: Cooks Fijian community celebrates Independence Day
Saturday 5 November 2022 | Written by Supplied | Published in Local
Cook Islands Fijian community members celebrate Fiji Independence Day on Rarotonga. 22103102
Cook Islands Secretary of Foreign Affairs and Immigration Tepaeru Herrmann joined the Cook Islands Fijian community in their celebrations of Fiji’s annual Independence Day late last month.
The event is an annual affair organised by the Fijian
community living in the Cook Islands, with this year marking Fiji’s 52nd year
as a sovereign nation after declaring independence from the United Kingdom in
The Fijian community chose “Duavata Menda Sautu – Prosperity
through Unity” as their theme for this year’s celebrations with other invited
guests including Minister of Education and Sports Vaine (Mac) Mokoroa and the
President of the Religious Advisory Council, Pastor Tevai Matapo.
In her keynote remarks, Hermann, reflecting on the decades
of government to government co-operation, business and people to people ties,
characterised the Cook Islands – Fiji relationship as one of “vuvale – family”
through friendship, free choice to work and live in the Cook Islands and a
shared home through the Blue Pacific continent.
To the theme of Duavata Menda Sautu – Prosperity through
Unity, Secretary Hermann focused her reflections on co-operation since the
COVID onset and the whole of society approach the Cook Islands took to its
COVID response and recovery initiatives.
“We have much to be thankful for,” Hermann said. “Our
international communities, including Fiji nationals, bring diversity to our
country, through their cultures which add rich flavour to the social fabric of
our lives, in addition to the economic and social contributions they make.”
“We have battled Covid-19 together for two and a half years.
It has been difficult, but we have endured because we came together as one
community. To overcome the economic and geopolitical challenges ahead of us, we
must continue to work together to strengthen the resilience of our people and
economy; continue to work with partners to expand our air-links including with
key markets and transit points like Fiji, and work collectively to support and
inspire our workforce and people.
congratulations to President Roana Mataitini and her executives for a wonderful
celebration of Fiji’s 52nd Independence Day. It was a privilege to attend and
share some reflections, time and a meal with our Fiji community who despite the
heavy downpour, were in attendance in notable numbers.”