Koya­mainavure The Good Lis­tener

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Mataika Baleilo­ma­loma Koya­mainavure has been awarded the Fam­ily Values Award. This award was pre­sented by the Suva Fiji Stake of the Church of Je­sus Christ of Lat­ter-day Saints on Sun­day. The 51-year-old Tuirara or Church Stew­ard and lay preacher for the Rai­waqa Cir­cuit of the Methodist Church in Fiji was rec­om­mended for this award by the Stake lead­ers as one be­fit­ting this recog­ni­tion. Mr Koya­mainavure was recog­nised for his great ex­am­ple in his com­mu­nity as a fa­ther, a church leader, a rugby coach for his Rai­waqa team, a men­tor for the Rai­waqa youths and a peace­maker. He works in the Prime Min­is­ter’s of­fice as a client sup­port of­fi­cer in the Clients Ser­vices Units that han­dles griev­ances and con­cerns raised by the pub­lic. As a fa­ther, he said that he was al­ways avail­able for his fam­ily to carry out what needed to be done and to help his chil­dren and his fam­ily.

He said that one of the great­est dif­fi­cul­ties in the homes was lis­ten­ing and this leads to a lot of prob­lems.

He tried to al­ways lis­ten to his fam­ily mem­bers and as a coach to lis­ten to what his play­ers are say­ing so it cre­ates an en­vi­ron­ment of learn­ing.

He en­sured that his five chil­dren were well ed­u­cated and they also spent a lot of time in sports. Two of his older chil­dren are on bas­ket­ball schol­ar­ships in the US. He taught them values and stan­dards that have kept his fam­ily to­gether de­spite liv­ing in a very chal­leng­ing neigh­bour­hood. He was al­ways the peace­maker in his com­mu­nity. When there were prob­lems in fam­i­lies he would go in to help set­tle dis­putes and help the fam­ily be at peace with one an­other. For many years he had been a coach and a men­tor to the youths of his com­mu­nity, many of whom came from bro­ken homes, were trou­ble­some and were caught up in al­co­hol and drugs.

He as­sisted th­ese youths spir­i­tu­ally as well to ex­pe­ri­ence a life of Christ. Many of th­ese youths were re­ha­bil­i­tated through play­ing rugby and he was not only their coach but also their men­tor.

In his re­spon­si­bil­ity as Church Stew­ard of the Rai­waqa Methodist Church Cir­cuit he looked af­ter its 900 mem­bers. Elder Adolf Jo­hans­son of Area 70 said: “Mataika Ko­mainavure has been an in­spi­ra­tion to his com­mu­nity through his ef­forts to bring peo­ple to­gether to talk over lo­cal is­sues. “As a rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the Prime Min­is­ter’s of­fice he has been a lis­ten­ing ear for many peo­ple and com­mu­nity groups. “He is a fam­ily man who loves his wife and chil­dren and he ad­vo­cates for all citizens of Fiji. “We are so pleased to recog­nise him as a friend not only to the com­mu­nity but to The church of Je­sus Christ of Lat­ter-Day Saints in Fiji.”

He is a fam­ily man who loves his wife and chil­dren and he ad­vo­cates for all citizens of Fiji. We are so pleased to recog­nise him as a friend not only to the com­mu­nity but to The church of Je­sus Christ of Lat­ter-Day Saints in Fiji

Adolf Jo­hans­son Elder of Area 70

From left: Elder Adolf Jo­hans­son, Mataika Baleilo­ma­loma Koya­mainavure, Mere­seini Koya­mainavure (wife), and chil­dren Kel­era and Vic­tor dur­ing the award pre­sen­ta­tion.

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