Celebrating World Tuna Day in Tuvalu: Tuna, Our Hope & Pride

CollageMaker_20200507_164023630[1]Tuvalu celebrated for the second time World Tuna Day this year 2020. The Ministry of Fisheries and Trade coordinated and organized activities for the public in celebrating this important day. Despite, the threat of COVID-19 to the people of Tuvalu, a lot of people did participate in competitions and enjoyed activities in celebrating the day and the lead up to it. Events mainly took place at the Tulaakiga Hall at Vaiaku from the 28th April to the 2nd of May 2020.

There were a lot of competitions and activities – more than last year. The event was started with competitions in colouring, drawing, posters, writing poems, paragraphs, essays and speeches. This engaged young people of all ages from Pre-schools, Primary schools, Secondary and University Foundation, with the great help of their schools and teachers. Other events comprised the song competition, futsal and volleyball tournaments, swimming competition, eating competition, Tuvaluan canoe racing and the fishing competition.

The programme for activities started on Tuesday the 28th April with the students engaged in drawing, colouring, poems, paragraphs, essay writing and speeches. On Thursday the 30th April was the opening ceremony of the event, followed by the song competition and the fishing competition. The prize for the biggest tuna was won with a yellowfin tuna of 98 centimeters long. The prize for the most fish was won with the amount of 6 yellowfin tuna.

The Acting Minister for Fisheries and Trade Hon. Ampelosa Tehulu, posed the following question in his speech during the Opening ceremony: “If this species, tuna, is our hope and pride, as a Tuvaluan, what is your contribution to preserve our hope, what is your contribution to preserve our pride in order to keep within us this precious hope and to have pride in the significance of this precious asset to our country Tuvalu?”

The Ministry of Fisheries and Trade also invited the Fusialofa (association for the disabled) and the Spar boxing group to entertain during the world tuna events, as well as dancing groups from the two secondary schools. The programme ended with the formal closing dinner in the evening of 2nd May at the Funafuti Lagoon Hotel attended by the Prime Minister and other Ministers. Winners of all the activities and competitions were awarded their prizes during the closing dinner.

Tuna species are vitally important in terms of food security for the people of Tuvalu and for the national economy. Tuvalu is an active member of all the regional organisations involved in tuna fisheries – PNA, FFA, SPC and WCPFC.

Below are tables showing the prize winners for all competitions during activities of the World Tuna Day 2020. Prizes were donated by six tuna fishing companies that are bilateral partners of Tuvalu: Sajo, Shilla, Dongwon, Fong Kuo, RD Tuna, and Fairwell. Their generous support for the World Tuna Day programme is greatly appreciated by the Ministry of Fisheries and Trade.

COLOURING COMPETITION

PRE-SCHOOL CATEGORY

AGE: 3

Position Name School
1st Tarantewea Tepa Olave Oakley
2nd Pouta Falaoa Vaiaku
3rd Jack Pedro A.O.G

AGE: 4

Position Name School
1st Fialei Kelesi Vaiaku
2nd Selinda Patala Lofeagai
3rd Gloria Samasoni A.O.G

AGE: 5

Position Name School
1st Jnr Pogia Tateua Lofeagai
2nd Lupemua A.O.G
3rd Esita Vaevalu Vaiaku

CLASS 1 CATEGORY

Position Name School
1st Vineta Kaitumana NPS
2nd Tausili James NPS
3rd Vinny Kerry NPS

DRAWING COMPETITION

CLASS 2 CATEGORY

Position Name School
1ST Losa SDA
2ND Nuku Iosefa NPS
3RD Lakei Simeona NPS

CLASS 3 CATEGORY

Position Name School
1st Suligita Pogia NPS
2nd Atiriana NPS
3rd Kamari Kalafaga NPS

CLASS 4 CATEGORY

Position Name School
1st Taulau NPS
2nd Maleta M NPS
3rd Iafeta Ioane SDA

POSTER COMPETITION

CLASS 5 CATEGORY

Position Name School
1st Loise Kim SDA
2nd Wilshere Manraoi SDA
3rd Ulia Molesi SDA

CLASS 6 CATEGORY

Position Name School
1st Telaufatu Letia NPS
2nd Azleen F SDA
3rd Cinta Tupulaga NPS

POETRY COMPETITION

CLASS 7/FORM 1 CATEGORY

Position Name School
1st Seuila Sagapolutele NPS
2nd Alieni Pine NPS
3rd Paae Tavei SDA

CLASS 8/FORM 2 CATEGORY

Position Name School
1st Lily Pugameau NPS
2nd Joe Taualo NPS
3rd Lakera Ioane SDA

PARAGRAPH WRITING COMPETITION

FORM 3

Position Name School
1st Miliifatoaga Galau Lauti MSS
2nd Milly-aina Teitala MSS
3rd Mililani Homasi MSS

FORM 4

Position Name School
1st Nina Rosie Managreve MSS
2nd Kausea George FSS
3rd Lulia Laupane FSS

ESSAY WRITING COMPETITION

FORM 5

Position Name School
1st Maike Pugameau FSS
2nd Esther Eterina Maheu FSS
3rd Kenneth Jnr Green FSS

SPEECH COMPETITION

FORM 6

Position Name School
1st Roling Pugameau FSS
2nd Vaioita Polau FSS
3rd Thomas Ituaso MSS
4th Raijeli Isala FSS

FORM 7/FOUNDATION USP

Position Name School
1st Makelita Leota USP
2nd Tele Vailagi MSS
3rd Harry Fousaga USP
Song Competition Names
Single Category
1st prize Lilly Pugameau
2nd Prize Tusaga Iosefa
3rd Prize Lauolive Faila
Group Category
1st Prize Romalive Sisters
Fishing Competition Names
Biggest Fish
1st – 98cm Talavalu Lipua
2nd – 85cm Simeona Italeli
3rd – 64cm Talavalu Lipua
Most amount of fish pieces
1st – 6 pieces Talavalu Lipua
2nd – 5 pieces Kauvaka Siuele
3rd – 3 pieces Taukili & Tekiata
Eating Competition Names
Men’s Category
1st Josh Tupata
2nd Toma
3rd Kwillan O’Brien
Women’sCategory
1st Lei Aso
2nd Liufale
3rd Jonimila Isala
Raw Tuna Dish Competition Names
1st – 2 ties Charles Leepo and Futuna Frank
2nd Mahu Tinapa
3rd – 2 ties Salini Uliamu and Tapua Pasuna
Canoeing Competition Names
1st Sitepu
2nd Josh Tupata
3rd Logotau Tealagali
Swimming Competition Names
Men’s Category
1st Fini Iuni
2nd Siona Siona
3rd Darren Failautusi
Women’s Category
1st Taumafai Tinapa
2nd Esther Tomasi
3rd Trish Drecala Lifuka
Volleyball Tournament (Women) Names
1st Haapai team
2nd Niutao team
3rd Nauti team
Best female Player Tealalei Tauanoa
Futsal Tournament (Men) Names
1st Chinatown Club
2nd Tubamba Club
3rd COVID-19 Club
Best Player Nelesone Kiula (Chinatown)
Top Scorer Teuati Titivalu (Nauti Youth)

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