Approaching the back of the motorcade is the Haka for Life group, which promotes men’s mental health and suicidal awareness through Maori dance, with 80 members marching this year.
The organization’s founder, Leon Luli, said it was the “most inclusive group” the organization had ever had, with people flying in from all over the world to join.
“There are also indigenous, American, Spanish, French, Indonesian, Australian and Kiwi people,” he said. “Gay, bi, lesbian, queer and transgender people are joining their peers.”
In 2021, the group won the best choreography award and Ruri encouraged marchers to participate in the haka and taught respectful choreography.
“Our focus is on helping people learn about cultures, learn about each other, and have fun.”
The floats were painted by indigenous Dargu artist Venessa Dubigili Possum and represent the waterholes and trails of the Dargu region.
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