The annual cultural and dance festival which kicked off on Thursday, July 23 saw 14 dance teams bring passion, cultural pride, and talent to the stage at the National Auditorium.
Te Maeva Nui is the crowning jewel of Cook Islands culture and this year’s event held further significance as the country celebrated 50 years of self-governance.
Items performed by the teams reflected this year’s core celebration theme of ‘Te korona o taku matakeinanga’ or ‘the crown of my community’.
The theme was based on acknowledging past achievements and celebrating the milestones of Cook Islands culture and various tribes and island communities.
The event came to a spirited end last week, but CI News still has plenty of images from photographer Lawrance Bailey to share from the spectacular experience.
Meanwhile, tourists and locals are already looking forward to another fabulous display of national pride and talent for the 51st celebrations next year.