Doreen Kavana Boggs says the local hall was three-quarters full for the show, which featured the Puaikura Te Maeva Nui team as well as guest performances by Oire Nikao, Mauke and a line-up of local and overseas entertainers.
“Puaikura has held concerts after Te Maeva Nui for at least the last 15 years and we invite other teams to perform, to help fundraise to pay for the hall.
“It’s also for all the people who help with our team’s participation in Te Maeva Nui, because many of them are busy looking after children, and don’t get a chance to come into town to watch the performances.”
Kavana Boggs says it was an excellent night and the crowd especially appreciated the food stalls outside the hall.
“Every year Puaikura always tries to raise the bar on their performance. It’s driven not so much by the competition, but by the need to keep improving ourselves.”
And she says this year’s extra-special Te Maeva Nui event, marking 50 years of self-governance, was a great success.
“I got into town to see the trades show and it was great. I just thing it needs to run longer so more people can see it.
“The festival certainly attracted a lot of people and visitors from New Zealand, Australia and the outer islands.”