More Top Stories


Bigger and busier 2023: PM

31 December 2022

Other Sports

Double gold for Darts

21 January 2023


Population policy endorsed

10 January 2023


PM Brown vows to change law

23 January 2023

Rugby league

Moana target 2025 World Cup

11 November 2022


We’re halfway there!

16 November 2022


From the river to the ocean

18 November 2022

Let there be light

Monday 27 March 2023 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in National, Outer Islands, Technology


Let there be light
Minister George “Maggie” Angene and Nelson Akava at the Panama Catholic Cemetery which now has 10 solar lights. MELINA ETCHES/23032626

Solar lights have been installed at the Panama Catholic Cemetery.

The initiative was made possible through the wishes of Nelson Akava, who buried his mother Akepakari Teakauroa Melita Akava earlier this month, and the support of Minister George “Maggie” Angene.

“I thought to ask Minister Maggie for a solar light to put over my Mum’s grave,” said Akava.

“He said why one? Why not for the whole cemetery and here we are, now the whole cemetery will be lit up.

“I’m over the moon with this help from Minister Maggie, what a blessing. Let us live in the light.

“Thank you so much to Minister Maggie and his boys, it is a blessing.”

Minister Angene said: “When I drive by this area it’s always dark to me, and it should shine because it’s near the road and people’s families are buried here.”

“And on Turama night, Bishop (Paul Donoghue) needs light to bless the graves. Now there will be light here,” he added.

Akava would also like to thank Bishop Paul Donoghue and Carl Glassie for supporting the solar light project, and everyone who comforted and supported his families on the passing of their mother.