Bank of the Cook Islands is this year’s Te Maeva Nui gold sponsor and certainly proving they are the ‘bank of the people’.
“BCI is once again very privileged to be the lead sponsor of Te Maeva Nui, the annual celebration of achieving self-government. The celebrations are an integral part of what makes the Cook Islands and its people unique, in the same way that BCI is uniquely Cook Islands.
“We are owned and operated locally for the people by the people with all profits going back into better services and our communities. Join us as we continue our voyage in providing you with new and better products, designed to help you become financially better off.”
Island Car and Bike Hire have stepped up to be the annual event’s silver sponsor and continues its long standing support of community events including sports contests.
Cook Islands Building Supplies and Pacific Origin are this year’s bronze sponsors.
Eleven local and foreign businesses with Cook Islands links are on board the Te Maeva Nui vaka as supporting businesses of the event and they are Air New Zealand, Cook Islands News, Telecom Cook Islands, CCECC, Heritage Holdings, Huanan Fisheries, Prime Foods, Little Polynesian, Vonnias, Southpac Trust and T & M Heather.
Cook Islands families have also been generous sponsors of the annual event along with a handful of individuals who have dug into their pockets and hearts to support the celebration of Cook Islands culture and history.
Partners and founder family members Ani Thompson, Teariki Heather and family, Tepoave Araita, Rob and Sue, Sunset Resort, David Akanoa and family and Tauariki Wear will all be acknowledged for their continued support of Te Maeva Nui.
Te Maeva Nui celebrations will begin on Monday with the vibrant float parade through Avarua and on Tuesday will see the start of the nightly cultural shows at the National Auditorium and of course the popular Trade Days that promote uniquely Cook Islands arts, crafts and food.