Hamilton 7s: Support for island teams

The Fiji fans dance and enjoy during the Fiji Airways Fiji 7's team meet and greet session at Garden Centre in Hamilton for the HSBC Hamilton 7's tomorrow. Picture: RAMA

THE 2019 Hamilton 7s this weekend is again expected to be a sea of colours from Pacific Islanders as they flow in to support their teams in the New Zealand leg of the World Rugby Sevens Series.

The strong and vocal support of Fiji and her neighbouring countries delighted the people of Hamilton and New Zealand plus those from abroad who came to watch the two-day tournament.

The welcome reception for teams competing in the tournament came alive and colourful by the islanders through dances and cultural items. Sixty students of the Talents of the Pacific Academy (TOPA) which included Fijians performed Tongan, Samoan and Fijian meke.

TOPA co-director Landy Nonoa said the academy taught children of Pacific Islanders who are living in Hamilton about Pacific cultures and their importance.

“We are grateful that this is a platform where we can show the world our Pacific culture. These children are our future and we do not only teach Pacific Islanders. There are also Palagis, Asians and even some from European countries,” Nonoa said.

Among Fijian children in the group, Junior Puamau of Lakeba, Lau,8, after they performed to songs by the Black Rose group and Saimoni Vuatalevu, said he was excited to entertain some of the best rugby players in the world.

“Ï am excited to see some of my rugby heroes. I am glad that I helped them enjoy the Hamilton 7s,” Puamau said.

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