Gold and blue in Whanganui

By Liz Wylie

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BLUE OUT: Maikali Caucau 4, waves the Fijian flag as the Whanganui community celebrate their home country's gold medal victory at the Rio Olympics last week. PHOTO/STUART MUNRO
BLUE OUT: Maikali Caucau 4, waves the Fijian flag as the Whanganui community celebrate their home country's gold medal victory at the Rio Olympics last week. PHOTO/STUART MUNRO

Last time the Whanganui Fijian community assembled for a Chronicle photo, they were sending a container to assist their cyclone damaged homeland.

This time they are still celebrating Fiji's first Olympic medal after the country's Rugby Sevens team won gold by beating Great Britain 43-7 at the final in Rio on August 12.

"We have not stopped celebrating," said Hellen Puhipuhi "It has been a 'blue-out' with everyone wearing the national colours and waving flags."

Fiji have been competing in the Olympics since 1956 and this was their first medal of any colour.

By coincidence, a second container that is being filled for shipping to Fiji has the world GOLD painted on the side and families and staff at Born and Raised Pasifika in Aramoho gathered with their flags and national colours to show support for their Olympic heroes.

- Wanganui Chronicle

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