CITC platinum sponsor for Te Maeva Nui

Saturday July 21, 2018 Written by Published in Culture
CITC director Dianna Clarke, Cultural Development secretary Anthony Turua and CITC general manager Gaye Whitta, with the Ministry of Culture team: Jannette Browne, Sharna Matapuku and Terai Joseph. 18072024 CITC director Dianna Clarke, Cultural Development secretary Anthony Turua and CITC general manager Gaye Whitta, with the Ministry of Culture team: Jannette Browne, Sharna Matapuku and Terai Joseph. 18072024

The Ministry of Cultural Development has confirmed the Cook Islands Trading Corporation (CITC) as its third Platinum Sponsor for Te Maeva Nui 2018. 

The company is now in its third year of sponsorship.

Director Dianna Clarke and general manager Gaye Whitta signed CITC’s sponsorship agreement with Cultural Development Secretary, Anthony Turua on July 11. In attendance were the ministry’s VIP head Terai Joseph, events sponsorship manager Janette Browne and assistant Sharna Matapuku.

Now celebrating 20 years under the chairmanship of Trevor Clarke, CITC has organised special projects for each month of the year.

“The company recognises the importance of culture in the lives of Cook Islanders and July is dedicated to that,” the company said in a media statement.

A dance troupe leader herself and a passionate advocate of Cook Islands culture, Dianna Clarke says she appreciates all the hard work that goes into preparing for Te Maeva Nui and a large number of CITC’s employees are involved in teams that will participate.

Rakei Manava, a cultural competition established to showcase the dance costume talents of Cook Islands designers, will again be the lead-in event to a week of cultural competitions that starts on July 28 and end on August 3. 

This year’s event marks the resurgence of the Junior Tangi Kaara drumming competition which will be sponsored by CITC.  Brands manager, George George says he is excited at the number of teams that have entered especially from the Pa Enua. 

The competition is for contestants aged 10 to 17, with minimum of five drummers and a maximum of 10.

Secretary Anthony Turua said he and the staff at the cultural development ministry welcomed and thanked CITC for their continuing support.

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