Olympic fans are gathered in the city center of Tauranga to celebrate a select few of our New Zealand athletes who represented our country at the Olympics in Rio.
The event moves ahead despite a tsunami warning for the area following a 7.1 Earthquake off the East Coast this morning.
The warning has since lifted, however, Bay of Plenty Civil Defence controller Clinton Naude says, “we will continue to monitor the situation as the unsettled seas may still cause changes to currents, tides and wave patterns.”
Te Wharekura o Mauao teacher Heywood Kuka has taken a large number of students to the parade. Mr. Kuka says, “the idea behind why we are attending the parade is to provide an opportunity for our students to meet New Zealand athletes that have performed on a world stage.”
The Olympians who will participate in the parade are silver medallists Molly Meech, Alex Maloney from sailing, and Luuka Jones who also won silver in slalom canoeing.
The Tauranga Olympians Parade will make its way down Devonport Road and onto The Strand where it will end at Wharf Street.
Following the parade, a short ceremony will take place at Edgewater Fan with a chance to hear from the athletes.