The landmark event came to a boisterous end at the National Auditorium yesterday, with members of the Mauke group breaking into a dance of joy after winning a prize.
The annual cultural and dance festival which started on July 23, had 14 teams competing including 10 outer island teams.
The highlight of yesterday’s closing ceremony was the announcement of the winners in the various categories.
Te Maeva Nui is regarded the crowning jewel event of the Cook Islands cultural pride and this year’s commemorations had an extra significance as the country celebrated 50 years of self-governance.
Items performed by the cultural teams reflected this year’s core celebration theme of “Te korona o taku matakeinanga” (‘the crown of my community’).
The theme was based on acknowledging past achievements and celebrating the milestones of Cook Islands culture, various tribes and island communities.