Curtain falls on Te Maeva Nui

Friday August 07, 2015 Written by Published in Culture
The Mauke group break into a dance after receiving their prize at the Te Maeva Nui 2015 closing ceremony yesterday. The Mauke group break into a dance after receiving their prize at the Te Maeva Nui 2015 closing ceremony yesterday.

The curtain has finally fallen on one of the most successful Te Maeva Nui festivals ever.

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.

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  • Comment Link Jasmine Solomon Thursday, 13 August 2015 11:41 posted by Jasmine Solomon

    KIA ORANA I'm born bred and live in Auckland NZ however I have always been proud to be a Cook Islander! My Mum is from Kimiangatau, Mauke and my Dad is from Vaipae, Aitutaki so I'm very lucky to have visited both islands at a younger age. To the people of the Cook Islands for putting on such a vivacious and unforgettable event...WELL DONE! What a fantastic showcase of such a beautiful paradise where people from the 15 islands in the Cooks and people from afar were able to come together as one to enjoy the enchanting beauty of such a special event that makes us uniquely Cook Island. CONGRATULATIONS TO MAUKE for doing exceptionally well at the Te Maeva Nui festival. FYI That's my handsome humble kind Uncle George Samuela showing off his Michael Jackson moves as only people from the rock can do haha! Thank you for the opportunity to leave a comment. COOK ISLANDS PROUD!!!

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