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Matuku Islander Heads Home For The Holidays

‘I’m excited and a bit emotional going back again after all these years,’   Makadru villager Setareki Rika was returning to his roots with his family yesterday on board the
24 Dec 2016 11:00
Matuku Islander Heads Home For The Holidays
L-R: Asinate Tikoisuva (sister), Akosita Tuinuve(Daughter), Setareki Rika, and Akosita Tuinuve (wife) waiting to board MV Brianna at Port Mua-i-Walu, in Suva yesterday. Photo: Mere Satakala

‘I’m excited and a bit emotional going back again after all these years,’

 

Makadru villager Setareki Rika was returning to his roots with his family yesterday on board the MV Brianna.

Mr Rika was returning to his village on the island of Matuku, Lau after 16 years away from his home island.

They were all packed up and ready to go yesterday morning at Port Mua-i-Walu, in Suva.

He lives in Beqa Island with his wife and children and was looking forward to spending Christmas and New Year’s with family members on Matuku Island.

“I’m very excited and a bit emotional going back again after all these years,” he said.

The family were waiting to board the vessel MV Brianna at 3pm and will reach Matuku this morning.

His sister, Asinate Tikoisuva who lives in Suva usually travelled to the village every year was also looking forward to the trip as well.

 

Siblings visit Suva for break

Port Mua-i-Walu in Suva was a hive of activies with about 200 people loading and off-loading goods and products.

Sixteen-year-old Joseva Colaivalu came with his two siblings on board the vessel Liahona from the village of Natauloa in Nairai Island.

The vessel arrived yesterday morning from the island.

The Nasinu Muslim College student went to Nairai and brought his two siblings back to Suva for the Christmas holidays.

“I’m so excited to spending the holidays here in Suva,” said sister, Seruwaia Rabola.

The siblings had brought with them a sack of mud crabs and root crops.

The vessel was packed with people travelling from the maritime islands yesterday and with other passengers waiting to board for the afternoon trip back to Nairai Island.

Other vessels in port were the MV Brianna, Lomaiviti Princess and two Government vessels.

Edited by Rusiate Mataika

Feedback: mere.satakala@fijisun.com.fj

 

 


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