Mother’s Day tributes

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We thank you. We cherish you. We love you. God bless our beloved mums and mother-figures.


You saw us through from the beginning.
You encouraged us, chastised us, hugged us,
And most importantly loved us,
Through every high point and low point.
Words cannot describe the specialness,
Of this most important day.
Remembering the greatness,
Of the one and only “Mum”.

love from David and Tim


Early in your marriage, your husband was taken away from you by a drunk driver. You raised four children, worked two jobs and sacrificed so much of yourself so that we could have all we ever needed. You are a pillar of strength and we are forever grateful that God blessed us with you as our mum. You are a blessing to many people and we just want you to know that we appreciate you and love you Mum and Nana.

—Toai, Irasa, Set and Tupu, and grandchildren, Juliet, David, Lenaiya, Juvina, Spiros, Alexis, Andre, Levi, Poppy, Cleo and Knox


Mothers give love to their children in miraculous ways, and yours to me is something that helps me survive. You’re a relentless giver, confidant, support structure, travel buddy and best friend. Thank YOU for having the heart that you do and for being mine! Loving you from London, Christine Jones.

—love Clare


My mum, Pat Stackelroth, is amazing; she is my best friend and always supports everything I do. She is loving, caring, funny, brave, smart, strong, good-hearted, hardworking and understanding. She always tries to make people happy and keeps a smile on her face. Thanks, Mum, for being everything I have always needed you to be. I am grateful to God for giving me the best mum that I could have.

—Jane Stackelroth


To my beautiful wife, thank you for loving both Zara and me. Proverbs 31:28,29: “Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: ‘Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all.’”

—love always Daddy (Richie)


My mum is a wonderful person. She is what I would describe as “beauty plus brains”. I owe her a lot in life especially for being the strong woman she is during our difficult moments. We may have arguments and disagreements but I will forever cherish and love you Mum. Your love is why I stand and live today. You are brave, smart and strong. Above all I know you love God with all your heart. God bless you always. Happy Mother’s Day Mrs Motufaga Wise.

—love Jacob


“I am my mother’s daughter” is a phrase that pushes me to fight. It is a blessing to be the daughter of a woman whose life thoroughly defines how profound the divine gift of a woman’s strength is. Even at your worst you’re still incredible. Thank you for choosing to be a mum above all. I love you infinitely.

—Anastasia Rabuka


When I was a child, my mum, Jenni Matteo, would read me books like Bedtime Stories or The Bible Story by Arthur S Maxwell every night. When we finished, we’d read them again! I didn’t always walk with God but when I came back to Him, I found that even though I hadn’t read the Bible in years, I knew large portions of Scripture by heart, from Mum’s stories. When I studied at Avondale I found that knowledge of tremendous value. This is my fourth year in full-time ministry. God used Mum to begin my theological training before I could read.

—Daniel


We don’t tell you this often enough but we really love you. You are important in our life. We thank you for all the sacrifices you have made for the betterment of our family! Just know that all you have done is noticed. We love you, Nau! Happy Mother’s Day.

—your loving daughter Vere Lomani


Despite the distance, I have you present in my mind at every moment. All I am is thanks to you and to the effort you make daily. Thank you, thank you and thank you . . . I love you deeply.

—your daughter Diana Palani-Stahl