Big dance field for bigger prizes

Thursday June 18, 2020 Written by Published in Entertainment
Ambushia Mateariki in the fast beat section of the Senior Te Mire Ura event last year. 20061613. Ambushia Mateariki in the fast beat section of the Senior Te Mire Ura event last year. 20061613.

Ambushia Mateariki started dancing when she was seven years old; now in her teens, she can’t wait for next month’s Te Mire Ura competition.

“I love my culture and with the open theme for the event, I’m looking forward to creating amazing costumes and dance routines.”

The winners for the senior categories will each receive a cash prize of $1,500 each.

A senior dancer, Mateariki welcomes the prize increase and says, a lot of time goes into the rehearsals and the materials for our costumes, so it’s a good thing.

The Ministry of Culture says social distancing restrictions set down by Te Marae Ora are in place until further notice.

Registrations for Te Mire Ura juniors and intermediates will be on Thursday June 26, and competitions will be on July 16 at the National Auditorium. Closing date for senior registration is July 6, and the competition will be held on July 23.

Senior winners will receive $1,500, intermediate winners will receive $1,000, and junior winners will receive $800.

And the field already looks strong: registered senior female contestants so far are Ambushia Mateariki, Martha Strickland, Nii Terepita, Davinia Aererua, Salome Bates, and Martha Iorangi.

Senior males registered are Ngatokotorua Mateariki, Tamaiva Mateariki, Dallaglio Tony Turaki.

In the intermediate section so far are girls Nicolea Mateariki and Leigh Emile, and Aura Vavia in the boys.

At junior girls level are Kehau and Savannah Roiti Nia; and in the junior boys category are Aporo Williams and William Faireka.

The Golden Oldies/Masters will be held at the Rehab Night Club on July 31.

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