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Alumnus of distinction remembers water polo days at Lincoln

Lincoln University’s Alumni and Development Office is delighted to have news of distinguished Pasifika alumnus Atapana Siakimotu (DipHort 1969) of Niue.

Chancellor Tom Lambie met Atapana in Samoa. Atapana recalled his Lincoln days with affection which included playing water polo for the University. 

Water polo was first taken up as a sport at Lincoln in the mid-1960s. It was already firmly established as a sport at the other universities and the then College entered its first team in an Easter Tournament in 1966. 

Atapana came to Lincoln College in 1967. He was a past pupil of Niue High School and had attended an agricultural college in Samoa, followed by general training in tropical agriculture/horticulture in Niue. 

From Lincoln, Atapana went on to a distinguished career in Niue. He became Principal of Niue High School, Director of Education, Niue’s High Commissioner to New Zealand, and Speaker of Niue’s Assembly for nine years.