From a leisurely start at Punanga Nui Market on Saturday, to a speedy lap of the island’s schools on Tuesday, the Queen’s Baton relay was all go.
Children were out in force as the school bell rang and they rushed to line the main road to join in the procession of the relay as it passed through Titikaveka and Arorangi on Tuesday afternoon.
The baton also had three nautical adventures out on the lagoon during its brief visit, as well being taken to many upmarket functions and mixing it up with various local and visiting dignitaries, including the Australian Assistant High Commissioner.
Support for the relay has been massive, with drummers, dancers and children’s smiles welcoming the baton through villages in each vaka.
Along with its minders, it flew out of the country yesterday afternoon to continue on its 230,000km to Tonga, and ultimately the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in April.