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Lakena Bus Accident: Teacher Describes Late Student Mataika As A Responsible Girl

Just before she boarded the school bus Ms Gucake said Makereta ran back to her and said: “Madam please give me a big hug.”
16 Oct 2019 11:53
Lakena Bus Accident: Teacher Describes Late Student Mataika As A Responsible Girl
Nausori Primary School teachers, students and Lakena residents during the funeral at the Lakena HART home hall on 15, October, 2019. Photo: Ronald Kumar

The late Year 8 Nausori Primary School student Makereta Miriama Mataika was described by her teacher Pauline Gucake as a very caring, responsible and happy student.

On her last day at school, when they celebrated World Teachers Day, Children’s Day and Fiji Day, she was involved in most of the events.

Before she left school on that day, her classroom blackboard had the words ‘Happy Teachers Day, Happy Children’s Day and Fiji Day to you all,” written. Her last message – “Enjoy your day tomorrow.”

Just before she boarded the school bus Ms Gucake said Makereta ran back to her and said: “Madam please give me a big hug.”

After hugging her, Makereta ran to another teacher and asked him for another big hug.

She said it was only a few hours later that she received news of the bus accident and heard that one of the victims was Makereta.

Teacher Pauline Gucake (left) with her students from Nausori Primary School during the funeral service of the late Makereta Miriama Mataika at Lakena HART home hall on October 15, 2019. Photo: Ronald Kumar

Teacher Pauline Gucake (left) with her students from Nausori Primary School during the funeral service of the late Makereta Miriama Mataika at Lakena HART home hall on October 15, 2019. Photo: Ronald Kumar

The school head girl Loraini Saula described her classmate as very loyal and always smiling.

She said Makereta was friendly to all.

“We all miss her and we can’t believe that she is dead,” she said.

Delivering the family eulogy, Ambassador Mosese Tikoitoga said Makereta had two brothers who she always helped.

He said she had no material things, but was much richer than all of those she lived with.

Ambassador Tikoitoga said he wanted the funeral service at Makereta’s place so friends and relatives could see where she had been brought up.

“Ms Mataika was poor but she was rich in life.”

Lavenia Tepola (right) a year eight students of Nausori Primary School with fellow students during the funeral of their class mate Makreta Mataika, who died in bus accident in Lakena. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

Lavenia Tepola (right) a year eight students of Nausori Primary School with fellow students during the funeral of their class mate Makreta Mataika, who died in bus accident in Lakena. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

Lakena bus accident survivor Liliviwa Ako, 9, with her mother Joana Momo during Makereta Miriama Mataika’s funeral service on October 15, 2019. Photo: Ronald Kumar

Lakena bus accident survivor Liliviwa Ako, 9, with her mother Joana Momo during Makereta Miriama Mataika’s funeral service on October 15, 2019. Photo: Ronald Kumar

Edited by Jonathan Bryce

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