11 September 2010
Her Majesty, Queen Halaevalu Mata'aho graced the occasion with her presence at last Saturday's Annual Bazaar at the College Hall where stalls were filled with the different varieties of handicrafts made by students of the College for sale and to preserve the skills of weaving, sewing , embroidery and cooking that are part of the school's curriculum and which have introduced these young women to becoming the most capable wives of Tonga in the future..
The women groups of the Free Wesleyan Church from various parts of Nuku'alofa and the suburbs brought their own wares and set-up stalls just outside the Hall and enjoyed a good day of transactions. The largest and most common items for sale were the "ta'ovala, " made of coconut fibres, tapa cloth, synthetic fibres, fau and pandanus leaves. They were in different sizes, colours and styles which attracts the most buyers each year for wearing to work or church or for further sales overseas at a much higher price.
Cooked food in baskets full of a roast pig, domestic chickens, taro-leaves cooked with corned beef in coconut milk, fish and other delicacies were on swle between $50 to $100 depending on the quantity and quality of such a green basket of cooked food. Sewing and embroidery items were favourite for for most buyers as they stock up on the latest designs of pillow-cases, bed sheets and curtains.
Shortly after midday, when selling and buying has slowed down a bit, most people decided to called it a day and to continue into town for shopping of groceries for Sunday.
The proceeds from the students' stalls inside the Hall totaled T55,347 which is another record figure of more than 50-thousand Pa'anga just like last year. The money is wisely used by the College to cover it's operational costs during the year.
Issued by the: Ministry of Information and Communications, Nuku'alfoa, 2010.