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.