The Te Maeva Nui torch will be lit at 9.30 this morning at the Queens Representative’s residence in Titikaveka then commence its journey to the Constitution Park in Avarua for the float parade with a relay of runners.
Floats will assemble along the main road at the West end of Avatiu Harbour facing Panama for prejudging at 12.30pm.
The weather forecast is clear as at 12.45pm the parade proceeds to Maire Nui Drive with a brief stop opposite the Business, Trade and Investment Board offices as the official programme begins.
Invited guests are expected to be seated, in time for the arrival of Religious Advisory Council chairman Bishop Paul Donohue (12.35pm ), Kaumaiti Nui Travel Tou (12.40pm), Opposition Leader Tina Browne (12.45pm),Cultural Development Minister George Angene (12.50pm), Deputy Prime Minister Mark Brown (12.55pm) and finally Queen’s Representative Sir Tom Marsters (1pm)
At 1.05pm the official programme is scheduled to start with the opening prayer, followed by the welcome Speech by Minister of Cultural Development, Hon George Angene.
Mark Brown will then light the Maeva Nui flame, deliver the keynote address and declaration of Te Maeva Nui 2019 open.
The parade will then continue through town towards the roundabout.
The road closures will commence from 11.30am onwards between Avatiu Harbour and the Avarua Harbour roundabout near the Court House. The Public is asked to cooperate with our Police and the Event Organizers.
The order of appearances in the parade are: CINAT team, Team Cook Islands, Vaka Takitumu, Avarua girl guides company, Te Marae Ora, St Joseph’s girl guides, Atiu Enua, Nikao girl guides company, Badminton, Vaka Puaikura, Arorangi girl guides, Mangaia Enua, Mitiaro Enua, Ministry of Agriculture, Titikaveka girl guides company, Tupapa Maraerenga, Ko te Roopu Haka o Akuina, Ministry of Internal Affairs, CIPS/Jay cars, Pukapuka Enua, Handball team, Matavera Oire, Vanilla growers, Ministry of Education, Aitutaki Enua, Oire Teimurimotia, Are Pa Metua, Oire Nikao.
The Choir and Imene Tuki performances begin on Sunday Night starting at 6pm for a gold coin entry at the National Auditorium.