From Fijilive (26 September 2000)
According to an article from the Fiji Daily Post, posted on Fijilive, Walter Rigamoto has been appointed Secretary to the Constitutional Review Commission. He is reported as saying, "The task is a serious and a tough one but I am optimistic about it."
On Saturday, August 26th, we drove 12 hours from San Jose, California to Gervais, Oregon to attend the wedding of Pedro Rigamoto's daughter Mandy to Calvin Miller.
A koua with fekei, puatkau, 'a'ana plus a Rotuman tefui was prepared.
Sumasafu Rupeni (Pedro's cousin) and the han mane'ak su, Makrao Mario, accompanied the entourage.
I was reunited with my uncle, Fereti Sheffet, his wife Lesieli Lilo, and their three kids, and with Julliet Sheffet and family. Despite the long drive it was worth the trip. A joyous and fun-filled occasion.
Two Rotumans have received scholarships to undertake their Master's degrees in England. Here is the story as it appeared in the Fiji Daily Post:
THE British Government, under the British Chevening Scholarship scheme has awarded six scholarships to recipients from Fiji, Kiribati, Palau and the Federated States of Micronesia for the year 2000/2001. Three recipients from Fiji, Katarina Atalifo, Elizabeth Erasito, and Joann Young will undertake fully funded post graduate studies in different universities around Britain.
Ms Erasito, the Research/Public Relations Officer at the Natural Trust of Fiji will undertake an MSc in Tourism, Conservation and Sustainable Development at the Medway University Campus, University of Greenwich. Ms Atalifo is the Assistant Entomologist at the Secretariat for the Pacific Community and will do an MSc in Natural Resources at the Natural Resources Institute, University of Greenwich, while Ms Young from the Agriculture Department, will undertake an MSc/Diploma in Food Economics and Marketing at the Reading University.
Their selection was made in March this year and they will soon leave for the United Kingdom next month.
From Hanuarani Atalifo in Rotuma (1 September 2000; posted 11 September)
We have just received a letter from the government that the airline is not accepting any LPOs that pay the airfare for medical emergency flights to Suva. Later on, we realized that there was no money at all allocated for such flights.
In order to raise money for the expenditures, the Rotuma Hospital Board (RHB) held a walkathon on June 1st that raised $1,250. Seven members walked from Noa'tau to Ahau via Hapmafau. RHB will pay the airfare for any patient who needs emergency attention in Suva if the patient has difficulty coming up with the fare. The chairperson of RHB and the doctor will look into the patient's background and will determine how the patient is to reimburse the fare. Plans for a major fundraising is in the works.
I have asked Mr. & Mrs. Jim Bentley for seating in the hospital. They have already donated two lounges & suites, one for the women's ward, the other for the men's ward. Finally our thanks to Alan & Jan & the Tefui Club for their past donations and for making it possible for other Rotumans around the globe to hear our cries for help, especially from the hospital, which needs to be well equipped for the Rotumans here to feel comfortable when sick. The government is having difficulties now, so we, the Rotumans, must help ourselves. That is why I made sure we do fund raising amongst ourselves first.
Noa'ia se 'amis ne hua'ia os hanue ta.
Note: Hanuarani Atalifo is Chairwoman of the Rotuma Hospital Board
Shalom Tuatoko (daughter of Alfred and Rave Tuatoko) left for New York last Sunday to start work in the United Nations office. She has been employed in their budget section