The Premier of Niue, Dalton Emani Makamau Tagelagi meets the Niue community of Rarotonga on his first official visit to the island last month. 22110608
Plans are in the pipeline for the Niue Community of Rarotonga to lay the foundation for their new hostel in Tupapa, next year.
After two years of
Covid, last month the small but passionate group of Niueans met to celebrate Niue’s
48 years of self-government on October 19. The get together was an opportunity to
reconnect with one another and to talk over plans and fundraising ideas for
their new hostel.
Vice president of
the group, Meleaoni Tumii nee Tangi and her late brother John Tangi, gifted a
piece of land for the proposed hostel, which was announced back in 2018.
“He (John) wanted
to give a piece of land for the Niue community to build a hostel.
“My brother died
in August 2018, he did what he had wanted to do for Niue.”
The site where the
hostel will be built is located near the main road in Tupapa – opposite the Te Marae
Ora administration building.
It is close to the
National Auditorium and to town, says Tumii.
“We are a
registered body and the land will be leased to this body.
“I want this Niue
hostel to belong to and remain for the Niuean community on the island,” she
Tumii and her
brother shared close ties to Niue, the island where their parents met and where
they were both born.
Their mother Melelino
Teniteni Fakahoa Motu is Niuean/Manihiki and was also born in Niue.
grandmother Mele Tihau was born in Manihiki, she was taken to Niue as a baby to
be brought up there. Tihau stayed in Niue, got married and had children.
Tumii’s father Tangianau
Tukatara hailed from the Itaaka family from Ngati Vakatini. Tukatara’s mother
Titi Zekaria hailed from the Tataiata family and she was married to Arumaki
Strickland, his wife and some of their children including Tangianau, left
Rarotonga and moved to Niue where he set up stores, a bakery and businesses.
In those days the
connections with the realm countries Niue and Tokelau were very close, said Tumii.
At the age of two –
John Tangi was five – Tumii and her family returned to Rarotonga where they
have lived since.
how much she and her brother have always cherished their Niue heritage and how
happy they are to assist the Niue community with land to build a hostel “to
have a place they can call their own”.
Approximately 200 Niueans live on Rarotonga. Members
of the Executive Committee are: President - Iro Rangi, Vice President - Meleaone Tumii,
Secretary - Kimi Turiu Bewa, Treasurer - June Kokaua, members Sisi Short, Trevor
Pitt, Byron Brown and Mann Short.