The Matauia clan, descendants of the late William Marsters, at their reunion that was held at the ‘Marsters House’ last November. 21100823.
A family re-union for the Matauia family line, descendants from Palmerston Islands’ William Marsters family, is set to go ahead on the island of Aitutaki later this month.
There has been intensive preparation for the travel of
the 50 Matauia clan members to Aitutaki; arrangements and programmes have been
on the go since last year when the family held a successful reunion last November
“We also considered our reunion a fitting tribute for
the family to be involved in the 200 year celebration of the Gospel’s arrival
to the Cook Islands, particularly to the shores of Araura Enua - the island
paradise of one of Mama Matauia’s eight children, Petirini/Pedryn, who
especially requested for this reunion,” said the secretary general of the
group, Sonny Daniel.
The current Covid-19 pandemic travel restrictions have
impacted on the plans of family members from New Zealand and Australia who were
looking forward to this reunion, said Daniel, “hence the significant reduction
of members of our family travelling to Aitutaki.”
Papa Willie John, the ‘paterono’ of the Matauia Family
in Rarotonga said: “It’s a golden and historic opportunity not to be missed.”
“It’s an honour and a privilege to be able to mix and
share family values, experiences, stories with each other, especially when one
does not get to meet with others so often in life,” said John.
The group will be led by the family’s executive
committee led by the chairman Ioane Tumii, vice chairman Puapii William
Marsters and secretary general Sonny Daniel.
A three day programme of activities has been set, and
most of the team will return to Rarotonga when the Gospel celebrations are
completed on October 26.