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
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
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
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 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.