Mativa to compete in Miss South Pacific Pageant

By Charlina Tone APIA, Samoa (Samoa Observer, Nov. 14,2010) - Born and raised in the small and secluded island of Tokelau, Meleka Mativa never dreamt she would one day be given the chance to promote her home to the world.

Next month, she will get just that opportunity when she flies to Papua New Guinea to take part in the prestigious Miss South Pacific pageant.

"Coming from a tiny island, this is all very exciting for me and is going to be an eye opener," Ms. Mativa told the Sunday Samoan. "I look forward to participating in the upcoming pageant to share my unique culture with my sisters and likewise learning from them too."

The 18-year-old beauty queen said she is honored to represent the hidden jewel of the Pacific.

She is very excited about the chance to contest the crown and it will make her only the second Miss Tokelau to take part in the event.

She said it will be a great learning curve for her, and gives her the chance to be a role model to young people.

Mativa is grateful to the people of Tokelau for presenting her with this once in a lifetime opportunity.

"We are a very small island with a lot to offer. This will give me the chance to promote our beautiful island to the world."

She is a student of the University of the South Pacific, Fakaofo Campus, and is studying towards entry requirements into the Fiji School of Medicine.

On Friday night, the Tokelau community in Samoa hosted a special function for Mativa before she leaves for PNG.

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