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Naiyala Villagers Celebrate Key Visit

Timaima Rokotalele broke down when she saw the devastation TC Winston brought to her school in February. Yesterday, the Naiyala High School head-girl was all smiles as she garlanded their
11 Jun 2016 10:43
Naiyala Villagers Celebrate Key Visit
New Zealand Prime Minister John Key (left), with Minister for Education Mahendra Reddy at Naiyala High School in Wainibuka. Photo: Ronald Kumar

Timaima Rokotalele broke down when she saw the devastation TC Winston brought to her school in February.

Yesterday, the Naiyala High School head-girl was all smiles as she garlanded their chief guest, New Zealand Prime Minister John Key.

Mr Key’s government had sent NZ Defence Force personnel to repair the school. It took them 12 days to do rehabilitation work.

Mr Key inspected the school as part of his two-day visit to Fiji.

As Mr Key spoke of Fiji and New Zealand’s close and growing relationship, echoes of “vinaka” were heard from the 300 plus parents, teachers and students.

Mr Key told the students: “Make sure to study hard.”

Naiyala High School caters for four districts in the Wainibuka area. These include Wailevu, Naloto, Lutu and Tai.

School principal Tomasi Takala said they were blessed to have had the support of not only the NZ government but also ENTEC Engineering.

The school roll stands at 208 with 35 boarders and 21 teachers.

Students of neighbouring Nasautoka District School performed a new meke (dance) for  Mr Key. The lyrics which mention John Key were composed especially for the event.

 

Edited by Nemani Delaibatiki

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