I too was disappointed, disheartened and angry that such an event could turn into such a debacle.
I feel for the participants – to have put all their time and energy into this event and then not be able to showcase this work to all of the public was a huge disappointment.
My family left after the 10th float as there was no flow to the event and the kids were bored. Next time, hire specialists in organising this type of event. Also:
Have a route that is visible on posters and social media.
Have an alternate start and end route – ie. start from the Avarua wharf and end at Constitution Park (the heart of town is between the CITC main store and Vonnia’s main store).
Cut out the performance in front of the dignitaries.
Ensure that the disabled and elderly community have ample shelter right next to the VIPs.
Ensure that the parade is moving at a good pace. Ten to 20 minutes between each float is a joke.
Ensure that teams finish the designated route to be eligible to receive their prize money.
Try and do better next year Ministry of Culture, and take heed of the comments and suggestions that you would have been bombarded with over the last couple of days.
Another Sunburned Peasant
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