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WW: Pōwhiri and the Inauguration Ceremony of the New Mayor of Wellington 2022

Kia Ora!

Morena koutou.. morning from Aoteaora.

I was very privilege to get the opportunity to come and join the Powhiri or the welcoming ceremony of the Workship Tory Whanau, the new Mayor of Wellington City. She was replacing Andy Foster, the previous Mayor of this coolest little Capital, and she is the first Māori Mayor for Wellington! What a historic moment indeed! 

the booklet of the Pōwhiri 

I joined other diplomatic communities, families, friends and invited guests to the Powhiri. It was conducted in Pipitea Marae, or the traditional house of Māori located in Pipitea, Thorndon. It is a beautiful Marae in the middle of Wellington with so many traditional touch and artworks, including the famous Toi Whakario or Māori art carving. You can see some of the samples of the Māori art carvings which are not only showcasing their artistic side but they are also considered sacred and believed to elevate the objects 

We really enjoyed the Powhiri and the Inauguration ceremony, which consists of the Pōwhiri, karanga, hongi, Whaikōrero, and karakia - then the proceedings of the inauguration ceremony, including the Mayor's opening speech, Declaration of Mayor - Elect and the Councillors - Elect, and the appointment of the Deputy Mayor.

Here are some photos I managed to take during the procession. 

I was not sure whether we could take pictures or not in the beginning due to the strict property rights' protection of the Māori arts and cultures. Nevertheless, at the less formal stage, we could take some pictures. I even managed to get selfies with Mayor Tory! 

Mayor Tory Whanau received the Hoe, the 

the Mayor with the Hoe..

the performance of the Pipitea Marae art group

one of the Declarations from Councillor - elect

Kai - some of the food provided during the Powhiri 

my shaky selfie with Mayor Tory .. super excited

Hope Wellington will be getting better, better and better in the future under the Worship, Mayor Tory Whanau.  

Ngā mihi koutou.

The Celebration of the 77th Anniversary of Indonesia’s Independence Day and Indonesian Armed Forces

Hi everyone..

National Day or the celebration of our nation’s independence day is always be special. Commemorating the struggles of our ancestors and heroes, this day marks the new beginning in the life of the nation.

Ambassador Fientje Suebu with H.E. Deborah Geels from MFAT, Marja Lubeck, MP from Labour Party from Indonesian descent, and Defence Attache and spouse

For the celebration of the 77th Anniversary of Indonesia’s Independence Day and Indonesian Armed Forces this year, the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia held a Diplomatic Reception on October 12th, 2022. 

After postponing similar celebration for the last 2 years due to COVID-19 pandemic, this time we had been able to have a proper celebration.

After the flag - hoisting ceremony that we did on August 17th, this time we had the double celebration at New Zealand National Library in Thorndon, Wellington. 

We invited around 200 guest and 150 people came and joined us that night. It was really a wonderful celebration showcasing our pride as a thriving country, surviving COVID-19 and continue to make progress in terms of economic development, infrastructures and political stability.

With Nusantara, another word to call our homeland Indonesia, as the theme, we presented a little journey to Indonesia that night. We changed the national library into Indonesian corners, with decorations from different parts of Indonesia adorning the hall we used. 

Not to mention Indonesian delicacies such as kue lapis surabaya, kue lumpur, pastel and risol, as well as our signature rendang, sate ayam, gado - gado, vegetarian fried noodles, and fresh fruits. For our guests who drink alcohol, New Zealand wines and Indonesian beer, bir Bintang, were also available.

We also have Nasi Tumpeng, the famous coned yellow rice, presented to our Guest of Honour, Ambassador Deborah Geels, Deputy Secretary for Americas and Asians of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade of New Zealand. We also had free souvenir of Indonesian traditional woven syal for all our guests. 

The night got even merrier with the performance of Tari Piring, a traditional dance from West Sumatera and a medley of Indonesian songs, like Apuse, Sinanggar Tulo, Cublak - cublak suweng, dan Sajojo. The opening dance was Isolo from Papua.

It was really a lovely night and here are some more photos we have from the celebration.

Lapis Surabaya, everyone..

some of our guests while arriving..

Frits with Isolo dance from Papua 

Noken and Papuan arts and textile as part of the decoration

I was wearing my gold and purple Tapis Lampung, with kebaya sulam usus in the same colors. Good thing I bring the complete set of the Siger Lampung from home.

So, what do you think? We really have so much fun and hope we can have more engagement as well as exposure of Indonesian cultures in New Zealand.


WW: ASEAN Ladies Circle Meeting in Wellington

ASEAN Ladies Circle Meeting in Wellington
ASEAN Ladies Circle Meeting in Wellington

Welcome back and allow me to share about ASEAN Ladies Circle meeting in Wellington. 

As you know, ASEAN is the regional organization comprises 10 (ten) Member States in South East Asia, namely Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Viet Nam. ASEAN is not only an organization but also a community bound by similar virtues, commitment and shared vision. It continues to thrive through various challenges and dynamics at the region as well as in the world. 

Well, I am not going to dwell on the substantive part of ASEAN and its priorities but for us, Indonesia, ASEAN is the bed rock and wherever I am posted, there will always be an ASEAN Committee in those accredited country. After Geneva and New York, Wellington is no exception. Here we have ASEAN Committee in Wellington or ACW.

ASEAN Ladies Circle Meeting in Wellington

Besides ACW, we also have ASEAN Ladies Circle or ALC. The members of the ALC are the ladies from the missions of ASEAN Member States in Wellington as well as ladies from ASEAN countries who reside in Wellington and other cities in New Zealand.

Every 3 month, we have a meeting and the last one we had was hosted by the Thailand Embassy. We met and learnt how to make Luk Chup, a lovely dessert made of grounded mung beans, shaped in many cute forms and dipped in gelatine. 

ASEAN Ladies Circle Meeting in Wellington

It tastes good and looks cute as well. It certainly was fun learning how to do it!

ASEAN Ladies Circle Meeting in Wellington
I made a little duck for my Luk Chup

It's a pot luck gathering so each ASEAN missions bring one main dish and one dessert. This time, we brought batagor or Indonesian tofu and fish cake with peanut sauce as well as lapis legit or layer cake. Others brought delicious food as well and we certainly had fun enjoying the food and the desserts.

Layer cake, everyone?

The meeting went well and next time we will meet will be in October. 

I'll get back with more stories and meanwhile, join us on (almost) Wordless Wednesday and enjoy the link party.

Happy 77th Anniversary of Indonesia's Independence from Aotearoa New Zealand

 Happy 77th Anniversary of Indonesia's Independence from Aotearoa New Zealand

🇮🇩🇮🇩🇮🇩🇮🇩🇮🇩  M E R D E K A.. 🇮🇩🇮🇩🇮🇩🇮🇩🇮🇩 

Happy 77th Anniversary of Indonesia's Independence.

Auguat 17th, 2022.

I woke up feeling so excited.
Wellington has been freezing, windy and wet for the last 2 weeks.
Well, probably for the last 2 months, as winter hit this capital city.

There was no wind outside at 6 AM so I thought we would be able to celebrate the 77th Anniversary of Indonesia's Independence outside, with flag-hoisting ceremony.
I had everyone woke up and got ready to head to the Embassy, where the celebration would take place. Breakfast was ready, so were all the uniforms, kebaya, and suites for my gentlemen.

Yet, at 7 AM, it started drizzling and the rain got harder by the time we arrived at the Embassy at 8.30 AM. Nevertheless, our spirit is still soaring high as this is the day when we celebrate the 77th Anniversary of Indonesia's Independence!

Di KBRI Wellington,  Upacara Peringatan Detik-Detik Proklamasi Kemerdekaan RI ke-77 pada tanggal 17 Agustus 2022 berlangsung secara khidmat dan meriah. Meskipun Wellington diguyur hujan dan angin dingin sejak pagi, namun itu semua tidak mengurangi semangat kami untuk datang dan menghadiri upacara penting ini. Demikian pula beberapa masyarakat yang bahkan datang dari tempat yang lumayan jauh seperti Whanganui, Tawa, dan sekitarnya. Sayangnya, karena hujan, upacara yang biasanya dilakukan di luar terpaksa dilakukan di dalam ruangan untuk tahun ini.

Acara syukuran kali ini memiliki makna yang istimewa karena merupakan acara syukuran yang digelar untuk pertama kalinya bagi Dubes Fientje Suebu sejak beliau menjabat di awal tahun 2022. 

Untuk kami The Frakarsas, acara kali ini pun super istimewa karena selain ini kali perdana kami merayakan hari jadi Indonesia di Aotearoa, tahun ini my baby bunny Nadine terpilih menjadi salah satu anggota PASKIBRA or pasukan pengibar bendera. Bangga rasanya melihat gadis kecilku terlihat gagah dan penuh konsentrasi saat latihan menjadi Paskibra. Way to go, Obi!

Being chosen as one of the members of the flag raising troupe is indeed an honor and it requires a lot of discipline, responsibilities and perseverance. Together with 2 other boys, Herald and William, the three of them have undergone quite a rigorous training in order to prepare for the big day. So kudos fo you three!

Too bad due to the unfriendly weather, we did it in the room instead of outside. We had the practices outside and the general rehearsal had been done outside as well. Nevertheless, it's been a rewarding experience for Nadine and us all.

my baby bunny Nadine

Sebanyak kurang lebih 100 peserta yang terdiri dari WNI dan sahabat Indonesia di Selandia Baru turut meramaikan jalannya acara. Cukup banyak yang datang dan banyak yang hadir dengan mengenakan busana bernuansa merah putih. Warna sakral bagi bangsa Indonesia. 

Aku sendiri untuk upacara bendera mengenakan kebaya brokat merah kutu baru hiasan mote yang dipadu dengan selendang warna emas dan kain Songket Bali. 

Later, I changed my top with Batik Chic's elegant embroidery top in royal blue. I reall love it!

Usai upacara peringatan detik - detik proklamasi yang berlangsung kurang lebih 30 menit, acara dilanjutkan dengan syukuran. Awalnya, kami merencanakan untuk menyelenggarakan Pesta Rakyat dengan menghadirkan banyak pertunjukan dan hiburan, termasuk Band KBRI yang baru dibentuk dan beranggotakan keluarga besar KBRI Wellington. Namun mengingat KBRI masih dalam suasana berduka karena kehilangan salah satu anggota keluarganya, maka pesta rakyat pun disederhanakan dan acara hanya fokus pada perayaan detik - detik proklamasi dan syukuran bersama. 

tumpeng of the day

Acara syukuran diawali oleh pemotongan tumpeng yang diberikan kepada 3 wakil sesepuh yang tinggal di Wellington dan para anggota Paskibra. Selain itu, ada pertunjukan Tari Persembahan dari Bali yang ditarikan dengan gemulai oleh mba Putu Evie Suyadnyani dan penampilan Tari Sajojo oleh Perwakilan Masyarakat Indonesia di Whanganui.
They are indeed amazing! Mba Evie, my dance mentor and gamelan guru, gracefully performed Tari Persembahan which marks the special occasions, while Sajojo dance, one of the popular social dance from Papua, the homeland of our Ambassador, were energetically performed by 5 members of Indonesian communities and their Kiwi families from Whanganui. Senang rasanya bisa berkumpul dan melihat antusiasme masyarakat yang cukup tinggi dalam mensukseskan jalannya acara dan menunjukkan kebanggaan mereka terhadap budaya dan keindahan tanah air.

Meskipun singkat, acara makan siang bersama dengan nasi kuning komplit dan kue - kue khas Indonesia seperti pastel, lapis ketan, lemper dan kue ku membuat suasana menjadi makin istimewa. 

So, in a more serious note, 77 years of Independence and we are progressing!

The pandemic has been a huge stumbling block for everyone but we sincerely hope we can continue to fight, recover stronger and prosper together. 

77 tahun and masih banyak pekerjaan besar yang menanti untuk mewujudkan Indonesia yang adil, makmur, sentosa dan maju sebagaimana dicita-citakan para leluhur dan pejuang yang telah mendahului kita. 

Bangga bisa menjadi bagian dari bangsa besar ini… menjadi salah satu punggawa penjaganya hingga titik darah penghabisan. 

Semoga cinta, semangat, dan pengabdian kita semua bisa memberi manfaat untuk bangsa dan tanah air tercinta, INDONESIA 🇮🇩. 
Dirgahayu, Indonesiaku 🇮🇩 

Wonderful Wednesday with My Purple World, Oh My Heartsie Girls and Friends

What a week we have here!

We celebrate the 77th anniversary of Indonesia's Independence on August 17th and in the weekend before that, we had our last sport activities, the bowling tournament. We all went to Bowlarama and my son Bo got the 3rd prize in the teenagers category. As for the National Day, we had a ceremony inside of the room as the weather didn't permit us to do so outside. 

Too bad as my daugher Nadine was chosen as one of the members of  Paskibra, Pasukan Pengibar Bendera or the flag - hoisting troupe, and they had practices in the last two months. Nevertheless, we had a wonderful celebration with some special performance from the Indonesian community in Whanganui. 

We cut down the celebratory part as well at the same time, as our big family in Wellington Embassy is grieving. One of our staff has just lost his wife. She was very young, at 29, when she got the heart attack and passed away at Wellington Hospital. Our deepest condolences for almarhumah Anggi and her bereaving family.

Days before that, I celebrated my 45th birthday with family and friends. Yup, I am officially 45 years old now. I am so glad that my hubby has arrived from Indonesia on August 10th so that we can spend some times together in windy Welly. We had a gathering at the office so the birthday cake was presented to me during that day. Later in the evening, we had family dinner and this time we went to BurgerFuel, one of my kids' favorite food corner. We went to the one in Lower Hutt and had a good laugh together. Well, all and all, it was a super busy week, a bit of emotional roller coaster, yet it's also very fulfilling. I will definitely share more stories on the 17th of August celebration but for now, let's have a Wonderful Wednesday with My Purple World, Oh My Heartsie Girls and Friends.

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