A lawyer and a graduate of Auckland University, To’aiva Hitila, has dedicated her success and acceptance to the New Zealand bar to her sister, the late Lina Hitila.
To’aiva, of Lauli’i, Faleula, Siutu and Sala’ilua Savai’i, recently graduated with Bachelor of Commerce and a Bachelor of Law, having already obtained a Bachelor of Arts from the same University.
Coupled with her acceptance as a barrister and solicitor in New Zealand, it was a proud moment for the daughter of Reverend Talosaga and Neta Hitila.
But To’aiva did not forget her sister Lina who sadly passed away on this day, 20 December in 2013.
“I want to make a special dedication to someone who has seen me through the good and bad,” she said. “My best friend in life and sister to eternity, Lina HItila. You have been my rock since day one. Your fight was also my fight, and my fight yours. This one is for you.”
To’aiva is a former student of Samoa College, Kelston Girls and Marist Sisters College in Auckland NZ.
“Thank you to all my family and friends who played a very important part throughout this journey. Your prayers, words of encouragement and love have made this day possible.
“To my beloved parents who through their sacrifice and faith in our Heavenly Father have been my backbone since day one. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
“I would like to acknowledge my spiritual families and respective congregations; Siutu E.F.K.S, Sailualua E.F.K.S., Te Atatu E.F.K.S. for all the prayers, love and support.”
For her father Rev. Talosaga, he said their family is humbled by To’aiva’s success.
He instead used the opportunity to encourage and challenge the young generation of Samoa to rise up to fulfil their God-given potentials.
“Remain steadfast in your faith in God,” he said. “Work hard for a successful future. Love and serve your parents, your families, your village, your church and your country with all your heart and strength and everything you do will be successful.”
Lastly, he quoted Proverbs 2 vs 10 and 11 which reads: “When wisdom entereth into thine heart, and knowledge is pleasant unto thy soul; Discretion shall preserve thee, understanding shall keep thee.”