Large turnout for Te Mire Penu

Wednesday May 15, 2019 Written by Published in Culture
Elizabeth Pita from the Cook Islands. 19051417 Elizabeth Pita from the Cook Islands. 19051417

The Ministry of Cultural Development’s spectacular Te Mire Penu dance show on Monday night drew a large crowd of 500 diners to the international event, held under the domes for the first time, at the national auditorium.


This is the toughest section of the Te Mire ‘Ura Nui (International dance competition) as only a simple cloth pareu is allowed to be worn, for both the girls and boys.

Te Ura Penu means Dance with a Prop or Props competition (Penu is the CIs Maori word for apparatus/gadget).

The contestants will take to the stage tonight for the finale of the Te Mire ‘Ura Nui dance competition performing the slow and fast beat routines; the show starts from 7pm at the National Auditorium.

The Te Mire ‘Ura Nui performers are: Edward Tepake Nga – male - Cook Islands, George Kaisara – male – Brisbane, Moeau Henry – female – Auckland, Ambushia Mateariki - female - Cook Islands, Brigid Mateariki – Brisbane, Tuteru Samson – male - Auckland, Raven Nicholls – male – Sydney, Elizabeth Pita - female - Cook Islands, Alex Nicholls - male – Sydney, Christopher Bishop - male – Tokoroa, Tamaiva Mateariki - male - Cook Islands, Jasmine Samuel Mata - female –Sydney, Munokoatai Samuel Nga - male - Cook Islands, Chloe Daniel - female – Melbourne.

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