Puapua Primary impress Team N.Z.

Members of Team New Zealand in Samoa for the Pacific Games were impressed Puapua Primary School students at Mulinu'u on Friday.

The students showcased their skills by singing New Zealand's national anthem and Maori dances.

The students from Puapua were among eight primary schools who performed during the flag raising ceremonies to welcome their adopted countries taking part in the Games.

Hosted by the Ministry of Education, Sports and Culture (M.E.S.C.) and the Pacific Games Office at the Tiafau grounds, Puapua Principal, Unasa Asotasi, said they were excited to be part of the Games.

“The feeling is amazing for us to be given this opportunity to represent our school, our village and district, but most importantly to make our country proud," Unasa said.

“Performing New Zealand’s national anthem and traditional dances is our way of making them feel at home."

The school had six weeks to prepare.

"Learning a different language is not easy but thankfully through the help all our teachers we managed to work together and make everything possible,” he added.

Unasa said there are seven teachers at their school, with a roll of 120 students.

Fifty were chosen to perform.

“The performances will be treasured among us all, students, teachers and parents.

“We had to google everything and watch some videos on YouTube to get the ideas for our performance,” he added.

New Zealand’s Chef de Mission, Kristy Hill, commended the effort by Puapua Primary School.

“Our football boys stood next to them and they were really appreciative of the work that the Puapua Primary School put into it.

“We thank them for putting on a show which we truly appreciate the efforts and hard work. 

“An interesting sight was their own take on New Zealand with a little bit of rugby the All Blacks flag flying in the background.”

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