Sunday, June 19, 2011

[pima.nius] Sudden passing of a Pacific legend -- Cook Islander Te Tika Mataiapo Dorice Reid

11:27 AM |

via Pacific journos

Cook Islanders are still reeling from the news that Te Tika Mataiapo
Dorice Reid has died, reportedly after collapsing at a conference in
Auckland, NZ where she was to deliver a paper. A true Cook Islands
leader at many levels, she was to take up the post of Cook Islands
High Commissioner to New Zealand later this month.

Those wanting to send condolences or memories/notes can drop a line to
Cook Islands News reporter Rachel Reeves (emailed above) who is
leading compilation of a weekend tribute.

As her niece Glenda Tuaine said, "It is moments like these that we
stop and take stock of the power that our female colleagues, friends
and family have in making impressions on our lives.

Te Tika Mataiapo Dorice Reid was a woman that stood by what she believed
in and supported others to grow, understand and achieve.

Forever graceful and always giving, she led our community to places that
broke boundaries, created acceptance and strove for cultural recognition
devoid of prejudice."

Aere ra, rest in love, to a Pacific sister, mentor, former work
colleague, and dear friend.



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Lisa Williams-Lahari
Media Freelancer
Regional Coordinator, IFJ Pacific Media for Democracy and Human Rights
Project
Ph Mobile: 677-7574230
Skype: lisalahari

* "Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that
matter."-- Martin Luther King Jr.  *

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