Culture shines at Te Maeva Nui

Friday August 01, 2014 Written by Published in Culture
Ati Massine of the Aitutaki team sang with heart and soul during her team’s ute performance. 14080121 Ati Massine of the Aitutaki team sang with heart and soul during her team’s ute performance. 14080121

While the beautiful cultural costumes show the dedication of teams in celebrating the Cook Islands culture – it’s the smiles and joy on the faces of performers that really show their passion and love for their heritage.

One avid Te Maeva Nui follower and proud Cook Islander commented of the teams on stage this week, “it’s been an awesome week of performances, such awesome energy, talents, costumes, so proud to be there seeing all the wonderful performers especially after all the efforts they've put in, the love of what they're doing really shines through!”

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Vaka Puaikura warmed the evening’s show on Thursday with a beautiful action song before Enua Aitutaki owned the stage with their vibrant ute song.

Vaka Takitumu’s story telling ura pau was a feast for the eyes as the team showcased the creation of the tapa cloth while wearing all natural kiriau costumes that really enhanced the dancers movements on stage.

Stunning dancers and fearsome warriors made up the Nikao Oire kapa rima performances before Nukuroa lifted the roof of the Are Karioi with their thunderous ute that drew supporters to the stage side to share in their team’s joy on stage.

It was a case of best for last when Enua Mauke carved up the stage with their ura pau performance that combined traditional dancing with contemporary choreography and top drumming for a stunning show.

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