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Garden Island lass wins carnival crown

Serafina Silaitoga
Monday, June 24, 2013

FOR two consecutive years, the crown of the Duavata Northern Crime Prevention Carnival has gone to the garden island of Taveuni.

Miss Taveuni Anarieta Tukana could not hold back her tears when her fans cheered and clapped as Minister for Home Affairs Joketani Cokanasiga crowned her queen.

Ms Tukana, who will travel to New Zealand as her winning prize, thanked God for strength that helped her endure the week-long carnival program.

"Without God, I wouldn't have achieved this successful milestone of being crowned queen of the Duavata Crime Prevention Carnival. The overwhelming support from my family and church members of the Evangel Assemblies of God church has been wonderful," Ms Tukana said.

"I also take this time to thank the people of Taveuni for their support and the festival committee as well.

"I believe we all have a role to play in fighting crime and I urge you all to continue with the good work in supporting the police in their fight against crime.

"Before we end this carnival, I bring to you the words of famous former President of America, John Kennedy who said 'Ask not what your country can do for you but what you can do for your country', and I challenge you all to work hand in hand to create a safer Fiji for all."

Mr Banana Leaves Restaurant Livai Rasamai was crowned king and he thanked his sponsors and family for their support.

"It is indeed a sweet reward for me because I used to ask my friends for bus fare to bring me every week to town for the festival. I will continue to support the police in fighting crime in my community and the Northern Division," Mr Rasamai said.

Festival committee chairman Satish Kumar described the carnival as a success. "So many people have come to support us this week and we hope that we will continue the good fight of creating a crime free community for all."