Pasifika youngsters enjoy ‘Breakaway’

Hoani Taimalie (12) deftly flicks the ball on during a netball match, which was part of a Pacific...
Hoani Taimalie (12) deftly flicks the ball on during a netball match, which was part of a Pacific Trust Otago ‘‘Breakaway’’ holiday programme at Dunedin’s Edgar Centre yesterday. PHOTOS: PETER MCINTOSH
Ninety young people took a "break away" from school holidays at Dunedin’s Edgar Centre yesterday.

Pacific Trust Otago manager Finau Taungapeau said the 90 young people, from Dunedin secondary, primary and other schools, took part in yesterday’s "Breakaway" event, which was the largest number of participants since the programme started in Dunedin about six years ago.

Nabaya Qauqau (16), of Dunedin, takes a shot.
Nabaya Qauqau (16), of Dunedin, takes a shot.
Taufa Makanesi (13) goes to pass the ball despite the attentions of defender Melody Buckby (12).
Taufa Makanesi (13) goes to pass the ball despite the attentions of defender Melody Buckby (12).

Groups were usually limited to about 60, but because of earlier Covid-19 lockdown disruption, Pasifika youngsters were keen to enjoy their sports.

The Ministry of Social Development-funded event aimed to make connections among members of the Pasifika community and boost fitness, morale and cultural awareness, Mrs Taungapeau said. 

 

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