HERALD WEEKLY ISSUE 608: 21 March 2012

Woman of the Month
Congratulations to Ngatuaine Pauline Maoate Kirikava

Congratulations to our woman of the Month Mrs Ngatuaine Pauline Maoate Kirikava, affectionately known as Pauline.
Mrs Pauline Maoate Kirikava was born March 1965 in Rarotonga to the late Vaairua Piri and Anne Vaai Maoate of Ngatangiia and hails from a large family of 11 siblings, 4 brothers and 7 sisters, of which she is the youngest and comes from the family of Ngati Maoate/Tamariki, Tuaine Kaitara Nicholas, Teariki Tavare Pa ma Kainuku, Ngati Manavaroa, Taupini o Teaia, Tuitita o Terei, Ngati Karika Makea Vakatini of Te Au O Tonga. Named after her Grandmother, from her mother’s side, the Late Ngatuaine TuaineKaitara Nicholas, she was also gifted with the name Pauline given to her by her Aunt Odile Marama Nicholas.
Pauline’s education began in the 1970’s first attending Ngatangiia Primary School, due to her parents employment in New Zealand she also attended school in Auckland at Pt Chevalier Primary School only later to return back to Rarotonga to continue the duration of her education resulting in enrolling as a student at Titikaveka College from 1979 to 1982.
Pauline has been involved widely throughout the Ngatangiia sporting community including the Ngatangiia Uniform Organisations, Ngatangiia Matavera Netball Club, Turangi Women’s Cricket Club and an avid fundraise member of the Ngatangiia Matavera Rugby Union. For Pauline she remembers between the years of 1978 -1982 as being her most memorable sporting experience, during those years she was the holder of the Cook Islands Netball “Rothmans Cup’ for over 4 years in a row and was the youngest player in the A Team at the age of only 13, and remembers quite vividly being pushed and tripped by all the centre players of every club. Hailing from the village of Ngatangiia Pauline says she is a great supporter for the Ngatangiia Matavera Sports Club in all codes.
Throughout her life Pauline has lead a Christian life keeping a strong faith in God and is also a member of the Cook Islands Girl Guides Association, her work throughout the Christian community has resonated on many levels. As an active member of the Ngatangiia CICC Pauline holds the current position of Assistant Treasurer, Sunday school teacher as well as youth leader, she hopes to encourage more young leaders to step up and lead these Uniform Organisation as she believes her role is provide them with the tools to continue. With a fondness of cooking and baking, and a love of harvesting all sorts of seafood, vana, patito and ature, promoting healthy eating through community and church activities is an initiative that Pauline is passionate about, “our country is high on obesity, diabetes, and having kidney problems,” tackling the issues of health through the community is a way that she believes these problems can be alleviated.
Currently employed as an Immigration Border Control Officer within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Immigration Pauline holds the following three values closest to her heart, her family, children and young people, “They are the future of our country,” explains Pauline, “they must learn to live their lives to the fullest, be involved in sports, cultural activities and partake in religious groups. To avoid temptations in committing crimes or feeling lost in the world.”
Pauline offers a special thank you to my family, relatives, friends, Leaders in the community and especially to my work colleagues, for your words of encouragement and support. Meitaki Ma’ata to the Women in Sports Commission, Cook Islands Sports & Olympic Association, your organizing Committee and sponsors for your support towards our Woman of the Month event. -Maria Tanner

Herald Issue 608 21 March
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