The Chiefs Day celebration on March 5, 2018 at Ohlen Matakeru Mataso Island Community in Port Vila was reported to be a success.
The day began with a forum in the morning run by a member of the Port Vila Town Council of Chiefs on the role of a chief inside a community and the duties of a chief.
The theme of the Chiefs Day celebration was: “A chief has a huge responsibility in the community”, the subject of which was discussed in the forum attended by the chiefs of Matakeru and those of other island communities around Ohlen Matakeru. These chiefs from the other communities and their people also participated in the celebration at Ohlen Matakeru.
The main program began in the afternoon attended by the chiefs and their people and Member of Parliament for Port Vila who himself comes from the Shepherds Group, Kalo Seule, with the opening led by the Covenant Church Choir, which led the people to the main nasara with singing.
Chairman of Ohlen Matakeru community, Peter Tarisong, began the speeches with a welcome to everyone attending. His was followed by speeches from the chiefs five nasaras of Ohlen Matakeru representing the nasaras of Mataso Island.
Chairman Tarisong said the chiefs of the other islands also shared their thoughts on the role of the chiefs in a community. And the main speech for the day was given by MP Kalo Seule.
The chiefs cut a cake for the day and then joined in a kava ceremony followed by dinner for everyone at night with a program enjoyed by women and children until closing at 9 pm.