Blazing bonanza of dance

Fire dance lights up jamboree

MATHEW GROCOTT
Last updated 12:00 06/01/2014
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HOT ACT: Elijah Pinoy takes part in a fire dance, part of the performance by Samoan Scouts at the jamboree in Feilding.

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The international flavour of the national Scouts jamboree in Feilding was on show at the weekend as the event wraps up for another three years.

A concert was held at Manfeild Park on Saturday night with performances from some of the Scouts who had visited from overseas.

In total more than 4000 Scouts, leaders and volunteers have taken part in the 10-day event, which finishes today.

On Saturday night the Scouts and their families were treated to performances from their cohorts from overseas.

The jamboree's international night was held indoors at Manfeild, a dodgy weather forecast forcing it away from the planned venue of Manchester Square.

Along with the New Zealand Scouts, the 2013 jamboree had Scouts from Australia, Indonesia, South Korea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Cook Islands and Hong Kong. Each country put on a performance on Saturday night, including Samoan fire dancing, Cook Islands dancing in traditional costumes and a rendition of Waltzing Matilda from the Australian group.

The national jamboree - this was the 20th edition in New Zealand - is held every three years for Scouts aged 10 to 14.

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- Manawatu Standard

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