‘Sharing ideas from our different cultural backgrounds’ will be one of the memories for Nai, as she ends her term on the Council.
Nai Cokanasiga has been an active member of the Anglican Women in Ministry network, and attended many of the provincial hui. Bringing her experience at the House of Sarah in Fiji, her wide contacts and wisdom, Nai was an elected Councillor for four years. She has gently and thoughtfully upheld the women of tikanga Pasefika during her time with Anglican Women’s Studies Centre.The Council will miss her kind and loving presence.
Nai reports how much she enjoyed her time as a Councillor. ‘I had so many learning experiences from all the activities we did together- fellowships and especially the huis and meetings where we shared ideas and from our different cultural backgrounds. I will treasure all these forever and will keep you all in my prayers for all the AWSC’s future endeavors. I will surely miss all of you, stay blessed and safe my sisters. Vinaka vakalevu & God bless.’
Helen Roud blessed the taonga with these words
‘Nai, it was a privilege to bless your gift of appreciation from AWSC. I blessed it in the name of God our Creator, Jesus the Christ our brother and friend, and the Holy Spirit, our Counsellor, Comforter and Guide. May God bless you and keep you as you wear it. ‘
Pikorua and Paua
The pendant is carved from bone, in a pikorua, or twist. This represents the bonding of friendship, and also the meeting or joining of lives. It is an eternity symbol.
The paua shell is from an oval flattened shellfish found only in the waters of Aotearoa/New Zealand. Its opalescent greens and blues are valued for jewellery.