Preparations have been made by the two villages of Tauhunu and Tukao in making this year’s celebration a memorable one for the whole of the Manihiki community.
For today’s float parade, residents of Tauhunu Village will assemble on the road next to the pime minister’s home while residents of Tukao Village will assemble at Papa Numa’s place before the float procession makes its way towards Tukao School.
The formal programme will begin with a prayer by the Tukao Religious Advisory Council followed by an opening speech by mayor Mama Ngamata Napara.
Puna will deliver his speech before the float procession begins. A special feast has been organised for everyone at Tukao School after the float parade, with a programme of entertainment to follow.
Singing and drumming competitions have been organised where both villages will be taking part in the ute (traditional hymn singing), the tangi kaara (drumming) the hupahupa, ura pahu (fast beat competitions) and kapa rima (action songs).
Constitution Day celebrations will follow tomorrow and it will be an extra-special day as it will also be Ruamanu School’s diamond jubilee celebration.
Puna, who is also Education minister, will be the special guest at both events and will deliver a speech at both.
There will be special items by the students of Ruamanu School together with some lively entertainment from the villagers.
The celebrations will end on Friday when the whole community will spend the day at Porea for a picnic with a great feast of umu foods, followed by sports, dancing and other fun activities.