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Vanuabalavu Feels Indebted To Kiwis

Vanuabalavu Feels Indebted To Kiwis
Saying farewell: New Zealand Defence Force members performing the haka in Lomaloma, Vanuabalavu yesterday. Photo: Litia Cava
April 14
11:58 2016

Isa,isa vulagi lasa dina sang by Adi Maopa Secondary School students echoed the village of Lomaloma as they bid farewell to members of the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) yesterday.

Tears flowed freely as the people of Vanuabalavu farewelled the NZDF personell onboard the HMNZS Canterbury in Lomaloma which will be leaving for Suva to return to New Zealand today.

Children and adults were out of words to describe their sincerity towards the team for their tireless effort during their seven weeks stay on the island.

Six-year-old Asenaca Kotoisuva said: “My house and school was destroyed during the cyclone and I will always remember the team from the NZDF as they brought in tents which I and my family now live in and also repaired my school and I am now attending school again,” Asenaca said.

Village headman from the different villagers of Vanuabalavu expressed their gratitude through their Isevusevu.

Lomaloma Village headman Waisea Titoko said: “We feel so indebted to the people of New Zealand but we pray that the Lord will continue to bless them.

“We have been assisted with food, tents, water and other basic livelihood items and through their encouragement and teamwork we have been motivated to pick up the pieces and move on,” he said.

Edited by Paula Tuvuki


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