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Parade Begins Nadi Pageant Week

Parade Begins Nadi Pageant Week
Miss Pacific Islands Pageant contestants (from left): Miss Nauru Angelique Tansy Itsimaera, Miss Solomon Islands Emily Chan, Miss PNG Niawali Anastasia Twain, Miss Rapa Nui (Easter Island) Tiare Pakarati, Reigning Miss Pacific Islands Pageant 2016 Anne Dunn, Miss Samoa Alexandra Iakopo, Miss Cook Islands Enerstina Bonsu Maro, Miss Tonga Ophelia Kitiliti Kava, Miss Fiji Hailey Qaqa and Miss American Samoa Matauaina To’omalatai at Prince Charles Park, Nadi on December 6, 2017. Photo: Karalaini Tavi
December 07
11:00 2017

A parade through the main street of Nadi yesterday marked the start of the Miss South Pacific Islands Pag­eant 2017.

Fiji is hosting the pageant for the second time with contestants from nine Pacific Island Countries ad­vocating on the theme Climate Ac­tion to Sustain our Islands.

In his official address at Prince Charles Park, newly-appointed Miss Pacific Islands Pageant Board chairperson Hirdesh Pras­ad said this year’s pageant is aligned in order to meet expecta­tions of the Pageant Board.

“We have been in consultation with the Pacific Islands Secretar­iat to ensure that we align to the guideline to what is expected of us to host this pageant,” he said.

“I extend my heartfelt thanks to the Miss Pacific Islands Pageant Board of Secretariat for their as­sistance throughout the year.”

He added that in collaboration with the Government’s initiative towards climate change, through this pageant they will be able to raise more awareness on the cause.

“The theme this year Climate Action to Sustain our Islands was chosen in support of the national Government’s COP 23 work,” Mr Prasad added.

“We all need to do our part in supporting the Government’s campaign to intensify the aware­ness and making the change to save our environment.”

Also speaking during the open­ing, Nadi Town Council special administrator Robin Ali, thanked the corporate sponsors for their contestant support through the preparations.

“I would like to briefly share with how privileged we are to have you here and we hope during your time with us that you will en­joy your stay,” he said.

“Sincere appreciation to the sponsors despite the challenges your invaluable support will be rewarded you have committed to serve with us in the national in­terest.

“We have collaborated as a team and it is because we are united that we can deliver this platform for the festival and the pageant.”

The official opening was held last night where they had their sarong judging and stage interviews.

Edited by Caroline Ratucadra

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