Heilala committee says it regrets bullying, racism on final night, but still says speech should not have been made

Pehē ‘e he Kōmiti ki he Uike Heilala’ ‘oku ‘ikai ke nau poupou’i ‘a e lea laulanu mo fakamamahi ne fai lolotonga pea hangē ko ia ne tu’unga ai ‘e lea ‘a e Miss Heilala 2018 Kalo Funganitao he uike kuo ‘osi’. Ka ‘i he taimi tatau na’e ‘ikai poupou’i ‘e he Kōmiti’ ni ke ngāue’aki ‘e ha ni’ihi ‘a e fe’auhi ni ke talaki ai ha’anau ‘āsenita taautaha he kuohili’, lolotonga’ ni mo e kaha’u’. Ko e ouau ‘o e pō ko ‘eni’ ma’a e kau fe’auhi ‘e toko 25 pea ke fakakalauni ‘a e ikuna’. Me’apango ne ‘ikai fakahoko kakato ‘a e ouau’ ni tu’unga he me’a ne hoko’.

The Heilala Festival committee says it deeply regretted the bullying and racist reaction to the speech by 2018 winner Kalo Funganitao at the crowning night. During the final stage of the competition, Funganitao criticised the competition’ organisers for not supporting her when she became the victim of cyber bullying following her win last year. Radio…


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