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Living Cooks culture celebrated

Monday August 05, 2013 Written by Published in Culture

This year’s Te Maeva Nui celebrations have been a joy for all that have attended the nightly shows – with the return of teams that have been absent for some time, favourite old musical compilations sung with full voice and an outpouring of cultural and heritage pride seen at the Are Karioi.

Large and vocal crowds have attended the performances that lived up to spectator’s expectations of top class cultural dancing by the 10 Cook Islands teams that took to the stage to perform their ura pau (drum dance), kapa rima (action song) and ute (traditional story-telling song).

The shows came to an end on Friday night with the week’s celebrations concluding yesterday with the official flag raising ceremony to commemorate Constitution Day (August 4) – 48 years of self-governance and self-determination.

Monday’s constitution day programme finished with prize giving for the nightly cultural shows, with all teams walking away with monetary rewards for their efforts on stage. However, it is the living Cook Islands culture that has proved to be the ultimate winner with local youth and elders joining together to share their love of Cook Islands dance, song and culture.

Today we share more images from the three nights of cultural shows at the National Auditorium, captured by husband and wife professional photographers Harvie Allison and Shanta Henderson.