Members of Flaxmere's Cook Island community joined together along with influential figures such as Hastings District councillors Henare O'Keefe and Jacoby Poulain as well as Detective Inspector Sam Abrahama, to celebrate Cook Island independence day and the opening of a hall extension. People gathered at the community centre on Saturday to hear speeches, raise a flag and join in traditional dance and music. Chief photographer Warren Buckland was there.
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