A great night for Puaikura

Wednesday August 12, 2015 Written by Published in Culture
Peformance from Mauke added an extra dimension to the show. Peformance from Mauke added an extra dimension to the show.

Puaikura’s annual concert held following the Te Maeva Nui festival is always eagerly-awaited, and this year’s one, held last Saturday, was no exception. 

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.” 

1 comment

  • Comment Link Veditha De Silva Thursday, 03 September 2015 04:07 posted by Veditha De Silva

    I was in Rarotonga from 1980 to 1985. Having a glimpse of the Cook Islands through the CI News brings back a lot of nostalgic memories. I was always fascinated by the Maori Culture and it's rich traditions. I am happy to see that the Cook Islanders have retained their identity. Wish you people the very best!

Leave a comment