Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Mstr Dona gives a Fiji Welcome to Hon Minister Georgina Te Heuheu @ her recent Meet the Pacific Island Communities in Wellington

Hon. Georgina Te Heuheu GSO
Minister of Pacific Island Affairs Assumed office 19 November 2008 Minister of Pacific Island Affairs
Below is the speech that Master Dona gave on behalf of the Fiji Community in Aotearoa. All other leaders from each Community were given an opportunity to say a word of welcome. Mstr Dona's speech beautifully written by an astute Teacher and Academia echoing what we as the Fiji people living here would have liked to say.
We also thank Hon Georgina Te Heuheu and her team for taking time out to meet the Pacific Island Communities of which Fiji is very much a part of. If there are any lessons to learn from this meeting it is consolidating the voices of our Pacific Communities on what matters to each and everyone of us that have made New Zealand our second home.
We also like to thank the Honourable Minister and her team for the wonderful news that you have put togther a system where members of our Community can transmit funds over to help out with our families in the Islands at a much reduced rate than what we are currently paying.

The two images are taken on the night where the Honorable Minister met the Pacific Island Community & taken by Comms Depart - Minister of Pacific Island Affairs

Images are of Community leaders and the other depicts the 'Hongi' a Maori greetings between the Hon Minister Te Heu Heu and one of our Fijian ladies from the community.

Hongi
When Maori greet one another by pressing noses, the tradition of sharing the breath of life is considered to have come directly from the gods.
http://www.newzealand.com/travel/about-nz/features/powhiri/the-ceremony/hongi-embrace.cfm

From the desk of:

Mastr Donasiano K Ruru
Development Studies
Victoria University of Wellington
20thApril, 2009

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Hon Georgina te Heuheu QSO
Distinguished guests
Fellow Pacific Island families & friends
Ladies and Gentlemen
and Children

As we are gathered here to celebrate this auspicious occasion of achievements and progress, I hope that we are mindful of the Lord’s blessings of gifting Hon Georgina te Heuheu to us with her life, through her iwi, her family and ancestors. We commend Hon te Heuheu for her talents, and aspirations.

On behalf of all of us here present and in particular on behalf of the Fijian Community in Wellington, I would like to say….

Ni Mata vinaka saka ka Bula vinaka mai .

E na vuku i keimamami na lewe i Viti ka sa vaka i tikotiko e Wellington, keimami gadreva me keimami vakaraitaka na neimami vakavinavinaka cecekia kei na marau vakaitamera e na nomuni cabeta cake na nonmuni i tutu cerecere vaka Minista e na veiqaravi e vei keimami ma lewe ni kai Pasivika. Sa meimami masu ni na vakalougataki kemuni na Tuaraga na Kaloua sa cecere sara…....

We congratulations you in ascending to your new portfolio; a call to one of the highest opportunities for the Vanua / Iwi /or Land of your people, your ancestors of Aotearoa to serve not only as an Honourable Member of Parliament, more so as the second Maori woman to be appointed to the New Zealand Cabinet.

You have eloquently and consistently over the years, displayed courage and deliberately demonstrated your true love for Aotearoa as a faithful indigenous daughter to serve in your capacity as the Honourable Member of Parliament and you have been unique in numerous ways in being the :

- first Maori woman to gain a law degree and be admitted to the High Court as Barrister and Solicitor;
-the first Maori woman to gain election as an MP for the National Party; and
-the first Maori woman to chair the Maori Affairs Select Committee,

You have a long way and have accomplished a rich and diverse socio political journey. Congratulations.

You have paved and challenged a way forward for us as Pacific and indigenous people and in particular to the younger generation of Aotearoa of the importance of commitment and dedication. You have role modeled and bridged the gap of women’s participation in socio political development for nation building.

Hon. te Heuheu, we assure of our prayers. May the Lord continually strengthen and shower you with His wisdom and to be His instrument and to bring joy and peace to the people of Aotearoa through all whom you serve.
Tena koto,
………tena koto
……………tena koto katoa.

.........................Vinaka saka vakalevu.
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Hon Georgina Te Heuheu - Her Profile (ref.
http://www.parliament.nz/en-NZ/MPP/MPs/MPs/7/9/2/49MP12341-te-Heuheu-Georgina.htm
List member, National Party
Honours/decorations
QSO for services to the public 1993
Current parliamentary roles
Minister for Courts
Minister of Pacific Island Affairs
Minister for Disarmament and Arms Control
Associate Minister of Maori Affairs
Former parliamentary roles
Chairperson, Maori affairs select committee 4 March 1997-19 October 1999
Member, Regulations review select committee 12 March 1997-19 March 1999
Minister for Courts 31 August 1998-10 December 1999
Minister of Women’s Affairs 31 August 1998-27 November 1999
Associate Minister in Charge of Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations 31 August 1998-10 December 1999
Associate Minister of Health 31 August 1998-10 December 1999
Spokesperson, Maori Affairs 15 August 2002-3 February 2004
Deputy Chairperson, Maori affairs select committee 27 August 2002-11 August 2005
Spokesperson, Women's Affairs -2 November 2003
Spokesperson, Treaty -2 November 2003
Spokesperson, Associate Constitutional and Treaty of Waitangi Issues 2 November 2003-3 February 2004
Spokesperson, Broadcasting 2 November 2003-1 December 2006
Spokesperson, Arts, Culture and Heritage 27 April 2004-26 October 2005
Associate Spokesperson, Foreign Affairs and Trade 27 April 2004-26 October 2005
Associate Spokesperson, Treaty of Waitangi Issues and Maori Affairs (Maori Development) 26 October 2005-1 December 2006
Deputy Chairperson, Foreign affairs, defence and trade select committee 9 November 2005-5 December 2006
Member, Maori Affairs Committee 9 November 2005-3 October 2008
Personal details
Married with two adult sons. Iwi affiliations : Ngati Tuwharetoa, Te Arawa, Ngati Awa, Tuhoe

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