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Oldest couple share secret to long life

Serafina Silaitoga
Wednesday, February 06, 2013

THEY are the oldest couple in Wainigadru Village, Cakaudrove and have enjoyed every moment of their life together.

Kalivereti Jokimi, 82 and Matelita Mainukusa, 79 have been an inspiration to the younger generation in the village.

The couple believe that living on fresh food from the farm, especially vegetables, has helped them live long.

Their advice and encouragement to villagers has also helped many young ones make wise decisions when dealing with village issues.

"Eirau marau va'alevu ni eirau mai rawata a bula balavu e rawani eirau raici ira na ma'abui eirau (We are so happy to live long lives as it has allowed us to see our grandchildren)," he said. Reminiscing his younger days, Mr Jokimi said he used to do a lot of farm work in the village.

"Dau sega soti na gunu yaqona baleta dau vina'ata o ira a qase me liu taumada a matavuvale (We didn't drink a lot of grog in those days because our elders wanted us to prioritise our families," he said.

His wife, Matelita who hails from Koroivonu Village remembers a smaller Wainigadru.

"Sa toso sara na 'oro qai levu na lewe ni 'oro. Na gauna au to'i mai ina, e sa qai walu ga na vale i lomani 'oro qo (The village has expanded with more houses compared to when I first came here, the village only had eight houses)."

Village headman Bonefasio Driti said the couple never failed to attend mass on Sundays.


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