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Double fireworks to welcome 2021

Wednesday 30 December 2020 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Local, National

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Double fireworks to welcome 2021
Fireworks during the closing ceremony of the Cook Islands Games 2020. Photo: DANILO REYES. 20101811

After an unprecedented year, the people of Rarotonga are being invited to see the beginning of 2021 with a bang.

The first double fireworks display will take place at the Nikao Social Centre tomorrow night.

Take your children and mats along, enjoy the cool sea breeze and settle in for a New Year’s Eve with a difference.

For the first time the vendors and mamas at the Social Centre will open a night market from 5pm to complement the fireworks and serve families on the day who wish to take break from cooking.

MP for Nikao/Panama Vaine (Mac) Mokoroa, who is also the Internal Affairs Minister, says the opportunity came about from the women who were keen to continue the market in the evening to see in the New Year.

“It’s making the most of this period. There is plenty of parking space, lollie scrambles for the kids and live performances.”

Due to having to postpone their fireworks display at Christmas at the Market because of bad weather, Byron Brown from Rotaract Rarotonga said they were looking forward to New Year’s Eve and entertaining families and children.

The Rotaract fireworks display will start between 8.30 and 9pm.

There is yet to be an announcement about whether the fireworks will be let off on the beach or on a pontoon on the water.

“We would like to thank our sponsors who helped make this happen,” Brown said.

Chairperson of the Nikao Social Centre market place Rose Emile Kairua said: “I can feel the vibes, all the positive blessings coming from the Lord towards this initiative.”

“Whilst we are blessed that we don’t have Covid-19 on our shores, we should also take advantage of the opportunity that the good Lord has given us.”

Reverend Oirua Rasmussen has announced the New Year’s Eve service would finish at 11:45pm to give people time to witness the fireworks at the beach.

Sixteen food vendors have confirmed their stalls for the night along with entertainment from live string bands, the Mongoose and church and youth groups.

Businesses in the community were approached to assist with the project.

The Nikao community are grateful to Vodafone, TOA Gas, Gaye Whitta from CITC, Motor Centre, Rose Kairua’s store, Tina and Steven Matapo, Te Aponga Uira, Mama Kafo and the Ministry of Culture.

  • With Katrina Tanirau