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Oceania Boats In Fiji

Boat crew members of Marumaru Atua from the Cook Islands and Gaualofa of Samoa were welcomed at the St Luke’s Cathedral Church at Suva Point yesterday. The two boats or
07 Oct 2014 09:22
Oceania Boats In Fiji
Students of Rishikul Sanatan College during a rehearsal at the Albert Park Pavillion on April 23, 2019. Photo: Ronald Kumar

Boat crew members of Marumaru Atua from the Cook Islands and Gaualofa of Samoa were welcomed at the St Luke’s Cathedral Church at Suva Point yesterday.

The two boats or ‘Vaka’ are the equivalent of Fiji’s Uto Ni Yalo and the three traditional vessels will sail together next Monday for Sydney, Australia, for the World Parks Congress to inspire renewed partnerships in protecting our islands.

Marumaru Atua captain Peia Patai said they wanted to create as much awareness as they could with regard to climate change in the ocean islands.

“Eight of our islands are very low and we need to act now,” Mr Patai said.

He said the ocean islands were very important not only for them but also for the future generation.

“We have 15 crew members from Cook Islands who are in Fiji to combine the Samoan and Fijian canoes and crew.”

Mr Patai said there was a need to make people understand that they needed to get their act together and address the threat of climate change now.

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