It's been a week of Independence celebrations. At our work prayer breakfast on Friday we listened to stories of independence and the struggle for freedom. The meaning of the name - Vanua - land and Atu - rising up - the land rising up - one of several interpretations. The process of reconciliation required after independence to repair some of the divisions. The cutting of the celebratory cake and 36 claps to represent the 36th year of independence. A country, which is, as I am often reminded, in my many moments of impatience, so young in its hard won freedom.
30 July 1980 - Yumi strong mo yumi fri long hem!