Heinarii Tauira was a toddler when she started dancing alongside her mother Tangi.
“I’ve loved our cultural dancing since I was little girl dancing with my mum,” she said.
This is the first time Tauira will participate in such an event – in the intermediate category.
Tauira chose to participate to challenge herself and to showcase what she has learnt and adapted from her lessons through her dance team, school and families.
At 15 years of age, she is a member of the Orama dance troupe and a student at Tereora College.
“I’m passionate about our culture and feel proud to be part of this event,” she said.
Tauira would like to acknowledge and thank her Mama Vainiu and Papa Thomas Savage and families for their hospitality for dance practises, costume creations and support.
Other contenders tonight are: Roma Daniel who will represent Apii Avarua, Savannah Nia - Enua Pamati, William Ioane - Apii Nikao and Orama, Kimberly Uini - Tongareva and Titikaveka, Nicholas Ioaba - Apii Nikao and Orama, Te Pa O Te Rangi Tupa - Nukutere College, Aporo Williams - Apii Avarua and Orama, Sophina Tararo, Moana Rakei, Heinarii Tauira, Rio Teika, Nicolea Mateariki, Henry Ioane and Leigh Emile.
The judges are Ngarima George, John Pareanga, Peka Takai George, Makitua Boaza, Louisa Purea, Larry Tumai, Ana Savage and Enua Peyroux.
Six female contestants of Te Mire Ura participated in the Dance of the Year cardio combat turama fitness class at the National Auditorium on Monday.
Organisers Mona Taio, Louisa Purea and Ngatokorima Paia were pleased at the turnout of 200 people.
Taio said they wanted to give the girls an opportunity to feel the stage, to feel the crowd and the support from the community; and to encourage more of the young and older generations to join Te Mire Ura events.
“Another highlight of the afternoon was mothers and daughters dancing together and of course seeing all the ladies dressed in red and having so much fun, it was beautiful,” Taio added.
The doors of the national auditorium will open at 6pm tonight, entry fee is a gold coin donation and food vendors and the Vodafone tent will be on site.