Caption: NCD Governor Powes Parkop (left) cutting the ribbon to officially launch the Hiri Moale festival witnessed by chairman of Motu Koitabu Assembly Dadi Toka Jnr and 2018 Hiri Queen Ms Asi Wendy Rarua. Picture by Aihi Oa.
By LIONEL MUNGAE
The 2019 Hiri Moale festival was launched on Thursday this week with a ribbon cutting by NCD Governor Powes Parkop and chairman of Motu Koitabu Assembly Dadi Toka Jnr.
The official dates announced for the Hiri Moale festival will be on September 21 -22.
The Hiri Moale festival always coincides with the Independence celebrations and will attract people as part of the celebrations.
Mr Parkop during the launching said the Hiri Moale festival is a significant event in NCD and Central Province which reflects the way of life for the people of Motu Koitabu.
He said it is a unique event where the Motu Koitabu people will have the privilege to display, promote and celebrate their cultures and traditions with the residents of NCD.
Mr Parkop said the indigenous landowners of NCD are the Motu Koitabu people and it is crucial that their culture and way of life must be preserved, which the festival is the avenue where the legacy and determination are recorded and practiced.
He also reminded stakeholders and business houses to support the event for all the people in NCD to celebrate successfully.
Minister for Lands and Member for Moresby South, Justin Tkatchenko also said the Hiri Moale festival including the Hiri Hanenamo is a spectacular event that would see all people and families converging to the festival to witness the unique culture of the Motu Koita people that would be put on display.
Mr Thatchenko said the event is a time to reflect on the lives and determination of the Motu Koitabu people not only during trading with other provinces, but doing awareness and exposure for the indigenous people for the world to know.