first_imgBy Quintina NaimeThe Relay takes the long drive down the island of Bougainville to Buin today.The Relay arrived at Buka airport to a traditional welcome with ladies washing the feet of all new arrivals into their province, to the great sounds of one of their large bamboo bands.Oil Search Ambassador Francis Kabano handed over the Baton to representatives from the newly elected House of Representatives.The Relay then headed around the island of Buka, with its first stop being the chamber at the House of Representatives where the Vice President, Patrick Nisira spoke of celebrating this gift of the Baton arrival as a symbol of unity.From there the baton sped across the island over new roads under construction and through cocoa and coconut plantations.The baton was then taken on a Relay around town with the games sponsors and community members taking part to run the baton past the business district, the coconut oil mill and the market and banana boat wharves.A canoe ride out along the busy and fast tidal Buka Passage to beautiful peaceful Sahano Island, the former centre of administration for the province finished the day.last_img

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