|The decorated hall's centre food court attracted a lot of visitors|
Saturday's official launch was more like the combination of a festival and a trade fair. Business owners and managers from the WISE membership of over 140 women set up booths in the normally cavernous Queen Salote Memorial Hall for the public to enjoy. And everyone indeed seemed to thoroughly enjoy.
|Visitors browsed a huge range of business booths|
|The Minister of Education made a speech|
For a young association's very first event, we sure had a lot of local celebrities. Hon Dr 'Ana Taufe'ulungaki, Minister of Education, Women and Culture was the guest of honour, and gave an inspiring speech praising WISE for it's initiative in pulling the association together without external starter funding, and emphasizing the importance of an association for women in business; because money that a woman earns usually goes to her family and improvement of her community.
The WISE launch was just one event in the yearly and much-anticipated Heilala Week, the yearly Tongan beauty pageant (which of course also judges well-roundedness, it is emphasized). Four of this year's contestants participated in the opening launch ceremony, and were closely followed by the Tongan rugby team, the 'Ikale Tahi.
|The rugby team looked chic in matching formal wear|