This year’s Te Maeva Nui celebrations have been a low-key affair in anticipation of next year’s nationwide commemorations, but the eight teams that showcased their love of their village, island and nation are all winners in being part of the living Cook Islands culture.
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Friday night at the National Auditorium saw the final performances on stage by Te Maeva Nui teams, and it was another wonderful night of cultural pride.
By far the highlight of the night was the stunning drum dance by Oire Nikao. The bright yellow costumes worn by the women dancers illuminated the auditorium and, combined with the energetic and enthusiastic male dancers, made for an epic show to wrap up the week’s outstanding shows.
Arorangi youth again led the way in their team’s action song dance, with the theatrics of war coming to the fore.
Enua Aitutaki may have had the smallest action song team on stage during the week, but the performance of the dedicated few was breath-taking, proving you don’t need the largest team to make an impact on stage.
Vaka Takitumu singers certainly looked like they enjoyed their time on stage during the team’s ute show that had the mama singers in the team off their seats and singing with heart and soul.