Fi­jians Plan March In Wellington

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The Fi­jian com­mu­nity are plan­ning to meet at the Wellington Civic Square then march to the Re­gional Sta­dium be­fore the Voda­fone Fi­jian Bati face the Ki­wis in Satur­day’s Rugby League World Cup quar­ter­fi­nals. Fi­jian born Luse Tiqatabua said this was their way of show­ing their sup­port as proud Fi­jians with, “Fiji at heart”.

“The Fi­jians here in Wellington have al­ways be­ing ar­dent sup­port­ers of any Fiji team and the Voda­fone Fi­jian Bati is no ex­cep­tion,” Tiqatabua said.

“I guess hav­ing the Wellington 7s tour­na­ment here for a num­ber of years have helped built this cul­ture. “We use these gath­er­ings to meet as some of us haven’t met in a while so we al­ways look for any good ex­cuse to meet as Fi­jians.”

She said all Fi­jian sport­ing teams have a strong fan base in NZ, let alone Wellington and lo­cals were sur­prised at the num­ber of fans that braved the cold on Sun­day just to get a glimpse of their Bati he­roes.

“When the team ar­rived at 11.45 pm on Sun­day other pas­sen­gers that dis­em­barked around the same time were sur­prised at the num­ber of peo­ple who braved the cold and the night to wait for our Fi­jian Bati team.”

She said there was no doubt that Fi­jians in NZ would be out in num­bers and with the pos­si­bil­ity of be­ing joined by their fel­low Pa­cific Is­landers mainly Samoans and Ton­gans.

“We of­fer our boys our sup­port be­cause play­ing away from home can be a bit over­whelm­ing and we want them to know that there are Fi­jians here as well to sup­port them. It’s out pa­tri­otic pride. We are Fi­jians at heart.”

Tiqatabua is con­fi­dent that Fi­jians fans will be out in num­bers, match­ing the Ton­gan fans when they played New Zealand in Hamil­ton last Satur­day.

“Fi­jians should be able match the Ton­gan sup­port on Satur­day.”

The Fiji-New Zealand quar­ter­fi­nals kicks off at 7.30pm.

Photo: Alisi Ra­macake

Voda­fone Fi­jian Bati reps Pio Seci(far right) and Tui Kamikam­ica(left) with fans at Wellington Air­port on Novem­ber 12, 2017.

Photo: Luse Tiqatabua

From left; Ratu Sikeli Tabakau­coro,Voda­fone Fi­jian Bati rep Vil­iame Kikau, Adi Vasemaca Tuibu­relevu and Ratu Ilaitia Varani Ju­nior at Wellington Air­port on Novem­ber 12, 2017.

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Voda­fone Fi­jian Bati cap­tain Kevin Naiqama(sec­ond from left) with fans at Wellington Air­port on Novem­ber 12, 2017.

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Voda­fone Fi­jian Bati rep Vil­iame Kikau(third from left) with fans at Wellington Air­port on Novem­ber 12, 2017.

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