Giving families strength
More than 200 Pacific Island singers, drummers, dancers and flag bearers paraded from Waitangirua mall to Te Rauparaha Arena on Saturday.
They were ‘‘uniting many to strengthen one’’ in the Stronger Pacific Families week of action’s main event.
The parade, in its sixth year, attracts community groups from all of New Zealand’s neighbouring islands to celebrate their achievements and highlight the importance of family, said co-ordinator Emily Toimata.
The march led to the family festival at Te Rauparaha Park where about 30 local health and social network providers showcased their services and groups performed throughout the day.
‘‘It was good to see everyone happy and celebrating the day.
‘‘We had some beautiful weather and it was great to see people participating,’’ Ms Toimata said.
A combined church service was also held at the Arena on Sunday.
‘‘Everyone coming together for the parade, the festival and the church service really reflected our message, uniting many to strengthen one. It was good to see,’’ Ms Toimata said.
Drum roll please: The Rarotongan community drum group kept marchers in the Stronger Pacific Families parade in time with an Island beat.
Te Hiva: The Lovely Island Ladies danced their way from Waitangirua to Te Rauparaha Arena.