The Matavera CICC vainetini with one of the deacons of the church, Member of the Parliament Vaitoti Tupa. 21021208.
The vainetini executives will congregate and display a tivaivai exhibition in September in lead up to the ceremonies to celebrate the 200 years of the arrival of Christianity here.
Mii Pukeiti is a “diakono vaine” – deacon’s wife of the Matavera Cook Islands Christian Church (CICC).
loves being involved in the church and is fond of the Ekalesia of Matavera.
husband Anau Pukeiti is a deacon, and for a deacon there are responsibilities.
home is surrounded with an abundance of fruit trees, and they grow crops, and
farm pigs and goats.
what we do, we just love doing it. The more we do it, the more blessings we
have,” says Mii.
is not a burden to us, giving is something that comes naturally … the more you
give, the more you are blessed.
give regardless, it’s not a burden at all.”
she says, teaches her valuable life lessons.
husband says, the more he gives the more he is blessed by the Lord. We love
doing things for the church and for people. It is a responsibility and it’s a
joy to do these things.”
Matavera CICC are the hosts of the year’s Vainetini events for Rarotonga.
secretary of the CICC Vainetini, Mii was handed the responsibility to address
over 300 women at the opening of the Church’s Women’s Fellowship service on
Tuesday – the first gathering for 2021.
Pukeiti has many years of experience in church proceedings, she felt anxious –
this was first time she would address a large audience for such a prestigious
delivered her opening turou (welcome) to the vainetini (women) in her Mangaian
dialect and managed to get through the formalities.
nerve wrecking for me, I can do it in our usual church services, but on Tuesday
it was a whole different level.”
catering of food for the visiting women was shared out to the three tapere
(districts) of Matavera: Titama catered for Titikaveka and Arorangi, Rotopu
looked after Ngatangiia and the invited guests, and Vaenga took care of Avarua
laden with food were neatly arranged at the Sunday school hall for the women to
their five children, Mii and Anau Pukeiti family moved to live in Matavera 13
years ago when they built their home. Prior to that, they had lived in
the Matavera Ekalesia is very strong in keeping to their traditional ways of
doing things for the vainetini.
still does the first pure Metua vaine on the first Sunday of the month and the
vainetini come to church all dressed in white.”
vainetini met again yesterday for a church service and a patu tuatua – like a
question and answer session. They also visit elderly and unwell people in the
village and sometimes collect and deliver food parcels each month.
Anau graduated as a deacon in 2016, when Mii also became known as a diakono vaine .
deacon’s wife takes care of the kapu oroa and decorates on top of the altar,
“the old ways are still upheld and respected.”
care of the church, cleaning and decorating is a rotated roster.
in the village always help out and Mama Orometua Pai Naomi Rouru is always
there anytime,” says Mii.
At present Mii is the only diakono vaine for Rotopu, sadly two have passed away and two have retired.
The district of Titama does not have a diakono vaine , but the tapere of Vaenga/Pouara has four – Tauepa Tutakiao-Tupa, Matangaro Mokoroa, Lizzie Obeda and Mariana Mataio.
born on Mangaia, one of 12 siblings. She moved to live on Rarotonga 28 years
ago where she met her husband.
sisters teased her, “you go to Raro and meet and marry another Mangaian,” she
“I met the right person and he’s a good
couple now have five grandchildren and a feeding child from Aitutaki and
another from Mauke.
to Mariana and Tauepa for all their help and leading me in the directions.”
September all the vainetini executives will congregate and display a tivaivai
exhibition before the 200 years of the arrival of Christianity ceremonies and
church assembly events on Aitutaki.