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Friday 2 September 2022 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Local, National
Are Pa Metua regulars, the birthday boy 90-year-old Rongo Ezekiela, Nga Mokoroa (left) and Tepaeru Teaukura nee Nicholas. 22090107
Born on the island
of Aitutaki on August 26 1932, Ezekiela has lived most of his life on
He is sharp, agile
and active and a regular member at the Are Pa Metua centre, which provides a respite
care programmme for the elderly.
Keeping trim and fit
for a person of his grand old age, Ezekiela says he doesn’t drink beer “and I
like working at home doing something”.
There are 21
active Are Pa Metua members who attend the centre three days a week. Most of
the time Ezekiela is the only male, surrounded by bright, vibrant females.
“Usually I’m the
only man here; now and then another man comes along to join us. Sometimes I
think I have a lot of work to do at home, but I enjoy being here,” he said.
Are Pa Metua
coordinator Moana-O-Liliuokalani Marsters says every birthday is celebrated.
birthday was wonderful. His kids were also here and the Prime Minister Mark
Brown came along as well for our special papa.
“We would be
delighted to have more of our elderly join us during the week,” said Marsters.
The centre has a
van which provides a pick up and drop off service to the Punanga Nui Market on Tuesdays,
Wednesdays and Thursdays. Call Moana on 73519 or 51283 for more information.