The National Council of Women celebrated its 60 years anniversary at the Makini Hall in Alofi last Friday.
A beautiful day for the women dressed in their colourful attire and cultural wear.
The Master of Ceremony (MC) for the day was Mine Pulu. The formal programme began with a few words of wisdom and blessing by Reverend Maria Lagiono.
Followed by a few speeches given by National Council of Women President Nogi Poumale, Maihetau Hekau presenting the history, Lady Fifita Talagi, Loselini Siakimotu representing the upcoming women, Directory General of Social Services Gaylene Tasmania, Minister of Social Services Hon. Sauni Tongatule and the Premier Hon. Dalton Tagelagi.
In her speech, President Nogi Poumale spoke of the day as a reminder of all the women who have come before them and their hard work, efforts and purpose in progressing the women’s club of the island.
The National Council of Women began in 1962 as the Niue Women’s Interest Club, according to Maihetoe Hekau’s history presentation.
In 1965 the women wanted to establish a building for their club. With the help of outside countries and the Commissioner at the time Larl Shanks, the women were able to receive $6,000 worth of funding for their objective.
In 1967 the construction of the hall known today as Makini began and was completed in a year.
Today, a total of 50 women make up the National Council of Women, says Nogi Poumale.
In her speech, Gaylene Tasmania spoke of the ongoing and developing role and representation of the Niue women in parliament such as herself.
She shares that Niue is fortunate to have women with high leadership roles in politics, unlike the rest of the world where women are discriminated against for being in such positions. And she thanks the Premier, Ministers and the government of Niue for allowing women such as herself to progress in politics and high leadership roles.
In his speech, Hon. Tongatule announced that the government has gifted $10,000 for the council of women jubilee anniversary. The women were very happy to hear such news.
The club has evolved over time but still continues to embrace, uplift and nurture the talents, skills, and embodiment of the Niue women.
It was a joyous day for the women as the programme ended with a feast and entertainment.