Embassy hosts villagers and youths

Australian High Commissioner John Feakes and his family meet villagers of Tamavua during their visit to the High Commission in Suva yesterday. Picture: SOPHIE RALULU

HISTORY was created yesterday as the Australian High Commission opened its doors to host villagers and youths of Tamavua to an evening of historical exchanges.

An initiative that was proposed by the Tamavua Village youth group, villagers had the opportunity to meet with their host and Australia’s High Commissioner to Fiji John Feakes, his family and staff members of the commission.

A member of the youth group shared to Mr Feakes, his family and staff members the history behind the land on which the commission sat as part of the exchanges that took place during the event before youths serenaded guests over dinner.

Mr Feakes said he was contacted by the youth group a month ago requesting for a visit.

“The Australian High Commission has been living among the village for the past 30 years hosting us and keeping us safe and today is just a way of thanking the community for hosting us in their community,” he said.

“It is coincidental as we are also marking our indigenous week in Australia this week so we decided to host the two events together.”

Meanwhile, Tamavua youth group president Semaema Lagilagi described yesterday’s event as an emotional one adding it was a privilege that the high commission opened its doors to have indigenous youths and community members.

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