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Wednesday 5 October 2022 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Local, National
Coordinator of the Are Pa Metua, Moana-O-Liliuokalani Marsters, Vaine Mokoroa and Rongo Ezekiela. 22100417
Coordinator of the Are Pa Metua, Moana-O-Liliuokalani
Marsters said, “this special day for our Mamas and Papas is important and a
good reminder of how this centre for the elderly started.”
The Are Pa Metua was first set up by the late Prime
Minister Sir Geoffery Henry in the Airport Authority House 2 in 1998.
In 2021 the centre moved out of Nikao, shifting their
belongings to the home of Marsters where she continued to run the weekly
gatherings for the elderly.
Earlier this year in March, the new Are Pa Metua
building was completed at the Punanga Nui Market, and the elderly are “happy”
with their new premises.
The Mamas, Papas and invited guests enjoyed a hearty
lunch to acknowledge their special day.
The International Day of Older People on Tuesday, is
celebrated by raising awareness about issues affecting the elderly, such as dementia
and elder abuse.