30 Jul Float fun in Raro
To kick off the 50th anniversary celebrations, Te Aponga Uira entered a float in the float parade through Avarua on Friday.
While it was a time for fun with drum rhythms from the drummers following behind, the float had the hint of a story. It picked up on the theme of the development of energy from the past to the present and onward to the future.
Hence two TAU staff members on the floats carried tuitui nuts which a past generation once burned to get light to see at night. Giant light bulbs portrayed the change from incandescent to CFL to LED lighting. All the while a diesel generator kept the lights working. Smart meters depicted the net-metering and gross-metering products as TAU prepares to embrace an all renewable future.
The float plan had extra pieces but time ran out resulting in some of the theme to be lost in construction. A sewer’s children came down with flu so the sewing of solar panel dresses were abandoned. Still the TAU float presented two company strategies: the pursuit of energy efficiency and the conversion to renewable energy.
Why renewable energy?
Renewable energy is clean, affordable, domestic, and effectively derived from a limitless source. It produces no emissions and results in cleaner air and water for all. Renewable power creates jobs and generates revenue for local communities.
Why energy efficiency?
improving energy efficiency can cost TAU a lot less than investing in new generation and transmission assets. ADB and TAU have supported programmes that gave away free CFL light bulbs as one incentive to encourage households to dump the inefficient incandescent light bulbs.
The star ratings on the TAU float gave a plug for people to use energy efficient appliances.
If you were a participant it was hard to get a feel for the parade because you couldn’t see much except your own float and the ones in front and behind you. But thanks to Television and the special drone filming overhead, everyone was able to see the whole show later that evening. Some of the floats were amazing. The Te Uki Ou canoe float with the painted waves was brilliant. The Ina on the shark float of MFEM caught the eye. So too did the police accident float and the Nikao plane float. But there were many good floats and it made for a wonderful spectacle. With over 50 entrants, the float parade was one of the largest, which is appropriate for the 50th year celebrations.
(Published 30 July 2015)