Giv­ing fam­i­lies strength

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By ES­THER LAUAKI

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.

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