Fijians hold feast for independence day

Last updated 07:15 15/10/2012
Fiji Day
Anna Williams

Lovo making: Preparations for the Fiji Day celebrations are under way as the men prepare a lovo – from left, Laitia Lutubutu, Mitieli Saunaqali, Tu Daunivavana, Epeli Batinidamuni and Donu Lutubutu

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The Marlborough Fijian community came together on Saturday for a night of feasting and entertainment to celebrate Fiji Independence Day.

Fiji Day, which was on Wednesday last week, celebrates the country gaining independence from British rule in 1970. Fijian man Tu Daunivavana organised the inaugural event in Blenheim.

The day began early for Mr Daunivavana and his family and friends, as they prepared a feast to feed at least 70 people.

A lovo (similar to a hangi) was prepared in the pouring rain. It cooked a variety of food including fish, lamb, pork, and taro.

Mr Daunivavana plans on hosting another party next year and hopes the event will grow to include Fijians from all over Marlborough and beyond.

"We were just testing the waters, but we will do it every year now," he said.

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- The Marlborough Express

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