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Palmerston celebrates

Monday August 08, 2016 Written by Published in Culture
Team Mana-Ariki with their fl oat Seat of All Kings, surrounded by angels. 16080505 Team Mana-Ariki with their fl oat Seat of All Kings, surrounded by angels. 16080505

Palmerston Island turned on a colourful display when residents celebrated Constitution Day with a float parade last Thursday morning.

 

Four teams from around the island participated, each representing various displays around the Te Maeva Nui theme of Te Atamira o te Ui Ariki. Displays ranged from a depiction of pre-European contact times through to the settlement of Palmerston Island by William Marsters.

There were also religious aspects to some of the theme displays representing the British monarchy.

The float parade finished around 10am and was followed by a volleyball tournament.

The island also organised a village sports day including some traditional games on Friday morning  and cultural entertainment included string bands, kapa rima and ura pa’u performances in the afternoon.

On Saturday the island organised a fishing competition before the week-long festival officially ended with a special ceremony featuring traditional imene tuki.