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.
Cook Islands overseas performers from New Zealand and Australia arrived on the island last week to participate in the Te Mire Penu held last night, and the International Dancer of the Year (Te Mire ‘Ura Nui) competition that begins tomorrow evening at the National Auditorium.
Traditional tattooists are working to recover some of the lost Cook Islands designs that have become interwoven with Samoan and New Zealand Maori motifs.
The high commissioner has been travelling New Zealand meeting Cook Islands students and challenging them to stay closely connected to their cultural traditions.
For the first time a glamorous cultural evening of a seated island-night buffet while watching the Te Ura Penu dance competition, will take place under the Domes at the National Auditorium on Monday.
The anticipated national Te Mire ‘Ura senior cultural dance competition starts at 7pm tomorrow evening, Thursday May 9 at the National Auditorium.
The Ministry of Culture’s Te Mire ‘Ura Junior and Intermediate International dancer of the year competition starts at 6.30pm on Thursday evening at the National Auditorium.
Easter is here in a few days and chocolate goodies in the major food outlets in town are proving popular with sales improving as the long weekend break nears.