Mateata travelled the South Pacific Ocean through and through, then visited the Mediterranean Sea working for the Emir of Qatar. She has never felt as strongly struck by beauty as before the Polynesian sceneries, especially Moorea. Seafaring was one of the best chapter of her life but she firmly believed she would go back to her roots once she would bear a child.
« When we were kids, my grand-mother would take us, all the grand-children, on her lands up on the mountain where the view is 180° . And she would say: Look here, all this is my land, i give it to you with all my heart, this is the most precious gift you could ask for, I am telling you, you will never sell this land, it is priceless! if i see you do that i would raise from my tomb and come for you! Here are your roots, your ancestors owned this land, you will plant your children’s placenta, entrusting them to the land which will take care of them, feed them, they could travel as far as they want they’ll know where they come from. »
Her grand-mother teachings and words resonated in her heart and soul when her son Manatoa was born. She has revived all the rituals she experienced as a child with her grand-parents and pass them on to the next generation. She invites us to remain positive and kind, to speak with our heart, to thank our « tupuna » and « fenua » everyday and to show proudly how beautiful we are, being a Polynesian at core.
This inspiring woman has now settled down, with her family, on Moorea and runs two thriving businesses: Moorea Mahana Yacht Services and Moorea Mahana Tours. We hope to meet her on one of her tours.