Reflections from Tongareva Henua

Monday August 10, 2015

Vaine Wichman has worked extensively throughout the Cook Islands as a development economist. She began writing these columns at the request of women and men asking her to explain the working of their economy. Views in this column are Vaine’s.

What a week it was!

Saturday August 08, 2015

Te Maeva Nui has come to an end – and what a week it has been! As well as some stunning cultural performances at the National Auditorium, there was a visit from New Zealand Prime Minister John Key and a huge group of international diplomats.

Corruption claims sour festival

Monday August 10, 2015

Claims of corruption and concerns over the unfair treatment of dance teams have arisen following the closing of Te Maeva Nui 2015.

Curtain falls on Te Maeva Nui

Friday August 07, 2015

The curtain has finally fallen on one of the most successful Te Maeva Nui festivals ever.

Celebrating differences

Friday August 07, 2015

A number of the different cultures represented in the Cook Islands put on some great performances on Te Maeva Nui International Night on Monday.

Manihiki wows the crowd

Monday August 03, 2015

On a spectacular journey back to their iconic drumbeats, such as Ben Ellis’ No’ai te Basileia, Manihiki wowed Saturday’s Te Maeva Nui audience with their Ura Pau. Their dazzling performance came hot on the heels of Rakahanga’s equally stunning drum dance.

Love of culture seen in dance

Monday August 03, 2015

Bringing an element of difference to Te Maeva Nui at Are Karioi Nui, fit and flexible youngsters from the Canterbury Elite Dance Studio in Christchurch opened on Friday with energetic modern dance numbers.

Be more considerate

Friday July 31, 2015

Ministry of Cultural Development staff are having to spend over two hours cleaning up after the nightly Te Maeva Nui shows and boss Sonny Williams says it isn’t fair on them.

Mangaia had fun with their ute on Monday night, entertaining the crowd at the National Auditorium with their spontaneous dance moves.

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