This is one of those truly inspirational stories which needs to be told to a world where hope & faith are fading away… to quote this brave strong little gal – “If I (she) can do it, so can you.”

Creative Talanoa

INSPIRATION is one of the themes in my poetry work. I draw inspiration from different people, surroundings and aspects of life which speaks truth to my poetry. In addition, some of my pieces set out to inspire readers to strive to the best of their capabilities. The story that I am about to share with you is about my 10 year old niece who is a huge inspiration to many people, including myself. She makes me so proud.

Tupou Neiufi is a Tongan student at Sutton Park Primary School in Mangere, South Auckland, New Zealand. She is partially physically disabled due to a hit-and-run accident back in 2004 when she was at the age of 2 years. It was a traumatic event. Doctors had ruled out the possibility of Tupou being able to walk again.

Over the years, I have seen Tupou’s parents, Rose (aka Lose) and Fineasi Neiufi, work…

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