TUVALU HOSTS THE 8TH PLG SUMMIT 2018

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The 8th PLG Summit Banner in-front of the government’s main office building

(Rev Dr. Kitiona Tausi)

9 Polynesian countries gathered in Funafuti, Tuvalu’s capital to discuss issues that are pertinent to the well-beings of their region. This gathering is the 8th Polynesian leaders group and this meeting started on 26 June and ends today, Friday, 29 June 2018.

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Students of the Nauti Primary School waiting to welcome the first arrivals on the flight from Fiji

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Staff of the ministry of Education and Nauti Primary School teachers to support the the students

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Civil servants as liaison officers waiting for the arrival of the flight from Fiji

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Senior Nauti Primary School students also waiting to receive the delegates

Overseas delegates including representatives from other Pacific agencies including the Ambassadors of New Zealand, Australia and Japan to Tuvalu were also in attendance and started arriving in Tuvalu on Saturday, 23 June 2018.

Air Fiji flight on Saturday bringing in the first delegate to arrive was delayed by about 30 minutes and Cabinet ministers and government and local dignitaries were already assembled in the Vaiaku Falekaupule to await the arrival of the overseas delegates.
Also in the Vaiaku Falekaupule were the dancing group from the Funafuti Island Community who were also waiting for the arrival of the overseas delegates as they will be providing the welcome entertainment of local dancing. The group was really anticipating the arrival of the delegates and were more than ready to perform.
Also outside the Vaiaku Falekaupule were members of the public who would like also to witness the welcoming ceremony and police were all around the hall to provide the security.
As the final moment has now arrived, the Fiji Air plane touched down about just after 12 noon and government officers who had been assigned to meet them outside the plane proceeded to the plane.

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Fiji Air flight has just landed

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Delegates being welcomed and escorted to the hall

The first arrival were escorted to the Vaiaku Falekaupule where they were traditionally received and welcomed by government officials including His Excellency the Governor-General and his spouse, the Rt. Hon Prime Minister and his good lady and the dancing group from the Funafuti Island community.
In the falekaupule, they were welcomed with local dancing performed by the Funafuti Dancing Group.

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The girls took the front line as well as the second line and men took the third line

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The young men in the front line and the girls right behind

After e performance of three items, the Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs, Trade, Tourism, Environment and Labour, Hon MacKenzie Kiritome formally welcomed the first arrivals of delegates to Tuvalu and that was the end of the welcoming ceremony.
In the evening, there was no programme and the delegates had a free evening.
The next day, Sunday, there was also no programme but in the afternoon there was lunch at the te Niu Fakamauganiu and the delegates were joined in by the Head of State and his spouse and Cabinet Ministers, MPs and government dignitaries.
The Vaiaku Choir was invited to provide hymn entertainment while lunch was on.

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The Vaiaku Church Choir entertaining the PLG delegates at the Te Niu Fakamauganiu Mini Bar

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The Prime Minister, Rt Hon Enele S. Sopoaga and wife and some of the delegates

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His Excellency Governor General, Sir Iakoba Italeli Taeia and Hon Minister, Monise Laafai and wife And a delegate

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Guests and delegates taking lunch at Te Niu Fakamauganiu

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