Koyamainavure The Good Listener
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.