World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search

 


Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia

Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia

The funeral of a Fijian teenager who died while on holiday in New Zealand has taken place in Suva today with recognition of a short life that impacted on three countries.

Representatives of the Anglican Church of New Zealand and in Australia have travelled to Fiji to farewell Deepika Kumar. They knew the 18 year old through their support and work with the St Christopher’s Home in Suva who cared for her.

Deepika was taken into St Christopher’s Home, run by the Sisters of the Community of the Sacred Name, after her mother, grandmother and aunty died.

Since her body was returned to the home yesterday the 27 children she lived with, her ‘brothers and sisters’ have sung and prayed round her Speakers at the funeral spoke of her desire to be a journalist as a way to find her father and to make things better for her community. Deepika had won an essay competition in 2012 organised by the NZ High Commission in Fiji.

The New Zealand High Commission Head of Mission, to Fiji attended the funeral and spoke of a life from adversity that had achieved so much.

Mark Ramsden said Deepika’s achievements reflected a great deal about her and about St Christopher’s care for her. He said her death was a tragedy but within, and beyond the church, there was also a story of hope in how she had achieved so much.

Deepika had been in Wellington in an Anglican parish since December and died in Waikato Hospital after being found in the pool of a motel in Hamilton last Saturday. She was to return to Fiji to begin university this week.

ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
World Headlines

 

Malawi In Urgent Need After Intense Flooding

Torrential rains in Malawi have caused dozens of deaths, with hundreds of people still missing. Photo: UNDP/Arjan van de Merwe More>>

Lack Of Funding Hampering Aid To Syria

Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator Kyung-wha Kang briefs the Security Council on the situation in Syria. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe More>>

Spy Agency CSE Is Monitoring Our Private Online Activities

Breaking - Spy agency CSE is monitoring our private online activities on a massive scale and sharing sensitive data with other governments More>>

UN ‘blue Helmet’ Killed Near Lebanon-Israel Cross-Fire

28 January 2015 – A United Nations peacekeeper with the UN Interim Force in Lebanon ( UNIFIL ) was killed today near the border with Israel but the precise cause of death is as yet undetermined and remains the subject of investigation, according ... More>>

ALSO:


Lack Of Funds Forces UN Agency To Halt Gaza Rebuild

Lack of funds forces UN agency to halt Gaza programme for repairs to destroyed homes More>>

ALSO:

Freeport Wins 6-Month Export Extension

An aerial view shows the site of the Grasberg Mine, operated by US.-based Freeport-McMoRan, in Papua in this Nov. 4, 2010 file photo. (Reuters Photo/Muhammad Yamin) More>>

ALSO:

Former Malaysian Prime Minister Speaks Out Against Sarawak

After receiving a letter from the network of communities affected by the dams, Malaysia’s former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad criticises the Sarawak government’s multi-dam initiative More>>

Egypt: UN Rights Chief Urges End To Excessive Use Of Force

As police, protesters clash in Egypt, UN rights chief urges end to excessive use of force More>>

Get More From Scoop

 
 
 
 
 
World
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news