Thinking of making last minute plans to visit Rotuma this Christmas? Better act fast; this news from Antoine Nyeurt in Suva:
"On the transport scene, Sunflower flights to Rotuma are fully booked until Dec. 31st! The only confirmed boat going this Christmas is the Tuitai, which is taking a list for the Malhaha Christmas Trip (contacts: Vilsoni Ufiamorat Ph. 384 182, Lavenia Urvaru 385 109, Kava Tokoara 391 409 or Mamatuki Itautoka 667 690). The boat leaves Lautoka Dec. 14, and returns January 4."
News from Auckland: The Auckland Rotuman Methodist Fellowship's request to have Reverend Jione Langi's ministry in New Zealand extended for a year has been granted, so beginning in February 1997 Rev. Langi will begin a new assignment as pastor to the Rotuman Community in New Zealand. His current ministry, ending on January 31, 1997, is to all Fiji Methodists in New Zealand: Fijians, Fiji-Indians, and Rotumans. Henceforth he will minister exclusively to the Rotumans.
Susau Strickland was elected to the position of Vice-President of the Methodist Church in New Zealand for 1997-8. She takes office in November 1997.
News from the Rotuman community in the San Francisco Bay area, California, courtesy of Bruce Richmond:
"On Saturday November 9, Makereta (Maki) Rigamoto gave birth to a beautiful little boy, Noah (Noa?) Tupou, 7lbs 13ozs, in Freemont, California. Ofa Pedro (Petero) is ecstatic, and sisters Selina (8) and Sausehuli (5) can't wait to "look after Noah and change his diapers."
"On September 28 the Bay Area "KUFESI GROUP" with Lopta, Oinafa roots, held a fundraiser which consisted of a "Koua" and LIVE MUSIC from the FATUMANAVA Band. Band members are Pedro Rigamoto, Supa Susau, Kafoa (Ben) Tiusek, Sefeti Tivaknoa, Hiagi Taito, and Fereti (Freddy) Tigarea. In addition to the band members and their families, other members of the Kufesi Group include: Mereana Gibson (Emose), her husband Joel and son Collin; and Bruce, Aitu (Aisea Semesi), and Lohana Richmond. Each family of the Kufesi Group invited five other guests who contributed money to the koua and concert. Any e-mail messages can be sent to the above people through Bruce at: firstname.lastname@example.org