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Ev­ery year for as long as I can re­mem­ber, April was al­ways the month of reck­on­ing. It was also a time of mad­ness. It is mad­ness in the sense that its a time when many high school Alumni go nuts as their re­spec­tive schools each pre­pare for the great­est show­down in Fiji – the Coke Games. I know I my­self am part of that crazy Alumni group who will of­ten shoot off in the weary hours of the even­ing on days long gone. Such is the way things roll on what we may now term as the crazy April blues. With over 130 schools and 3,000 ath­letes par­tic­i­pat­ing over 2-days, the Coke Games is eas­ily Fiji’s big­gest and most colour­ful sport­ing spec­ta­cle. For even with the in­tro­duc­tion of live tele­vi­sion, peo­ple will still make their way to the Sta­dium in droves to wit­ness the Games. Now we are just weeks away from the event and al­ready as par­ents and pas­sion­ate Old Schol­ars we pre­pare for the day, which is sched­uled, from April 21 - 22. So who do you have your money on this year? On an­other note I will also re­mem­ber this day as I write this- with much sad­ness also. This is af­ter learn­ing of the pass­ing of a Dr Tere­sia Teaiwa, who has been an in­spi­ra­tion to many who had the op­por­tu­nity cross paths with her at the Uni­ver­sity of the South Pa­cific. It was a time when we were still try­ing to find our selves as fresh out of high school stu­dents beam­ing with a lot of ideas and en­ergy to solve the is­sues faced by Pa­cific Is­lan­ders. It was peo­ple like Dr Tere­sia, who through her words and poise made us look at the world a lit­tle dif­fer­ently. She had in­spired many as­pir­ing writ­ers like my­self to get out of our shells and stop dec­o­rat­ing our selves with words that had noth­ing to say about who we were and where we come from. Some­times you meet peo­ple who leave a last­ing im­pres­sion on your life. Such a per­son was Tere­sia. She was a mother, a poet, aca­demic and au­thor, and was widely known and re­spected woman in the Pa­cific for her ground break­ing re­search on Pa­cific Stud­ies. May she rest in Peace!

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