Dear Mrs. Hanneke and Mr. J. Wharram
A very big thank you for your information about a wonderful gift to our two isolated islands Tikopia and Anuta, Thank you very much.
Very sorry for delaying to reply, because of this letter, I have to go to the other three chiefs to hold a meeting. So we had a final agreement. All agreed and were very pleased for your kindly donations to us. This is because the first time for anyone to give a great gift like that. So a big news going around, with the people saying what a big great gift to us?
A, We should have a motor engine at the back. This is to protect from coming ashore through the reefs. And also going to Vanikoro or Utupua they have very long reefs outside. This is where our people have settlements.
B, Also I am thinking of strong wind could not paddle against the wind.
C, When hauled to a shelter ashore we need a wood through the middle of the Catamaran and having two tyres big enough to lift the bottom first over the reefs to pull ashore for shelter.
D, Petrol, repairing, maintenance: we will inform our new parliament member to response.
E, This boat will help us to go to Vanikoro, Utupua and Anuta including Fataka, the rocky island of the birds.
F, Launching the Catamaran for handing over
4 chiefs and people of Tikopia
With great loving regards from
Four Loa Vaka Ariki Tafua
And people of Tikopia
We will hear from you soon
James and Ariki Tafua walking along the beach in Tikopia 1996
James and Ariki Taumako in 1996, in front of the Cheif's house that was destroyed in Cyclone Zoe