Chairman of Motu-Koita Assembly, Udia Opao, on behalf of the Assembly and the Hiri Moale Festival organising committee, says the launching is one of the main highlights of the lead-up to the Festival.
“The building of the Hiri Moale Lagatoi this year was awarded to Pari Village and they have done a tremendous job in constructing it,” Opao says.
Opao commended the people of Pari Village for having the Lagatoi ready and in time for the Hiri Moale Festival this weekend. This is a sign of fulfillment of the agreement made to kick start the festival celebrations.
Opao says the last time the festival was held was in 2014. It was cancelled last year due to the 2015 Pacific Games.
He thanked all major sponsors for their support in cash and kind.
Minister for Sport and Events, Justin Tkatchenko, who was also present to add colour to the event, told those present to stand up and be proud of their customs and tradition.
They should be proud because they have always been the landowners of NCDC, says the Minister.
“The Motu-Koita people have my full support, and the NCDC as well as the Governor’s, and we are adamant to stage this year’s Hiri Moale Festival,” Tkatchenko states.
Picture by Kennedy Bani