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|KO E ´OFA
´A E KI´I HOOSITAHI
A LITTLE SEAHORSE IN LOVE
5000 books sponsored by the Tongan Consulate in Sydney and Internationaler Hilfsfonds are given to the Primary Schools.
7000 books sponsored by the author are sold for:
„HIS MAJESTY KING TAUFA ´AHAU TUPOU IV
The author sponsors a writing competition:
60 prizes, T$ 50 each are given to the best stories of the Tongan would be writers!
Suggestions for stamps.
Another illustrated book for Tonga:
STARPATH OF THE SOUTHSEA
His Majesty Taufa ´ahau Tupou IV.
„ A little seahorse in love“ in Tongan and English, is a
tale for young – and those who are young at heart. Apart for pleasure,
it can be used as a learning tool for Tongan,
Starpath of the South Sea
By the way, H.R.H. The Duke of Edinburgh, husband of Queen Elisabeth II., president for many years of the „World Wide Fund for Nature“ liked my manuscript „Li-Li“, a story about the pandabears. So I dedicated the book to his Royal Highness and a part of the proceeds is given to the W.W.F.
Mr. Finau A. Mara „Roving Ambassador for Certain Pacific Islands
Forum States“ is in contact with me because he wants my „A
little seahorse in love“ and others of my books as a learning tool
for the Pacific Islands of the Commonwealth. At the moment
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|A Little Seahorse in Love
by Painterpoet Dr. Michael Schirmer
As I had dedicated “A Little Seahorse in Love”, written in German, to His Majesty, King Taufa‘ahau Tupou IV of Tonga, this Tongan/English edition was produced to commemorate and honour His Majesty’s 85th birthday. The Hon Consul for Tonga in Australia, Louise Waterhouse, whose German mother-in-law Viktoria Raedler MBE initially heard about my book, helped bring the project to fruition and, further, a gift of 5000 books for the schools of Tonga was sponsored by the Tongan Consulate General in Australia together with Internationaler Hilfsfonds e.v from Germany.
The first copy of “A Little Seahorse in Love” was presented to His Majesty in Tonga on his birthday by the Hon Consul General, Mr W.S.Waterhouse and myself – where I gave a reading in English of my poem, whilst His Majesty’s granddaughter Hon Fane Tupou Vava’u recited the poem in Tongan – to a crowd of thousands and also Tongan Television.
With such a warm reception from the people of Tonga, I decided to also
donate the 7000 books which were originally planned for sale. Now the
proceeds will be used by Her Majesty the Queen for a special education
Asked why I make this ‘me´a´ofa’ (donation) of
7000 books I can only say “out of love”.
My ancestors were knights who colonised the east of Germany and since then served their Prussian Kings for many generations until my grandfathers, who were both officers in the Imperial Army. However, I am a writer, not a soldier, and with a pen one can do good deeds, as well, and write books with a noble goal to ‘lift’ the reader like friends and give them comfort and pleasure.
The German kings knighted many of their writers and painters to honour and encourage them. Being a royalist, it is a shame for me that we no longer have a king to whom I can dedicate a book which I have written with my love. However, as a result of the Bismarck-Friendship Treaty of 1876, the Germans have a royal friend: His Majesty Taufa‘ahau Tupou IV of the Kingdom of Tonga.
I dedicated my book to His Majesty and His Majesty was pleased by my
At the moment I live in a Fale (a traditional Tongan hut) in the very south of the island of Lifuka, one of 170 islands of this special South Pacific Paradise. Here I have found peace and inspiration to write another book for my Tongan friends…
Set in the old times of the Tu‘i Tongas (the ancestors of the current
King), through my words and paintings, the reader will learn of the traditional
culture of the Fakatonga (Tongan way of life), and will obtain a rare
insight into the Kingdom of Tonga’s past.