Te Maeva Nui float parade today

Monday July 28, 2014 Written by Published in Culture
Te Maeva Nui cultural teams will mark the opening of the Te Maea Nui constitution celebrations with a vibrant float parade today. 14072705 Te Maeva Nui cultural teams will mark the opening of the Te Maea Nui constitution celebrations with a vibrant float parade today. 14072705

Colourful floats moving through Avarua this morning will mark the start of the week of Te Maeva Nui celebrations in commemoration of 49 years of self-governance.

Decorated heavy-duty truck and trailer units by island and village cultural teams performing in this week’s celebrations, as well as government departments, will move through Avarua from Avatiu to the Avarua harbour where the official opening of this year’s constitution celebrations will be held.

The official opening will begin at 11.30am with the arrival of invited guests and dignitaries before the opening at 12pm.

The opening ceremony will include the lighting of the Te Maeva Nui flame, a speech by Minister for Culture Teariki Heather - who will open this year’s celebrations - followed by the arrival of the float parade.

All motorists are asked to avoid the Avarua main road and use the back roads where possible.

The main road from Avatiu to Avarua harbour will be closed from 10.30am.

If it turns out to be a wet day today, the float and opening ceremony programme will be moved to the national auditorium following the same time and programme. 

Nightly cultural shows will begin on Tuesday at the national auditorium and the first trade day will be also run at the Maire Nui park opposite the Banana Court. 

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