Cook Islands rugby league Nines rep Toru Katuke welcomed by CISNOC’s Jason Lindsay at Honiara International Airport yesterday afternoon. Picture: LOSIRENE LACANIVALU/ 23111806
“We are finally here in the Solomons. We’re super excited,” said Cook Islands Rugby League Nines team manager Wallace Aroita.
2023 Pacific Games men’s and women’s teams finally arrived in Honiara yesterday
afternoon after experiencing flight disruptions from Auckland and missing the
Fiji Airways flight from Nadi to Honiara on Wednesday.
managed to change airlines and transit through Canberra and Brisbane. The team
put out a call for financial support after exhausting much of their budget on
rebooking flights and accommodation in New Zealand and Fiji.
expressed gratitude for the warm welcome from his fellow countrymen and women
and the support they had received.
arriving at Honiara International Airport, he remarked: “We felt the warmth and
love as soon as we got off the plane, and we knew we had reached our intended
He observed a sense of
relief among the players and management.
“Everyone is happy to be
here. We’re thrilled to get back to base and meet the rest of our brothers and
sisters who will be waiting for us. We’re also excited to be a part of the
games and see the Solomon Islands community come out to support us.”